The Lafayette Airport Commission has released its solicitation to architectural and engineering firms that want to be involved in the construction of $150 million in Lafayette Regional Airport projects over the next three to five years, including the centerpiece $90 million passenger terminal.

Airport consulting firm Sides & Associates said the request for qualifications is the first stage of a process that includes hiring an architectural or engineering firm. The second stage is sending out similar requests for project management companies to bid on handling the passenger terminal project.

The projects will be funded with Airport Improvement Program grants, facility charges to airport passengers and other customers, Louisiana capital outlay money, grants from the state Department of Transportation and Development, federal security grants, sales tax proceeds and Lafayette airport funds.

The Airport Commission is seeking a “multidisciplinary team experienced with a variety of projects in a complex airport operations environment,” Sides and Associates said in the news release. “The successful firm will be required to demonstrate the ability and resources necessary to perform the scope of services requested.”

Interested firms should submit a letter to the airport by Dec. 7 and attend a mandatory pre-submittal conference on Dec. 9.

Details on the requests for qualifications, how to get certified as a disadvantaged business enterprise and other information can be found at newLFTterminal.com. The website includes a place where interested firms can send questions, and there’s also a timeline for the selection process.

The architect-engineering firm, or A/E firm, chosen will sign up for a three-year term, with two possible one-year extensions.

“The intent of the A/E RFQ is to select a team of professionals that possess specialized national and international technical aviation industry expertise and knowledge to ensure best management practices for construction and airport regulations,” airport Executive Director Steven Picou said in a release.

“Additionally, the selected firm will centralize the management of, and enhance coordination between, multiple development needs and priorities on a variety of projects,” Picou said.

Airport officials also have a goal of 7 percent participation in the upcoming projects by firms owned by minorities, women and veterans that are qualified as disadvantaged business enterprises. To participate, the businesses must become DBE certified. Certification is done through the state, and the Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette can help business owners navigate the process.