LAS VEGAS-Clark County’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted to award Perini Building Co. a $1.2-billion contract for the $1.8-billion expansion of McCarran International Airport. The decision to move forward with the project was made despite a protest from the losing bidder and a written request from an airline company that the expansion be reconsidered because it would be paid for by higher passenger fees.

The expansion project consists of the construction of a three-floor, 1.9 million-sf terminal and associated infrastructure. The infrastructure includes an elevated roadway system, baggage handling system, 14 aircraft gates, federal inspection services and three pedestrian bridges from terminal to parking.

Bids were received and opened one month ago. Subsequent to the bid opening, the other bidder, a joint venture of McCarthy Building Cos. and Kiewit Construction Co., filed a protest alleging that for certain reasons Perini was not the best bidder despite its bid being more than $200-million lower. Staff reviewed the protest, interviewed the parties involved and still recommended Perini as the best bidder.

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