Tulsa Airports Improvement Trustees on Thursday approved engineering design contracts valued at $905,726 for three airfield and passenger terminal construction projects at Tulsa International Airport estimated at $13.1 million.
Two of the engineering contracts were awarded to Benham Cos. LLC of Tulsa.
Benham received a $206,500 contract to provide design and bidding services for improvements to the airfield electrical and lighting system. It also was awarded a $270,000 contract to provide design and bidding services for phase 2 of the terminal improvements project.
Jeff Hough, deputy airport director of engineering and facilities, said the airfield and terminal electrical upgrades are necessary because the airfield's and the 65-year-old terminal's original 5-kilovolt electrical systems must be upgraded to 15-kilovolt systems. Upgrading the airfield system and the west concourse of the passenger terminal will cost an estimated $2.3 million, he said.
"Our old system is completely maxed out," Hough said. "Upgrading gives us a lot of capacity. Electrical demand back when the original system was installed isn't what it is now."
The estimated $3.3 million phase 2 of the terminal project follows $31.9 million in terminal security upgrades, terminal expansion and relocation of passenger security checkpoints over the past four years.
Phase 2 includes installation of fire suppression systems, new ceilings and lighting in the baggage claim areas; new information booth, elevators and concessions at the center terminal security checkpoints; and security doors at concourse exit lanes.
The board also approved a $429,226 engineering contract with PBS&J Corp. of Tampa, Fla., for design and bidding services for a 1,500-foot extension of Taxiway Charlie on the south side of the 7,695-foot east-west crosswind runway. The estimated $7.5 million project will include installation of lighting off the east end of the runway.
Difficulties and misunderstandings associated with negotiations of five-year rental car concession agreements with six rental car companies required an amendment to a professional services agreement with Leigh Fisher Associates, the San Francisco-based airport consultant, airport officials said.
The board agreed to extend Leigh Fisher's contract, which expired June 30, until Sept. 30 and to increase its compensation by a figure not to exceed $26,000. The original contract was valued at $49,565.
The board also agreed on individual five-year rental car concession agreements with Tulsa-based DTG Operations Inc., doing business as Dollar Rent A Car, and DTG Operations Inc., doing business as Thrifty Car Rental; Tulsa-based Vanguard Car Rental USA Inc., doing business as Alamo and National; Enterprise Leasing Co.-Southwest, doing business as Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Hertz Corp.; Avis Rent A Car System Inc.; and Budget Rent A Car System Inc.
Rental cars, which provided the Tulsa Airport Authority with $3.6 million in revenue last year, are the second largest nonaeronautical revenue source at Tulsa International after parking receipts, which totaled $4.4 million last year. Landing fees, paid by airlines and charter operators, totaled $5.8 million in 2005.
The board held an extended discussion about minimum conditions of operation for fixed-base operators (FBO) at Tulsa International.
A new FBO, Aircraft Turbine & Support, has had a temporary one-year lease on the west side of Tulsa International since February. Its owner, Joe Cole, requested a 20-year FBO lease, although he has only 12,000 gallons of above-ground fuel storage capacity while five incumbent FBOs have at least three times that capacity.