Governor Signs 3 Contracts Worth $3.2M to Make Repairs to Plaza de Espana, School Roofs and Buy White Boards

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Guam – At a ceremony this morning at Adelup Governor Eddie Calvo signed 3 contracts which authorize $3.5 million dollars in spending to make repairs to the Plaza de Espana, fix some school roofs and buy 150 white boards for Guam DOE.

The first contract to be signed was a $1.3 million dollar agreement for repairs at the Plaza de Espana. The money is part of the proceeds from last year’s hot bond borrowing.

The Governor spoke about the recent announcements that construction would begin early next year in Skinner Plaza on the Guam Museum, and the plans to start renovating the old Guam Legislature building, which is expected to begin before the end of this year. He called the funds now available for repairs to the Plaza de Espana “a continuation of  that initiative to upgrade and renovate our capital city.” 

Ken Baki of RW Armstrong said the work involves 2 phases. The first phase would begin in the next couple of weeks and involves the removal of the old tiles from the Plaza. They will be cleaned and stored, while replacement tiles are ordered.

While that work is underway, the design portion of the contract will begin and should be completed within 45 days. After which Baki said, those designs will be submitted for building permits. And then the work on restoring the walls will begin, after the permits are issued. He said the project should be completed within a year. 

DOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez and other school officials were on hand for the signing of the other 2 contracts worth $1.9 million.

One of those contracts will provide funding for roof repairs to Upi Elementary, Chief  Brodie Elementary and LBJ Elementary. The other provides money for 150 electronic white boards for the Department of Education. 

School Superintendent Fernandez said he was “thankful and grateful” for both of the contracts because they fulfill both the need to repair school facilities and the need to provide teachers and students with the supplies they need to learn.  

READ the release from the Governor’s Office in FULL below:

Historic Plaza de España Restoration to Begin; Governor Calvo signs contract, work to be completed in 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2012

Yet another major project to restore Hagåtña to its former glory will begin shortly, after Governor Eddie Baza Calvo today signed the $1.3 million contract allowing repair and renovation construction work to begin at the Plaza de España. The project covers all of the historic structures within the plaza to revitalize the area as a tourist attraction and a place of pride for island residents.

“Plaza de España is one of the most recognizable sites from pre-war Guam. Unfortunately, what once was a historic place now looks more like ruins. I’m so happy that work will begin soon to once again make this a bright spot in Hagåtña,” Governor Calvo said. “This is just a part of our overall program to realize the decades-old dream to rebuild our capital city to the social, cultural, economic and political center of activity it once was.”

The project will begin in the coming weeks. It is expected to be completed in 2013. In the initial phase of construction, Reliable Builders, the design and construction team, will assess the condition of the tiles and timbers and order replacement materials.  Full-scale work will start immediately after the building permit is issued later this year.  RW Armstrong, the program management office for the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) bond that is funding this project, is working closely with the State Historic Preservation Office to assure that all work is historically and culturally sensitive and appropriate.

“The Plaza de España is an iconic piece of Guam’s rich history. Restoring it ensures that it can be utilized and appreciated by our island’s future generations. This is one part of Governor Eddie Calvo’s plan to restore Hagåtña to its former glory,” Guam Economic Development Authority Administrator Karl Pangelinan said.