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Columbus Airport Project Gets More Funding After Labor Talks Suspended

By meerna Jul11,2024
Columbus Airport Project Gets More Funding After Labor Talks Suspended

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Brief description of the dive:

  • Construction on a new $2 billion terminal at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus is inching closer to breaking ground, despite tensions between contractors and local unions.
  • The Columbus Regional Airport Authority voted last month to approve another round of funding for the next phase of work at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, including $149 million for at-risk construction manager Hensel Phelps. The money will go toward improvements such as roads, electrical work, signage, underground utilities and pre-construction work.
  • This will be the third wave of funds approved for Hensel Phelps of Greeley, Colorado, for a total of $431.6 million. The CRAA also approved $51 million for Shelly and Sands of Zanesville, Ohio, to build a new apron, an area where airports move, park and prepare planes.

Diving Insight:

Local unions, led by the Columbus Construction and Building Trades Council, have been seeking a Community Benefits Agreement since February 2023 project work contract which would ensure that project partners receive prevailing wages and assign specific tasks and contracts to local and minority-owned businesses.

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer of the trade council, said: nothing came out of the negotiations and that Hensel Phelps refused to sign a CBA in a podcast last month. The terminal project, which is set to begin in 2025, is scheduled for completion in 2029.

Hensel Phelps and CRAA told Construction Dive last year that they were committed to supporting a local, diverse workforce and ensuring workers are paid a living wage. The team set a goal of 25 percent disadvantaged business participation on the project, which equates to $400 million in contracts earmarked for small, local, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses.

That number remains the goal, although the project is still not complete. In April CRAA organized an outreach event with 50 companies that met these DBE requirements and renewed their commitment for 25% of the project contracts to go to disadvantaged businesses.

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