9 Contracts Awarded For Upgrades

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Nine contracts have been placed for infrastructure upgrades to date, including the MDL renovation project, the Flatts Bridge handrail project, Elbow Beach access, the Artemis building, the new plant inspection building in the Botanical Gardens, repairs to the porch in Camden and more, Secretary of Public Works Lt / Col David Burch said.

Speech in the House of Assembly on Friday [May 7]The Minister said: “I am pleased to provide another update of the short-term stimulus plan launched on December 17, 2020 with a maximum of 13,385,000 BMD, which small to medium-sized contractors have been invited to participate in.

“So far, 93 out of 98 companies have been approved and pre-qualified to work with the government. All 98 were rated – the 5 companies that did not meet the criteria did not respond to requests to submit missing mandatory documents and this option has now been terminated.

“So far 9 orders have been awarded:

  • The MDL renovation project was awarded to Greymayne Contracting Ltd. forgive.
  • The Flatts Bridge handrail project was awarded to Strike Force General Trucking, Excavating and Maintenance Limited. Site visit carried out this week. Waiting for wood order delayed due to Covid. The start date is May 24th.
  • Interior work on Artemis Building B – The project was awarded to Integro Interiors Limited. Long lead time for some materials. Start of the mobilization of the website
  • Darrell’s Wharf is still awaiting planning permits. Contract awarded to Kaissa Limited. Long lead parts. Start on site in 4 weeks – May 23rd.
  • Elbow Beach Access – Contract to Smith Hauling & Excavating. Start date May 17th.
  • Artemis Building A – Loading Dock Repairs – Awarded for the next stage of development. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date
  • Artemis Building B – Washing Up Area – Excellent for building the heart and soul. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date
  • New building for plant inspection in the Botanical Garden – awarded to Daniels Construction. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date
  • Porch Repairs in Camden – On loan to Limestone Holdings. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date

“There are several projects to evaluate: highways fencing, sewer landscaping – 3 projects, maintenance on docks across the island, cleaning of the Pembroke Canal, and roadside vegetation removal.

“Companies that owe government funds are garnished or a payment schedule is made before they get contracts.”

The minister’s full statement reads as follows:

Good morning, Mr. Speaker.

I am pleased to be able to provide another update of the short-term economic stimulus plan launched on December 17, 2020 with a maximum of 13,385,000 BMD, to which small and medium-sized contractors have been invited to participate.

Speaker, the program was launched because of the urgent need to stimulate the local economy in order to maintain and increase employment after the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Department of Public Works has compiled a list of “shovel-ready” projects that can be carried out almost immediately. These projects are mainly about infrastructure improvements that do not add any further burdens to the state’s operating costs. The project’s selection principles are to maximize private sector employment while providing the much-needed refresh to neglected infrastructure.

Mr. Spokesman, in order to ensure the distribution of the stimulus funds among the participating companies, the Ministry will keep a register of approved contractors and award contracts to ensure that no company monopolizes the project list. Once a company receives a project, it is moved to the bottom of the list to give other companies the opportunity to work. The guiding principle is to prioritize all companies that offer the highest employment benefit per dollar spent, while distributing the work among Bermudian companies.

Many of these small and medium-sized businesses have never worked for the government before, and often the challenge is cash flow. With that in mind, we’ve agreed with the accountant-generals department to speed up the payment schedule to every two weeks. It is cautioned that those who owe government funds need to set up a payment plan to keep the job safe

Things are moving in the right direction and starting off a little slowly as materials and company lead times need to sort out their outstanding balances before placing the order.

Mr Spokesman, so far 93 out of 98 companies have been approved and are pre-qualified to work with the government. All 98 were rated – the 5 companies that did not meet the criteria did not respond to requests to submit missing mandatory documents and this option has now been terminated.

So far 9 orders have been awarded:

  • The MDL renovation project was awarded to Greymayne Contracting Ltd. forgive.
  • The Flatts Bridge handrail project was awarded to Strike Force General Trucking, Excavating and Maintenance Limited. Site visit carried out this week. Waiting for wood order delayed due to Covid. The start date is May 24th.
  • Interior work on Artemis Building B – The project was awarded to Integro Interiors Limited. Long lead time for some materials. Start of the mobilization of the website
  • Darrell’s Wharf is still awaiting planning permits. Contract awarded to Kaissa Limited. Long lead parts. Start on site in 4 weeks – May 23rd.
  • Elbow Beach Access – Contract to Smith Hauling & Excavating. Start date May 17th.
  • Artemis Building A – Loading Dock Repairs – Awarded for the next stage of development. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date
  • Artemis Building B – Washing Up Area – Excellent for building the heart and soul. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date
  • New building for plant inspection in the Botanical Garden – awarded to Daniels Construction. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date
  • Porch Repairs in Camden – On loan to Limestone Holdings. Pre-award meeting will be held. TBC start date

There are several projects to be evaluated:

Motorway fencing, sewer section landscaping – 3 projects, dock maintenance across the island, cleaning of the Pembroke Canal and roadside vegetation removal.

Mr. Spokesman, companies that owe government funds are garnished or a payment schedule drawn up before they get orders.

Workforce Development reached out to Bermuda Housing Corporation to facilitate the hiring of agency workers through the Hustle Truck Framework. This seems a good fit and will result in the WFD transferring funds to BHC to run the program on their behalf.

BHC will then work with the various participating contractors to create MoUs to get the workers on board.

There is a great opportunity for inter-ministerial collaboration between the Department of Labor and Public Works and the Bermuda Housing Corporation.

The entire Department team has worked very hard to get this initiative off the ground under the direction of the project consultant, Mr. Robert Richardson, who has been tasked with coordinating the work of all parties involved. I would like to publicly thank all of them for their efforts.

We are very pleased with the response so far to the stimulus plan from both contractors and likely employees, all of whom want to get to work and help improve the economy. This project is bearing fruit and a number of stimulus activities are expected to take place across the country shortly.

Thank you, Mr Spokesman.

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