Article by: Emon Reiser

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Miami-based Munilla Construction Management (MCM) will officially break ground on the $37.5 million expansion of PortMiami’s Cruise Terminal F on Wednesday morning. Once completed, the terminal will be used mainly by upscale cruise line MSC Cruises, whose U.S. headquarters is in Fort Lauderdale.

Executives and officials attending today’s groundbreaking ceremony at the port include MCM President Jorge Munilla; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla and MSC Cruises USA President Roberto Fusaro.

The renovation will be built in three phases with completion expected in October 2017. Phase 1 includes a more efficient reconfiguration of the three-story passenger terminal with a secured embark bag drop/X-ray and baggage holding area. The second level of Terminal F will become a large waiting area with direct access to the third floor. The building’s fire protection/alarm systems will also be brought up to code and its restrooms will be renovated.
Phase 2 includes the construction of a new three-story addition immediately east of the Terminal that’s intended to house offices, waiting rooms and more restrooms. Phase 3 includes the construction of a third-floor concourse corridor connecting the existing terminal building to the new addition from Phase 2.

The project is expected to allow the terminal to handle larger ships and generate $3.5 million more in revenue. Handling larger cruise ships will help PortMiami maintain its title as the “Cruise Capital of the World,” with the most multi-day cruise passengers of any port on the globe.

MCM previously led renovations of PortMiami’s Cruise Terminal D and the expansion of Miami International Airport’s North Terminal.