Small and minority firms to lead construction projects at Orlando International Airport

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Left: Rendering of the Capital Improvement Program terminal expansion

As part of its small business program, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has approved five small and minority firms to participate in and lead the construction and design elements for the new south terminal project and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) at Orlando International Airport, Florida, USA.

The companies chosen are Geotech Consultants International, Cost Management, Page One Consultants, CMTS Construction Management Services and Kraus-Manning. Four of the five firms selected are small, minority or local businesses and three of these are companies that started working in aviation through the GOAA small business program.

“This is a huge project that will change the face of transportation in Central Florida for years to come, and by having local small and minority business participation we make this truly a community effort that we can all be proud of,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, chairman of the GOAA.

Groups were also selected to support the core elements of the US$1.1bn CIP which will maintain existing facilities and modify and expand current infrastructure with the goal of increasing capacity to 45 million annual passengers from the terminal’s original design capacity of 24 million. To accomplish this goal, the following projects have been approved and will include minority and small business participation:

Central energy plant: The scope includes concrete foundations, slabs, insulated tilt wall, masonry, waterproofing, structural and miscellaneous steel and metals, modified bituminous roofing, interior and exterior finishes, plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems (including fuel tank).

Ticket lobby program: Following the recommendation of the Authority’s Construction Committee, the board awarded this project to Gomez Construction Company. This is a multi-year program that consists of several projects including modifications to the landside building area, new and renovated ticket lobbies, seating and back walls, and new airline ticket offices.

North Terminal moving sidewalk removal: The Aviation Authority Board awarded the North Terminal Complex project to RL Burns. This project includes the removal of four sets of moving sidewalks in the North Landside terminal, infill of the slab, carpet and tile, and incorporation of power and data to accommodate mobile retail units. Construction starts December 2015 and is scheduled for completion in May 2016.

“We are proud of our 30-year history and track record of working with small and minority firms and we look forward to working with those firms selected today [October 21, 2015],” said Phil Brown, executive director of the GOAA. “There is no question that we are committed to our small business programs. Just last year the authority paid out over US$100m to local small and minority firms which helped stimulate the local economy.”

The GOAA board has also selected HNTB Corporation as the architect of record for the South Terminal C project Phase I. The approval follows the recommendation of the Authority’s Professional Services Committee based on criteria that included comprehensive project approach, [and the]qualifications and experience of the firm and key personnel as well as Minority Business Enterprise and Local Disadvantaged Business program participants.

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