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Memphis Airport Board Approves Nearly $60 million in Projects

Posted by | August 17 2017

This article originally appeared in the Commercial Appeal

Memphis airport board approves nearly $60 million in projects most travelers won’t notice

Memphis International Airport officials approved nearly $60 million in construction contracts Thursday for projects ranging from rental car maintenance to new restrooms in A Concourse.

The airport board also approved $9.4 million for planning and development consultants, including the first airport master plan since Memphis lost its passenger hub.

The approvals marked the beginning of a robust round of capital improvements that will lead to a modernized B Concourse in 2021.

Travelers won’t come in direct contact with most of what was approved Thursday. The most customer-facing item was for some of the work that will prepare A Concourse to shoulder about half the airport’s passenger volume during upcoming construction on B Concourse.

The approved contracts are:

Airport president Scott Brockman said the last master plan was begun a decade ago, before Delta merged with Northwest and began downsizing Memphis.

He said the master planning effort will include input from the public and airport business partners. It will address such questions as what to do about parking facilities in an era of Uber and Lyft car-sharing services and self-driving vehicle technology.

“This is an exciting process where we start to chart our path for the future,” Brockman said.

The contracts came with varying levels of participation by minority and women-owned and local business.

Jacobsen/Daniels and A&B Construction are minority companies, Brockman said. Other minority participation percentages ranged from Chris Woods Construction’s 24 percent to Chris-Hill’s 39 percent.

The only company not showing minority participation was Schneider. Brockman said there was no diversity requirement because the services are considered a specialty and Schneider was selected through a national cooperative purchasing program.

Board member Darrell Thomas voted against the contract, saying he thought minority companies should have gotten an opportunity to compete for it.