redesings add 25% to rebuild costs
of concourse J and the south terminal at Miami International Airport approved
by county commissioners Tuesday will add 25% to rebuilding costs to meet requests
from the Star Alliance airline partnership.
contracts approved by commissioners are part of a settlement between the Miami-Dade
Aviation Department and United Airlines, the Miami anchor for Star Alliance.
to architectural plans will increase projected costs for the south terminal
to $99 million, up from a ceiling of $74 million set last year, airport officials
south terminal is one of several in a $5.4 billion reconstruction program under
way at Miami International.
Dellapa, executive director of Miami-Dade Aviation, said the terminal design
was modified from a generic airport design.
is the most flexible terminal that we could have," he said.
raised concerns about constant changes to the project, citing a history of revises
after Mr. Dellapa said that more south terminal changes could follow. If the
US Justice Department approves a proposed merger of United Airlines and US Air,
he said, further revisions might be requested.
now and when we build this airport, the market could change a lot," Commissioner
Jimmy Morales said. "Two or three years from now we may be redesigning
all over again."
officials countered by saying that airport reconstruction was designed to accommodate
trying to put as much flexibility as possible," said Bill Johnson, assistant
county manager. "There will be marriages. There will be divorces here."
the design was already 75% complete, the contract with MGE Architects required
an amendment approved by the commission.
January, the county, in a court settlement with several airlines, agreed to
relocate United, Air Canada, Delta and 12 other lines to the south terminal,
including concourses H and J. The county also agreed to build new club areas
for United and Delta and a laser baggage system.
OK'd the changes, which include an extension of concourse J, adding escalators
and clubhouse space.
construction fees remain unchanged, officials said project costs increased partly
due to higher architectural fees, which are based on a percentage of total project
Johnson, assistant county manager, said commissioners last year approved 27
or 28 contract changes representing cost increases ranging from 22% to 26%.
July 1999, commissioners approved more than $700 million in cost increases for
airport renovations, including $400 million for an intermodal transportation
system and $300 million for changes to concourses in the airport's north terminal
serving American Airlines.
$100 million in modifications were authorized last year for the middle section
of the airport.
officials said they are preparing a revised plan for 2000 incorporating changes
during the past year. Officials said although some plans were expanded, others
were reduced or deleted.
said a contingency fund has helped airport officials maintain an overall $5.4
Johnson said commissioners would next be asked to review proposed changes to