Airline travel is essentially the easiest mode of transportation for travelers getting to and around Alaska. As the state with the fourth-highest number of airports in the U.S. (behind Texas, Florida and California), it is important that Alaska’s airports are maintained and up-to-date with current safety standards. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is responsible for publishing bids for any airport design or improvement services in the state. Vendors interested in bidding on these type of opportunities can go directly to Alaska’s DOT website and search through the Open Public Notices or through Alaska’s Vendor Self Service portal, where they can register to do business with the state.
Doing Business with the State of Alaska
Interested vendors who would like to do business with the State of Alaska must first obtain an Alaska Business License (AKBL). All bid opportunities available in the state are published on Alaska’s Online Public Notice System; contracts are awarded to vendors based on cost, a vendor’s work experience and references, and a demonstrated understanding of the scope of work involved in the contract.
Alaska also offers contracts to local businesses that may be qualified for preferential treatment if they meet certain criteria. Some of these preferences include:
Alaska Bidder Preference
Vendors who hold a current AKBL; have maintained a place of business within the state for at least six months prior to the bid; are incorporated or qualified to do business under state law; are a sole proprietor, state resident or partnered with those who are state residents can be granted a price reduction of 5 percent off their submitted contract price in order to win the bid over higher-priced competitors under the Alaska Bidder Preference program.
Alaska Employment Program Preference
Businesses that meet qualification criteria and offer goods and services through the state certified employment program can receive an additional 15 percent reduction of their contract price, on top of the 5 percent bidder preference reduction.
Alaska Product Preference
A reduction of 3, 5 or 7 percent can be provided to businesses that use Alaskan products that are over 25 percent produced and manufactured within the state, and that meet the requirements of the bid specifications. Those looking to qualify for the Alaska Product Preference program must first apply to the Department of Community and Economic Development for product classification and inclusion on the Alaska Product Preference list.
(Source: How to Do Business with the State of Alaska. Department of Administration. Mar. 2016 Web. 26 Sept. 2018)
Bid Opportunities Available
At any given time, there are dozens of bids available just for design and safety improvement services at Alaska’s airports. Some of those opportunities include:
- Airport Runway Reconstruction Design Services
- Airport Safety Improvements
- Reconstruct taxiways, replace fences and gates, wind cones
- Airport Rehabilitation Surveying and Mapping Services
- Control surveying, design surveying, ROW surveying, and aeronautical surveying
- Airport Resurfacing Design Services
- Airport Maintenance
- Routine seasonal maintenance of runways/taxiways, equipment and surrounding buildings and facilities
- Electrical Design Services
Using a Bid Intelligence Company to Find Bids
Becoming a member of a bid intelligence company can help your business find these types of bids more easily. When you use a bid intelligence company like BidNet, you will receive daily notifications about any bids that are available in your area of expertise.
BidNet makes finding bid opportunities easy and convenient for vendors by using keywords and commodity/service codes to sift through thousands of bids and providing members with only the relevant opportunities related to the services they offer.
Even when searching for something as specific as bids related to airports around Alaska, it can be time consuming to evaluate hundreds or even thousands of bids to find the one relevant opportunity for your business. This is where BidNet can help! In 2018, there have been 128 bid opportunities for a variety of design services and safety improvements at Alaskan airports alone. As an interested vendor, receiving a daily bid notification listing these opportunities along with the accompanying documents can help reduce time and costs for your business and allow you to focus on submitting a winning proposal.
Danielle Calamaras | BidNet.com