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Park Service seeks workers for Flight 93 center

| Friday, April 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Area companies are being invited to pursue subcontracting opportunities for the planned Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center in Somerset County.

A site visit for potential subcontractors is planned on Tuesday, National Park Service spokeswoman Lindy Allen said in a release.

A park service solicitation posted Thursday includes building of the visitor center and learning center campus, related infrastructure and utilities, earthwork/site preparation, landscape features, construction of a pedestrian bridge and parking area.

Plans were announced in 2012 for the two new facilities, to be used for teleconferences, panel discussions and displays of memorabilia left at the temporary memorial.

Allen said Thursday that the solicitation bid is for the visitor center, with a “bid option” for the learning center.

Funding is in place for both facilities, she said.

Contracts are ready to be awarded, Allen said.

Jeff Reinbold, superintendent for National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, said Thursday that groundbreaking is planned for mid-June.

“We plan a ‘ceremonial groundbreaking,' depending on how bids come in. The National Park Service's plan is to open the visitor center in the spring of 2015,” Allen said.

The memorial honors the 40 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 who died on Sept. 11, 2001, when they thwarted terrorists' plans to crash the jet into the Capitol, instead forcing the plane down in a field near Shanksville.

The subcontractor site visit will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the park's maintenance facility.

Interested companies can directly contact construction bidding firms:

• C3,LLC, 5990 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Suite 205, Greenwood Village, Colo., 80111. Contact is Norm Kaus, 303-741-0404, email nkaus@mccconstruction.com.

• AMEC E&I, Inc., 3200 Town Point Drive NW, Suite 100, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144. Contact is Randy Knott, PE, 770-590-4623, email Randy.Knott@amec.com.

• Perini Management Services Inc., 73 Mt. Wayte Ave., Framingham, Mass., 01701. Contact is John Gerstenlauer, 508-628-2442, email usfws@perini.com.

• URS Group, Inc., 8181 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, Colo., 80237. Contact is Gregg Batchelder Adams, PE, 303-740-3867, email Gregg_batchelder_adams@urscorp.com.

To see the solicitation online, visit www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/PublicSearch/Public_Opportunities.aspx and search for “Flight 93 Memorial.”

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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