Multi-million dollar facelift for St. Maarten airport cargo building

POSTED: 01/7/15 4:20 PM

St. Maarten — Talisien Construction NV has been selected as main contractor for the multi- million dollar renovation works of the cargo building of the SXM airport. Talisen Construction was selected out of 14 contractors who submitted bids. According to an SXM press release the selection was based on the contractor’s price, experience, and good reputation in big construction works.

After contract negotiations with SXM Airport, which was assisted by its legal representative, Lexwell, and with the Supervisory Board of Directors’ approval, the multi-million dollar agreement was signed between Talisien Construction NV and PJIAE NV to commence the construction works for the renovation of the Cargo Building. The other three agreements, including, Project Management and Supervision, and Steel Structure will be signed shortly. Regina Labega, SXM Airport managing director and Carl Critchlow, managing director of Talisien Construction NV signed on behalf of their respective companies. The total cost of all the contracts is about US$3.5 million.

According to Labega, the renovation of the Cargo Building is necessary given the importance of positioning SXM Airport as a cargo hub for the sub-region. “Of course, we cannot emphasize enough the important role cargo plays for SXM Airport and our core partners, the airlines,” she added.      Groundbreaking for the Cargo Building renovation works is expected to take place this month, and estimated to be completed by March 2016. The construction will be executed in two phases in order to allow the Cargo Operators to remain operational. Temporary offices will be constructed to accommodate the cargo handlers during the construction period.

The Cargo Building has been in need of renovations and improvement for a long time, and is part of the Capital Improvement Program that SXM Airport embarked upon at the beginning of 2013, after securing the funds on the international financial market in December 2012. Cargo and mail movements at SXM Airport have been steadily increasing over the last five years, going from 1,983 tonnes in 2009 to 3,010 tonnes in 2013, a jump of about 52%. The steel structure of the new Cargo Building will be manufactured in the Netherlands by known steel structure manufacturer, Van Sluisveld. The existing steel structure is still in top shape, and will remain. However, another steel structure will be added in order to add a new floor, and create eight additional office spaces, and a canteen. The renovations of the Cargo Building will include the re-organization of office spaces, more cargo storage, and parking areas. It will also involve the upgrading and expansion of the restrooms, the addition of a new floor, offices, and a canteen, and will also have to comply with Fire Department Regulations.

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