…this causes another delay in the going-on-three-year process.
Guam – The construction of a new Simon Sanchez High School is on a standstill after Core Tech International has filed another protest with the Department of Public Works.
The main reasons for the protest are:
- DPW was not allowed to modify the RFP after selection of the best qualified offerer
- DPW should not have allowed the Guam Educational Facilities Foundation to submit new proposals.
According to the protest filed by Core Tech’s legal counsel Joyce Tang, DPW accepted four new separate proposals from GEFF after the proposal submittal deadline of November 2015 and after review and evaluation of all proposals, which, they state, is in violation of Guam Procurement Law and the RFP.
DPW Deputy Director Felix Benavente says because the protest was filed on Friday, since then, all work, including the signing of the contract to build the new Yigo campus, is on pause. This is one step ahead of DPW issuing a task order to start the design of the new Simon Sanchez High.
Although GEFF is still reviewing the protest filed by Core Tech, Sean Easter tells PNC that they believe Core Tech’s protest is meritless.
Benavente explains that the protest is with the Attorney General’s Office for review. When Core Tech filed their first protest, it took about two weeks for a response, resulting in DPW dismissing the protest.