Wichita Mid-Continent Airport opens bidding for terminal construction

The city of Wichita and the Wichita Airport Authority will begin taking bids Feb. 17 on the construct ion of a new terminal building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Groundbreaking is expected in May.

The terminal, the central part of a $160 million project, is expected to open in late 2014 or early 2015, city officials say.

The airport will hold a pre-bid meeting for contractors on Jan. 11.

The two-level, 273,000 square-foot terminal will feature 12 gates, each with a passenger loading bridge, more efficient passenger and baggage security screening, baggage claim and airline ticketing systems, city officials said.

It will be funded through Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Safety Administration grants, airport passenger facility charges and airport revenue.

The terminal was designed by Kansas City-based HNTB Architecture.

Potential bidders are encouraged to attend the Jan. 11 pre-bid meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Wichita Airport Hilton hotel, city officials said.