Committee recommends approval for airport redevelopment contracts

By Lauren Ratcliffe
Published April 24, 2013

An aviation authority committee recommended two contracts and a work package that will allow construction to begin on a redevelopment project at Charleston International Airport in the next few weeks.

In what Charleston County Aviation Authority Chairman Andy Savage called an “affirmation of staff,” the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Project Committee voted unanimously this morning to recommend authorization of a work package included in the $200 million project.

Not every vote had total support, however. The committee recommended by a vote of 4-1 that the full board approve a $7 million construction administration services contract to Fentress Architects, the redevelopment’s architect. The contract includes an additional $1 million contingency fund to cover unexpected expenses. Larry Richter voted against the measure.

A separate contract for special inspections and administration testing was unanimously recommended for approval. That $330,000 contract would go to Terracon, an engineering consulting firm.

The contracts were discussed by the committee after Michael Baker Corp., the project manager for the redevelopment, and Fentress were directed to work with airport staff to reach an agreement on the contract’s value. That agreement was reached last week.

Today’s vote by the committee means the project could move ahead if the full board approves the recommendations. After the meeting, Savage said he expects visible construction to begin by the end of May.

Reach Lauren Ratcliffe at 843-849-3119.

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