Contracts Awarded For Airport Redevelopment

April 11, 2018 | 27 Comments

Four Bermuda based businesses, and one overseas company, have been awarded contracts to work on the new passenger terminal building at L.F. Wade International Airport, Skyport announced today.

“Thermoset Roofing, a Florida based contractor, has been awarded the roofing contract for the new passenger terminal building and they will be working with Kaissa Limited, a full service exterior contractor and supplier based in Hamilton, Bermuda,” Skyport said.

“Thermoset Roofing specialises in roofing projects that can withstand extreme weather – with past high profile projects including the Hard Rock Stadium used by the Miami Dolphins; Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport [LPIA]; Baha Mar Resort & Casino in Cable Beach, Bahamas; and the Atlantis Resort & Casino in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

“Barclay Construction Ltd of Bermuda, which is a full service construction company, has been awarded a contract to carry out the electrical sub-station building work for the airport’s new passenger terminal building. Known for providing contracting services on both a large and small scale throughout the Island, Barclay’s also specialise in repairs and alteration projects on residential and commercial properties.

“Gulfstream Construction Ltd, based in Hamilton, Bermuda, has been provided the contract to complete slab on deck and slab on grade work at the new terminal. This includes the formwork, concrete placing and finishing and reinforcing to lay a solid foundation for subsequent building.

“Lastly, the landscaping contract for the new airport terminal has been awarded to Sousa’s Landscape Management Company, based in Southampton, Bermuda. The work will include preparation and installation of topsoil, supplying and planting various types of trees, hedges and small plants and seeding and watering large lawn areas.”

Frank Ross, Aecon’s Executive Director, Infrastructure, said: “It is extremely rewarding to be able to work with such hard-working and talented local and overseas contractors to make this airport redevelopment project a success.

“From day one, we have sought to employ as many Bermudians as possible, and this latest wave of awarded contracts once again proves our commitment to this. We are excited to see these new projects take shape over the next few weeks and months.”

Skyport added, “The redevelopment at L.F. Wade International Airport, which was recently recognised with the IJIGlobal Magazine Award for the ‘2017 North America Airport Deal of the Year’, is expected to be completed in 2020. The first phase of planned cosmetic upgrades of the existing terminal was recently completed and the next phase of upgrades, including exterior painting, will begin next month.”

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  1. Nice to hear, but the local contractors still prefer to hire foreign (cheap) labour.

    • Dockyard Lackey says:

      Delete cheap and insert hard working and you’ll find the reason for that.

      • So how do you think this Island that you are enjoying got built, and most places in this Western hemisphere got built. Not only did we build it for FREE, but next to nothing during de Segregation era.
        So now we are not hard working because we dont work for FREE anymore !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        SMH

    • Richardson says:

      When the statement was made that there was 59 Bermudians working on the site, a number of questions came to mind;
      what was the total number workers on the site
      how many contract workers were on the site
      how many status Bermudians were working on the site

    • Mrs Brady says:

      And they like to have billionaire sailboat races too for rich white men.

    • Justin says:

      Well tell your beloved PLP to start cancelling all blue-collar work permits. Then you’ll be scratching your head wondering why the cost to build a house or have your landscaping done costs twice as much!

    • Anbu says:

      So basically what you’re saying is, no matter what local companies they hire, unless onion juice signs off on it, it just aink good enuff huh? Dammed if u do, dammed if u dont. Get a frikkin life mate

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    Why are contracts still being awarded? Why hasn’t the airport deal been cancelled like the PLP promised it would be?

    • Sound Off says:

      Simple. Election is over. Elected officials know they are guaranteed a job for 5 years at least and people tend to forget what they were promised by then.

    • stormy daniels says:

      They fibbed to all there voters! Hey but got them in power.
      Just draining the pot what little bit was there now.

  3. Alan says:

    Who do these Skyport folks and their apologists think they are fooling with this propaganda? The truth is we have given away a prize national asset unnecessarily for the next thirty years. An even worse deal than our subsidizing Ellison’s AC35 at around 30 cents on the dollar… What really shocks me are those who still think double the debt “Uncle Bob” (their own words) was the best thing since white bread…

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      the hospital is the same deal so where’s ya outrage?! stfu

      • Alan says:

        The hospital was urgently needed. There was also a public fundraising campaign for this project to which many of our upstanding corporate citizens donated large sums.

        By contrast, this airport was always an OBA make work project designed to get votes, no more than AC35. So again, Thank You double the debt Uncle Bob.

        • Zevon says:

          Except he didn’t “double” the debt.
          You did increase the debt by 5x in your last five years though.
          So there’s that.
          The public fundrasing didn’t stop you committing $900m of borrowed money for the hospital wing.
          It’s all “different” when you do it though isn’t it.
          And now you’re driving the economy into the ditch. Again.
          How’s that deep sea mining coming along?
          Amd where that new frikkin bus? How does it take you people to get a bus on the road? Four frikkin months so far.

        • Double S says:

          We are still paying $30mn a year for 30 years to a private firm. The same thing that all you PLP supporters railed about regarding the airport. And of course you conveniently ignore the fact that the previous PLP administration noted the need for a new airport.

          But keep calm and spin on Alan.
          It’s all you really have in the end.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          Make work project? With water pouring through the roof when it rained, lack of infrastructure to allow for reconfiguration and asbestos in the older (original) part of the airport?

          Have you been paying attention to anythings over the past 10 years?

    • Double S says:

      How do you feel about the hospital development? The one in which we are paying $30mn for 30 years ($900 mn) for a hospital wing.

      And your double the debt bob comment is disingenuous at best ignorant at worst. let me know if you want to get into a debate it. You will lose.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        It’ll never be answered coz those questions have been posed for at least the last 2 years and no-one has come back with diddley .
        What’s that term that Mike H uses , cockroaches running away ?

    • wahoo juice says:

      Propaganda? I think propaganda is one of the “p”s in plp.

  4. baileysbay says:

    The fact of the matter remains that this project will be successful due to it being on budget and on time. No Bermuda construction firm could have handled a project of this size and complexity without delays, cost overruns and lower quality. The deal is still a win-win for the island although it is not perfect.

    Don’t forget that the PLP’s proposal, before they left power, for a new terminal was budgeted for $360 million. This would have been subject to delays, cost overruns and most likely a lower quality end product. Looking at the overruns of Courthouse, Port Royal and Berkeley this would have been 500+ easily plus the added financing costs compounding the debt.

  5. Comfortably numb says:

    The other problem with the cheap,foreign Labour is that they make time, work hard and are willing to work overtime and weekends.

  6. Really says:

    The PLP supporters will never ever except the airport was a good deal. Even though it was rated one of the best. Yet they will be there to cut the ribbon. Bunch of ignorant people supporting a bunch of clowns. PLP are in bed with Trump. They are Just as ignorant as he is.

    • Andrew says:

      Yep, i made this point before. Can’t wait to see the picture of the PLP team proudly cutting that ribbon once the Airport is complete.

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