Guam Educational Facilities Foundation says the protest made by Core Tech International causes further delay to renovations at the GDOE schools.
Guam – After a protest from Core Tech International in the Request for Proposal to fix up the Department of Education schools, the highest qualified bidder Guam Education Facilities Foundation is speaking out.
According to a release from GEFF, they are disappointed that their efforts to help Simon Sanchez High School have been delayed. After a process that took over two years, GEFF was identified as the highest qualified bidder to reconstruct Simon Sanchez High School and develop the Comprehensive Capital Improvement Program for the Department of Education.
Sean Easter, Vice-President of Construction and Development for GEFF says they are concerned that delays resulting from this protest could possible indefinitely delay the start of construction and completion of Sanchez, which also means further delays to the renovation and rehabilitation of the other 35 DOE schools.
Also in the release, GEFF states that delays created by this protest will likely cause the Government of Guam and GDOE to miss out on historically low interest rates to fund these much needed improvements.
Easter says they are ready to proceed to keep the project on track and are hopeful that this protest will be dismissed in an expeditious manner.
In December of last year, DPW received three offers from the Guam Educational Facilities Foundation, Pernix Guam, and Core Tech International. Just last week, Core Tech submitted a protest. The basis of the protest according to Core Tech’s attorney Joyce Tang is that the Department of Public Works, the lead agency for the RFP, failed to consider the cost of construction and/or development fees as one of the factors in evaluating the proposals.