Work on the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project will officially commence this week.
So says Daren Cenac, General Manager of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Port Authority (SLASPA).
For more than a decade, SLASPA and the Government of Saint Lucia have embarked on the airport redevelopment project to meet the ever-changing aviation demands, standards, and protocols.
Since the groundbreaking ceremony last year, SLASPA’s Management, Port Council, and the project team have finalized critical conditions for the commencement of the project.
Speaking on the commencement of the project, Economic Development Minister, Guy Joseph says now is the ideal time to begin work, taking advantage of the downtime currently experienced as a result of COVID-19.
“Now is a good time to capitalize and get this project going and as we have seen most countries around the region they are using construction as a stimulus to help drive activities within the economy during this slow period given the impact of COVID on all of the economies of the region,” Joseph explained.
As a statutory entity, SLASPA is governed by stringent policies.
A project of this magnitude necessitates due diligence and meticulous project planning to ensure success and timely delivery.
Having completed contractual terms as well as the approvals for the masterplan from both international and local authorities, the Authority is now ready to move ahead with the project.
The project kicks off with site hoarding of about 55 acres and the relocation of just over 20 existing airport services this week.
This component is part one of a four-phased approach and is expected to last approximately four months.
The foundation aspect of the project, which involves the driving of more than 3000 piles, will be launched simultaneously.
Construction for the HIA Redevelopment Project is undertaken by Taiwan based, Overseas Engineering and Construction Company (OECC), with project management, engineering and oversight by Miami based, CBRE | Heery.
The two companies have extensive experience in their field of work (construction and engineering respectively) for major infrastructural projects across North & Latin America and the Caribbean.
Through its committed, hardworking and qualified staff, SLASPA has played a significant role in fueling economic activity for over 37 years. It has made a sterling contribution to national development, particularly in the areas of trade facilitation, commerce, and tourism.
The HIA Redevelopment Project will have a long-term impact on varied sectors of the economy, as the aviation industry evolves into new and dynamic opportunities.