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Design contract for new PPG terminal awarded to Woolpert AEG


Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Woolpert AEG has been awarded the $2.46 million contract to evaluate, plan and design a new airport terminal for Pago Pago International Airport.

This was confirmed by acting director of Port Administration, Falenaoti Loi-On Fruean in response to questions from Samoa News.

 “The contract is pending the final signature of the Chief Procurement Officer,” said Fruean.

According to background information, Woolpert is the fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm in America, with a dynamic research and development department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners such as Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design.

Fruean said the contract is for $2,464,000. “The duration of the contract is 180 days from Notice To Proceed. The contract [is] pending final signature from CPO, then we issue Notice to Proceed.”

It was unclear how many companies tendered bids for this project.

Overseas media reports that Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate Curtis Brown said the evaluation phase launched this month.

 “Woolpert is employing the VLX mobile mapping building scanner as part of its reality capture for the existing structure and utilities to produce precise as-built drawings, which will be used to assess what can be retained and rebuilt.

 “The existing PPG terminal has limits due to regional geography. It was built more than 50 years ago and has been expanded multiple times to address the evolving needs of the region and the industry.

"The current facility does not adequately support new aircraft or economic development plans for American Samoa, which is actively expanding infrastructure, industrial, commercial and business opportunities," Brown said.

This is not the first time Woolpert has signed a contract with the Port Administration.

 "We have been working with the American Samoa government over the last few years, reconstructing and extending runways, and we truly appreciate their culture and values, as well as their needs and vast potential."

In 2018 Woolpert signed two contracts with the Port Administration to evaluate and rehabilitate the primary runway at Pago Pago International Airport (PPG), and to rehabilitate, reconstruct and possibly extend the runway at Ofu Airport.

The firm, which is among the Engineering News-Record’s Top 100 Design Firms, supports a mission to help its clients progress and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 26 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. Armed Forces.

This project will be completed with local, federal and FAA funding sources. The build will be environmentally and economically conscious, incorporating sustainable materials and climate resilience practices, while improving services that support disenfranchised communities, according to Woolpert data.