A Puerto Rican company contracted to construct the new building for the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has signed an agreement to share its knowledge and skills with local building professionals.
Government inked the $468,000 deal with Virella Crespo & Associates on Tuesday and said the sharing of knowledge is a “key element” of the contract.
Structural engineer and former university lecturer Dr Juan Virella Crespo will, therefore, be “working closely with local government and the private sector on this project,” government said.
Dr Juan Virella Crespo will be leading a team of civil engineers, surveyors, draftsmen, architects, electrical, mechanical and environmental engineers; and a LEED compliance expert. The multidisciplinary team will provide consultancy, technical, project management, and contract administration services for the construction of the NEOC building.
The duration of the project spans 708 days. That means the new NEOC structure will be completed by early 2020 or sooner.
The Puerto Rican company will begin executing the contract within 10 days of inking the deal, government said.
“The new [NEOC] facility will be built to safe and green standards to maximise its potential for reducing operational expenditures with water and energy management improvements, and ensure energy auto-sufficiency to support continuity of operations and delivery of critical services in the event of a major disaster,” government said.
Funds from the Caribbean Development Bank’s Rehabilitation and Reconstruction loan is being used to finance the project.
The old NEOC building sustained considerable damage during the September 2017 hurricanes, resulting in NEOC staff having to relocate to a temporary facility.
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