January 18, 2021

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Contractors file $16M of liens on Royal Caribbean’s Miami headquarters project

Dive Brief: Contractors have filed $15.8 million really worth of mechanics liens on the stalled...

Dive Brief:

  • Contractors have filed $15.8 million really worth of mechanics liens on the stalled $three hundred million Royal Caribbean Cruises headquarters growth in Miami, in accordance to Miami-Dade County community documents. Of individuals providers that have filed liens, two contractors have been paid out a complete of $230,493, leaving an unpaid stability of virtually $15.6 million as of Aug. 24.
  • Baker Concrete Construction has the largest energetic lien in opposition to the Royal Caribbean undertaking, situated at the Port of Miami, in the volume of virtually $eleven.seven million, followed by Kenneth Brest, a sub-subcontractor employed by Baker. Brest has filed liens totaling virtually $2.seven million. Other energetic lienholders are Gancedo Lumber, which promises it is owed $84,434, and Keller North The usa, which says it is owed extra than $one.one million. 
  • Job developer CBRE and common contractor Plaza Construction introduced the commence of building on what Royal Caribbean characterised as Miami’s “to start with real corporate campus” previous summer. In March, nevertheless, Royal Caribbean introduced it had halted building because of to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dive Insight:

Construction Dive attained out to Royal Caribbean about the liens but had not been given a reaction by press time. 

For the duration of the company’s second-quarter 2020 earnings call earlier this month, Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean CEO and president, said all money projects had been postponed or canceled as the cruise market waits to “get past this epidemic.”

The firm not long ago introduced that it secured a $seven hundred million bank loan facility from Morgan Stanley but said the proceeds, if drawn, would be applied for common corporate functions. There was no distinct mention of paying out past because of expenditures on the headquarters undertaking in Miami.

Royal Caribbean claimed a $one.three billion adjusted net decline after getting to terminate all its cruises in the second quarter. 

When requested about the mechanics liens filed in opposition to the property, Plaza agent Jorge Moros did not verify the lien quantities but confirmed to Construction Dive that Royal Caribbean had requested them to halt work. 

“The get-togethers are functioning collectively to amicably take care of all issues arising from the stoppage of the work,” he said.

If the HQ undertaking moves ahead after the pandemic has operate its study course, the 350,000-square foot, ten-story office building will allow Royal Caribbean to double its workforce in Miami. Features at the new complicated will include a health and fitness center, several activity courts, a soccer subject, a parking garage and electric car or truck chargers. 

In May, notice and lien support company Levelset claimed that mechanics lien filings in the U.S. had greater by forty% from January through March 2020. At the time, firm CEO Scott Wolfe said contractors were possible defending themselves given the uncertain mother nature of the coronavirus unfold and its outcome on their projects and consumer payments.

According to Justin Gitelman, written content partnerships coordinator at, the company’s most current lien data demonstrates that the quantity of mechanics liens that U.S. contractors filed in May and June fell a bit — 5,810 to 5,525 respectively — but the complete value of liens greater from $469 million to $472 million. Preliminary July data implies that the quantity of liens filed has also lowered, he said, as very well as the complete volume.