LaGuardia owner seeks bids for new terminal

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is seeking statements of qualification for firms interested in a long-term concession of a new central terminal building at New York's LaGuardia airport.

The about $3.6 billion design-build-finance-operate-maintain concession includes the replacement and financing of the terminal and support facilities, operation and maintenance of the existing building during construction, management of the transition to the new terminal, and operations and maintenance of the new building, according to a request for qualifications on 26 October. Firms are anticipated to make an at least $200 million equity contribution to the project.

Statements of qualification are due by 21 December, with a request for proposals planned for release to shortlisted bidders in the second quarter of 2013.

The authority has a long-term concession with JFK International Air Terminal for Terminal 4 at its John F Kennedy airport. It also works closely with airlines, some of whom manage their own terminals at both JFK and LaGuardia.

Susan Baer, aviation director of the PANYNJ, told Flightglobal in September that the authority had received "a lot of good information" from the responses to its request for information (RFI) for the project issued in January. She added that many of the respondents recommended that procurement begin when 30% of design is complete, which she estimated will be done in the first quarter of 2013.

Phased construction of the proposed 120,774m² (1.3 million ft²) terminal is expected to take seven years, according to the RFI. It will have up to 38 gates and include a connection to the US Airways terminal and space for a future rail station. Construction could begin as early as July 2014.

The existing central terminal has 69,977m² and 36 gates. It opened in 1964.

URS is programme manager for the PANYNJ, Frasca & Associates is financial adviser and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is architectural adviser.