Construction is underway on a $2.9 million freight and office building just west of the new Leonard Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour.
Bill Swain and Sons Construction Company was awarded the contract to build the over 9200 square foot concrete and steel building and began construction in mid-July and is expected, barring setbacks and adjustments, to be completed in six to eight months.
Mr. Swain said he is currently employing about 18 persons and expects to employ as many as thirty-five to forty over the course of construction. “The government asked me to employ as many people as possible,” he said.
The two-story building will have 20 airline offices along with some warehouse space. There are also spaces included for government departments.
Mr. Swain said he faced challenges with pit-caves, discovering eighteen cavities after clearing the land for the building, which they have since fixed.
He said it was good to see government using a local Abaco contractor on one of their larger projects. Mr. Swain noted that he was one of a number of Abaconians who have the credentials to build a larger scale project as he built the Abaco Beach Resort, Abaco Towns by the Sea (now known as Regattas) and most recently The Crossing condominiums, among other projects.
He said “there’s nothing complicated about it; it’s straight forward.” He said they don’t anticipating hitting any problem that they can’t solve.