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For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department’s Dockmaster Complex for Bill Bird Marina, Haulover Park honored for excellence in construction by Associated Builders & Contractors

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department's (MDPR) Dockmaster Complex for the Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park,10800 Collins Avenue in Miami was recently touted for 'Excellence in Construction' by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)  Florida East Coast Chapter-receiving a 2010 Eagle Award in the Commercial $5 Million category.

Designed in Miami Moderne architectural style, the two-story, 7,300-sq.-ft. Dockmaster Complex features nautical design elements, such as porthole windows and a front façade fixture resembling a lighthouse, and is painted a blue pastel color.  MDPR's Project Management Team, led by Maggie Tawil, MDPR Design and Development Division Chief, worked in coordination with Rosa Bazo, a Principal of the Miami Lakes architectural firm Arlotta, Bazo & Associates, Inc., and General Contractor Eddy Gonzalez, President of Zurqui Construction Services, Inc., Miami to complete the project.

The Complex which serves as MDPR's new Marina headquarters, houses staff offices, storage space and a lobby on the upper level and public meeting rooms, restrooms, and laundry and storage accommodations for those renting dock space at the marina, at ground level.

The Excellence in Construction Awards recognize the owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and specialty contractors who have demonstrated excellence in construction by providing signature building projects with a lasting effect on Florida's landscape. The competition serves to raise the level of construction standards throughout the industry by recognizing South Florida's ABC members and showcasing the results of their dedication.

About Haulover Park:
Haulover Park of the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation system is touted as one of South Florida's most beautiful beaches.  A mile and a half stretch of pristine white sand shores, beautifully landscaped sand dunes and open ocean surf, make it the ideal spot for sun-bathing, swimming or surfing.  The entire beach is guarded by trained lifeguards, who will inform beach patrons of existing weather and surf conditions.  Park visitors can enjoy the array of amenities, including shaded picnic facilities, seaside concessions, sundries/kite shops, a full-service marina, six lighted tennis courts and a dog recreation area.

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1, or visit


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