The Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) Program includes the construction of the following components: Rental Car Center (RCC), Miami Central Station (MCS), Roadway improvements, MIA Mover guideway foundations and its MIC Station. The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) District Six Construction Department oversees all construction activities related to the MIC Program. For more information, click on FDOT District Six Construction to go to its website.
The MIC Program is employing an innovative construction method gaining popularity in the public sector called Construction Management at Risk (CM@Risk). The CM@Risk project delivery method provides certain advantages to the owner, FDOT in the MIC’s case, such as the opportunity to begin construction prior to design completion, centralize risk & responsibility risk under one contract and guarantee completion of the project at a negotiated price. This translates to budget saving through cost saving, a quality project through constructability & value engineering, and a fast tracked project delivery schedule.
In July 2000, the MIC Program’s consultant management team prepared a technical evaluation outlining three project delivery systems for consideration as a means of the RCC design and construction. They were: 1) Design-Bid-Build (Conventional); 2) Design-Build; 3) Construction Management at Risk (CM@Risk).
The evaluation results concluded that a CM@Risk delivery method would be the best opportunity for a successful project. This conclusion was reached after assessing several important factors, and included:
- Design Process Control – The CM@Risk method is best suited as it allows for integration of FDOT requirements.
- Schedule – The CM@Risk method can deliver the completed project within the project objective time frame.
- Highly Qualified Contractor – The CM@Risk method provides FDOT with the widest latitude to select a blue chip contractor with a record of success because selection is based entirely on qualifications and is not skewed by cost considerations.
- Highly Qualified Designer – The CM@Risk method requires a stand-alone designer selected solely by FDOT’s architectural/engineering qualification process.
- Budget/Cost Control – The CM@Risk method caps the owner’s cost with a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), which includes incentives for the contractor to control costs. FDOT then has less cost growth potential and risk.
- Project Team Formation – Getting the Project Team formed early and working in a partnering environment is characteristic of the CM@Risk method.
- Constructability Input – The CM@Risk method achieves early construction expertise involvement by the builders.
The Construction Manager (CM) is compensated in the pre-construction phase by a negotiated fixed fee. After the award of a GMP construction contract, the CM will manage a “fast track” construction program and construction will start before all design is complete. The CM will be required to pre-qualify all subcontractors with all trade contracts being competitively bid. Consequently, all construction work will be competitively procured.
The CM will be paid a management fee for oversight and coordination of the construction process and will be reimbursed for expenses at the project site. The CM may self-perform construction only if it competes for the work in the bidding process and wins with a low bid.
At the conclusion of the construction phase, the CM will have the responsibility for project close-out, systems start-up, as-built drawings, operations and maintenance procedures, and warranty services. The CM will provide quality control systems for the project in accordance with an FDOT approved plan. Quality Assurance will be provided by the owner's representative. Construction costs savings under the GMP will be returned to FDOT.
Construction will be packaged into separate GMP components, each with its own Letter of Authorization (LOA). Among the GMP packages are the following:
- GMP #1: RCC foundations and site utilities – Completed
- GMP #2: MIC Station foundations, MIC Terminal Access Roadways (MTAR) , Transit Access Roadway and the RCC Tunnel – Completed
- GMP #3: MIA Mover Guideway foundations – Completed
- GMP #4A: Rental Car Center – Completed
- GMP #4B: RCC Property Manager Building – Completed
- GMP #4C: RCC Buildout – Completed
- GMP #5: MIC Station of MIA Mover– Completed
- GMP #6A: Water and sewer mains on NW 25 Street and NW 37 Avenue; Pump station at northeast corner of RCC – Completed
- GMP #6B: Demolition of Avis and Hertz buildings; Tri-Rail Hialeah Market Station improvements – Completed
Demolition of existing Tri-Rail Miami Airport Station – Completed
- GMP #6C: Miami Central Station (East Concourse) – Start June 2011 through 2014
For more information on the construction elements for each of the MIC Program’s components, visit the MIC Program Projects section.