Anyone who’s been flying in and out of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) in recent years has noticed constant work going on all around the place – and not just work related to the new 1000-acre aviation megasite that’s drawing in new companies. The airport’s main terminal, the parking lots and parking systems, the road that serves the terminal, have all seen improvements – and the airport has constructed a new tower and made runway renovations as well.

However, actions by the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority on Tuesday, April 23, show that PTI has a long way to go in its renovation and modernization efforts, which include a number of enhancements to the terminal and the surrounding areas.

At the April 23 meeting, the board voted unanimously to award a contract to Tremco Inc. to supply materials for the “Main Terminal Roof Re-covering Project.”

The total cost of that contract will be $1,809,221.

At that same meeting this week, the board also unanimously agreed to contract with AAR of North Carolina, Inc. to provide the labor and other services for that same roof re-covering project.

That contract is priced at $842,000.

In another contract award, the Airport Authority approved a contract with Green State Power, LLC to upgrade the lighting in the airport’s parking deck.

The total price of that contract – “based on estimated quantities” –  is $1,435,000.

The approval of these improvements follows on the heels of the Authority’s March meeting, when the seven-member board contracted with Baker Underground, Inc., at a cost of $1,065,298, for a water and sewer extension project along Bentley Road.

(At that March meeting PTI Executive Director Kevin Baker noted that he has no affiliation with Baker Underground, Inc.  For instance, the company is not run by his brother or anything.)

At that same meeting last month, the Airport Authority also awarded a contract to Lindsey Architecture, P.C. to provide the architectural and engineering design services for the Authority’s Terminal Modernization Project.

Construction administration services aren’t part of this contract: This is for the design phase, which is expected to be complete by July of next year. Payment will be based on the hourly rates and expenses of Lindsey.

The current total of estimated fees and expenses under the contract is $13,428,986.