Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has partnered with the Bahamian Contractors’ Association (BCA) to meet the construction demands for its multimillion-dollar project at Lighthouse Point in South Eleuthera.
The company hopes to invite qualified companies to submit bids for general contractor design/build packages by this summer.
BCA President Michael Pratt said only contractors that registered at yesterday’s information gathering session at The Poop Deck, Sandyport, as well as those who attend the second session today, will be considered potential vendors or service providers.
“We’re here to give an update to the BCA and talk about how the project is going to move forward and some of the commitments to the heads of agreement,” Disney’s project manager for the Lighthouse Point project, Doug Crosby said at the BCA’s monthly luncheon meeting.
“Currently Disney is going through an environmental impact assessment (EIA) in preparation for the EMP, which is the environmental management plan. We will be going to the BEST Commission for public review and we really can’t start any works until we complete that process. It’s usually a long duration.”
Although Disney has tentatively scheduled construction to begin in late 2019 or early 2020, Crosby said the company cannot start anything until the completion of the EIA.
The government signed an HOA with DCL in March, which mandates that Disney employ at least 120 Bahamians during the construction of the project and maintain a ratio of 80 percent Bahamian workers and 20 percent non-Bahamian workers during the life of the construction phase of the project.
Crosby confirmed that Disney is still in the concept and design phase of the project and intends to incorporate The Bahamas as much as possible in its approach.
“A lot of the imagineers are working closely with some of the layering. From a design standpoint there’s an artwork program which we are looking to incorporate and one of our head creative persons is working with a lot of local artists and vendors to create that image,” he said.
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