(WICHITA, Kan.) — The City of Wichita's Bid Board unanimously rejected an appeal from contractor Dondlinger/Hunt Tuesday afternoon.
Dondlinger/Hunt says its bid to build the new airport terminal was the lowest. The company was disqualified because city officials say it didn't make a "good-faith" effort to get enough disadvantaged subcontractors for the project.
Dondlinger/Hunt now has seven days to file a written protest that will be reviewed by the Wichita Airport Authority.
The airport authority will award the contract later this month after considering the recommendation of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board (WAAB). WAAB recommended that the construction contract go to Wichita's Key Construction working with Walbridge from Detroit. Key/Walbridge's bid was for $101.5 million.
The city of Wichita also points out that in its protest Dondlinger/Hunt had proposed that the city use binding arbitration to resolve the dispute. WAAB determined that using such arbitration would violate FAA requirements and put $53 million in federal funding at risk.