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File #: 2020-0753   
Type: Consent Calendar Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/15/2020 In control: Transportation and Public Works
On agenda: 9/1/2020 Final action:
Title: Award of Agreement for Airport Management Software at Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport
Department or Agency Name(s): Transportation and Public Works
Attachments: 1. Summary Report
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To: Board of Supervisors

Department or Agency Name(s): Transportation and Public Works

Staff Name and Phone Number: Johannes J. Hoevertsz 707-565-2231

Vote Requirement: Majority

Supervisorial District(s): Countywide




Award of Agreement for Airport Management Software at Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport



Recommended Action:

Recommended action

Approve and authorize the Chair to execute an agreement with GCR Inc. for an Airport Management Software Solution at Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport



Executive Summary:

The Department of Transportation and Public Works - Airport Division (TPW) requests the Board of Supervisors approve and authorize the Chair to execute an agreement with GCR Inc. for an Airport Management Software solution at the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport for an amount of $547,994.



Background: The Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (Airport) is a non-hub, commercial airport, accommodating all phases of air transportation, including scheduled air service and general aviation. The Airport has experienced rapid growth in commercial air service and is in the process of a terminal expansion scheduled to be completed in 2022. Prior to COVID-19, an average peak day at the Airport consisted of between 1,500 and 2,500 passengers moving through the terminal. Additionally, the Airport manages over 488 lease agreements, operating agreements, rental agreements for hangars and aircraft tie downs, contracts for concessions, grant commitments, external contracts, special events, a promotional merchandise retail operation, noise and general complaints and other landlord/tenant relationships.

Currently, the Airport relies on manual processes to manage day-to-day Airport administrative operations. The current process has proven to be cumbersome and inefficient. Administrative duties have increased as Airport services have expanded. As the Airport has developed and grown, the need for expedited customer service and more timely and accurate record keeping and data management has increased as well. The proposed solution would provide a relational database solution tool for staff to manage many of the Airport administrative tasks more efficiently. Doing so would improve customer service to the public and airport tenants as well as increasing the accuracy of data management and compliance.

As part of the Purchasing Department requirements for formal solicitations, TPW released a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) in the summer of 2019 in order to find interested parties able to provide a software solution to manage most of the Airport’s daily operations. The RFP listed several primary desirables:

                     Functional system and hardware requirements

                     Peripheral requirements

                     Contract management

                     Grant management

                     Insurance management

                     Accounts receivable management


                     Auditing management

                     Queries and reports management

                     Work order management

                     Online tenant portal

                     Situational awareness module

                     Training and support

Proposals were due July 12, 2019, and four interested parties submitted proposals. All four interested parties were evaluated by an impartial scoring committee comprised of various County staff and representatives from out of area Airports. Evaluation criteria were based on several factors including: a demonstrated ability to perform the services described, airport experience, qualifications, expertise, work schedule, testing, cost relative to the scope of services, and a willingness to accept the County’s standard contract terms. The scoring committee interviewed the highest scoring proposals to determine a final recommendation. The scoring committee recommended GCR Inc. as the best and most qualified company providing the greatest value.

This project will be implemented using a phased approach. Phase 1, estimated for September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 will include implementation and training on the base system. Phase 2, estimated for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 will include the addition of the Safety and Compliance, Project Manager and Concession modules and related training. The phased approach also takes into consideration the operating of parallel systems until such time that the accuracy and reliability of the new system is proven at which time any duplication of effort will be streamlined if not eliminated. Both the office of the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and the Information Systems Department were involved in the RFP process and will be instrumental in providing due diligence while verifying the systems accuracy and reliability. 

TPW recommends the Board of Supervisors approve and authorize the Chair to execute an agreement with GCR Inc. for an Airport Management Software solution at the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport, for a term of four years for an amount not to exceed $547,994. The fourth contract year expense is built into the year 3 budget to allow for reimbursement under the current Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant. There are options available for two additional years at a guaranteed cost of $112,247 for year five and $112,851 for year six which would be payable in FY 24-25 and FY 25-26 if the options are taken


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Federal Aviation Administration grant funding will be provided by AIP 59, the CARES Act grant with no additional matching requirement. The listed price includes normal updates and maintenance through June 30, 2024 with two additional one year options available at the noted additional cost. The two optional year extensions would be a normal budgetary cost at this time as the CARES Act grant would have expired.


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Related Items “On File” with the Clerk of the Board:

Airport Management Software Agreement