GUAM – It’s no secret that the Navy is well on its way to finalizing its small pool of elite, rigorously qualified MACC contractors to handle the lion’s share of Guam military buildup construction projects. If you were managing billions of dollars in overlapping construction projects, you’d move quickly to qualify your A-teams, too.

That said, there is still one $3 billion Mamizu MACC to be funded by the Government of Japan yet open for bidding.

Since 2009, the Navy has been working to field five multiple-award construction contracts (MACCs) – its five A-teams, if you will. That’s one Big MACC, the Mamizu, a Small Business HUB Zone MACC, a Small Business MACC, and a MACC for 8(a) Small & Disadvantaged Businesses. The player rosters have filled up fast. All have been awarded, except of course, the Mamizu.

This group comprises the lucky companies who get to compete exclusively for a grand total of $7.25 billion in military construction task orders. And if all options are exercised, that number could balloon to as high as $8.0 billion.

So as it stands today, MACCs may represent as much as 71-78% of the total buildup price tag, which the Department of Defense has declared to be $10.27 billion.

The four already-awarded MACCs alone total $4.2 billion – $5 billion. Each one contains potentially dozens of task orders or actual construction projects. Task orders unlock all the money bound up in MACCs. But herein lies the slowdown.

Compared to the swiftness of MACC selection, the actual awarding of task order contracts has been much more sluggish. Only seven task order contracts have been awarded to date, representing a mere sliver — $155.4 million – of the total MACC money in play.

So while the Department of Defense, the Government of Japan and the Government of Guam continue to clear hurdles that are the reason for significant delays in task orders and construction, most MACC awardees are still waiting to play ball.

This is the first in a mutiple-story series. Continuing coverage will focus on the MACC process, MACC awardees, task orders and other related contracts.