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Gary airport moves to build new customs building

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Gary Chicago 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.

“The construction 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.

“While planes 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 opportunities.”

“Gary/Chicago 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 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.



Posted 8/3/2017




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