Core Tech appeals $100M RFP to renovate SSHS for the second timeWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Guam – Core Tech International filed an appeal against the Department of Public Works for the second time now, effectively halting the $100 million RFP to renovate Simon Sanchez High School and 34 other campuses.
The appeal was filed yesterday to the Office of Public Accountability in response to DPW's decision to continue with the RFP process despite Core Tech's protest last month.
Core Tech raised several concerns with the newly issued RFP citing an alleged disregard for Guam law, a lack of pricing as an evaluation criteria, and an illegal combining of two procurement projects into one.
CTI also claims that including the renovation of 34 other GDOE schools, the price tag for the procurement process will skyrocket well above $100 million dollars.
For example, CTI writes, "by improperly combining the two procurements, the government would illegally authorize an awardee to procure insurance for all 35 schools for 30 years."
In essence, CTI is arguing that the winner of this RFP as it stands would secure one of the last biggest procurement projects on Guam in one fell swoop.
Meanwhile, Guam Educational Facilities Foundation Director Phil Flores responded to the protest saying,"it certainly is not surprising but it doesn't make it any less disappointing. It's terrible for the students, the teachers, and staff."
DPW Deputy Director Felix Benavente was unavailable for comment as of news time.