New manager sought for school projects

The government has sent out tenders
again for construction management of its two new public high school
construction projects, following the collapse of the last bidding process.

According to bid documents made
public on the Central Tenders Committee website, the government is seeking a
construction manager with at least five years of experience and with annual
construction-based revenues of CI $20 million. The company must also have
completed construction works with a value of at least CI $20 million.

Local and international firms are
invited to bid on the construction management services tender.

In the meantime, the government’s
project management team is overseeing bids for subcontractor works like laying
concrete in some of the school buildings.

The new management company would
have to manage the completion of the new John Gray and Clifton Hunter high
schools, including the settlement of construction contract obligations.

“[The bid winner will be] using
multiple prime contractors, many of whom may be those previously engaged under
the original construction contract as well as other contractors to be procured
for works and services not yet awarded,” the bid documents read.

One of the main subcontractors on
the high schools project, Caribbean Mechanical (High Schools 2008), has
remained on the job since the original contractor – Tom Jones International –
was terminated from the project last year.

Incidents with the former
contractor delayed construction of the two schools and government attempted to
re-start by hiring a new construction manager early this year to oversee the
completion of the projects.

According to documents obtained
earlier this year by the Caymanian Compass, a total of five local and
international firms submitted bids at that time for the management of both the
John Gray and Clifton Hunter projects.

Education Minister Rolston Anglin –
whose ministry has responsibility for the schools’ construction – 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.

The construction manager was
initially expected to be hired approximately two weeks after the close of the
first 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 Greeley, Colorado,
which submitted a bid of $6.5 million for the construction 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,
among others.

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
been selected.

Mr. Anglin said last month 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 and needed to be re-bid.

The education minister 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
projects.

The Clifton Hunter
campus in Frank Sound is expected to be finished first, the minister said.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. They will do an exceptional job, on time and on-budget. Had they had it from the start, it would have been done already. Quit messing around — it’s children’s education that’s suffering because the government can’t make up its mind.

    Dart knows what they are doing and have proven themselves with their Camana Bay project.

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  2. Dont wait for any long line ups for this project. I would think that the level of comfort with the dealings on this project would be equated with a fox in charge of a henhouse.

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