Procurement of Services

MHT (the Airport) is the Department of Aviation of the City of Manchester, NH and complies with the City’s procurement code.

The City of Manchester Procurement Code is contained in Chapter 39 of the Manchester NH Code of Ordinances - Title III: Administration.

Advertising for bids is typically done in the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday and Monday. The MHT website is used to provide notice of bid opportunities and to provide all information required.

Engineering & Construction

Consulting Services

MHT maintains "on-call" consulting contracts with a number of firms, which enables the Airport to react quickly to varying needs throughout the year. MHT contracts with engineering and architectural consulting firms on a multi-year basis [see the 2015 advertisement].

The Airport may choose to hold contracts in any of the following areas:

The Airport may seek qualified firms for these or other professional services at any time without regard to any procurement action undertaken by the Airport.

Construction Management Services

The process for selection generally includes these steps:

  1. Solicitation of qualifications from interested firms. Criteria for selection are included in the solicitation.
  2. MHT may request proposals from the “shortlist” of candidates.
  3. MHT may conduct interviews or make their decision based on the qualifications or proposals.
  4. Construction Managers will be selected on a project by project basis.

Construction Contracts

MHT typically uses the sealed bid process for airfield and landside civil projects.  Construction Management (CM) or Design-Build may be used when the Airport believes it will benefit the project.

Contractors must be pre-qualified, per the City's Procurement Code, for all projects with an estimated value of $250k or more. For projects less than $250k the Airport may choose whether or not to pre-qualify contractors.

Early each year (typically January or February), the upcoming year's projects are publicly announced in the Union Leader [see the 2015 Advertisement].  Interested firms should complete the Pre-Qualification Application Package in order to be considered for any of these projects. Pre-qualified contractors will be notified of all appropriate projects throughout the year.

Additional projects that do not fall under any of the categories or descriptions previously advertised will be advertised in the Union Leader at the appropriate time, and will require separate pre-qualification.

Any questions regarding the pre-qualification process should be directed to Engineering & Planning at or by fax at 603-628-6213 (attn: Kathy Tarbox).