Eight architectural firms vying to design the new passenger terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport will present their plans for the $90 million project to airport commissioners in closed-door sessions this week, officials said.
Commissioners’ interviews with the firms will run Tuesday through Friday, with two on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, one on Thursday and three on Friday, according to the agendas sent Monday from airport Executive Director Steven Picou.
Each meeting will take place in the commission’s conference room in the airport terminal. The meetings are not open to the public.
All eight companies boast decades of experience in designing airport terminals and other public projects, according to their websites. A couple of firms have been around since before there was commercial aviation.
The schedule of meetings with commissioners was released by the airport commission is: Tuesday, St. Louis-based HOK and Houston-based Corgan ; Wednesday, century-old firm Leo A. Daly, based in Omaha, Nebraska, and 90-year-old Volkert of Mobile, Alabama.
On Thursday, there is only one scheduled interview, and that’s with RS&H of Jacksonville, Florida, a 75-year-old design firm with international offices.
On Friday, commissioners have a full day: at 8 a.m. representatives from PGAL, Houston-based and 75 years old, will make a pitch; at 11 a.m., commissioners will meet with San Francisco-based Gensler, a 50-year-old company; and at 2:30 p.m. century-old HNTB, of Kansas City, Missouri, will be the last firm to lay out its vision for the terminal.
All of the firms have experience in aviation-related designs, and some already have offices in Louisiana.
Whichever design firm is chosen will team up with a construction company to build the terminal. The commission will schedule presentations from the list of “project manager, construction manager” companies, or PMCMs, during the week of Feb. 29 through March 4. The commission will award the contract for the winning companies in early April.
Lafayette Parish voters approved a temporary 1-cent sales tax last year to run over eight months. The tax, levied April through November 2015, pulled in $32.6 million. The money will be blended with state and federal money and loans to reach the $90 million.
The new construction includes a new terminal and expanded parking.