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$108.5 million awarded for Port Canaveral new cruise terminal construction

The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved at a special meeting on Tuesday awarding Merritt Island-based Ivey’s Construction Inc. a $78.98 million contract for the Port’s Cruise Terminal 3 project and a $29.53 million contract for the adjacent 1,800-vehicle parking garage.

Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, when finished in May 2020.

“We’re creating a world-class cruise terminal, and with these contract awards, the project is mobilizing and moving ahead,” stated Port CEO Captain John Murray. “We are confident that this state-of-the-art facility will be constructed on schedule and on budget.”

A five-member Port Canaveral selection committee favored Ivey’s for the cruise terminal project over a partnership of H.J. High Construction of Orlando and Suffolk Construction of West Palm Beach, which bid $83 million. Committee members gave Ivey’s top scores based on factors such as pricing and construction schedule. Ivey’s received an average score of 93.8 out of 100. The Suffolk/H.J. High partnership earned an average score of 86.2. Ivey’s also submitted the lone bid on the parking garage project.

Because both bids exceed original project estimates, the Port is using “value engineering” to analyze design features for cost-saving options.

“The goal of the value engineering process is to partner with the design and contracting teams to provide the most cost-efficient structure while maintaining the original design intent and function of the facility.” said Bill Crowe, Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Facilities for Port Canaveral.

The Port has taken several measures to ensure minimal impact to surrounding recreation areas during the construction period, including the installation of a seismic monitoring system in the surrounding area during the pile-driving process.

RUSH Marine of Titusville is the contractor currently working on the waterside construction of the new berth, which began in September. Construction crews are demolishing the existing pier structures at the site and installing protective barriers to prevent erosion resulting from wake and wave action generated by vessels transiting the Port’s main channel. The $38.6 million project is expected to be completed in December.

In December, Port commissioners approved issuing up to $117 million in bonds to finance the cruise terminal project. Miami-based Carnival also will provide $50 million in as part of a long-term agreement between the Port Authority and the cruise line that began in September. Additionally, the Port will receive $6 million in grants from the Florida Department of Transportation for project infrastructure work.

Ivey’s Construction built Cruise Terminal 1, the Port’s newest operational terminal, and its adjacent parking garage in 2014. Ivey’s also constructed the parking garage for Cruise Terminal 5 on the Port’s north side in 2016. The company currently is improving north side cruise terminal roadways to improve traffic patterns, augment pedestrian safety and expand and improve the capacity of existing roads. Ivey’s also is the contractor for the Port’s wayfinding project, currently installing new vehicular directional signs and gateway signs throughout Port Canaveral, on SR 528 and A1A. Those two projects will be completed this spring.

With a futuristic design inspired by nearby Kennedy Space Center, CT-3 will welcome the 180,000-ton “XL-class” Mardi Gras, currently under construction in Finland. With a maximum capacity of 6,500 passengers and about 2,000 crew members, the Mardi Gras will be the first North American-based cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas when she goes into service in fall 2020. The vessel also will be the first cruise ship to feature a roller coaster, which will be called BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster.

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