Airport Project Creates Construction Opportunities

An economic boon is about to open up for Tulsa contractors and subcontractors.
San Francisco-based URS Corporation, the engineering and project management firm contracted to oversee the roughly $40 million in renovation slated for Tulsa International Airport, is hosting an outreach workshop next month to inform local construction companies of the ins and outs of contracting airport work.
Senior Project Manager Bobby Ostteen said requirements for airport bids are some of the most strict.
“This isn’t like bidding a hospital or office building,” he said. “There is a whole different level of bonding and insurance. If you are working on a building and run into a car, it is one thing, but if you run into a plane, that’s a whole new ball game. Security is also an issue.”
Ostteen said the workshop is an effort to make sure local contractors, subcontractors and suppliers understand the requirements in order to keep them competitive in the bidding process.
“We prefer to keep work as local as we can on these projects, but since they are bid projects, I can’t play favorites,” Ostteen said. “The purpose of this workshop is to draw in as many local people as we can and get them bidding on these projects.”
Renovation in the main airport is divided into two phases by Concourses A and B. Bids will be accepted the first of March for Concourse B, which houses Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, with construction scheduled to run a two-year time line.
Ostteen said in Concourse B alone, there existed $25 million in opportunity for eligible bidders.
The workshop is free and will be Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Airport.

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