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Aviation Commission accepts terminal deal

This photo shows a rendering of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

This photo shows a rendering of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

ALBANY — The Albany Aviation Commission unanimously awarded a $10.7 million bid for construction of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport’s new terminal Monday to the second-lowest bidder.

Walbridge-Aldinger of Tampa, Fla., will receive the contract to build the terminal if approved by the Albany City Commission this month.

While Walbridge-Aldinger was the second-lowest bidder, the first — Manhattan RFB — was pulled from consideration after a protest was lodged on the bid and a review conducted.

That review, according to Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Director Yvette Aehle, showed that RFB wasn’t licensed in the state of Georgia to contract low-voltage work, which threw the company’s Disadvantaged Business Utilization — commonly known as DBE — well below the 14.7 percent required by the federal government.

Aldinger has agreed to dedicate 15.35 percent of the $10.7 million contract, or $1.6 million, to the use of minority-owned subcontractors on the project.

Aehle said that if the contract is approved by the City Commission this month, work could begin on the new terminal as early as February. It is expected to take 450 days to complete.

When work on the terminal is completed, Phase III of the airport overhaul project — new parking and landscaping — will begin.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 11 months ago

Albany airport terminal = bridge to nowhere. What a colossal waste of money!

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 11 months ago

Obviously you never fly out of Albany. The terminal is a dump and needs help. Other communities are refreshing their look and let's face it, the airport is the first thing that business customers see when they get to Albany. We've got to make our community look better and create a more business-friendly city.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 11 months ago

I only fly out of Albany when I absolutely have to. There are, what, 3 flights in, 3 flights out per day? It's cheaper (and sometimes faster) to drive to ATL. Trixi, I hate to break it to you, but,....there ARE NO business customers...NO ONE IS COMING! We've got a lot of much larger issues than the appearance of an airport that no one comes through...ie, schools, coast of healthcare, etc....

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 11 months ago

Why are Albany's hotels booked so heavily during the week then? Who's staying here if it isn't business people?

I fly out of Albany whenever I can and it's WAY better than driving 6 hours round-trip to Atlanta, putting up with the parking situation, taking 30 minutes to get through security and the general hassle. I like arriving back home and being in my driveway in 20 minutes.

Some fares are cheaper in Atlanta, but I think it depends where you're going.

I'm glad to take the seat that you're leaving empty out of Albany--thanks!

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