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OC Supervisors move forward with secondary bidder for JWA taxiway work


The Orange County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously agreed to deviate from the county staff’s recommendation for a contract for work on an airport project and instead directed staff to move forward with the second bidder.

Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday (Jan. 9) to proceed with Flatiron West, Inc., for preconstruction phase services for the John Wayne Airport taxiways A, D and E reconstruction project. County staff initially recommended awarding a $984,575 contract to Walsh Construction Company II, LLC, for the work.

Supervisor Katrina Foley, who represents District 5, which covers Newport Beach, suggested the modified action to the board.

“I have independently reviewed each proposal, including all references and the closely ranked scores. I find that Flatiron’s references from Sacramento Airport, Houston Airport System and the Dallas Love Field demonstrate better expertise in airport-related projects,” she said.

Based on the criteria set forth in the request for proposal, Foley made a motion that the board find that Flatiron West will “provide the best value to the county, based on its experience, proposed project personnel, project plan, financial strength, safety record and price.”

She also included in her recommendation that the board direct staff to issue a revised notice of intent to award and bring a negotiated contract back to the board for final approval.

Board Chairman Don Wagner said he conducted the same review and came to the same conclusion. He also would have made a motion for the modified action, but Foley beat him to it, Wagner said.

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Orange County Board of Supervisors this week decided to move forward with a contractor for pre-construction services for a taxiway reconstruction project at John Wayne Airport

The project includes replacement of aging pavement on critical taxiways and to realign the taxiways to meet Federal Aviation Administration’s current separation guidance between the taxiways and the vehicle service road.

Plans call to reconstruct taxiways A, D and E, and slightly realign taxiway A and the associated reconstruction and realignment of the vehicle service road to maintain the separation guidelines along the taxiway. The reconstruction of the taxiways measures approximately 2,800 feet (taxiway A), 250 feet (taxiway B) and 500 feet (taxiway E). The length of reconstruction and realignment of the vehicle service road is approximately 3,200 feet adjacent to taxiway A.

“Due to the critical nature and location of the taxiways, careful planning and construction phasing is required, which will maximize safety and minimize impact to JWA operations to the greatest extent possible,” the staff report reads.

OC Public Works issued a request for qualifications for the pre-construction phase on Sept. 29, 2022. The county received five submittals in response to the RFQ. The department later issued a request for proposals and received two that were deemed responsive. An evaluation panel comprised of members from OC Public Works scored the proposals, with Walsh Construction ranking at the top and Flatiron West ranking second.

Walsh Construction, a Riverside County-based contractor, has previously completed similar projects with the city of Long Beach, FedEx and Los Angeles World airports.

According to a summary of the scoring by the evaluators, both companies scored similarly in the written, interview and cost evaluations.

Supervisors approved a $3.41 million contract with AECOM Technical Services, Inc., on September 26 for a five-year term of architect-engineer consultant services for the project.


Sara Hall covers City Hall and is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.

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