This photo shows a rendering of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
ALBANY -- A new $10 million airport terminal project has cleared its final regulatory hurdle after city commissioners voted to award the contract to a Tampa-based company.
The terminal is the middle-project of a three-phase project overhauling the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport terminal area.
After a bothersome bid process that had to be redone after the lowest bidder, Manhattan-RFB, failed to have enough minority-participation for its low-voltage subcontractors to be eligible for the contract under federal disadvantage business enterprise regulations, Walbridge-Aldinger of Tampa, Fla., was granted the contract.
Airport Director Yvette Aehle said that now much of the work will happen behind the scenes between the city's Central Services Department, the airport's architectural firm and Walbridge-Aldinger.
"Typically it's six to eight weeks before anyone will start to see any kind of construction, so we're anticipating that happening at some point in late February or early March," Aehle said.
The terminal will replace the current McAfee terminal -- named for a former Albany mayor who died in a plane crash in the late 1950's -- which has been the hub for passenger air travel since 1955. Currently the airport terminal is the oldest terminal in continuous use in the state.
Following construction of the new terminal, Aehle will seek bids on a new parking lot and miscellaneous construction around the terminal which will be part of phase three.