Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by leaders of the building trades as she announced the first significant bid package on the main terminal building for the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) revitalization project. The Security/Exiting Enhancement bid package will be publically released on Friday, July 7th.
“I’m pleased that we have reached this major milestone in this exciting and transformational project and I look forward to beginning the airport terminal revitalization,” said Dinolfo. “The Security/Exiting Enhancement bid package will inject millions of dollars into the local economy and create nearly 100 jobs while increasing the safety and security of everyone visiting the Greater Rochester International Airport.”
The bid package features three components of this project in the airport terminal building: an expanded center security checkpoint with more efficient queuing lanes for travelers and improved passenger amenities such as pre security baggage scales and new areas to unpack and repack belongings before and after screening; more secure passenger exiting by streamlining arriving passengers to one center exit; and a new greeting area in the lower level of the terminal which serves arriving passengers and visitors.
Dinolfo was joined by local leaders of the building trades to announce a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the ROC project. It is anticipated the PLA agreement will provide over $500,000 in cost savings to the County, flexibility in work scheduling to meet project deadlines, and uniform work conditions.
“Since my first day as County Executive, I have made local job creation the centerpiece of my administration,” said Dinolfo. “This Project Labor Agreement for the airport revitalization is a true partnership with the local building trades and will provide jobs for Monroe County residents.”
Project Labor Agreements have a long history in both public and private construction in the United States dating back 60 years or more and are a recognized tool for assisting in cost effective and timely completion of construction projects. Monroe County negotiated and implemented PLAs for the O’Rorke Bridge Project in 2000, the Monroe Community College Building 9 Expansion and Renovation Project in 2007, the Regional Crime Laboratory in 2009 and the MCC Downtown Campus in 2015.
"The Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council are proud partners in the development of this Project Labor Agreement," said Dave Young, President of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council. "Thanks to County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo this PLA ensures that there are local jobs in place for local labor - adding to our growing economy. The employment of union construction crews ensure safe work environments with high quality projects that end on time and on budget. We are proud to stand with those who share our vision of a prosperous economy in our community."
The Rochester construction trades are largely unionized and participate to a significant extent on municipal construction projects. Due to the number of trades to be involved in the Airport revitalization project, any jurisdictional issues will be mitigated by the PLA. In addition, this agreement promotes the competitive bidding process and ensures the lowest cost for the best quality workmanship. By also eliminating the potential for work stoppages during construction, the PLA maintains labor harmony and ensures the project remains on-time, a necessity for the tight timeline of this project.
Monroe County Purchasing Department (Bid Package Posting)