NEW KNOXVILLE — The Neil Armstrong Airport terminal building project — a 15-year undertaking to replace the almost 50-year-old old terminal with an updated 4,000-square-foot building — hit a bump in the road this past month when no bids were returned.
Airport Manager Ted Bergstrom met with Auglaize County Commissioners Tuesday to put the wheels in motion to open a second round of bids with updated specifications in order to find a contractor that is willing to take on the project.
“It just begs the question: ‘What did we miss?’” Bergstrom said. “So we’re just going to look forward to that feedback and see where we need to improve and see where we missed on. And from there, if we have to make changes, that’s what we’ll have to do.”
Bergstrom said the extent of the updates won’t be known until the county talks to contractors that had issue with the original bid.
The goal of the new terminal project, Bergstrom said, is to update the original building with an expanded space to receive passengers and can accommodate larger groups. The updated building will also be more efficient and energy conscious, which should save on operating costs.
The old terminal’s demolition is set to be included in the bid as part of the construction process of the new building.
The total cost of the project is $2.2 million with 90 percent paid by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), five percent by state funds and the last five percent through a county match.
Bergstrom said the final amount spent on the county’s portion won’t be determined until bids are returned because of some of the complications of the FAA grant. For example, the FAA grant cannot be used to fund the construction of areas that aren’t accessible by the general public, such as offices and storage areas.
The bidding process is close to the last stage of a public construction project. The Auglaize County Commissioners will have to receive bids that fit the county’s determined specifications and approve the contract before construction can officially begin.
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