North Liberty Firm Gets Airport Lighting Contract

By George Ford, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A North Liberty company has been awarded a contract for an extensive interior and exterior lighting upgrade at The Eastern Iowa Airport.

Neumiller Electric’s bid of $208,500 was the lowest of eight proposals received by the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission, which was less than the engineer’s estimate of $240,000. The commission on Monday selected Neumiller Electric on the recommendation of staff and engineering consultant Foth Infrastructure and Environment.

The airport will match a federal grant of $84,615 from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence with $123,885 of local funding to cover the cost of the project. Funding for the grant will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The work will involve replacing metal halide lights installed in 1985 on the outside of the terminal with energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. Older T12 fluorescent lights inside the terminal will be replaced with energy efficient T8 lighting.

Upgrading the exterior lighting is projected to cut energy use by as much as 80 percent and reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Using more energy efficient T8 lighting inside the terminal also is expected to significantly reduce electricity consumption.

Airport Operations Director Sara Mau said work will begin on the lighting upgrade as soon as contracts are received from Neumiller Electric. Mau said the company has performed work for the airport in the past as a subcontractor.

The commission rebid the contract after receiving four proposals that it rejected in September. Two of the bidders could not meet the original Dec. 31 deadline and the other two bids were higher than the estimated cost for the project.

The Iowa Office of Energy Independence extended the deadline for completing the project to Feb. 28.

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