Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
GUAM – The Department of the Navy announced a 6-month extension on its solicitation for the Apra Harbor Medical Clinic.
The solicitation was set to expire August 9, and the 180-day extension is necessary to "enable re-evaluation of the project, to ensure that this project is planned and executed in the most cost effective and efficient manner consistent with anticipated medical requirements of the military and their family members on Guam," the Navy said.
Proposals for the contract, originally scheduled for award this month according to Naval Facilities Engineering Command documents, finally came due on April 11 after the bid deadline had been extended four times.
The design-bid-build project for a single-level clinic in the family housing area of Apra Harbor was originally posted on Oct. 29 of last year with a bidding deadline of Jan. 18, 2011.
The project, estimated at a value of $100 million, includes administrative spaces, medical, mental health and dental clinic space, an urgent care clinic, preventive medicine ancillary services and required support spaces. Parking for POV and emergency vehicles, as well as site improvements consisting of landscaping, sidewalks, curbs and gutters are also part of the work.
The project is financed by fiscal year 2010 money from the Japanese government, and is not part of the $3 billion Mamizu multiple award construction contract that has yet to be awarded.
The new law enacted last week that allowed The United States to raise the country's debt ceiling will have a significant impact on Defense spending. However, it's far too early to expect any clear visibility on how the debt ceiling law will impact the realignment and the Guam buildup specifically. Clarity on how deep Defense cuts will be is not likely for a while, and Guam, like everyone else, will have to accept the unknown for the time being.
There is much more money already appropriated for the military buildup that is preparing Guam for the transfer of 8,600 U.S. Marines from Okinawa than has been awarded in contracts. However, given the political climate in Washington, and as the Defense Department pursues its assessment of deficit reduction impacts, how the Navy will adjust its spending and procurement plan for the buildup remains to be seen.
Beyond the U.S.-funded work are the projects paid for by the Government of Japan. As of May, up to $1.3 billion in work was already in procurement, including utilities and site improvements, the medical clinic, a waterfront headquarters and a fire station for the Marines, most of it funded in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.
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