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Miami International Airport baggage handling improvements top $230 million

Written by on August 7, 2018
Miami International Airport baggage handling improvements top $230 million

An additional $46.3 million will be spent to improve baggage handling systems at Miami International Airport, raising the project’s cost to $230.8 million, as Miami-Dade commissioners in July approved the added expenditure.
With funding approved, previously deferred aspects will be restored to the Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture project, including inbound conveyor lines, baggage inspection machines, sorting piers and make-up devices.
The project is currently 36% complete, Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt wrote in a July 24 memo.
The county’s Aviation Department hired a third-party firm to determine the cost of reintroducing the deferred portions to the project under a second contractor. Minus additional scheduling and coordinating expenses caused by having two contractors operate concurrently and in overlapping spaces, the firm determined it would cost about $50 million – $4.3 million more than if the funds were granted solely to Parsons-Odebrecht.
Given this information and requests from airlines, the Aviation Department requested and was granted by commissioners:
■A dedicated allowance account of $37.4 million to reincorporate the deferred work.
■Fifty-two mobile inspection table stations valued at $4.6 million, requested by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to be placed in the airport’s Checked Baggage Resolution Area.
■An $4.2 million increase in the Construction Phase Owner’s Allowance Account “for unforeseeable changes to the work.”
■An additional $115,500 to the Inspector General Audit Account.
■Extension of the project’s completion by 178 days, from March 12 to Sept. 6, 2020.
Funding for the project will come from a TSA Other Transaction Agreement, Florida Department of Transportation Grants and Miami-Dade Aviation Department airport bonds.
Miami-Dade commissioners in July 2016 approved by an 8-4 vote a contract for Parsons-Odebrecht, with almost $7.5 million for preconstruction 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 bid came after a July 6, 2015, request for qualification was advertised for the project, which included replacing the in-line security screening portion of the South Terminal baggage handling system and installing an automated sorting system at the Central Terminal.
Statements were received Aug. 14, 2015, and evaluated a month later, with presentations from respondent firms held at an Oct. 1, 2015, hearing.
Mayor Carlos Giménez advised commissioners to approve awarding the contract to Parsons-Odebrecht, a 17-year collaboration between Odebrecht USA and Parsons Corp.

4 Responses to Miami International Airport baggage handling improvements top $230 million

  1. DC Copeland

    August 8, 2018 at 8:25 am

    That’s insane. Think how far that money could have gone to extending Metrorail or building Baylink.

  2. Max

    August 8, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    This is aviation funding not county general funds. You cant use it on your suggested projects. It’s not as crazy as it sounds DC.

  3. DC Copeland

    August 9, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Too bad. Still, luggage in this dysfunctional little burg has better transit than us. And to add insult to injury, our bags get free “last mile” transit when we pick them up from the carousel. How ironic.

  4. P.Pardo

    August 12, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    With all due respect to the County Commission, the HUMAN ELEMENT needs to be addressed. Last week my flight arrived at American Gate D15 and our luggage was at carrousel 26 — a considerable distance! How is that logical? And we were 30 minutes at the carrousel before the bags began to come out. We can and should and must do better!