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By Gerardo R. Partido

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Sept. 25) - Watts Constructors has been awarded a US$35,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract by the Navy to replace typhoon-damaged homes at North Tipalao, Phases I and II.

The contract contains one option, which if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value to US$78,580,000.

According to the Department of Defense, the work will be performed on Guam and is expected to be completed by September 2008, with contract funds not expiring at the end of the current fiscal year.

The contract was competitively procured with 12 proposals solicited and two offers received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific in Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i.

According to the Guam Contractors Association, local contractors are expected to benefit since many jobs will be subcontracted by Watts.

Watts Constructors, formerly known as Miller/Watts Constructors, was recently taken over by The Weitz Company, one of the largest general building contractors in the U.S.

With a construction boom expected with the coming of thousands of Marines, Watts’ merging with a big mainland construction firm is expected to position the company to bid on more military construction contracts.

GCA executive director James Martinez told Variety that Watts continues to maintain a sizable presence on Guam and has expressed keen interest in the construction projects related to the relocation of the Marines from Okinawa.

Watts Constructors specializes in heavy engineering and general construction including military design/build construction, marine waterfront construction, power construction, complex concrete construction, seismic upgrades, designing and building underground utilities, deep-shored excavations, fuel system construction, and high voltage underground electrical transmission works.

The company has a number of projects on island and maintains offices in California, Guam and Hawai‘i.

With its merger with Watts, The Weitz Company is expected to gain significant access to the expected Guam construction boom and some of the largest construction buyers in the Pacific, including the U.S. military.

September 26, 2006

Marianas Variety: www.mvariety.com

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