The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board is planning more construction at Orlando International Airport’s $2.8-billion Terminal C, which opened last September. The board recently selected Jacobs Project Management Co. to provide program management and oversight services for additional projects at the terminal.
Under the contract, Jacobs is set to oversee the resumption of projects that were deferred because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to GOAA. The program management contract’s scope includes oversight of stakeholder and operations coordination, design, construction and contracts.
The initial slate of work overseen by Jacobs is expected to cost $750 million, a spokesperson says. The airport has a variety of Terminal C projects in different stages of development, including a multi-modal connector pedestrian bridge and rental car lobby, additional gates, airfield works, a rental car facility and tentative design for a Phase 2 expansion, records show.
In February, the Federal Aviation Administration selected Orlando International Airport for $69 million in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding for Terminal C expansion projects, including construction of the pedestrian bridge and additional gates.
Jacobs beat out three other firms shortlisted for the contract, according to GOAA. A total of six firms responded to the RFQ, records show.
“The aviation authority was looking for a national leader with extensive experience and technical expertise in managing aviation and intermodal capital programs,” Kevin Thibault, CEO of GOAA, said in a statement.
Tom Meinhart, senior vice president of people and places solutions, Americas, at Jacobs, said in a statement that the firm would work with local small businesses and focus on economic inclusion and supplier diversity “to make a positive economic impact in the greater Orlando community.” Jacobs is partnering with local firm Ardmore Roderick to hire local disadvantaged business enterprises.
The 1.8-million-sq-ft Terminal C building, completed last year, currently includes 15 gates. That project was divided into separate “landside” and “airside” segments, respectively led by a Turner-Kiewit joint venture and Hensel Phelps.
Last fall, the GOAA board approved a $440.5-million increase to the airport’s 2021-2027 capital improvement program. With an updated total of $4.61 billion, the program includes the Terminal C Phase 2 expansion and additional Terminal C projects, plus other planned work at the airport.
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