Incorporating Life Cycle Cost Considerations in Airport Facilities Procurement

Life cycle analysis can reduce the total cost of ownership by specifying facility components and design features in procurement documents that will minimize the combined capital and operating costs, although the initial cost of individual items might not be the least expensive available commercial product. The private sector often uses life cycle concepts during procurement that minimize total costs throughout the life of a facility. Airports, as public sector owners, are often constrained by the procurement regulations of their local jurisdictions to procuring facilities strictly on a lowest-cost bid process, even although the combined capital and operating costs over the lifetime of the facility may not be minimized. Lowest initial cost heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), elevators, escalators, building control systems and other components may not represent the optimal life cycle costs. Airports need guidance on techniques to incorporate life cycle concepts in facility procurements, while complying with traditional public bidding requirements. While individual jurisdictions' specific procurement regulations will vary, common techniques and analytic tools to assist airport owners in producing bid documents that maximize life cycle cost concepts can provide valuable guidance in facilities design and procurement. The objective of this project is to provide guidance to airports on incorporating life cycle costs into their procurement process.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 09-13

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Start Date: 20141114
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37566

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  • Accession Number: 01543470
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 09-13
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2014 1:01AM