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Company chosen to build new airport terminal

Preliminary work on the new airport terminal could start in six to eight weeks, officials say.

A traveler walks into the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport terminal in this undated file photo.

A traveler walks into the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport terminal in this undated file photo.

ALBANY, Ga.— The Albany City Commission has approved Manhattan RFB of Atlanta as the low bidder for the construction of the new terminal at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

The bid came in at $10.7 million.

Manhattan RFB was the lowest bidder among the eight published bidders on the project. LRA of Albany was the third-lowest bidder overall and the lowest local bidder at $11,359,722.

The bids ranged from Manhattan’s $10,793,400 to Precision 2000 of Atlanta’s high bid of $12,131,698.

Funds will go to construct a new 24,900-square-foot terminal building with 34,800 gross covered square feet. Construction costs include extension of the Airport Loop Road, construction of various erosion control measures, temporary structures and signage, in addition to the construction of a main terminal building, city documents show.

The Federal Aviation Administration has pledged to fund $7,792,835 of the project using federal funding sources, the Georgia Department of Transportation will kick in $269,835 toward the project with the city responsible for the remaining $2,730,730 from revenues generated by special-purpose local-option sales tax proceeds.

The $269,835 grant from GDOT came as a surprise to city officials, Airport Director Yvette Aehle said.

“It wasn’t something that we planned on having, but it is much appreciated,” Aehle told commissioners Tuesday before the board voted to accept the grant.

Some people commenting on the story at Albanyherald.com, said the commission ought to more closely consider the bids of local companies like LRA.

“Local governments can and do have local preferences for bids — just not Albany. If you recall there was some discussion about this a few years ago when the police department awarded a contract for several police cars to a dealer in north GA instead of the local dealer over a couple of hundred dollars a car. It doesn’t make any sense. A local company was within 5 percent of the lowest bid for this project. They should have been awarded the job,” one reader noted.

Aehle said federal contracts require that the “lowest, responsive and responsible bidder” be awarded the contract when they’ve met all of the contract requirements, including the quota for use of minority-owned businesses.

The contract doesn’t include demolition of the current structure, which will come as part of Phase III of the total airport overhaul project. Phase I improved the airport’s apron, which is the area between the terminal and the runways.

The bid contract won’t officially be approved until the City Commission’s night meeting later this month.

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Terihdfxr 2 years, 6 months ago

Imagine that not using any of our local contractors that pay taxes here, and employ local labor. This is one of the major things wrong with this city. You can not tell us that there were not any local companys that were close to that bid. Also remember you get what you pay for, even if it was a little higher wouldnt it be worth putting our local people to work? I would love to see the bid results.

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Tekasmom 2 years, 6 months ago

I will be watching this thread closely. We do not always know all the facts but we should. It does make a lot of sense to hire a local company. The living expenses of the workers alone should have made a difference in the cost. Hire local and they can go home at night not to a hotel.

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wesley 2 years, 6 months ago

I fill when a city or county takes bids they should be required by law to post in the local paper all bids and what is finally taken or given to accept a bid.

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 6 months ago

I'll put this info in the final story but the top three bids camr from LRA in Albany, at $11.3 million, Walbridge Aldinger Company out of Tampa at $10.7 million and Manhattan RFB of Atlanta had the low bid of $10,793,400. Reps from the company were at tge meeting this a.m. And said they were building terminals and doing airport work at Hartsfield, Houston, Dallas and Tulsa.

The only other local bidder was JCI General Contractors of Moultrie whose bid was $12.2 million.

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Terihdfxr 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the Numbers. It is like I expected. 560,000 higher. What is this savings going to cost the city over all. Unemployment, local goods and services, ect. Not to mention the sub contractors that are local that may not have a chance to get this job also. Most of these companys bring there subs with them. People make a big deal over these projects and then we do not even benifit from the construction of them.

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carbonrob 2 years, 6 months ago

As someone who has been close to the construction business for years, I've seen first hand the quality (or lack thereof), of the workmanship the buyer recieves when they opt for the "lowest bidder". Though not always the case, unfortunately for the buyer/owner, they more often than not end up experiencing the old adage, "you get what you pay for".

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 6 months ago

I think there are federal requirements in place that mandate that the lowest bid be awarded the contract.

Yes, it's great to have a local contractor do the work, but if they're not competitive, then there's not much that can be done. $500+K is a chunk of change to pay over the lowest bid.

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billybob 2 years, 6 months ago

Local governments can and do have local preferences for bids -- just not Albany. If you recall there was some discussion about this a few years ago when the police department awarded a contract for several police cars to a dealer in north GA instead of the local dealer over a couple of hundred dollars a car. It doesn't make any sense. A local company was within 5 percent of the lowest bid for this project. They should have been awarded the job.

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 6 months ago

Trixibelle apparently is right. On federal government contracts, if a bidder is deemed to be a responsive and responsible bidder, has met the DBE quota and is the lowest bidder, the contract must be awarded to them.

At least that's the word from the gov't officials.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 6 months ago

If the federal government has rules in place that do not allow for local preferences, then there is not much you can do. They are providing the majority of the funding, so you have to play by their rules.

There's a reason why there is competition--everyone is allowed to compete for the same thing. If you don't get the low bid this time, you go for it again next time.

Local government can do whatever it wants to do when it's just their money. But when you have federal or state agencies involved, they trump all others.

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supersquawker 2 years, 6 months ago

These bastards from Manhattan must be forced to do the job for the amount they quoted, the full job to the greatest extent, and not a penny more.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 6 months ago

Why so much hatred? Just because they aren't local doesn't make them evil!

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