Port awards $26 million airport runway project

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Bellingham International Airport runway and taxiway will be reconstructed this year in a project that was approved by the Port’s Board of Commissioners March 16 when it awarded the $26,342,000 bid to ICON Materials of Tukwila, Wash.

This is the largest construction project in the 90-year history of the Port of Bellingham. Work will begin in May and will continue through October. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be funding 95 percent of the project cost.

“A project of this magnitude will generate hundreds of jobs and will have a major impact on our local economy,” said Commission President Jim Jorgensen in a statement. “Plus this project will result in a runway and taxiway that will be in excellent condition for our community for the next 30 years.”

The project will include reconstruction of the runway and widening of the taxiway. This is the first full-scale runway strengthening and rehabilitation project at Bellingham International Airport since its initial construction in 1941. It will involve placing 174,000 tons of asphalt pavement, installation of an extensive drainage system and re-lighting of the runway and taxiway.

When the project is complete, the airport will be able to support planes as large as a Boeing 757, which can hold 220 passengers.

ICON Materials was selected through a competitive bidding process with the lowest responsive bid for this major project. Four companies bid on the project with bids ranging from $26 million to $33 million.

ICON’s past work includes work on runways at King County International Airport (Boeing Field), Renton Municipal Airport and multiple projects at Sea-Tac Airport. ICON constructed the third runway at Sea-Tac, an $81 million project.

“ICON has solid experience with runway reconstruction projects in an active, open airport and they understand how to coordinate a project of this magnitude,” said Port Aviation Director Art Choat in a statement. “We are eager to get this work underway.”

To learn more about the project, read the BBJ cover story in our March issue.

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