' [Olongapo Subic Jobs] Guam Buildup plans on track
Capt. Louis Cariello, operations officer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, gave a presentation on NAVFAC's execution plan as it prepares for the historic relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines and their 9,000 dependents from Okinawa to Guam within the next five years.
More than 1,300 industry representatives and community members are attending the forum.
The Defense Department is on track to have buildup-related construction projects starting next fiscal year, which begins in October, Cariello said. He said work will begin immediately once an official record of decision is issued.
"That's our plan and we're on track," he said. "The amount of money for the first year is absolutely unprecedented."
More information on projects will be available when the Defense budget is finalized, which is expected to happen next month, Cariello said.
He listed for the audience some of the projects expected for the first year of the buildup. Among them are:
Utilities and electrical infrastructure projects;
A medical clinic and work on Naval Hospital;
Access and perimeter fence roads; and
Seawall and wharf improvements.
Some projects, such as a central utilities plant and wastewater collection system, both with price tags of at least $25 million, will get under way before this fiscal year is over, Cariello said.
Cariello spent much of his presentation detailing how contractors will be selected for the projects.
"Whether you're a large contractor or a small contractor, there's certainly enough, with a $10 billion program, to carve off enough for each of you," he told the audience.
A least a billion dollars of that is set aside to be awarded to
Part of that will be strictly for participants in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program, which helps small disadvantaged businesses, and those in the HUBZone Program, which helps disadvantaged small businesses in designated zones. Guam is one of those zones, and 164 local businesses will qualify for HUBZone contracts, Cariello said.
American businesses will get a 20 percent advantage in competing for contracts funded by the United States, he said.
For those projects funded by the Japanese government, under an agreement between Japan and the United States to move the Marines from Okinawa, Japanese firms would be on equal footing with American companies, Cariello said. By Connor Murphy - Pacific Daily News - pls. follow link to comment
Buildup-related construction projects scheduled for fiscal 2010:
Bachelor enlisted quarters
Exercise support building
Perimeter fence road
Electrical infrastructure project
Vehicle maintenance facility
National Guard center
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