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At a special meeting in early January, the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved awarding Merritt Island-based Ivey’s Construction Inc. a 478.98 million contract for the Port’s Cruise Terminal 3 project and a $29.53 million contract for the adjacent 1,800-vehicle parking garage.
Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, when finished in May 2020.
“We’re creating a world-class cruise terminal, and with these contract awards, the project is mobilizing and moving ahead,” stated Port CEO Captain John Murray. “We are confident that this state-of-the-art facility will be constructed on schedule and on budget.”
A five-member Port Canaveral selection committee favored Ivey’s for the cruise terminal project over a partnership of H.J. High Construction of Orlando and Suffolk Construction of West Palm Beach, which bid $83 million. Committee members gave Ivey’s top scores based on factors such as pricing and construction schedule. Ivey’s received an average score of 93.8 out of 100. The Suffolk/H.J. High partnership earned an average score of 86.2. Ivey’s also submitted the lone bid on the parking garage project.