OBMI Selected For Airport Development Project

February 17, 2016

Aecon Construction Group Inc. announced the engagement of the Bermuda office of OBMI as local architects for phase one of the airport redevelopment project.

“The appointment of OBMI follows an extensive competitive selection process that included Request for Qualifications [RFQ], Request for Proposals [RFP], presentation and interview stages,” the company said.

“Working with Scott Associates Architects, Aecon’s lead architectural firm specialising in airport design, OBMI Bermuda will be responsible for collaborating on aesthetics, interior design and local building code compliance of the proposed new airport terminal.

“OBMI will also provide guidance on Bermudian building methods and materials, and support for the permitting and planning approval processes.

Steve Nackan & Colin Campbell Bermuda Feb 17 2016 2

Steve Nackan, President, Aecon Concessions, and the project’s development lead, said: “We want to ensure that the design for the proposed new airport terminal effectively captures and communicates the image that Bermuda aspires to project to the world, including the uniqueness of its culture, the warmth and friendliness of its people, and the natural beauty of its island setting.

“Clearly, the contribution of local architects and designers is critical to this process, and we look forward to working with OBMI, whose impressive contributions to the Bermudian architectural landscape and familiarity with Public Private Partnerships bode especially well for the success of this project.”

Colin Campbell, Regional Director, OBMI said: “Our Bermuda airport provides the initial and concluding impressions of our island experience to every air traveller.

“This critical redevelopment of our core transportation infrastructure has the potential to become an iconic symbol of Bermudians resourcefulness and preparedness to meet the challenges of the future.

“Our business and tourism economy requires a facility that embraces 21st century standards. We are excited with the unique opportunity to participate in creating a new modern air terminal with a fundamentally unique Bermudian context.”

“The selection of OBMI as local architects for the project follows the successful engagement by Aecon of Bermuda based Atlantic Well Drillers, Onsite Engineering, and Bermuda-Caribbean Engineering Consultants for the airport geotechnical survey work completed in the final quarter of 2015,” Aecon added.

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  1. Interactive says:

    They didn’t fancy using the Government architects then?

    • outkasted says:

      There are no longer government Architects per se only Architects that are Project Managers. Besides this is a private firm using private companies.

      • Interactive says:

        Government employs architects who do not do architectural work, but they do project management while not being qualified to do so. What a waste of money.

        • outkasted says:

          Yes they do Architectural work and yes they do project management. registered architects have been doing project management for decades!

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    For the naysayers here is an example of where some of the project money goes right into the local economy at the front end of the job.

  3. planeasday says:

    So F&&^ it…? Just pushing on despite lower air arrivals then?

  4. oh dear says:

    Were not OBMI the Architects for the Acute Care Wing? Is that a recommendation that the Community will be happy with bearing in mind the redesigns necessary,cost over-runs,the additional cash McAlpine had to provide and not forgetting the vast wasted space within the ACW. Will history repeat itself?

    • lowe says:

      McAlpine met the requirements that were set out by BHB. So in theory it wasn’t wasted space.

  5. sage says:

    Aecon sees the need for RFP, Bob, not so much.

  6. Encyclopedia says:

    What a sad day !!

    AECON uses RFP and competitive bidding while BDA government does not use RFP in selecting CCC/AECON….if this does not smell fishy then what does??

    Folks, don’t counter this by arguing about any shortcomings of past administrations. Look at this as a standalone point. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  7. Cow Polly says:

    Congratulations to OBMI and thank you Aecon for selecting a local company.

    • outkasted says:

      Any foreign company has to use a local subsidiary company when doing work in Bermuda. This is how its always been done.

  8. Aware says:

    Well done OBMI

  9. Spilt milk says:

    These guys work really fast and must have a time machine. Last month the airport swarmed with ppl and plans looked pretty good too. New airport relocated on the opposite side of the runway where the mail center is currently.Its gonna look sharp. Just need a few rooms and a pool there and we have an all purpose airport…. Canadians setup nice here they have all comunications locked in and travel.