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Thoughts Of The Future Society of American Military Engineers(SAME) Guam Post, via Noel Enrique Post President, chimes in on their organization's thoughts, efforts, and program initiatives aimed at helping the human resources development locally. Below is SAME Guam Post response to GCA's Construction News Bulletin(CNB) questions: CNB: What types of engineering professionals do you feel would be needful for the build-up? SAME: The types of engineering professionals would include but not limited to those which support design, construction, implementation and maintenance for an island infrastructure from civil, computer, electrical, environmental, geological, marine/ocean, and mechanical. CNB: What initiatives do you or your organization promote for the development of Guam's engineers pool/cadre? Can you give some background on those programs? SAME: The Society of American Military Engineers (“SAME” pronounced Sammy) Guam Post follows the National 2020 SAME Strategic Plan. In the Strategic Plan, we have a Vision which intends for SAME to be recognized as the multi-disciplined integrator of military, public, private, and academic national infrastructure-related capabilities to produce viable solutions for America’s national security. As part of the Vision, we have an objective to “develop our nation’s future engineers and grow prospective

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members of the Society through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach efforts, scholarships, and engagement of College Student Chapters.” In addition, “SAME Posts would establish and expand connections to College Student Chapters in order to produce a more rewarding and productive experience for development professionals, retaining student interest in SAME, and producing new members for SAME.” Not only does the SAME Guam Post plan on meeting National SAME objectives but our membership realizes that every organization’s future relies on the development of future engineers. With the SAME Guam Post being a local organization, we have a long and well established scholarship program, the Charlie Corn Scholarship (associated with the longest running, since 1978, annual charity event on Guam, called Charlie Corn Golf Tournament) but we’ve also recently established the SAME University of Guam Student Chapter and we’ve donated $20,000 to support the University of Guam School of Engineering. SAME Guam Post not only looked at supporting the future for its membership but wanted to ensure that students throughout Guam, the Marianas and Micronesia had the opportunity to go to an engineering school, that current engineering students continue to be supported, and that a local School of Engineering with a 4-year degree program became a reality. Higher learning education is the backbone of SAME membership and without the students and institutions to support higher learning, whether they come from the military, public, or private sector, the membership in SAME would not exist.


CNB: How many recipients/students have been benefited by these programs? SAME: The scholarship program has been around for nearly 40 years and $110,000 in scholarships (in amounts ranging from $1500 to $4000) have been awarded. Just in the last five years, over 41 students from the islands have been awarded scholarships. The UOG Student Chapter was recently established and from our understanding, there are at least 175 pre-engineering students enrolled at UOG; we hope that all 175 students benefit from the Chapter. As for the donation, we hope to affect every student attending the University of Guam’s School of Engineering. CNB: Over the course of the build-up, do you feel Guam's educational institutions can meet the spike of the human resource demand, particularly, with regard to engineers and construction crafts? SAME: Personally, I feel the Guam education institutions are doing their part by making an effort to try and meet the spike of human resource demand during the course of the buildup. Fortunately or unfortunately, the human resource required spike, especially engineers, is temporary and the many years of training and experience required for engineers will surpass the course of the buildup and what is being done today by Guam’s education institutions will be great for the long term but may not significantly contribute to the buildup.

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The The Tillerson discussed also concrete discussedways concrete to ways to summit will summit be thewill firstbe meeting the firstbetween meeting betweenTillerson also deepen Japan-U.S. deepen Japan-U.S. security and security defense and defense the two men the in two what men many in what argue many is the argue most is the most By John M. Robertson cooperation, cooperation, eyeing an early eyeing convening an early convening of of important important bilateral relationship bilateral relationship in the world, in the world, “two-plus-two” security talks security involving talks the involving the and it comes andamid it comes heightened amid heightened tensions intensions Asia. in“two-plus-two” Asia. 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In Tokyo, Foreign Minister ForeignFumio Minister Kishida Fumio affirmed Kishidathe affirmedwith the one falling with one as close falling as as 200 close kilometers as 200 kilometers Tillerson said Tillerson effortssaid overefforts the past 20 over the years past 20 to years to strength ofstrength the Japan-U.S. of the Japan-U.S. alliance following alliance following from Japan’s from coast Japan’s in the coast Sea in of the Japan. Sea The of Japan. The halt Northhalt Korea's North nuclear Korea's development nuclear development had had missile launches missilebylaunches North Korea by North earlier Korea in earlier inChinese military’s Chinese rising military’s assertiveness rising assertiveness in the in the failed. He failed. said it He wassaid timeitfor wasa new time policy for a new policy the month,the Japanese month,officials Japanese said. officials The visit said. 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talks between Tillerson, with talksKishida betweenand Kishida and Tillerson, with Japan hoping forhoping continued U.S. commitment Japan for continued U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region under the under Trumpthe Trump to the Asia-Pacific region administration. administration. On the economic theyfront, discussed On the front, economic they how discussed how to enhancetoeconomic following following enhance cooperation economic cooperation the Unitedthe States’ withdrawal from the from the United States’ withdrawal Trans-Pacific Partnership, which reversed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which reversed the preceding administration’s promotionpromotion the preceding administration’s of the regional pact trade as a central of part of of thetrade regional pact aspart a central its Asia policy. Kishida Tillerson its Asia policy.and Kishida and also Tillerson also touched ontouched relations Russia, given that given that onwith relations with Russia, the secretary state is known close theof secretary of state to is have known to have close ties with Russian ties withPresident Russian Vladimir President Putin, Vladimir Putin, having served as chief executive Exxon of Exxon having served as chief of executive Mobil Corp. andCorp. been involved a natural Mobil and beenininvolved in a natural gas and oilgas development project offproject Sakhalin and oil development off Sakhalin Island. Island.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the DMZ on the border between North and South Korea.

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"My But some critics But some say Tillerson critics sayhas Tillerson bent too hasfar, bent too far, conflict ... conflict but obviously, ... but if obviously, North Korea if North takesKorea takes expectationexpectation is that the is new thatgovernment the new government in in handing Beijing handing what Beijing Chinese whatnews Chinese media news media actions thatactions threatens thatthe threatens South Korean the South forces Korean forces South Korea South willKorea continue willtocontinue be supportive to be supportive of of arereports reports calling are a “diplomatic calling a “diplomatic victory.” victory.” or our ownorforces, our own thenforces, that would then that be met would with be met thewith THAAD the THAAD system." system." an appropriate an appropriate response," response," he said. "Ifhethey said. 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INSIDER NEWS the point of ‘mutual respect’ ”, Jin said. “Tillerson’s comment will be very warmly welcomed by China.” But Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the United States should use its own language to describe bilateral relations, not embrace China’s. More important, “mutual respect” signals acceptance of “a litany of issues that China views as nonnegotiable,” she said. “By agreeing to this, the U.S. is in effect saying that it accepts that China has no room to compromise on these issues.” That would be a mistake, said Glaser, adding that China has shown no inclination to accept what might be seen as U.S. “core interests,” such as its alliances in Asia. (On a similar Asian trip in December 2013, then Vice President Joseph Biden spoke tough about what he would say to officials while in China. After arriving in Beijing, Mr. Biden verbalized only rhetoric that would have been pleasing to his Chinese hosts. That must be the way diplomacy is supposed to work.) On Friday, as Tillerson prepared to make his way to Beijing on the third leg of his Asian tour, Trump took to Twitter to criticize China for not helping rein in North Korea’s nuclear program. Tillerson has almost certainly been pushing China hard on the North Korean issue behind closed doors. But in public, his tone has been much more measured, judging this to be a better way to save China’s face and gain its cooperation. He could have received assurances from China — for example, over North Korea or trade — that he felt merited giving ground in return. Or perhaps the former ExxonMobil boss is simply not that worried about parsing diplomatic language and is more focused on results. “Tillerson’s remarks were probably an effort to provide Xi face in public, while behind doors, the conversation was probably more direct,” said Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. “At least I hope so. Because, assuming Xi paraphrased Tillerson accurately, it is certainly not true that ‘the China-U.S. relationship can only be defined by cooperation and friendship.’ “Ironically, the Obama administration also ran into criticism for using the phrase “new model of relations” in 2013 and 2014, before backing away from wording that was seen as uncomfortably close to the Chinese formulation. Ely Ratner, who worked as Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s deputy national security adviser and is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, 12 | APRIL2017


took to Twitter to call it a “big mistake and missed opportunity” for parroting Chinese government “platitudes and propaganda.” “China’s characterization of the U.S.-China relationship, as exemplified by those phrases, portends U.S. decline and accommodation,” he wrote in an email. “Tillerson using these phrases buys into this dangerous narrative, which will only encourage Chinese assertiveness and raise doubts in the region about the future of U.S. commitment and leadership in Asia.” As for Trump, he had shown so little regard for Beijing’s sensitivities that he even questioned whether the United States should continue to uphold the one China policy, which rules out independence and diplomatic recognition for Taiwan. That had spooked and angered Beijing until Trump backed down during what has been described as a warm and cordial telephone conversation with Xi in February. On Sunday, China’s president said that, after talking, both leaders “believe that we can make sure the relationship will move ahead in a constructive fashion in the new era.” Both sides are talking about a face-to-face meeting between the leaders. China realizes that a personal rapport with Trump is important and watched in consternation as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an early visit to Trump’s Mara Lago resort in Florida. Tillerson seemed to acknowledge that getting his president better acquainted with China would make his job easier. The “very lengthy” phone call between the leaders not only improved China’s understanding of the United States but also Trump’s understanding of China, Tillerson said. “And he looks forward to enhancing that understanding in the opportunity for a visit in the future.”

“We know that through further dialogue we will achieve a greater understanding that will lead to a strengthening of the ties between China and the United States and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation,” he said. Tillerson and Xi nodded as the other spoke, both flanked by officials and aides in the lavishly decorated Fujian Room in the Great Hall of the People, on the west side of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, before the news media was ushered out for Tillerson’s last meeting of his three nation Asian tour. Even more than trade ties, North Korea has emerged as the biggest thorn in the relationship between Washington and Beijing. The United States wants firmer action to isolate Pyongyang and persuade the regime to abandon its nuclear program. Tillerson says diplomatic efforts have failed and has not ruled out eventual military action. China, though, opposes anything that could bring down the regime in Pyongyang and bring instability to its borders. It insists that dialogue is the only way forward, and Wang, the foreign minister, told Tillerson on Saturday that the United States should remain “coolheaded.” Yet North Korea upped the ante even further Sunday by announcing it had carried out a rocket engine test “of historic significance.”

The foregoing is adapted from published articles in the Japan Times; on CNN by James Griffiths, Paula Hancocks and Alexandra Field; and, by Luna Linn and Simon Denyer of the Washington Post.

U.S. State of Secretary Rex Tillerson, left, chats with China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People. (Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP) (Lintao Zhang/AP


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In the islands, we have a peculiar way of giving and getting directions. We cite visual references and landmarks. And, among us island folk, we all kind of get it. We, a great majority of MICRONESIAN people, know the code; unlike a good portion of mainland Americans, who grew up appreciating the English township scheme, wherein streets are well-ordered, properly named and numbered, and so on. The point: landmarks are pertinent to our community. Yet, while they serve a navigational purpose, they can be more than such. This aggregate entendre appropriately applies to such construction behemoths like Cars Plus Dealership Showroom in Maite, Personal Finance Center in Tamuning, The Home Depot on Airport Road, Puntan Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point), British Embassy in Manila, Palau Pacific Resort and Palau National Capitol Relocation Phase II. All of these high visibility, noteworthy, landmarks were built by Black Construction. Undoubtedly, this representation of their impeccable craft, maintains more than visual engagement, it continues to reinforce their bedrock demonstration of excellence in all aspects of the construction process. Adding to their stable of remarkable edifices and tandem achievements, Black Construction Corporation completed the Ordot Dump and Dero Road Project, and earned their third Eagle Award--Associated Builders and Contractors’ Excellence In Construction Program in a period of four years. It is an award of high distinction. Frankly, words fail to exemplify the magnitude of this feat. One thing should be clear to all of us as part of the Guam Contractors Association, presently, we are in the company of one of Guam's great ones— Black Construction Corporation. Recalling the onset of the actual construction of capping of the Ordot Dump and Dero Road, Leonard Kaae-Senior Vice President and General Manager for BCC, remarked, "Before the dump closure could take place, the landfill in Layon had to be completed. That done, the Ordot project started in early 2013, with 2 wet seasons.” Per BCC's Contracted Scope...The Ordot Landfill Closure involved the official capping of the existing landfill in accordance with USEPA standards. This landfill was initially developed during World War ll during the Japanese occupation of Guam. After the liberation. the US Navy continued the use of Ordot as an official dumpsite. in the early 1970's the territorial Government of Guam was established and subsequently took possession and management at Ordot until its closing in September of 2011. For nearly 70 years. the Ordot Landfill was the dumping site tor human garbage. all types hazardous waste, not to mention, a disposal site for the US Military‘s unwanted equipment and materials from World War ll. With the official closure of Ordot in September of 2011, the Government of Guam successfully accomplished 2 milestones to protect its envrronment. First was the opening of the new Layon Landfill, also constructed by Black Construction. Second was the formal closing of the Ordot Dump. The closure encompassed a work scope which involved a total land area of 72 acres. The total height of the closure trom existing grade to the top platlorm was a 400 foot mountain of Trash and Hazardous, waste materials. This was a unique and very challenging project which pitted man’s ingenuity against the elements of weather and severe working conditions. . .“The Ordot Landfill Closure." Attempting to characterize the gravity and enormity of the project, Kaae commented emphatically, "That Ordot Landfill was nasty. I mean nasty.” Noted. It was, as summarized earlier, the catchall repository for every imaginable waste or byproduct. Surely, the waste mix was foul. Like Us On Facebook


Speaking to the community value of this project completion, Kaae offered this sentiment, "It's important. We're from the islands. There's finite land resources," connoting an involvement beyond just construction and project management; it sounded dutiful. That might be so. Kaae, like Black Construction, has long years in the industry; his over 44 years in construction, and Black started in Hawaii in 1926 later establishing on Guam in 1958. Kaae, 30-some years(1988) later finds himself relocating to Guam. Going through a host of ownership iterations, Black Group of Companies is acquired by Tutor-Perini Corporation of Sylmar, California. As some might say, "That's some story." Working through the ranks, literally; and lands on his feet to head some of the most noteworthy landmark projects throughout the region, with a team of professional folks, likeminded in their pursuit of a more excellent thing. What follows here are excerps from BCC's submitted Ordot Dump Closure Construction And Dero Road Sewer Improvements--Project Narrative; presented for consideration and review for ABC's Excellence In Construction Award which garnered the 2016 Eagle Award on the national stage. It is a remarkable project with folds of complexities and challenges described throughout. It is a fascinating testimony of the will and can-do culture of Black Construction's teaming and legacy of exemplary construction work and safety performance.

Project Narrative Overview The Ordot Dump Closure Construction project coupled with the Dero Road Sewer Improvements was a very Unique, Challenging and Monumental task for a multitude of reasons: the sheer size of the project area at 3,136,320 square feet, the Inimitable nature of the project with stringent environmental requirements mandated, the utilization of specialized equipment for working on a 400 foot mountain of trash with extremely steep slopes. Having limited to restricted access at times hindered achieving daily productivities. The project site was also located in a relatively remote area surrounded by a pristine tropical forest with adverse weather conditions during the monsoon season, adding to the challenges of completing the project in a safe, timely and cost efficient manner. The Guam engineering firm of GHD performed as the project CM while Geologic Associates from California ensured the QA-QC requirements on the project were maintained with special attention to the Geo-synthetic liners. Both firms worked for and on behalf of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., the US Federal court-appointed receiver. Why is the Ordot Dump Closure Construction and Dero Road Sewer Improvement project special and what qualifies it for a national award? The Ordot project is very special and certainly deserving of a National Award. To appreciate the significant complexities of the closure we will need to take a journey back 71 years to WWII, a time when the Japanese Imperial Army occupied Guam. It was during this period that the landfill was initially started. After the US forces freed the local Guamanian’s and reestablished US control of the island on July 21,1944, the use of the landfill continued on through to its official closure in 2013. This closure was mandated in accordance with the Consent Decree agreed to in 2004 by the U.S Department of Justice, the Government of Guam and the US Environmental Protection


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Agency. Envision the types of waste which were disposed and consolidated at Ordot over a 50 year period due to the lack of environmental controls regarding the disposal of solid waste! This and other factors such as leachate leaking directly into the Lonfit River and eventually onward to the Pacific Ocean. The ultimate challenge was to cap the dump and construct the complex infrastructural systems which included diverting the leachate into the municipal sewer system in addition to eliminating methane gas from polluting Guam’s air. Black Construction Corp. (BCC) was awarded the Ordot closure after bidding the project competitively. BCC self-performed 90% of the work while ensuring significant effort to provide the receiver with a project that would not only meet but exceed all expectations. Careful attention to detail was paid in all respects. BCC provided the management resources, qualified craft labor, engineering support, project facilities, major equipment, maintenance personnel and fulltime safety professionals with authoritative oversight. The quality and scheduled timeliness of the project was well received by all parties as evidenced by the successful completion of Phase 1 that diverted hazardous leachate away from the Lonfit River and into the sewer system on schedule, and provided the successful completion of the dump 36 days ahead of schedule. This achievement was applauded by the Receiver, Federal Court, Government of Guam and USEPA. Black overcame many challenges. Some of which included clearing the site of MEC (Munitions and Explosives of Concerns), the reconstruction and relocation of the existing western stream channel during the monsoon season, but, of most significance was the work required to cap and officially close a 400+ foot high mountain of trash with an area that encompassed 72 acres of site work. The 400+ foot difference in elevation was from the top deck to the lowest point with severe slopes and limited access. The leachate control, storage and conveying system became operational in January 2015 diverting approximately 13,000 gallons of leachate daily from flowing freely into the Lonfit River while directing it into the sewage system for eventual treament. The new infrastructure also included a methane gas collection and Flare system that mitigated air pollution. The honorable Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, of the Guam District Court, was very pleased with the final outcome of the dump closure. Her overall satisfaction was driven by her vivid memory of the first time she visited the overwhelming mountain of trash and the stench which made her nauseous. From the initial pumping of leachate in January 2015 to final closure, there was eight million gallons of hazardous waste diverted away from the Lonfit River into public sewer system for treatment. From September 2015 to final closure, some 12,539 metric tons of harmful methane gas emissions were disposed of through a controlled gas flare system. Personnel Management. BCC provided a superior management team of professionals whose skills complimented the administrative and technical requirements of the project. Key personnel on the project team were selected based upon their knowledge and experience with large civil and multi-disciplined earthmoving projects. Many key members of the team were previously assigned to the award winning Layon Landfill project. Executive guidance for the project team was provided by Leonard K. Kaae, Senior Vice President and General Manager and Donald J. McCann, Vice President of Operations of BCC. Complementing the assembled were Willie Diwa Project Manager, Lito Gutierrez General Superintendent, Art Demanarig Quality Control Manager and Sr. Project Engineer. This main project team was also supported by civil, structural, mechanical and electrical project engineers in addition to multi-disciplined field supervisors in each of 18 | APRIL2017

the construction trades. Their knowledge and experience played an important role in the successful management of the project. Quality Control. The Quality Control System for the project was established to achieve mandated compliance with the contract and also for the mutually shared goals by the stake holders to ensure safety and quality construction built on time and within budget. Scheduling and Timely Performance. BCC takes great pride in maintaining a safe environment for all employees. Safety management on the project jobsite was excellent. The safety team developed and enforced the project health and safety plan (HASP) that included Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) for each definable feature of work and Emergency Response Plan (ERP). As a result of the attention given to safety, the project reached 831 days without a lost time incident. Obstacles Overcome. The Dump Closure Construction and Dero Road Sewer Improvements project had a number of extreme and unusual challenges and the following obstacles were overcome: Working on a mountain of trash with extemely steep slopes and limited access. Munitions and Explosives of Concerns (MEC) or Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). Communication protocol for the first few months of the project was to call the Government of Guam Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and notify of UXO finds. By working closely with the various Government agencies, we were able to mitigate impacts to the project schedule. Western Channel Stream Relocation. The construction of the western channel stream relocation was a unique and first of a kind for Guam. To mitigate environmental impacts, construction activities in and near the stream were conducted in a manner of religiously protecting the existing stream and wetlands. The following measures were implemented: • The channel relocation work limit was delineated prior to the start of work. • We established and maintained construction access and haul routes for all materials to the area. • We installed and maintained significant amounts of erosion and sediment controls including temporary drainage channels, erosion control mats, silt fence, check dams, straw wattles and mulch which intercepted all construction site run-off. • We constructed a temporary bypass system that maintained the channel flow while maintaining adequate water quality during the course of construction. • We hydro-seeded and planted the disturbed slopes and flood plain immediately after the construction was completed.


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Ever develop feelings for someone? They seem interested in the possibility of a relationship. A lot of time is spent talking, going out - just the two of you, the text messages go into the wee hours of the morning. Then, all of a sudden, the conversations steer toward “we can still be friends, right?” Not to make light of this increasingly ever-present conversation piece, but it seems the discussion of the military buildup has a lot of mixed signals. From Washington, D.C. to Guam discussions between government officials and local businesses plenty of mixed signals have been shared on both sides of the phone. Originally, this piece was meant to highlight the new roadwork up at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 3 – Marine Corps Drive and NCTAMS. It turned out to be something much bigger in light of current events, but it is a nice place to start. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the beginning of 2017. According to a media release from the Guam Transportation Program, the work entailed widening Route 1 to provide turning lanes and shared bikeway, improved drainage, placing electrical power underground, erosion control, and new street-lighting among others things. Additionally, the contract was awarded to Maeda Pacific Corporation and fully funded by the Department of Defense. Additionally, the Department of Public Works on Guam says the project will “provide better traffic flow at the intersection,” while citing an additional turn lane from Marine Corps Drive into Route 3, an upgraded traffic signal as well as drainage improvements. “The Route 1/Route 3 intersection project is the third project that is being constructed utilizing funding from the Department of Defense,” said Glenn Leon Guerrero, Director of DPW. This is in addition to two other projects including intersection improvements at Route 1 and Route 8 and pavement strengthening on Route 11 near the Port Authority of Guam. He continues by saying that purpose of off-base road projects is to mitigate traffic congestion and improve safety. DPW works only and directly with the contractors working on these road projects. “DPW has held one-on-one meetings with contractors over the past several weeks,” said Leon Guerrero. “These meetings were informal and meant to solicit comments from the contracting community on issues that they had.” These issues have been included in the construction contracts for clarification from contractors and compliance with the Federal Highway Administration. Leon Guerrero continued by saying because of this project there are other buildup related projects on the horizon for contractors to bid. Like Us On Facebook


Leon Guerrero commented that so far about “$30 million has been spent on construction projects that are currently complete.” Additionally the Route 1/Route 3 Intersection project will cost about $6.8 million for construction. The local contractor working with DPW is Maeda Pacific Corporation. Miguel Rangel of Maeda Pacific Corporation stated, “We hardly work directly with military due to [the] size of our company…understand that there will be big projects coming up soon, the projects are so big that we are not able to bid as prime contractor.” However, he did mention a few of the projects would happen inside the base like “Finagajan housing, Route 3 widening from Route 28 to Chalan Kareta and others.” All in all, the Department of Public Works serves as a middle man between the Department of Defense and local contractors for roadwork through their Guam Transportation Program Office of the Highways Division. It seems there is a pretty good relationship with plenty of opportunities to grow, especially through road work projects on Guam with buildup related projects on the horizon. However, on April 6, 2017, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo declared “Guam can no longer support [the] military buildup.” In a press release, it stated the buildup projects “come at the cost of the people and economy of Guam.” Additionally, Governor Calvo cited a ‘mutually beneficial buildup’ for inside and outside the fence. “But the federal government hasn’t kept up with its part of the bargain,” said Calvo. His main point is the federal government recognized in the Record of Decision that foreign laborers were needed to bolster and expand the workforce on Guam, yet “the Obama administration adopted a new interpretation of labor policies that has created a chokehold on our economy.” He stated the actual number of laborers (178 foreign) is ‘woefully inadequate’ compared the expected 4,000 number. Further, Calvo talked about delays that can be attributed to hesitation to commit to projects by contractors since they cannot be certain they can fulfill the project in time, or investors can’t afford higher costs because of ‘local infighting for manpower’. Calvo continued in the release saying he hasn’t seen any headway with his work with the Obama administration to move things along, yet is hopeful the Trump administration will work with him. However, even though the buildup is moving forward seemingly, he stated, “I will no longer support the buildup…so long as the federal government continues to choke our economy.”


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According to Lt. Tim Gorman of the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office, a lot of work has gone into ensuring the military buildup has been mutually beneficial. He cited regular meetings between Navy leadership on Guam, the Guam Contractors Association, and members of the construction industry, where they worked to seek a solution to the concern. Also, “the Navy advocated for language to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 which would provide the USCIS with flexibility in renewing H-2B visas on Guam,” he said. However, the Senate did not pass the amendment in the last fiscal year, but Lt. Gorman stated the Navy is still working to have that language included in the 2017 NDAA, working in the highest levels of the U.S. Military. “We agree with the Governor that the military buildup should not negatively affect Guam’s economy,” Gorman affirmed and continued saying that they will continue to work with the governor and elected officials on civil-military matters. A day after Calvo’s comments, the Guam Contractors Association released a statement empathizing with the governor and his ‘frustration’ regarding the H-2B visa issue, but maintains its support for the buildup. “The GCA has been and continues to work with the military in attempting to resolve this most important of all issues along with others that impact construction on Guam in general,” according to the statement. Furthermore, the GCA did mention that this issue does not only affect the construction industry, but has the potential to affect Guam’s economy overall. The GCA decided to take their case to court in a class action lawsuit against the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services among others to stop

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the withholding and rejection of work visa applications under the H-2B program in Guam. However, the Guam Contractors Association is still committed to the military buildup. The release stated how the GCA’s members as well as other entities throughout the island have invested into the local economy with the impending military buildup beginning to make headlines as far back as 2004. Additionally, in their statement, the GCA said local construction companies are still working and producing superior work with a controlled number foreign labor. It seems to be part of how business is done on our slice of paradise – making due with what we have now in the hopes of later on finding the silver lining or a more efficient way of dealing with issues that stand in the way. Mixed signals can ruin relationships from the start. It could be timing; maybe it’s the approach; how could they not get it? No matter how we look at it, there is a disconnect. Somewhere we got lost in the long talks and late nights. In all the hype of the courtship, both got caught up in possible misunderstandings and probable what-ifs, assumptions, and expectations. Unfortunately, both sides can lose out on possibilities. Moreover, we want to look at the issue, what remains to be seen is getting our collective message across. That seems to be what most people have wanted since day one: a buildup that is going to be good for the island, its people, its economy, and its future, both inside and outside the fence. As an island, we still need to keep looking forward. We still have jobs to do, projects to finish, and bills to pay. Hopefully businesses, workers, and our economy don’t get left on hold for much longer, or left to wonder what could have been.


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2017 (NA)WIC Week

his year, as we continue to highlight and celebrate women in the construction industry, WIC Week was kicked off with a proclamation signing by the Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio. It highlighted the important contributions women provide to the construction industry. Providing recognition and awareness of the important duties and roles women fulfill. Another event held for WIC Week was a training on Foundations for Safety Leadership a training to develop and improve safety leadership skills taught by WIC Week Chair and President Elect Ann Marie Pellobello. Additionally, Nawic members also participated in the IFIT run/walk event to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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The culmination of WIC Week events was our first Nawic Women Builds event. It was offered free of charge, all participants were given a nice Nawic Builds shirt, food was served and materials were provided. Modeled after Pizza Pop and Power Tools, participants who attended the event were given safety briefings and used their power tool skills to build a planter storage box re-using pallet storage box. Excitement filled the air along with the buzzing of power tools in action. It was such a great experience demonstrating how to use a power tool. Especially, since, for many women, this was their first time to use a power tool. The feeling of accomplishment was obvious as the teams measured, cut using a miter saw or skill saw, drilled, and built their project. It was a great WIC Week.


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Motor Rewinder



Specialty Cook Supervisor

Ultrasound Tech


Wedding Service Attendant




Market Research Analyst

Total Non-Construction H2-B Workers


Heavy Equip. Operator





Sheetmetal Worker

1 11

Landscape Gardener

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

www.guamcontractors.org TOTAL Construction H-2B Workers

Total OTHER Construction



256 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 260

260 Grand Total H-2B Workers











Total U.S. Workers

Grand Total H2B Workers

US Workers vs. H-2B


Total U.S. Workers


16 31

Total H-2B Employers




Employers By Industry

Philippines Korea Japan Kiribati United Kingdom Australia Italy Peru Thailand Other Total by Nationality

Workers by Nationality





Structural Steelworker Plumber



Reinforcing Metalworker




HVAC Technician

Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Common Construction Occupations Cement Mason



Bakery Mechanic

Construction Equipment Mechanic

MONTH ENDING: March 2017


Other Construction Occupations

Employers Workplace Monthly Report Statistics


Other Non-Construction Occupations

GUAM DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Alien Labor Processing Certification Division

Korea Thailand 0.00% 0.00%







9.85% 0.99%

Other 0.00%

Peru 0.00%

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Heavy Equip. Operator Electrician

Sheetmetal Worker

Reinforcing Metalworker Structural Steelworker Plumber


Cement Mason






United Kingdom





United Kingdom 0.00%

Kiribati 0.77%


Common Construction Occupations

Philippines 98.46%

Japan 0.77%

Australia 0.00%

Italy 0.00%

H-2B Population by Nationality


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