A St. Louis company has been awarded the contract to construct a new T-hangar and associated taxilanes at Washington Regional Airport.

During their meeting Monday night, Washington City Council members unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the contract with R.V. Wagner Inc., the second lowest bidder on the project.

Wagner’s bid was $799,000 to construct the pre-engineered hangar unit that will provide space for two large and 10 smaller aircraft.

One company, Cannon General Contractors, submitted a lower bid of $748,478.96. After review by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, that bid was not accepted because the firm did not meet federal specifications requiring that 4 percent of subcontractors be classified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Brian Boehmer, assistant city administrator, explained.

A total of 12 firms submitted bids ranging from $1.1 million to just under $750,000.

Boehmer said a pre-construction meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, and work could begin soon after that.

“They should be ready to go,” Boehmer told the council.

Original cost for the project was estimated at $1.2 million, including design and construction services.

That amount now stands at $947,502.80, according to a new cost summary presented to the council.

“We’re saving close to $245,000,” Boehmer said.

The new total includes the $799,000 construction total, plus $51,411.89 in design services and $97,090.51 for construction services.

Over the last four years, the city has accumulated $551,307 in federal non-primary entitlement funds for airport projects. The city proposes to apply those funds to the project, leaving the local match at $396,195.80.

The city proposes to fund the local match with savings from refinancing Certificates of Participation (COPs) used to finance the city’s share of constructing the four-lane Highway 100 project and city building projects.

The city plans to recoup the local match through hangar lease payments over a 20-year period.

Construction Services

On a related matter, the council approved an ordinance authorizing a $97,090.51 contract with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc., for construction supervision services including soils and concrete testing.

The city previously paid the engineering firm $51,411.89 for design services on the project.

Currently, the Washington Regional Airport has 20 single hangar units and four large units.

There is a waiting list of more than 24 pilots seeking hangar space at the airfield off Highway 47 in Warren County.