Norwegian Cruise Line – Cruise Terminal B at PortMiami

August 18, 2021

NCL Cruise Terminal B Wins ENR Southeast’s Best Project Award

Built by NV2A-Haskell, Joint Venture, the 546,757-square-foot project is an iconic, state-of-the-art landmark on the Miami skyline.


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Cruise Terminal B at PortMiami, constructed through a joint venture (JV) between NV2A and Haskell, has won the ENR Southeast 2021 Best Project Award in the Airport/Transit category, the magazine announced.

The modern flagship terminal, a nautilus-inspired landmark, unites function and form in vibrant Miami, Florida. This $232 million, 546,757-square-foot project includes a new terminal building with all back-of-house operations for security, baggage handling and screening, and ground transportation areas for buses, rideshare and personal vehicles. The project also boasts a multi-purpose provisioning building for supporting ship operations, waste disposal and general provisioning. This building houses the main MEP systems, such as main switchgear, emergency generator, HVAC chiller systems and communications backbone. An 809-space precast parking structure is also included.

“We’re thrilled that ENR’s esteemed panel of judges has recognized NCL Cruise Terminal B as one of its 2021 Best Projects,” said John-Paul Saenz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Haskell. “The joint venture partnership of Haskell and NV2A innovated and performed at the highest level for our client NCL, whose iconic vision now graces the Miami skyline.”

Although the project was delivered under a construction management at-risk contract (CMAR), the JV created “design-assist” packages for design and scope management that brought an over-budget concept into operational parameters. Design progressed from simple renderings to permit drawings within three months and advanced as a GMP was developed.

Never-before-seen use of virtual construction technology drove the project to completion with unprecedented speed and an unmatched level of quality.

“The NV2A/Haskell Joint Venture delivered a highly complex project under challenging conditions with complete excellence,” said Pete Kinsley, President of Haskell’s Infrastructure & Transportation Delivery Group. “Innovative use of Building Information Modeling, or BIM technology, enabled us to execute with precision, speed and quality. We satisfied all primary objectives for Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as those for PortMiami.”

While many large-scale projects follow a process of planning, architectural design, engineering, detailed plans, shop drawings, field-dimensioning, fabrication, construction, etc., the JV team took a different approach, applying building information modeling (BIM) and virtual construction at an unprecedented level.

  • BIM was used for all design and trade coordination. Frequent measurement with robots, laser scanning and regular data assimilation into the model kept competing tolerances in balance and informed construction work in real-time.
  • The steel system needed to be fabricated in more than a half-dozen different shops to meet production schedules. The team reviewed the structural model daily with engineers and detailers, followed by physical inspections in the shops to confirm details, welding procedures and dimensional accuracy. This assured the precise erection of a steel structure comprising massive, atypical, radiused structural members
  • The team selected a vendor in Colombia that prefabricated the more than 100,000 square feet of curtain wall in modules directly from the BIM model rather than from measurements in the field. The modules were delivered in 12-foot-by-16-foot sections that were easily erected with glazing already installed in the frames. The real-time, hyper-accurate model saved six months of construction time.

“We definitely pushed our BIM, Reality Capture and Digital Layout capabilities to leverage our construction model – not only for coordination of the challenging building design but also for our logistics planning inside the terminal and around the site,” said Danny Parmenter, who was Haskell’s Construction Executive on the project. “We accomplished a lot of great things that would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do accurately without our technologies.”

The 189,730 SF cruise terminal, which will earn LEED® Gold designation, consists of 8,221 tons of structural steel with a façade of more than 110,000 SF of curtainwall glazing. Completed on an active cruise ship active berth and requiring coordination among 12 different permitting agencies, the project also includes a 340,730 SF parking garage and 16,297 SF warehouse.

An independent panel of jurors chose Best Project Award winners in 15 categories from roughly 95 entries. Winning projects are automatically entered in the national competition and will be judged against the winners from all regions by a jury comprising construction industry professionals from across the country. Watch for the winners of the Best of the Best Projects Award to be recognized in a special editorial feature in Engineering News-Record, in which one project will be highlighted as Editors’ Choice, selected by the editorial staff of ENR.

Haskell delivers $2± billion annually in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Consulting solutions to assure certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. Haskell is a global, fully integrated, single-source design-build and EPC firm with over 2,200 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial and commercial markets. With 20+ office locations around the globe, Haskell is a trusted partner for global and emerging clients.

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