(Miami, Florida – March 7, 2013) - PortMiami’s 2035 Master Plan has earned a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies as part of the organization’s Engineering Excellence Awards competition honoring projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement in engineering.
The master plan was created for PortMiami by Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, an international, multidisciplinary design firm that provides planning, design, and engineering services. Both the “PortMiami 2035 Master Plan Project” and the firm will be recognized on April 23 during a ceremony in Washington DC.
“The Master Plan received this recognition because of the Port’s wide-ranging goal to focus on community development, community integration and sustainability—which made 2035 Master Plan more than just a collection of projects,” said Luis Ajamil, the Miami-based engineer who led the project. “The 2035 Master Plan focuses not simply on the Port, but also PortMiami’s relation to neighboring communities and its Biscayne Bay locale.”
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez commenting on the national recognition said the master plan will be an important tool in guiding growth at PortMiami, the county’s second largest economic engine after Miami International Airport.
“2035 Master Plan is not only a good blueprint for future success and growth at our seaport, it dedicates much thought to sustainability and ensuring that the Port operates in an environmentally responsible manner.”
County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa and Vice Chair Lynda Bell, who also chairs the Commission’s Economic Development and PortMiami Committee, joined the Mayor in congratulating Port officials and Bermello, Ajamil & Partners for the prestigious award.
“We will work closely with PortMiami officials, their cargo and cruise customers and the community in the implementation of various facets of the master plan,” Sosa said.
The plan calls for enhanced infrastructure on the Port’s 518-acre site including proposals for a new cruise terminal, an intermodal transportation and further re-development of properties for maritime purposes.
PortMiami Director Bill Johnson noted that a number of large infrastructure projects incorporated into the plan—including the new Port Tunnel now under construction, the re-introduction of on-port rail, and the deepening of the Port’s channel—are already underway.
“This is an exciting time for PortMiami,” Johnson said. “I am pleased for the national recognition and eager to move forward together with our partners throughout the community. Ongoing investment in the Port’s infrastructure will ensure that we remain competitive in a highly competitive global marketplace.”
PortMiami is among America's busiest ports and recognized across the globe with the dual distinction of being the Cruise Capital of the World and the Cargo Gateway of the Americas. PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps provide direct and indirect employment for more than 207,000. For more information please visit www.miamidade.gov/portmiami.