Black Construction Co. has won the bid to build Guam’s Home Depot.

The "big box" retailer aims to have the store open in eight months after breaking ground in mid-February.

"It’s a very aggressive schedule; probably unprecedented for Guam " Leonard K. Kaae senior vice president and general manager for Black; told the Journal.

Guam can expect its store to mirror others around the U.S. "It is a traditional design "" a bid-build project " he said.

The store in Tamuning will offer consumers 140 000 square feet of covered space and 600 parking stalls. Its construction will allow for the region’s weather challenges.

"It’s a big concrete structure designed to Seismic 4 requirements and 170 mile per hour wind load mandates and meets the design criteria for Guam " Kaae said.

Home Depot will be reached from Airport Road. "There will be a new access road off of Route 10(a) just prior to the Maiana Hotel " he said. There will not be access to the store from Marine Corps Drive.

Most of the labor on the $21.5 million project will be performed by Black he said.

"Black will expedite construction mechanical and electrical work with its own personnel. That job will employ 150 construction craftsmen at peak." Subcontracting opportunities will include painting asphalt paving and landscaping.

Kaae said Black was delighted to have been awarded the Home Depot project. "We are very pleased and somewhat honored that we have the opportunity to build for what is a major firm in the hardware industry " he said.

The Atlanta Ga.-based retailer has appointed Keith L. Farrell construction consultant and industry veteran; as owner’s representative. Farrell most recently was the project manager for the Agana Shopping Center’s redevelopment project and also consulted to SM Store which opened on Nov. 17 and Tango Theatres Agana Theatres which opened on Nov. 18 in the Agana Shopping Center. He was for many years the vice president and general manager for Dick Pacific Construction Micronesia.

Other projects Black is working on include the Alpha Bravo Wharf Improvement project at Polaris Point for Naval Forces Marianas. Kaae said some recent change orders had taken that project to more than $50 million. The work he said "was moving along well " with an anticipated completion date of June 2008.

Home Depot has more than 2 000 stores throughout the U.S. Canada Mexico Puerto Rico St. Thomas and China. (Editor’s note: Subscribers can access several exclusive stories on Home Depot in the Journal through www.mbjguam.net.) MBJ