Even though the total bid for a new airport hangar came in higher than expected, the City of Chadron will save significantly on the project.
The city awarded the bid earlier this month to Fuller Construction for $629,133.52 to construct an 80x80 storage hangar at the Chadron Municipal Airport. The new hangar, which will likely be completed next spring, will be able to accommodate additional aircraft and allow the city to store its maintenance and snow removal equipment inside.
The city is expected to pay 5 percent of the costs, originally estimated to be about $234,000. However, Chadron was able to receive additional state and federal funding, reducing its obligation to about $51,000.
The bid by Fuller Construction was nearly 10.5 percent over the engineer’s cost, a spike largely attributed to volatile steel prices due to new tariffs implemented on the product. The city received only two other bids for the project, one from K.L. Wood in Alliance for just over $701,000, and one from MAC Construction in Rapid City, S.D., for just over $722,000.