Here’s what we know about MCM, the builder of the FIU bridge that collapsed Bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon, killing several people
From left to right: Raul Munilla, Juan Munilla, Jorge Munilla, Lou Munilla, Fernando Munilla and Pedro Munilla
A prominent Cuban-American, family owned construction business headed by an FIU graduate built the ill-fated pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami on Thursday, killing several people.
Munilla Construction Management, founded more than three decades ago in Miami, had the contract for the $14.2 million bridge at Southwest 109th Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street. It collapsed just five days after crews lowered the 174-foot, 950-ton section of bridge into position. Reports show at least eight cars were trapped under the fallen debris. Identities of the victims have not yet been released.
The bridge was intended to create a safer passageway for students crossing Eighth Street’s seven lanes of traffic. It is part of a $124 million expansion of the campus.
The bridge after it collapsed on Thursday afternoon (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
An investigation into the collapse is ongoing. The National Transportation Safety Board said it would send a 15-person team to help investigate the accident.
MCM is led by Jorge Munilla, who graduated from FIU’s School of Business Administration in 1997 and has been president of the firm since 1983. He and his five brothers, who also work at MCM, are the sons of Fernando Munilla Sr., who had founded a major construction company in Cuba. Today, the firm has 1,200 employees, according to Jorge Munilla’s LinkedIn page.
MCM has worked on major government contracts in South Florida, Texas and Panama, including the $128 million expansion of Terminal 4 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, PortMiami’s Terminal F, and the widening and reconstruction of State Road 821. Other projects include the bridges of the Isles of Las Olas and Miami Beach’s South Pointe Park. MCM was involved in construction litigation tied to the 19-acre park that resulted in a $478,100 judgment against the firm in 2015.
MCM also has a history with President Trump s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Manafort was helping China s largest privately owned builder, Pacific Construction Group, identify U.S. construction firms it could acquire, including MCM, which has a multimillion-dollar Pentagon contract to develop a school for the U.S. Navy at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. A photograph shows Manafort and Yan Jiehe上海千花社区