Terminal renovation contract vote expected

September 14, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Hagerstown Regional Airport is planning a nearly $900,000 expansion and upgrade to its terminal building, including a bigger holding room for passengers, a covered walkway and more office space, an airport official said.

The Washington County Commissioners are expected to vote today on whether to award an $891,870 contract to a Hagerstown company to perform the work.

County staff has recommended that the commissioners award the contract to Excel Contractors Inc., contingent upon approval by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has given the airport grants to pay for most of the project, according to information included with the commissioners' meeting agenda.


Excel submitted the bid with the lowest project cost, according to that information.

Five other companies submitted bids ranging from $898,418 to approximately $1 million. Governments typically are required by law to award contracts to the lowest bidder.

Airport Business Development Manager Greg Larsen said the need for the expansion came about after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when the federal government ordered tighter screening of passengers at airports.

The addition of those screeners and the equipment needed to conduct more thorough screenings made space tight in the terminal, Larsen said.

"Not only did we have to come up with space in the terminal to put them ... but there was a ton of different screening equipment," he said.

"It more than filled it up," Larsen said.

The 120-day project includes a 1,500-square-foot addition to the passenger holding room, new restrooms in the holding room, renovation of existing restrooms, converting former restaurant space to office space and a covered passenger walkway.

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