$229,000 Wilkes-Barre Airport Costs OK'd

PITTSTON TWP. -- The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Bi-County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $229,000 in change orders to contracts for the new terminal.

The $80 million project is expected to be completed in December after two years of construction.

"These change orders that are being done here still fall in the fundable category," said airport director Barry Centini.

The largest single increase of $137,427 will go to Sordoni Construction Services Inc., for general construction. The total cost is $16.8 million. The increase is because of the airport's request for changes to the car rental counter area, jetway parts room and security checkpoint.

Design changes also were needed in part for installation of tube steel to support an overhead coiling door, and relocating vestibule drain lines.

An additional $49,328 was approved for Rado Enterprises Inc., for heating, venting and air conditioning construction. The increase brings the total amount to $2,745,411.

Everon Electrical Contractors will receive an extra $42,862 for additional overhead door and light fixtures and under lab conduits at Ticket Counter Area, and electrical work for a jetway parts room contributed to the increase. The total amount for the contract is $3,038,511.22.

Centini said design changes and airport requests were behind the increases. He said there are six major components to the terminal changes and seven or eight major contractors.

"These projects were designed in phases. They were not designed in one contract," Centini said.

Centini said they are bringing the change orders to the board as they come instead of waiting until the end of the project.