Port of Pasco commission approves bond sale for Tri-Cities Airport terminal expansion

Tri-City HeraldJuly 2, 2014 

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The Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.

BOB BRAWDY — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

— The Tri-Cities Airport is going to a full remodel after all.

Port of Pasco commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved issuing no more than $28 million in bonds for a remodel that will double the size of the Pasco airport’s terminal building.

Bouten Construction Co., the port’s general contractor/construction manager, received good bids for the 28 subcontracts involved in the remodel, said Randy Hayden, the port’s executive director. That means the total project, including alternates, will cost about $42.1 million, he said.

The remodel will move the staircase, elevator and restrooms to the front of the terminal to open up the area near the security checkpoint.

The ticketing and baggage areas will expand and a new concourse will be built beyond the security area with gates to the right and left.

Port commissioners had previously decided to scale back the project because of the spendy price tag, but still had Bouten Construction ask companies to bid on the scaled-back version and the full version. Officials had expected the full project to cost about $45.3 million.

The alternates added back into the $42.1 million project include additional space for Gate 5 in the new concourse, renovating the second-floor restrooms and corridor and improvements to the short-term parking lot, Hayden said.

Bouten Construction will wait to award the subcontracts until after the bonds are sold July 17, Hayden said.

Most of the debt will be paid using passenger facility charges from airline tickets, but other airport revenues also will be used. Construction is expected to begin in August.

The port commission also unanimously awarded a $8.4 million contract to Granite Construction of Pasco to move a frequently used taxiway at the airport, Hayden said.

The port recently received a $10.6 million federal grant to pay for the taxiway project.

The grant also included funding for the Federal Aviation Administration project to relocate its Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range, or VOR, radio beacon out of the path of the terminal remodel.

The taxiway and the VOR relocation are critical to the terminal expansion project, officials have said.

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