Guam – It’s already been about two years and now it’s been further delayed. We’re talking about the $100-million dollar Request for Proposal to renovate and rehabilitate the Department of Education schools with Simon Sanchez High School as priority.
On Thursday, Core Tech International, one of the three offerors, 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, which violates Guam Procurement Law and the mandate that the evaluation be based on the “best value” to the government.
Also in the letter, the exclusion of cost from the evaluation process to rank offerors was confirmed by DPW at least twice.
One of the questions to DPW was “The offeror shall include project approach and cost estimate for all 36 schools including SSHS”, however there is no weight or points for evaluating the cost estimate in the Evaluation Criteria. Will there be an amendment to include the cost as part of proposal evaluation?” in which DPW responded with “No, cost will have no evaluation factor”.
Last month, DPW received three offers from the Guam Educational Facilities Foundation, Pernix Guam, and Core Tech International. The Evaluation Committee was then given about 20 days to review the proposals after final submissions. After the evaluation process, they gave the RFP back to DPW who then worked with the selected offeror to negotiate and finalize the agreement.
DPW Deputy Director Felix Benavente says he can’t give a time-line for the selection process or give a Notice to Proceed date, but he did say that whoever the contract is awarded to, they will have only two years to complete the project.
At an oversight hearing for GDOE, DPW told lawmakers that the renovations for Simon Sanchez High School, at the best scenario, would begin in December 2016.
Senator Nerissa Underwood who also received a copy of the letter from Core Tech, says she’s disappointed that there’s another delay, but they have to respect the process. She hopes that this issue gets resolved soon because she says she’s concerned about the quality of learning for students at Simon Sanchez High School.