Canaveral Port Authority

Cruise Terminal 3


$163 Million


2018 - 2020


Project Management

Service Provided


Ranking as the world’s 2nd busiest cruise port, Port Canaveral’s homeport typically sails above 100% capacity, according to To sustain the overabundance of passengers and tourists, the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) embarked on the largest single project in their history, Cruise Terminal 3 (CT3).

In partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, 2018 marked the groundbreaking for their new 188K SF terminal, now home to Carnival’s Mardi Gras ship. The 180K ton ship is the first liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered cruise ship to be based in North America.


KMI saved CPA more than $1 million through design review management.
CT3 is the largest single project in Port Canaveral History.


A project of this magnitude, undoubtedly, came with several challenges. Our greatest challenge included the berth, terminal, and parking facility construction conjunctive of one another. Berth delays had direct impact on the terminal schedule, causing the general contractor to re-sequence an entire tilt wall production and erection order.

The delivery for all three structures required extensive coordination and regular impromptu stakeholder meetings at multiple times throughout the day in addition to regularly scheduled Superintendent and OAC meetings.


The KMI team provided complete, seamless support to the Canaveral Port Authority. We were able to save the client over $1 million through design review management. Several of our design suggestions were implemented and proved successful additions to the project.

We provided daily quality assurance inspections and worked with the contractor teams to deliver a large, complex project under the guaranteed maximum price. The quality assurance inspections ensured accuracy of construction documents and aided in developing a collaborative rapport with the GC, which greatly facilitated the identification and correction of any potential quality issues.

While it would seem that a “divide and conquer” approach would have been more effective, the KMI Team was just that…a TEAM. Everyone had their primary responsibilities, but trust in our leadership allowed all team members to remain collaborative and in touch with all aspects of project delivery.

KMI was responsible for the full-time onsite oversight of all construction, representing the owner in projects consisting of waterside improvements, gangways (Passenger Boarding Bridges), precast multistory parking garages, new tilt-wall building construction and expansions and renovations of existing terminal buildings. The Port found their advice and problem solving to be immensely important to cost reduction, identification of value engineering (VE) savings, as well as demanding the specified high-quality product in a very time sensitive project. They are a highly valued partnership for CPA.

William E. (Bill) Crowe
Vice President, Facilities, Engineering and Construction

Canaveral Port Authority

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Terminal 3 photos courtesy of Canaveral Port Authority