The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, signed several capital works contracts on May 27 for projects to be done at Marsh Harbour International Airport as well as a pre-school to be built in Fox Town. He noted also that the new airport terminal is projected to open in August this year.
The projects, which total over $1.6 million, include a perimeter security fence at the Marsh Harbour International Airport, land preparation and hydro-seeding for Airport’s airside, construction of a security booth for the Control Tower and fire/crash facilities and the construction of a pre-school, student restroom facilities and covered walkways at the Fox Town Primary School campus.
A contract was also awarded to complete repairs at the Marsh Harbour Container Port Building International Warehouse.
Mr. Davis said “these projects complement other recently completed, on-going and proposed projects designed to provide for and to stimulate accelerated growth of the local economy of the Abacos and to create much needed jobs for Abaconians.”
He said that the construction works on the 51,000 square foot airport terminal, which includes twenty two counter positions; state-of-the-art luggage scanning system; pilot briefing room; two restaurants; one lounge; one VIP lounge; eight retail shop spaces; two kiosks; long and short term public parking areas along with taxi and employee parking areas, commenced in August 2011 and was originally scheduled for completion in early October 2012.
“However, there have been numerous design and additional works changes, resulting in a revised completion in August this year,” Mr. Davis said. “The final project cost inclusive of contingency works is projected to be $30.8 million.”
Mr. Davis said the additional external works to bring the airport up to international standards – the land clearing, hydro-seeding, fencing and security booth for the Control Tower and fire/crash facilities – were tendered to Abaco based contractors so as to create job opportunities for the local labour force.
“These contracts mark another step towards completing the upgrade of the Marsh International Airport to meet the needs of Abaco for both domestic and international travelers,” he said.
The contracts for 24,190 linear feet perimeter fence with a continuous concrete curb was tendered to local contractors in two equal packages of 12,095 linear feet each and was awarded to C&J Fencing and Landscaping for $385,661.78 and Abaco Fencing Company for $374,876.00.
The contract for land clearing and hydro-seeding which covers over one million square feet of land clearing and over two million square feet of hydro-seeding was awarded to Big Cat Equipment for $362,117.13.
The security booth for the Control Tower and fire/crash facilities was awarded to L V Construction for $59,084.70
Construction of a preschool with classroom and restroom facilities with covered concrete walkway on the Fox Town Primary School campus was awarded to Mills Construction for $237,854.51 and the construction of a single story building to include a primary school student restroom facility and an extended covered walkway, also on the Fox Town Primary School campus was awarded to Odell Cox Construction $182,500.00.
A building repair contract for much needed building repairs to the Marsh Harbour Container Port Building International Warehouse at a base sum of $45,100.00 was awarded to Bill Swain & Sons Construction.