The $600 million renovation and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center is behind schedule.
According to a memo from City Manager Jimmy Morales, contractor Clark Construction has run into snags with planning, permitting and design modifications that have put the large-scale project 45 days behind the original schedule.
The project has two significant benchmarks to meet during the next few years of construction — to have all four halls available for Art Basel this December and next. The marquee event for the convention center, Art Basel has been promised access to all four halls for its world-renowned art fair both years.
Bob Goodman, spokesman for Art Basel, told the Miami Herald that the art fair’s team is in regular contact with City Hall and is not worried about this year’s event.
“We’re monitoring construction, and we’re confident they’ll be ready,” he said. “We’re optimistic and we’re hopeful.”
The city maintains that the delays won’t impact Art Basel because Clark is developing a plan to catch up and shift some work to early 2017.
“The contractor had run across a couple of delays, but the way we’re mitigating it is some of the work is actually going to happen in 2017,” said Maria Hernandez, Miami Beach’s project director for the convention center district. “There will be four halls available. The show will go on.”