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Amtran awards contracts

Phase 1 nearly complete

Amtran on Wednesday awarded four contracts for a total of $429,000 to construct Phase 2 of a Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act-funded reshuffling of facilities to provide more room for drivers, dispatchers and administrators.

Phase 1, which is nearly complete and which cost $360,000, comprises the renovation of “Suite 100” in the Trolleyworks building, so administrators can move out of their small office building next to the authority’s main bus garage on Fifth Avenue near Mansion Park.

Phase 2 will include renovation of the administrative building, so dispatchers can move out of their cramped space in the garage next to the drivers’ lounge.

Phase 2 also will include renovation of the dispatch and lounge areas to create a new lounge.

Administrators will be able to move into the Trolleyworks building in mid-November, allowing work on the current administrative building to begin. When work on that building is complete, and the dispatchers can move in, work on the current dispatch-and-lounge area will begin.

Drivers will use the big Trolleyworks conference room as their temporary lounge while that work is ongoing, according to Amtran General Manager Eric Wolf, speaking at a meeting Wednesday.

The board awarded the following estimated contracts:

— A $299,000 general construction contract to J.C. Orr of Altoona.

— A $40,000 HVAC contract to Klesius & Sheedy of Altoona.

— A $31,000 plumbing contract to K&K Plumbing of Johnstown.

— A $57,000 electrical contract to Bob Biter Electrical of Cresson.

All were low bidders except for Biter, because the low bidder for the electrical contract didn’t provide necessary documents, according to architect Greg Elliott of EADS.

The total cost of Phase 2 is about $21,000 less than a pre-bid estimate.

Amtran is paying for the Phase 1 and Phase 2 renovations with some of $3.7 million it received in CARES Act money it received in August.

The projects will provide more room for the social distancing that helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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