Norfolk Airport Authority Moves Forward with Airport Hotel 

By on October 5, 2023

The Norfolk Airport Authority Board of Commissioners has approved staff’s recommendation to select ORF Hospitality Partners to begin negotiations with to develop, manage, and operate a hotel at Norfolk International Airport (ORF). Members of ORF Hospitality Partners have a successful history of hotel development in Coastal Virginia with a current local portfolio that includes Marriott, Hilton, and IHG properties.

The Airport Authority goal with this project is to enhance ORF with an internationally branded, full-service airport hotel within walking distance and adjacent to the existing Departures Terminal building. The hotel will serve as an important amenity to the traveling public and will have meeting spaces, restaurants, and other features expected by airport patrons.

As an air gateway feature for Norfolk and the region, the hotel will have an architectural expression and/or theme consistent with and enhancing the architecture of the terminal buildings and modern future design. The hotel is expected to take 18-24 months to construct upon completion of design.


Norfolk International Airport is the major airport serving coastal Virginia and northeast North Carolina, ranking in the top 14% of U.S. airports with over 4.1 million passengers and over 75,000 flight operations in 2022. Skytrax has awarded Norfolk Airport a 4-Star Regional Airport rating. Among 572 airports rated in the 2023 survey, Norfolk Airport is one of just seven 4-Star airports in the U.S. Skytrax annual ratings are known as a global benchmark of airport standards.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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