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Airport approves $1.4M construction contract

Posted by | May 13 2016

Original article appeared in the Memphis Business Journal

In an effort to become more efficient, the airport authority is planning to move all of its staff offices to the main terminal of Memphis International Airport.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) approved a $1.4 million contract to Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc. during its monthly board meeting Thursday, May 12.

As part of the contract, Chris Woods Construction will build offices in the former Skyport Inn on the airport’s mezzanine level. About 30 hotel rooms, previously used by pilots and flight attendants, were demolished in November to make way for MSCAA staff.

“The contract is for building out that space, which will allow us to move all of our staff to the main terminal,” said MSCAA president and CEO Scott Brockman.

While much of the staff is already located in the main terminal, the airport authority’s Human Resources, Information Technology, Business Diversity and Finance departments are currently housed in an office off of Tchulahoma Road.

Those departments — and the roughly 80 people they employ — will be moved to the new space in the main terminal.

“It will make us much more efficient,” Brockman said.

The project has a 25 percent goal for minority- and women-owned business participation.