The Cayman Islands government has awarded the contract for construction management for its two new high schools to a conglomerate that includes Dart Enterprises Construction Company (DECCO), McAlpine Ltd., and Arch and Godfrey.
According to Education Minister Rolston Anglin, the winning bid among five came in at just under $2.3 million – much lower than bids received for the work earlier this year.
Mr. Anglin told the Legislative Assembly that the construction manager expected to be “fully mobilised within the next 30 days”.
The manager will focus first on the completion of the Clifton Hunter High School and will also seek to complete the initial phase of work on certain buildings at the new John Gray High School campus.
The minister said he also expected the construction management team will focus on hiring local subcontractors to complete the job.
Anglin said this move marks a critical step forward in the overall
strategy for the recommencement and completion of the new schools project.
contract is duly executed, the construction manager will assume responsibility
for supervising the trade contractors and the day-to-day construction
activities at both sites, which will, at that point, be increased to levels
necessary to complete the projects,” Mr. Anglin said.
will stimulate the local construction industry, as contracts will be let for
various works. It is the intention to sub-contract as many small construction
packages as possible, with the aim of maximizing opportunity for the local
Work on the new schools sites commenced and has continued in
a limited way since January 2010, under the supervision of the Ministry’s
project management team. Mr. Anglin said this ensured work was performed
which was necessary and critical to preserve warranties, protect existing
interior work and to make conditions safe, all with a goal to mitigating costs
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