Government has awarded a local company a contract valued a little more than $1 million to complete rehabilitation works to the Ralph T O’Neal Administration Complex building.
OBM Limited was the recipient of the contract which is valued at $1,048,460.80.
Minister for Works Kye Rymer said OBM Limited was already approved under the previous NDP Administration to conduct works to the building for a proposed contract valued nearly $3 million.
However, further discussions were had between OBM Limited and the Andrew Fahie-led administration, which resulted in a revised offer that saved taxpayers more than half the initial proposal.
“On 16th January 2019, the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands agreed to a contract to OBM Limited for the amount of $2,740,000.34 subject to negotiations. Subsequent negotiations with OBM Limited which involved the Ministry of Transportation Works and Utilities, and the Ministry of Finance resulted in a revised term of reference,” Minister Rymer stated.
“Through continued discussion with OBM Limited, we were able to achieve a substantial reduction in the initial financial proposal, a savings of approximately $1.6 million,” he added.
Scope of works
Rymer said the scope of works outlined within the contract include the architectural and engineering designs, construction supervision and contract management of the entire mechanical air condition and telecommunication systems.
Additionally, OBM Limited will be tasked with developing a new elevator at the west atrium of the complex; repairing all damage to the external building cladding; construction supervision of the replacement of all external glass windows, doors and frames; and design review of the interior designs of the internal office spacing.
Rymer, in the meantime, said the roof membrane replacement works to the complex is substantially complete and the replacement of all the skylights is approximately at 50 percent complete.
He further said the installation of the lightning protection system will commence once the relevant personnel can enter the Virgin Islands when the border reopens.
Complex rehabilitation necessary
Meanwhile, Premier Andrew Fahie said one of the goals of his government was to move forward with the project after it had suffered many setbacks.
He said it is one that is necessary, as the conditions of the complex following the devastation from Hurricane Irma in 2017, was not befitting for public officers to work in at all.
“Right now the building is not fit for purpose so to speak because the slightest of rain and most of the building is leaking so it was compulsory that all the government departments move out in order to fix the building because it was almost virtually impossible to fix the building with the public officers and all the ministries and departments remaining in the building,” Premier Fahie stated.
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