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Apron construction contract awarded for Spaceport America

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:40 am via: Spaceport America
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LAS CRUCES, NM – The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) has selected a contractor to provide construction services for the flight apron at the Spaceport America site. After reviewing proposals from several contractors, the NMSA Board of Directors awarded construction of the apron to David Montoya Construction, Inc., of Alameda, NM.

The $5.75 million apron project includes all the surfaces around the Terminal Hangar Facility (THF) that connect to the runway and other infrastructure at Spaceport America. David Montoya Construction, Inc., was also awarded the construction of the runway in an earlier bid process, and is far along in that project. David Montoya Construction, Inc., is recognized by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States. The apron will provide approximately 440,000 square feet of surface area outside of the terminal hangar facility to support Virgin Galactic and other Spaceport America operations.

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Steve Landeene, Executive Director for the NMSA, expressed excitement about the continuing progress at the spaceport. “The construction of Spaceport America is moving along on schedule, and I am pleased to see another component of the project going to a New Mexico contractor, bringing jobs and economic opportunity to the people of New Mexico,” he said. “NMSA will continue to issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Invitations to Bid (ITB) for more services and construction at the spaceport, and awarding contracts to the best qualified contractors.” The latest RFP/ITB information can be found online at www.spaceportamerica.com

Spaceport America is the world’s first purpose-built commercial space facility. Spaceport America has been working closely with leading aerospace firms such as Virgin Galactic, Lockheed Martin, Moog-FTS, UP Aerospace, and Armadillo Aerospace to develop commercial spaceflight. Spaceport America’s 10,000-foot long runway is now under construction and is expected to be complete by late summer 2010 with the Terminal Hangar Facility projected to be complete by early 2011.

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