Miami-Dade County

MIA wins $65 million bid waiver for Odebrecht project

Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday endorsed waiving bids on a $65million contract for upgrading Concourse E at Miami International Airport, agreeing to award Odebrecht the three-year project.

Airport executives said they needed to suspend procurement rules in order to get the concourse ready for MIA’s top carrier, American Airlines. American says it needs more space to accommodate growth after its merger with US Airways. “If a hub has an opportunity to grow, you make a mistake if you don’t seize it,” said Ken Pyatt, MIA’s deputy director.

To waive bids, the 13-member commission needed nine votes. With commissioners Dennis Moss and Javier Souto absent, the item passed 10-1. Esteban “Steve” Bovo cast the lone “no” vote. Bovo had questioned the need to bypass normal procurement rules for the concourse project.