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.