Memphis International Airport Notes

April 2010

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Airport Authority Recognized for Excellence in Procurement

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) has become the second recipient of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Excellence in Procurement Award. Airport President and CEO Larry Cox accepted the award during the 2010 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium held last month in Atlanta.

The ACC’s award recognizes airports that demonstrate outstanding purchasing and contracting practices. MSCAA was chosen from among several other strong candidates for its open, streamlined process that works to ensure that the best qualified firms are selected for projects.

“The MSCAA procurement practices have helped facilitate great working partnerships with private firms that have resulted in successful improvements to its facilities,” said Marc Champigny, Assistant Director of Aviation with the Louis Berger Group and Chairman of ACC’s Procurement Committee.

The Council said that MSCAA’s process utilizes:

RFQs that are very clear and concise, allowing firms to truly illustrate their qualifications; and, also recognizes the effort involved in preparing SOQs and attempts to minimize the effort;

A streamlined, organized and effective selection and negotiation process;

Accessible and flexible airport staff;

Fair and reasonable labor rates and multipliers that provide fair compensation; and

Consistent interaction with consultants to evaluate and improve upon their procurement and contracting processes.

“I am gratified to be regarded as an industry model, particularly by such an elite and broad group of experts in their respective fields,” said Cox. “I am especially proud of my staff who works so vigilantly to deliver excellence in the administration of this very complex and dynamic procurement process. It is their dedication to our mission, vision and guiding principles that has brought us this recognition.”


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