Tulsa Airport Pays for Security Job

Trustees of the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust closed out a security card reader contract Thursday, extended a terminal construction contract and hired a surveyor to update property maps at Jones Riverside Airport and Tulsa International Airport.

The board accepted the $726,129 security card reader improvement project with ADT Security Services Inc. and approved a final payment of $80,122 on the project. Total cost of the project was 9.45 percent above the original contract of $663,420.

Airport executives said the security card project, which was mandated by federal authorities, will improve security access controls at the airport for employees and contractors.

Trustees approved a change order of $108,390 and extended by 169 calendar days a $1.15 million terminal ceiling and fire suppression project contract with Tulsa-based Keith Construction LLC. The change order amounts to 12.2 percent of the original contract.

Dan Pearson, managing director of the terminal projects for Benham Cos. LLC of Tulsa, said the change order is required to reinstall ceiling work that was in place when asbestos was discovered in a ceiling last summer.

Keith Construction also was awarded $47,904 for change of quantities to reinstall the terminal ceiling work. The change of quantities is 4.9 percent of the original contract, officials said.

The board approved a surveying services contract with Nickle & Associates Inc. of Tulsa in an amount not to exceed $150,000. The contract is to update proper ty maps at the airports and for small surveying projects as needed through December 2006.

Carl Remus, deputy airports director for finance and administration, said it has been eight to 10 years since a comprehensive survey was performed at the two city airports.

In addition, a review of airport records and documents by the Inspector General of the federal Department of Transportation two years ago established the need for updated airports surveys, airport staff members said.

The board approved a one-year lease at $13,287 a year for three acres adjacent to Air Force Plant No. 3 with school bus manufacturer IC of Oklahoma LLC. IC of Oklahoma has four one-year options on the leased land, which it will use for bus storage.

Trustees also approved and consented to the sublease of Hangar 31 on the west side of Tulsa International from 31 WJG Ltd. to Global AirWorks, which has opened an 80,000-square-foot aircraft modification plant in the hangar.

The board also approved a license agreement with Global AirWorks Inc. for one year. The agreement requires the aircraft modification firm to comply with all government regulations and airport security and insurance requirements.

In October, airline passenger traffic at Tulsa International totaled 282,989 travelers, a 6.6 percent increase from October 2004.

For the first 10 months of the year, airline passenger traffic was 2.69 million people, a 5.4 percent increase.

D.R. Stewart 581-8451 don.stewart@tulsaworld.com

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