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Legal protest puts Fort Wainwright hangar project on hold

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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 11:55 pm

FAIRBANKS — One of the contractors that lost a bid to build an aviation maintenance hangar at Fort Wainwright has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office, placing the project in limbo for the next several months.

Kiewit Building Group filed the protest June 26, challenging the Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District’s evaluation of the company’s proposal and award of a $70.6 million contract to Watterson Construction Co., according to Corps spokeswoman Pat Richardson.

“Kiewit requested a stay of performance and that the District either cancel award to Watterson and make award to Kiewit or conduct meaningful discussion and re-evaluate proposals,” Richardson said in an emailed statement.

The GAO ruling will take approximately 120 days, according to Richardson.

Watterson, based in Anchorage, was awarded the contract June 7. Company owner Bill Watterson declined to comment about the situation. Kiewit officials could not be reached for comment. Kiewit is also based in Anchorage.

The 159,000-square-foot hangar will be built on the south side of the Fort Wainwright airfield and will be finished in 2014.

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7590.

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