Much of the work with the Grider Field Pine Bluff Municipal Airport terminal renovation project is complete, officials said Thursday, although one item may keep the project from meeting its deadline.

Much of the work with the Grider Field Pine Bluff Municipal Airport terminal renovation project is complete, officials said Thursday, although one item may keep the project from meeting its deadline.

Airport Manager Doug Hale gave an update on the project at the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission monthly meeting. Hale said that the main part of the roof has been replaced, with the slanted side mansard parts of the roof scheduled for completion next week.

July 14 is the project’s scheduled end date. Hale said that a subcontractor who is providing the cabinets may push the project close to the deadline or possibly cause the deadline to be missed. The cabinets are scheduled to arrive in the first week of July, he said.

The commission will face no penalty because of the delay, Hale said.

Construction began Jan. 16 and cost $439,000. The contractor is Bell Construction, which also completed the $500,000 Phase I of the project.

Phase II of the project replaces the building’s broken air-conditioning system, replaces the roof and remodels several offices in the terminal, among other items. During Phase I in 2010, the outside of the building and many of the public spaces inside were remodeled.

Eighty percent of the funding comes from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics and 20 percent of the funding comes from the city of Pine Bluff.

As one project wraps up, the commission will be looking forward to another project, which, because the bids came in lower than expected, will also free up the commission to complete yet another project in 2013.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on May 31 that $254,034 would be allocated toward a project at Grider Field to resurface the taxiways. A similar project to resurface the runway was completed in summer 2011.

Although it was not certain until this month, the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics has announced it will pick up 10 percent of the project funding. Before the announcement, there was a chance the commission or city would have had to chip in 5 percent of the cost.

“So at the end of the day, it will be funded 100 percent: 90 percent by the feds and 10 percent by the state,” Hale said.

Hale said a bid opening for the project was held Tuesday and the low bidder was Pavement Maintenance Unlimited of Pass Christian, Miss., at $148,866.

The commission voted unanimously to forward the necessary legislation associated with accepting the bid to the Pine Bluff City Council for approval.

Mitch Rose of McClelland Consulting Engineers Inc. of Little Rock, the commission’s engineering firm, said that because the bid came in about $100,000 less than expected, he suggested the airport re-do its capital improvement plan that it has on record each year with the FAA.

Under the current plan, the commission was going to sit out doing another project in 2013 and save up its annual FAA funds instead. Now with the extra funding to work with, Rose advised that the commission move ahead with its planned project to resurface the pavement on the ramp apron area in 2013 instead of waiting until 2014.

The commission voted to allow Rose to re-do and resubmit its capital improvement plan with the FAA.

In other business, the commission:

• Accepted a proposal from Rickey Works, Sara Works and Barbara Ann Hollis to start developing a Grider Field Aviation Museum in the Wold War II-era Army Air Corps barracks at Grider Field. The group said they plan to set the museum up as a nonprofit organization and get the barracks on the National Register. They hope to fund the museum through donations.

• Discussed a proposed lease agreement for the former National Guard Armory building that is now on airport property with Ronnie Reynolds of Reynolds Construction Co. Inc. of White Hall. The building needs significant repairs, and Reynolds and the commission are trying to come to an agreement as to who will shoulder what costs. Chairman Ken Johnson appointed a committee made up of commissioners Joy Blankenship and Mike Sizemore to continue the lease agreement discussions with Reynolds and Hale with the goal of finalizing an agreement at the July commission meeting.

• Heard a report from Johnson and Hale that this year’s Black Pilots of America “Operation Skyhook” fly-in during Memorial Day weekend was successful, with almost 150 children getting their first airplane ride for free. Johnson, who is also a BPA member, said the group had a wonderful time and hopes to come back next year.

• And heard a report from Hale that the airport’s annual audit showed no problems.