Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture wins airport baggage system deal
Miami-Dade commissioners approved 8-4 last week awarding a contract to construct baggage handling system improvements at Miami International Airport to Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture, with almost $7.5 million for pre-construction phases and up to $177 million for construction.
Audrey Edmonson, Rebeca Sosa, Daniella Levine Cava and Esteban Bovo Jr. voted No; Sally Heyman was absent. The Trade and Tourism Committee voted 5-1 July 14 to forward to the full board with a favorable recommendation. Ms. Sosa cast the opposing vote.
On June 7, Mayor Carlos Gimenez recommended that the county reject four bidders who responded to a proposal about a year before based on the Aviation Department’s understanding that the rejection would not jeopardize the US Transportation Security Administration’s $101 million grant to fund most of the project.
However, the mayor wrote in a recent memo to commissioners, the department was later advised by the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) management that it had concerns regarding the time that could potentially be lost in re-procurement and, if so, would withdraw its grant and award it to another airport.
A request for qualifications was advertised July 6, 2015, for the project, which consists of replacing the in-line security screening portion of the South Terminal baggage handling system and the installation of an automated sorting for the Central Terminal.
Statements were received Aug. 14, 2015, an evaluation/selection committee held a pre-screening meeting Sept. 14, 2015, and heard presentations from the firms that responded at a public hearing on Oct. 1, 2015. Parsons-Odebrecht was given the highest overall ranking.
Mr. Gimenez rescinded his recommendation to start the proposal process over and advised commissioners approve awarding the contract to Parsons-Odebrecht. The Miami-based venture between two other companies has been in business 13 years.
The South Terminal baggage handling system requires the upgrade to efficiently handle current and projected passenger volumes, and the Central Terminal is also outdated and needs a new automated sorting system, according to Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt.
“These upgrades will enhance efficiency and security for the airlines and passengers,” Mr. Osterholt said in a memo to commissioners. “All upgrades will be fully compliant with TSA-required design standards.”