Jul. 1—PITTSTON TWP. — The airport board awarded a $4.35 million contract Friday for a new hangar that will house Geisinger Health System emergency helicopters and privately owned planes.
D&M Construction Unlimited, of Dalton, won the contract to build the approximately 12,000-square-foot hangar at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.
The board also approved a $346,872.93 contract for Borton-Lawson Engineering Inc., of Wilkes-Barre, for construction administration and observation services related to the hangar.
Geisinger will pay $15.12 a square foot in rent for about 3,000 square feet in the hangar and 3,386 square feet of office space in a separate, adjacent building. The board approved the lease in December.
Aviation Technologies Inc. will rent the rest of the hangar to others, airport Engineering Director Stephen Mykulyn said. The company manages the airport's hangars and private plane parking and maintenance.
Geisinger has operated out of the airport for more than 20 years.
Assuming the Federal Aviation Administration and the state Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aviation approve grants for the project, construction could begin by August and finish by December or early next year, Mykulyn said.
In February, the board awarded a $789,000 contract to Rise Construction, Jefferson Twp., to create the prefabricated metal hangar.
In other business, the board:
—Awarded a $6,990,669 contract to Scranton Electric Heating & Cooling to replace the terminal heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and a $229,890 contract to Everon Electrical Contractors Inc., of Scranton, to handle the electrical end of the job.
The airport received no bids for general construction on the job and voted to advertise again. Mykulyn estimated that will cost about $150,000.
Mykulyn said temporary equipment will cool and heat the terminal as necessary while the new system is installed. He hopes construction begins in a couple of months and expects completion will take until the fall of next year.
The board also awarded a $1,442,500 contract to C&S Engineers Inc., of Syracuse, New York, for construction administration and observation on the project.
—Approved paying American Asphalt another $1,050 for its paving of the terminal access road. The total contract is now $1,664,250.
The work is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of July.
—Extended the professional marketing contract of Condron Sweda Advertising until Oct. 31, 2024.
—Extended the professional communications/public relations services contract with Schoen Comm, of Scranton, until Oct. 31, 2024.
—Hired Jose Irizarry Casiano of Scranton to a maintenance job at $18.66 an hour.
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