Premier Andrew Fahie has signed four contracts totalling $3.7 million for repairs to the L-shaped building at the hurricane-ravaged Elmore Stoutt High School campus in Road Town.
This was done at the opening ceremony on the grounds of the high school on Thursday, April 18.
A contract was issued for each of the four floors of the aforesaid building. The four contractors will be working simultaneously on their respective floors until the building is restored.
The first floor will be reconstructed by Quality Construction Ltd for $941, 900.19 while Metro Construction has been assigned the second floor for $916, 567.64. The third floor has been assigned to Autland Heavy Equipment Ltd used contract is valued at $1,092,472.68.
“The ground floor will be reconstructed by Construction Industrial and Equipment. This is a St Lucian company with the local partner Greg Hodge for the amount $824 459.62,” explained Director of Projects in the Ministry of Finance, Dr Drexel Glasgow.
“The construction is projected to reach substantial completion by July 31, 2019,” he added.
Tender process waived
Meanwhile, Premier Fahie said the tender process was waived for the project and funding was attained locally. He said, by taking this route as opposed to seeking funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), multiple local contractors would benefit. He further said while he appreciates the CDB, going through them would have taken several months.
“We recognized to speed up the project rather than waiting next year when everything would have been finalized, by looking at all the contractors that tendered for the job. If we can look at those that were prequalified out of the lot and give each of them a floor and there is also an air conditions section to it, then we can speed up the project but we can make sure that more mouths are fed.”
Once completed by the scheduled date, the shift system temporarily incorporated by students since the 2017 disasters will be of no more, as the junior section of the school is expected to return to the L shaped building, while the seniors will remain at the Clarence Thomas building in Pasea Estate under the normal school hours.
The air condition contract signing for the school is set for next week.
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