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Spaceport Requests Proposals for General Manager

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Spaceport Authority has issued a request for proposals to find a general manager for Spaceport America to handle everything from building and utility maintenance and repairs, to fuel-storage operation and maintenance, to airfield, runway and taxiway/apron maintenance.

The scope of work required for this general services contract also involves development of policies and procedures for all general services activities; janitorial services; motor vehicle and aircraft fueling; grounds-keeping and landscape maintenance; sustainability management, including on-site materials logistics and waste management; and road maintenance.

Firms interested in obtaining a copy may download the RFP at www.generalservices.state.nm.us/spd.

The Spaceport Authority said it wanted to remind potential contractors that there is an online business registry so local businesses can post contact information and the level and type of experience they offer. Through the registry, larger companies can identify potential subcontractors and suppliers with the capability to provide specific goods and/or services. Visit www.spaceportamerica.com/bidder-registry/index.html.

The Spaceport Authority also has issued an RFP for the Spaceport Operations Center fit-out design. The contract calls for providing labor and materials for space planning and schematic design; design development including construction drawings; selection of interior building finishes; assisting in obtaining a building permit for the build-out; and construction administration services.

Spaceport America, which has been providing launch services for six years, is expected to be complete later this year, at which point phase two of construction will begin. That includes developing a visitor center for students, tourists and space launch customers, making vertical-launch complex improvements and paving the southern road to the spaceport. When phase two is done next year, Spaceport America will become fully operational.

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