High school construction needs have changed, gov’t says
Following Tuesday’s report in the
Caymanian Compass about bids going out for certain work on the new John Gray
High School, the government has announced that it will re-bid the project management
contract for both John Gray and Clifton Hunter high schools.
Previous project management bids
were submitted in February by five firms, and there were initial reports in
other media that a successful company had been selected to lead the completion
of the schools in the George Town and Frank Sound areas.
Education Minister Rolston Anglin
said Wednesday that since the new construction management tender document will
change the phases in which the school projects will be done, the requirements
for construction management services have changed.
“The phasing of the high school
projects has changed the scope of the original tender for construction
management services, hence the need to re-tender,” Mr. Anglin said in the
Mr. Anglin also said some
demolition work at the new high school sites would be needed, and that could
only be accomplished – for safety reasons – when students and faculty are not
on the campuses.
“It has been concluded that the
next stage of the demolition should be delayed until summer 2011,” Mr. Anglin
said. “As a result, the initial focus of the work at the new John Gray High
School will be on particular buildings, which educators have prioritised.”
The new tender for project
management is expected to be advertised shortly. Mr. Anglin said government
still intends to complete both the John Gray and Clifton Hunter school
The Clifton Hunter campus in Frank
Sound is expected to be finished first, the minister said.
In the meantime, supervision of the
construction work will continue under the Ministry of Education’s project team.
Bids for a number of school site works are expected to be released shortly, in
addition to the tender for concrete installation that was reported in the
Compass on Tuesday.
“This new work should provide a
boost to the local economy and new opportunities for employment,” Minister
According to documents obtained
earlier this year by the Caymanian Compass, a total of five local and
international firms submitted bids for the management of both the John Gray and
Clifton Hunter High School projects.
At the time, Mr. Anglin said the
construction manager would eventually oversee a group of subcontractors that
would complete the projects. That is still the goal of the ministry, according
to Mr. Anglin’s statement on Wednesday.
The general contractor was
initially expected to be hired approximately two weeks after the close of the
tendering process. That submissions process ended on 19 March.
According to records obtained by
the Compass, the winner of the initial bids on the construction management
contract for the schools was USA-based Hencel Phelps of Colorado, which
submitted a bid of $6.5 million for the project management costs.
Other firms submitting bids
included Livingston construction, the Phoenix Group, Turner construction and a
conglomerate of local companies that included McAlpine, Dart, and Hadsphaltic,
Previous reports in other media
that the construction management contract had been granted to Hencel Phelps
were denied by Mr. Anglin, who said a construction project manager had not yet
“The government remains committed
to the completion of both schools,” Mr. Anglin said on Wednesday.