Written by Miami Today on November 22, 2012
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PORT SUPPORT: The Miami-Dade County Economic Development & Social Services Committee last week approved a five-year, $5.5 million Port Miami consulting contract with Coral Gables-based AECOM Technical Services Inc. The next step for the contract is a full county commission vote. The firm would provide planning, engineering, architectural, environmental, surveying, mapping, estimating and construction management services in support of "the five-year Capital Development program," according to documents sent to commissioners, functioning "as specialized professional services support staff to Port Miami." Dorian K. Valdes, the port’s assistant director for Capital Improvements, would monitor the contract. AECOM, at 800 Douglas Entrance North Tower, was one of four firms that answered a port request for proposals in February. The firm’s principal is Pedro H. Hernandez.
STORM WAS DRAINING: Storm damage repair at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is done, officials said. "The major construction work related to the water damage was successfully completed on time, the facility was fully restored to its orginal state, and was up and running for the 2012-2013 season opening," according to a Nov. 16 memo by county administrators. Construction included multiple shifts and weekend work. Total cost to date is $4,352,728, offset by a payment of $250,000 from a business interruption insurance claim. "Additionally the forensic engineer, Slider Engineering Group, contracted to analyze the cause of the water damage, is finalizing its investigation and report, which will address the root causes of the damage," the county said. Conclusions, the county said, might lead to futher action to recoup additional funds. During a May 20 storm, a drain pipe failed on the roof of the Ziff Ballet Opera House and damaged the interior. The center’s Knight Concert Hall across Biscayne Boulevard wasn’t damaged. With a $5 million deductible, center officials had feared the center would have to absorb all costs. In July, the center got county commission permission to use up to $5 million of its annual operating subsidy to cover storm damages. Nonetheless, the center says it was on budget for fiscal 2011-2012.
MIAMI TROLLEYS: New trolley routes will be coming down the line as planned. The Miami City Commission last week approved extension of the Brickell Avenue-Biscayne Boulevard route of the Miami Trolley, which would go farther south down to Mercy Hospital and farther north into Midtown and the Design District. It also includes an alteration to the Coral Way route to head down Flagler Street in downtown Miami. Before approving the item, Commissioner Wifredo Gort requested having a line going through 20th Street in Allapattah so residents can take advantage of the merchants in that area before the big shopping starts for the holiday season.