Airport board accepts bid for terminal repairs

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008

JUNEAU - The Juneau International Airport Board on Wednesday passed a motion to recommend that the Juneau Assembly accept North Pacific Erectors' $1.8 million bid to do phase one terminal repairs.

Erectors, a Juneau company, offered the lowest, but came in $200,000 over the project architect's estimate. Members of the board agreed the extra money was available and voted to go forward with the first plans in the $10 million remodel and expansion.

Board member Eric Forrer wondered if the lowest bid had to be accepted. He said sometimes low bids are questionable and become complicated as the project evolves.

"The lowest bid is not always the best bid," he said.

By charter, city enterprises such as the airport have to take the lowest bid, airport Manager Dave Palmer said.

"If North Pacific gives you a bid, I have confidence in it," board member Butch Laughlin said.

The Assembly is expected to consider the bid at its April 21 meeting. Palmer expects work to begin by May 1.

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