NAVFAC posts Small Business MACC

 The pre-solicitation for the $600 million Small Business Design-Build Multiple Award Construction Contract or SB-DB MACC is out. Interested bidders can expect proposal documents to be posted around April 30, with Phase One proposals due at Naval Facilities Engineering and Systems Command Marianas about 30 calendar days later.

The contract term will be a five-year base period and three option periods of 12 months each for a maximum duration of eight years, with a maximum value of $600 million.

According to the solicitation notice, the intent is to “award 10 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity design build multiple award construction contracts.”

Work will consist of “new construction, renovation/modernization and routine repair/maintenance … by … design-build, at various federal or military facilities and installations on Guam.”

Other work locations may include the Northern Mariana Islands and “outlying Pacific islands,” the notice said.

Bidders will submit past performance and experience information in Phase One and a technical and price proposal in Phase Two for evaluation. Phase One will select the most highly qualified offerors to submit Phase Two proposals, according to the notice.


Dates set for hotel foreclosure and other assets

The three lots and assets that comprise the Pacific Star Resort & Spa are facing a “sale under mortgage,” according to documents supplied to the Journal.

Marianas Properties LLC does business as the Pacific Star. According to documents,

Bank of Guam holds the note on the three lots, and a foreclosure sale is set for 10 a.m. May 5 at the Tamuning Mayor’s Office.

Formerly the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa, the 435-room resort was rebranded on April 1, 2014. It has been under the ownership of Marianas Properties since September 2010, according to Journal files.

In addition, a “sale under mortgage” is set for 10 a.m. on May 6 at the Agat Mayor’s Office for the two lots and assets of Guam Industrial Services Inc., Marianas Gas Corp. and Marianas Properties LLC.

According to Journal files, Guam Industrial Services Inc. does business as Guam Shipyard; and Marianas Gas Corp. does business as Island Equipment Co.

According to the notices, the debt includes the principal of $28,358,708.16 and interest of $348.616.99 as of April 1, which will accrue until the potential sale.

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Aviation update:

United Airlines is adding three flights in July from the mainland U.S. to destinations that are re-opening to vaccinated visitors – Croatia, Greece and Iceland.

“United’s Travel-Ready Center enables customers to upload their COVID-19 testing and vaccine documentation, and have it certified ahead of check-in so customers can get their boarding pass before getting to the airport. United is the only airline that does this seamlessly in the airline’s mobile app,” the airline said in an April 19 release.

 In the first quarter, United announced 41 new domestic routes and two new international routes and launched six domestic routes and four international routes, with 13 more international routes planned to launch in 2021, the airline said. It expects to fly 52% of its schedule in May, compared to May 2019.

Travelers heading for Newark, N.J. and San Francisco should note that the airports are planning runway improvements, which may cause congestion.


Group visits Naval Base Guam, port visits to continue

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked (onboard) 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived at U.S. Naval Base Guam for a brief stop for provisions and personnel, April18, according to Joint Region Marianas release the same date.

During the port visit, eligible sailors and Marines “will be allowed liberty to access select facilities” at the base “in addition to food, beverage, Wi-Fi and recreational amenities made available pier side by NBG’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff,” the release said.

Personnel would not be allowed to leave the base and would follow all COVID regulations, the release said.
The visit follows an April 8 briefing hosted by the Guam Chamber of Commerce, its Armed Forces Committee and the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association at which Capt. Jeffrey Grimes, commander of Naval Base Guam, said that port visits will continue. “A pre-pandemic level is what you can expect,” he said.

As to future opportunities for businesses in Guam, Grimes said the decision as to whether personnel from visiting ships would be able to leave the base is not yet certain. “That decision is being discussed. We don’t have a specific date,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s not too far away.”

Grimes said local businesses would be advised of changes and opportunities. “We will keep you informed on things to get ready for.”


For the restaurant industry and venue operators:

The  U.S. Small Business Administration is about to launch applications for  the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a $28.6 billion program to support businesses in that hospitality sector that have been impacted by the pandemic. Industry sectors include bakeries, bars and food trucks.

You can find guidelines and sample applications at  For the first 21 days the program is open, the SBA will “prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals,” according to the Guam SBA office.  

The SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program was suspended due to “technical difficulties” and is due to open sometime this week, the SBA said.


Federal funding:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a $88.7 million low-interest Community Disaster Loan for the Northern Mariana Islands for operational funding “to continue to function after the substantial revenue loss caused by multiple disasters in the Pacific,” according to an April 19 release from the Office of the Governor.

Refuse disposal

Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Environmental Health Disease Prevention employees will be conducting premise inspections in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor of Saipan’s routine village beautification program to address “improper trash or garbage disposal,” according to an April 19 release from the CHC.

Businesses and residences will be inspected; infractions may result in fines. Further details can be found at


Telecom triple effort

Telecom carriers doing business in Guam announced April 19 they have teamed to inform customers of the new 10-digit dialing procedure.

The Federal Communications Commission has designated 988 as the service number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline effective July 16, 2022. As a result, starting Oct. 24, all local phone calls in Guam must include the 671 area code.

Carriers suggest:

Individuals go through contact lists and add “671” in the beginning of all local phone numbers. · Reprogram all numbers on life safety systems or medical monitoring devices, PBXs, fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, fire or burglar alarms and security systems or gates. ·

For business customers: Be sure to check websites, personal and business stationery, advertising materials, personal and business checks for contact information and other such items to ensure the area code is included.


AK Guam used car batteries drop-offs

Atkins Kroll Inc. announced April 20 it will coordinate with each Guam village mayor to collect used and discarded car batteries. Atkins Kroll will pick up the batteries at the mayors’ offices on designated collection dates. In return for using each village mayor’s offices as collection points, Atkins Kroll will donate to the mayors $10 for each used and discarded battery.

The used and discarded battery collection dates will be as follows:  Central Villages – May 25, Southern Villages – May 26, Northern Villages – May 27. mbj