More Guam and NMI MilCon work awarded for design-build MAC

As work for the military’s realignment in Guam ramps up, the Black Construction Corp.–Tutor Perini JV, the Caddell-Nan JV, the Core Tech-HDCC-Kajima LLC JV, the Gilbane SMCC ECC LLC JV and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. were  awarded a $98.5 million “modification to increase the maximum dollar value of the multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, design-build construction contracts for projects located primarily in Guam and other areas the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific area of operations,” according to the U.S. Department of Defense, which announced the award July 26 CHamoru Standard Time.

“The total combined contract value will be $1,088,500,000,” the release said.

The work was announced as taking place in Guam, 80%; the Northern Mariana Islands, 10%; and Hawaii and other areas “in the Pacific and Indian Oceans,” 5% each and is for U.S. military base “new construction, renovation, and minor construction.”

In other contracting news, DZSP 21 was awarded the same date a $95.96 million const-plus-award fee contract for the “Option 2 year” for base operating support services at installations within Guam, taking the total cumulative contract value to $628.47 million. The option period is from August to July 2023. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas made the award, according to the Department of Defense release.

 

FSM sees COVID numbers soar; Office of President issues country COVID updates

The office of the President of the Federated States of Micronesia has been issuing updates daily on COVID-19 news in the country the week of Aug. 25.

All cases in Yap and Chuuk were border cases, found and isolated in quarantine – and both states remain COVID free.

The Chuuk State government requested to delay the opening of its borders beyond Aug. 1 – when flights to the FSM will resume. The request is to accommodate the completion of Chuuk State Hospital’s renovations, which are projected to be completed in November 2022. The regulations for Public Law 22-134, the Healthy Border Protection Act – which would govern the opening of the country, are due to be signed on “or around July 30.”

Pohnpei has been hardest hit by rising numbers of the two states with COVID.  

 “Pohnpei State Government has promulgated an announcement that persons found in public without a mask can be charged up to $1,000,” according to a July 27 release.

The situation in the FSM has been exacerbated by certain factors according to the releases.

Several businesses have voluntarily closed, or are operating on a limited basis, with non-government organizations and diplomatic missions having staff work from home.

Numerous government officials, private sector workers, and citizens working in the informal sector (e.g., subsistence-farmers) report they are increasingly concerned about their capacity to fully utilize their payroll checks and/or wire money transfers from family living abroad in Guam, Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland.

The U.S. CDC medical teams arrived in Pohnpei State and Kosrae State July 27; after their flight was canceled July 26. Pohnpei State Hospital has ceased all outpatient activities and canceled all doctor appointments. “Multiple medical staff, at the national and state level, ranging from nurses to epidemiologists, are presently positive with COVID-19 and unable to work,” according to information from the Office of the President on July 26. Numerous FSM government cabinet and senior officials tested positive for COVID-19; testing and treatment sites have been crowded, with people leaving without testing, according to the Office of the President, based on reports it received.

Officials at the Office of the President said Vice President Yosiwo P. George continues to improve, but remains in hospital as of July 27. It was announced on July 24 that the 81-year-old vice president tested positive and had been hospitalized.

President David W. Panuelo is scheduled to record a statement to address the Nation’s citizens the morning of July 28. He is due to meet with Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero the morning of July 29. “Among other matters, the President and his delegation intend to solicit the Governor’s advice on how to ensure critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, do not become overrun or fail,” the release on July 27 said. Panuelo is currently in Guam and due to return to the FSM on the Aug. 1 flight.

 

US DOT proposes new rulemaking for small disadvantaged businesses

A proposed U.S. Department of Transport Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would “strengthen implementation of the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program regulations,” according to the July 21 rule posting, with the intent to “further level the playing field for small, disadvantaged businesses seeking to compete for federally assisted aviation, highway, and transit contracts as well as airport concession opportunities,” according to a release of the same date.

Find the proposed rule here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-07-21/pdf/2022-14586.pdf

 

Guam DPW RFP out for Route 14 (Ypao Road) post construction design

The Guam Department of Public Works has posted the post construction design Request for Proposals for Route 14B (also known as Ypao Road) reconstruction and widening. Find the RFP here:

www.guamtransportationprogram.com/contract-opportunities/request-for-proposal

A pre-proposal meeting will be held Aug. 2.

The first phase project design was awarded to E.M. Chen & Associates Inc. with InfraTech International LLC as the contractor for Phase 1. Phase 2 is yet to see an RFP.The project is expected to take one year to complete.

 

GPA credits on the way      

Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero signed Bill 325-36, the Prugråman Ayuda Para I Taotao-ta Energy Program July 27, providing each Guam Power Authority residential, business and master-metered customer with a $500 credit toward their power bills at $100 for each of the next five months.

 

And also:

CleanCapital announced July 25 the acquisition of the 36.6-megawatt solar facility in Inalåhan. The transaction with seller GlidePath Power Solutions LLC includes the operating Dandan solar farm and rights to GlidePath’s solar development pipeline on the island, according to a release. “In addition to expanding CleanCapital’s portfolio to the U.S. territory of Guam, the transaction signifies the company’s largest single asset acquired to date,” the release said. The solar farm has been operating since 2015.

CleanCapital retained K&L Gates and Guam-based counsel Arthur Clark as buyer’s counsel. GlidePath was represented by Morgan Lewis, Bockius, LLP and Guam-based counsel Razzano Walsh,Torres P.C. as seller’s counsel, according to the release.

Blue Ocean Medical Group LLC, which does business as International Health Providers Clinic in Guam announced July 26 it is now part of the extensive group of in-network providers with United Healthcare Global. “With a growing international population of mobile workers coming to Guam, IHP continues to expand its list of insurance providers to ensure access to quality healthcare for all those living in Guam and the Mariana Islands,” the release said. For further information on IHP, visit https://www.ihpmedicalgroup.com

Bank of Hawaii announced its second quarter 2002 financial report. Net income for the second quarter of 2022 was $56.9 million, up 3.7% from the first quarter of 2022 and down 15.8% from the second quarter of 2021. The decrease from the second quarter of 2021 was primarily due to a smaller release of the allowance for credit losses.

Deposits reached a high of $21 billion, an increase of $1.5% from last quarter, and 4.2% from second quarter of 2021. Loans reached $13 billion in the second quarter, up 3.2% from last quarter, and up 7.6% from the second quarter of 2021. Readers can find the full report at https://ir.boh.com.

The Northern Mariana Islands Department of Labor will host a job fair at the Hyatt Regency Saipan on Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The in-person event will feature employers in the construction, manpower services, retail, and hospitality industries. The job fair is “100% funded through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I Grant totaling $1,523,110 for program year 2020,” according to a July 26 release from the Office of the Governor. For further information see 

Further information about the job fair is available at  http://www.marianaslabor.net.  For enquiries call (670)664-3196 or (670)664-3190 or email [email protected].  

 

Events update:

July 27 – Postponement The groundbreaking ceremony for the Route 14 (Chalan San Antonio) Resurfacing from Route 1 to Route 14B project has been postponed due to inclement weather.

July 28 – Guam Community College – Student Support Center Building B – groundbreaking – after which renovations will modernize the facility and double its size to 6,000 square feet.

July 28 – Northern Mariana Islands Department of Lands and Natural Resources Garapan Fishing Base Shoreline Project Ground Breaking Ceremony

July 29 – Guam Chamber of Commerce Health Fair for members, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chamber Office in Hagatna, various businesses

July 31 – Baja Bash with various drag races, short course racing, off-road freestyle, truck of war and more, plus food trucks, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Guam International Raceway

Aug. 2 – Guam Waterworks Authority – Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting

Aug. 6 – Jack in the Box Tamuning officially opens, 11 a.m. with Prize Wheel (Spin to Win), Face painting, Balloon art, 12.50 p.m. Grand prize drawing for $100 Jack cash (enter and win). mbj