Feature Photo: An airplane awaits to depart from a taxiway at the Austin–Bergstrom International Airport. Image Google Streets.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — City Council chose the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) method for its Airport Expansion and Development Program, at last week’s meeting.
The solicitation and evaluation process should take about six months. Minority and women business enterprise participation will be a condition of the solicitation.
The project will allow the city to address the ongoing needs of travelers at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport.
The project may include taxiways, airfield roadways, aircraft rated bridges, stormwater improvements, utilities and pavement improvements, and updates to the airfield lighting and signage systems.
Collaboration will be necessary between airport staff and design consultants, to avoid interruptions in air service. The city will select a construction manager with prior experience in developing such projects under similar conditions.
The designers and contractor will need to keep critical utility systems working for the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station, airport wide water quality conveyances and airport security systems, according to city documents.
The working nature of the project will require detailed construction phasing plans to minimize operational impacts and provide safety on the active airfield in a federally regulated, secure environment.
Funding for the project will be partially provided by FAA airport improvement grants and airport bonds.
The project comes with an estimated construction cost of $130 million and is expected to begin in 2023.
VBX Project ID: 2021-5739