Bob Hope Airport officials on Monday said they would have to scale down a planned transit center after construction bids came in 40% to 60% higher than the projected $112-million price tag.
Airport officials blamed high steel costs and a “fear factor” among contractors — concerns the project could not be built as planned — as the main reasons why bids came in between $47 million and $69 million above what had been anticipated.
“This wasn’t the outcome we were looking for,” Executive Director Dan Feger told members of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Monday.
To reduce costs, Feger proposed eliminating the top floor of what was to be a four-story facility, redesigning a steel-truss ceiling and making other changes to scale down the center, which is intended to centralize rental car, taxi, bus and train connections under one roof.
The high bids caught airport officials off guard.
“I’m not 100% convinced we should move forward with this in this economy,” said Don Brown, a commissioner representing Burbank.