International Airport (GCIA) is announcing that it has received all
necessary design approvals from the federal government to construct a new
General Aviation Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facility at the airport.’
“With this approval
in hand, the airport has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a
professional construction management (CM) firm to provide bidding and
inspection services and management of the construction of the new facility
at the airport,” GCIA said in a statement released today.
of a new, permanent General Aviation customs facility is the next step in
growing GCIA and realizing our full potential,” GCIA Authority Chair Stephen
Mays. “I am thrilled we will soon be able to offer this service to the
general aviation community and increase the universe of potential airport
users who will be able to fly into the airport from any destination in the
world without having to stop somewhere else to first clear customs.”
In 2015 GCIA
extended its main runway to 8,859 feet, and there has been a near 16-percent
year-to-date increase in operations compared to this time in 2014 prior to
the opening of the extended runway, GCIA said.
There has also been
a 27-percent year-to-date increase in fuel flowage compared to this time in
2014, an indicator that larger planes are taking on more fuel and utilizing
the extended runway to travel further distances, GCIA said.
departing from GCIA can and are traveling to destinations across the globe,
incoming flights from international destinations must currently land and
clear customs at competing airports before returning to GCIA,” the statement
said. “An onsite CBP facility will allow the airport to handle incoming
international flights, better meet the needs of the airport’s current
tenants and expand and take advantage of general aviation and cargo
International Airport is an enormous resource to the region and the
construction of a new customs facility will improve the airport’s ability to
compete and attract new fliers while enhancing our marketability to the
corporate, cargo, and general aviation flying communities,” said GCIA
Executive Director Dan Vicari.
Earlier this year,
the GCIA Authority retained NGC Corp as the new customs facility’s architect
of record. NGC has prepared plans and specifications which have been
reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The
selected CM consultant will coordinate with the GCIA Authority and NGC on
all aspects of the construction project, including the identification,
management, and coordination of subcontractors and working with affected
agencies to ensure all security requirements are met.
All inquiries and
questions related to the RFP must be submitted to the airport in writing no
later than Aug. 23 via fax or e-mail to: Duane Hayden, Gary/Chicago
International Airport, (fax) (219) 949-0573 or Duane@gciairport.com. Final
RFP responses are due by 1:00 PM CST on Sept. 1.
The RFP and copies
of the plans and specifications for the project are available to interested
firms at the Administrative Offices of the Gary/Chicago International
Airport at 6001 Airport Road in Gary from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday for a non-refundable deposit of $100.