The Federal Aviation Administration has put out a bid request for the underground installation of fiber-optic cabling at the Cleveland/Hopkins International Airport. The project has been designated a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside.
The solicitation states, “The contractor shall furnish all labor, material equipment, tools, supervision and transportation for the requirements for this installation project of a new fiber optics transmission system (FOTS) for the new air traffic control tower underground field cabling system … The underground cabling system shall provide connectivity between the new airport traffic control tower and other existing FAA facilities on the airfield.”
A detailed scope of work (SOW) is included with the solicitation. Among the details in that SOW are the following.
- Duct bank shall consist of 4, 4-inch-diameter ducts and shall be concrete-encased underground conduits set at a minimum 3 feet below grade to the top of concrete encasement. Excavate no more than necessary to install the cable runs.
- Install one manhole every 500 feet, or multiple of, along the new cable conduits
- Penetrate conduits in the buildings at the opposite end of any existing fiber cables. Keep new fiber cable runs at least 25 feet apart from any existing fiber cables, if possible
- Provide singlemode 24-strand fiber cables and 3 corrugated [innerducts] in 1 of the 4-inch duct bank conduits for constructing the cable network. The use of dielectric cables is a FOTS standard and gel-free cables are recommended for outdoor and indoor use.
- Terminate all strands of fiber cables onto fiber termination panels with ST connectors using ADC FL1 type box. Use fusion-type ST connectors. No mechanical splices are allowed.
The solicitation also says, “Contract performance time is 180 days. The estimated price range for this procurement is $750,000 to $1,500,000. The contractor awarded the contract must have active registration in the Systems for Award Management (SAM) before award can be made.”
Contractors must submit written requests to receive a copy of the solicitation to both contracting officer Karen Czerwiec (Karen.Czerwiec@faa.gov; fax 847-294-7801) and contract administrator Dennis Shub (Dennis.ctr.Shub@faa.gov; fax 847-294-8050) by October 29.