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