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The bid board for the city of Wichita has voted unanimously to reject the appeal from a local construction company that was disqualified as the winning bid for a project to build a new terminal at Mid-Continent Airport. The team of Dondlinger-Hunt had filed an appeal, saying that it had 15 disadvantaged businesses (minority-owned and women-owned businesses) lined up as subcontractors, but the city said Dondlinger did not have the proper documentation that was required, and that could jeopardize $53 million in federal funding for the project.
The Wichita Airport Advisory Board has voted to recommend awarding the contract to the team of Wichita-based Key Construction and the Detroit firm of Walbridge. The Key bid was $101.5 million.
The recommendation goes to the Wichita city council, which will act as the Wichita Airport Authority in awarding the contract later this month. Dondlinger-Hunt has 7 days to file a written protest, which would be reviewed by the council.