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Another $22 million in contracts awarded for DIA remodel

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) The Denver City Council likely will approve another $22 million in “as needed” contracts Monday for remodeling projects at Denver International Airport.

In January, airport officials told the council it will take at least four years and another $1 billion to complete the airport redo. But they stressed that the project still is on time and on budget.

The council is set to approve three-year contracts with two possible one-year extensions with several architectural firms. The contractors are:

· HNTB Corporation, $4.5 million.

· HDR, Inc., $4.5 million.

· RS&H Inc., $4.5 million.

· Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., $4.5 million. The firms winning the $4.5 million contracts have agreed to subcontract 30 percent of the work to minority/women-owned businesses.

Other contracts awarded include:

· 360 Engineering LLC, $1 million.

· SynEnergy Engineering LLC, $1 million.

· Studiotrope Design Collective, $1 million.

· Studio Completiva, $1 million.

Most of the firms have previously done work for the airport or other city buildings.

Council members have in the past frowned upon “on-call” contracts, with council member Amanda Sawyer consistently voting against them. But during a committee meeting last month, city staff told the council on-call contracts “are used for smaller projects needing to be executed quickly.” Those projects include emergency repairs, operations assessments, and feasibility studies.

“Our on-call partners are truly partners in achieving strategic goals,” the aviation department wrote to the council in a memo.

Contracts will pay for architecture, design services

In a memo to the City Council, the aviation department said the contracts are needed “to perform large scale architectural and engineering designs and bid documents for facility and infrastructure projects throughout the main terminal, concourses, airfield, and surrounding area. The scope of these projects varies widely, and the professionals are needed to coordinate design activities among various sub-consultants.”

Projects include gate expansions, office remodels, concourse renovations, interior finishes, structural repairs, mechanical system improvements, life safety systems improvements, apron concrete repair and paving, gate relocations and more.

The projects will be incorporated into the contract through task orders, according to the memo. “In addition to the types of projects described above, the professional consultant will be tasked to participate in the construction phase of their design projects. DEN’s preferred project delivery method is design-build, and as such may require integration with a contractor to do construction work.”

List of projects

Other projects the contracts will pay for include:

· ADA improvements.

· Terminal entryway improvements.

· Passenger loading bridge replacements.

· Roof repairs and replacements.

· Paramedics space relocation.

· Central utility plant infrastructure system upgrades.

· Cargo building infrastructure improvements.

· Plaza and hotel safety upgrades.

· Glycol recycle infrastructure improvements.

· Boiler 6 replacement.

· Basement repairs.

· Concourse facility finishes refresh.

· Automated Guideway Transit System (AGTS) tunnel repairs.

· Parking structure accessibility improvements.

· Concourse trash chute access improvement.

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