Project Description

In 2002, the Government of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles awarded a 30-year concession agreement to Alterra Partners for the development, operation and maintenance of the Hato International Airport.  The airport capital development program consisted of a Phase 1 $45 Million CAPEX Program for the design and construction of a new International Passenger Terminal with improved Retail and Passenger Services.  Associated improvements included the development of new car parking lots, new and upgraded utility systems, and the enhancement of cargo and general aviation operations. Future Phases include the expansion of the International Passenger Terminal, expansion of the aircraft apron, expansion of the car park facilities, and the renovation of the existing terminal office areas.  The Project serves as a model for developing a small airport terminal.  Local architectural characteristics, elements, and features were included in the design.

MAR’S Role

MAR senior staff through their former employer Bechtel were seconded into Alterra Partners (the Owner) executive management team.  MAR staff were in charge of the entire Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) program.  Major activities included:

  • Master Planning;
  • Conceptual, Preliminary, and Detailed Design
  • Cost Estimating
  • EPC Contract Negotiations
  • Progress Status Monitoring
  • Quality Assurance
  • Technical Problem Solving
  • Development of Testing & Commissioning protocols
  • Development of Operational Readiness Program

Project Location:
Curacao, N.A.

Government of Curacao and a private consortium lead by Alterra Partners

Project Value / Total Installed Cost:

  • First Phase: $45 Million
  • Total Investment: TBD

Project Dates:
2002 – 2004

Scope of Work:

  • Business Plan Formation
  • Project Finance
  • Program Management
  • Construction Management
  • Master Plan Development
  • Concession Agreement Negotiations
  • Design Development & Technical Reviews
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Testing & Commissioning
  • Operational Readiness

Significant Accomplishments:

  • Obtained project financing
  • Assisted in the successful Concession Agreement negotiations with the Government of Curacao
  • Successfully negotiated all Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contracts
  • Technology transfer to local Curacao firms