Wichita Firm Submits Low Bid For Airport Terminal

By: Wichita Business Journal Email
By: Wichita Business Journal Email

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February 24, 2012

Dondlinger & Sons Construction submitted the low bid Friday to be general contractor for the new Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

Its bid was $99,370,542. Nine other companies submitted bids.

The terminal is the marquee component of a $160 million project to bring Wichita’s 1950s-era airport into the 21st century.

Dondlinger’s selection doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to get the job. Technically, the Wichita Airport Authority and Federal Aviation Administration have to sign off.

“It’s highly likely” that the low bidder gets the job, “but there’s still a process,” Pat McCollom, an engineer with AECOM which is managing the overall airport project, explained earlier this month for a Wichita Business Journal story on the massive effort companies put into bidding on such a large project.

It’s the largest project in Sedgwick County since the $206 million project to build Intrust Bank Arena.

In other words, big-fish projects don’t come along every day. Landing one means a hefty, steady piece of work for several years and looks good on a résumé.

Assuming Dondlinger and its partner on the project, the Hunt Construction Group gets all the necessary approvals, it could awarded the construction contract around late-April or early May. Then there are two notices to proceed before work actually begins, McCollom says.

The first notice to proceed is to mobilize the contractor, to get it started on administrative activities, schedules, etc. The second notice to proceed will kick off construction, which McCollom expects to occur in a “June-ish time frame.” Before the serious work begins, a ceremonial ground-breaking is expected in late-May or early June.

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