On Wednesday, the Tallahassee City Commission voted to award a construction contract for the International Passenger Processing Facility (IPPF) Project ($23,476,000) and an additional 5% project contingency ($1,173,800) to Whitesell-Green, Inc. in the amount of $24,649,800.
The funding will be provided by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Federal Aviation Administration, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Grant, Sales Tax Revenue, Right of Way Funds, and the Airport Repairs, Replacement & Improvements (RR&I) Undesignated Fund Balance. This project is included in the Airport’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
The agenda item notes that the IPPF will be a major driver of economic growth for the Big Bend region. The IPPF project will provide for a terminal expansion to house a United States Customs and Border Protection approved international passenger port-of-entry and a federal inspection station that will serve both commercial air service and general aviation needs at the Tallahassee International Airport.
On July 10, 2019, the City Commission provided authorization to accept and execute a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program Grant Agreement in the amount of $1,776,111.30 for the design of an International Passenger Processing Facility (IPPF) at the Tallahassee International Airport.
Airport Staff have worked closely with the design team at Corgan Associates, Inc. and numerous representatives at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to design a facility that meets the rigorous requirements of the CBP’s Airport Technical Design Standards.
CBP has issued preliminary approval for the Tallahassee International Airport to be a designated User Fee Facility and has indicated that construction of the International Passenger Processing Facility should commence by March 21, 2022.
If construction of the facility has not started by that date, CBP has indicated that the Tallahassee International Airport would need to reapply to become a user fee facility which would result in significant delays to the overall project.
The IPPF project will provide for a terminal expansion and an approved international passenger port-of-entry and federal inspection station that will serve both commercial air service and general aviation needs at the Tallahassee International Airport.
In addition to construction, this project includes funding for permitting, resident project representative, construction administration, and construction phase design services. Once construction begins, the project is expected to take 600 calendar days to complete.
The Tallahassee City Commission also awarded a construction contract for the Terminal Rehabilitation Phase III Project ($4,181,000) and an additional 8% project contingency ($334,480) to Cook Brothers, Inc. in the amount of $4,515,480.
The Passenger Terminal at Tallahassee International Airport is over 30 years old and modernization and improvements to the A and B Concourses of the Terminal Building are needed to meet current and projected passenger demand and activity levels.
Renovations would include new terrazzo flooring, new departure gate area carpeting, electrical improvements, departure gate area seating upgrades, HVAC improvements, coffee concession upgrades, and interior wall and ceiling finish enhancements.
The City issued and advertised an Invitation for Bid (IFB) for the Terminal Rehabilitation Phase III Project, IFB-078-21-CW on August 9, 2021 with bids due September 21, 2021. A total of three (3) bids were received as summarized in the attached bid tabulation. Cook Brothers, the bidder recommended for the award, provided the lowest responsive bid and demonstrated good faith in meeting the FAA-approved Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal.