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GCA Calendar


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January 1, 2019

Board of Directors Meeting


January 2, 2019


Fiesta Resort

Membership Luncheon Meeting


January 16, 2019


Westin Resort

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January 17, 2019


GCA Conf. Room

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January 19, 2019


GCATA Facilitiy

Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 21, 2019

PPPT Project Display/Judging


January 26, 2019


Agana Shopping Center

Small Business Committee Meeting


January 29, 2019


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PRESIDENT James Martinez Guam Contractors’ Association

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President’s Letter

As the Guam Contractors Association looks forward to 2019, we anticipate many opportunities for the construction industry across all sectors of the local economy. Funding for capital improvement projects, incentives for affordable housing, and developments in the tourism industry all contribute to a positive economic outlook for construction in the coming years. The military buildup has already begun and will continue to be a major source of opportunity and revenue for Guam’s construction industry. The FY2019 NDAA authorizes $448.5 million for military construction projects on Guam to support the ongoing progress of the Marine realignment including $75.6 million for X-Ray Wharf Improvements. The law fully authorizes $141 million for a machine gun firing range with half authorized to be spent in fiscal year 2019. FY2019 NDAA builds on authorizations in last year’s NDAA that further extends the exemption from the temporary workforce national cap until Dec. 31, 2023 and provides a provision for up to 4,000 temporary workers for military realignment projects and other related construction projects. In July, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, introduced a standalone bill, H.R. 6480, known as the Guam Temporary Workforce Act, which would give the governor of Guam more control over the temporary labor determination process by providing authority to determine the need for temporary workers in Guam’s civilian labor market. As of 12/12/2018 no related bill information has been received for H.R.6480 - Guam Temporary Workforce Act. With the optimism of a growing economy and the resulting construction work that is expected over the next few years, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) continues to deny or delay H2B petitions for nonmilitary construction projects, despite both a temporary injunction against USCIS and the class-action certification that was granted in GCA’s lawsuit. The preliminary injunction was granted in January 2018 that ordered USCIS to reverse its previous denials of H2B petitions and to stop the denial of future petitions at least until the merits of the case have been decided. Then on March 31, 2018, Chief District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted class-action certification to the lawsuit, allowing her ruling to apply to other Guam employers filing for H2B petitions but who are not a named plaintiff to the original lawsuit and more recently, GCA has filed a motion in the District Court of Guam asking Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood to hold USCIS in contempt and impose sanctions on the federal agency for its continued denial of H2B petitions from Guam employers. We are currently awaiting a response from the judge on that motion. As we continue our litigation to resolve the H2B labor crisis, we ask our members to remain optimistic for a favorable outcome and to please continue to support our effort, not just for the industry, but for the entire community of Guam.

James A. Martinez President Guam Contractors Association

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with members of the military the and the with members of the and military the 'Bogorthe Goals' 'Bogor of free Goals' andofopen free and tradeopen trade governor.governor. The text of histext speech follows. The of his speech follows. and investment and investment in the Asia-Pacific in the Asia-Pacific by 2010 by 2010 Meanwhile, what is APEC. Meanwhile, what is APEC. for industrialized for industrialized economieseconomies and 2020 and for 2020 for developing developing economies. economies. These goals These weregoals were Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Economic Economic Cooperation, Cooperation, adopted by adopted Leaders byatLeaders their 1994 at their meeting 1994 meeting By John M. Robertson or APEC,oris APEC, the premier is theforum premier forforum for in Bogor, in Indonesia. Bogor, Indonesia. Free and open Free and open facilitatingfacilitating economiceconomic growth, cooperation, growth, cooperation, trade andtrade investment and investment helps economies helps economies to to trade andtrade investment and investment in the Asia-Pacific in the Asia-Pacific grow, creates grow, jobs creates and provides jobs and greater provides greater region. APEC region. is an APEC intergovernmental is an intergovernmental opportunities opportunities for international for international trade andtrade and grouping grouping that operates thaton operates the basis on of the basis ofinvestment. investment. 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APEC's trade.21 APEC's Member 21 Economies Member Economies are toare host thetomeetings host the meetings and also helped and also helped and has referred and hastoreferred Guam to in Guam times past in times past Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Canada; with logistics withand logistics security and(G4S). security Three (G4S). Three as part ofas itspart “Second of its Island “Second Chain”. 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Thereafter, Thereafter, many of the many state of the state PurposePurpose and Goals: andAPEC Goals: was APEC was Singapore. from timefrom to time. time to time. leaders, including Prime Minister Prime Lee Minister of Lee of established established in 1989 toinfurther 1989 toenhance further enhanceleaders, including Singapore, Singapore, flew from Singapore to flew from Singapore to Papua Papua growth and growth prosperity and prosperity for the for the In November, In November, Vice President Vice President Pence, Pence,economiceconomic New Guinea. New Guinea. to strengthen and to strengthen the Asia-Pacific the Asia-Pacific visited thevisited regionthe and region attended and attended the the region andregion community. community. 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APEC's in Papua in New Papua Guinea Newfor Guinea the first for the first to Washington, to Washington, he stopped heinstopped Guam in forGuamdramatically for key to achieving key to achieving vision arevision referred aretoreferred as totime as in their timehistory in theirashistory deep divisions as deep divisions refueling refueling and spentand timespent on the time ground on the ground 10 | DECEMBER2018


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Class photo of the heads of state and other delegates attending APEC 2018


The APEC Haus in Port Moresby, which was built specifically for APEC 2018

between the between the United States United andStates China and China the Unitedthe States’ United vision States’ for vision a free for anda free and why our administration why our administration has forgedhas new forged new over trade and over trade and investment investment stymied stymied open Indo-Pacific. open Indo-Pacific. For APECFor 2018, APEC on 2018, on bilateral trade bilateral deals trade thatdeals are free, thatfair are free, fair cooperation. cooperation. Restrictions Restrictions on maritime on maritime the president’s the president’s behalf, I led behalf, a delegation I led a delegation and reciprocal. and reciprocal. 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U.S. tradeU.S. in the trade region in the is region is tangible benefits tangiblefor benefits the host forcountry the hostascountry as of the draft of communique the draft communique relating torelating to worth more worth thanmore $1.8than trillion $1.8annually, trillion annually, well as our well own. as our own. the WTOthe which WTO mentioned which mentioned opposing opposing supporting supporting more thanmore 3.3 million than 3.3U.S. million U.S. “unfair trade “unfair practices” trade practices” and reforming and reforming jobs, and jobs, our total and regional our total investment regional investment Our second Our pillar second is security, pillar iswhich security, is which is the WTO,the while WTO, another whileconcerned another concerned in the Indo-Pacific in the Indo-Pacific is nearly $1 is nearly trillion$1 trillion the foundation the foundation of prosperity. of prosperity. Under ourUnder our sustainable sustainable development. development. — more than — more China, thanJapan China, andJapan Southand South Indo-Pacific Indo-Pacific strategy, the strategy, Unitedthe States United States Korea’s investment Korea’s investment combined. combined. will continue will to continue work with to work like-minded with like-minded The United TheStates Unitedseeks States seeks nations tonations confront to the confront most urgent the most urgent collaboration, collaboration, not control, not control, in the in the The opportunity The opportunity for growthforis growth boundless. is boundless. threats facing threats thefacing region, thefrom region, nuclear from nuclear Indo-Pacific Indo-Pacific Region Region By as early Byasas2020, earlythe as 2020, Indo-Pacific the Indo-Pacific proliferation proliferation to extremism to extremism and terrorism. and terrorism. By Mike Pence, By Mike vicePence, president viceofpresident the United of the United will be home will to be40 home percent to 40ofpercent the of the This yearThis alone, year thealone, Unitedthe States United is States is States. States. world’s middle world’s class, middle unlocking class, unlocking untold untoldprovidingproviding more thanmore half than a billion halfdollars a billion dollars potential for potential U.S. workers, for U.S. farmers workers,and farmers and in securityinassistance. security assistance. This includes Thisnearly includes nearly Last year Last in Danang year inVietnam, Danang Vietnam, during during job creators jobtocreators export to their export goods their to goods to $400 million $400inmillion militaryinsupport military—support more — more APEC 2017, APEC President 2017, President Trump laid Trump out laid out these largethese andlarge growing andmarkets. growing That’s markets. 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will also provide new assistance to help nations protect their borders — on land, at sea and in the digital arena — and we will continue to work with our allies and partners to protect the freedoms of navigation and overflight. Our recent joint naval exercises with Japan and India signify our renewed commitment. As I will make clear, the United States will continue to exert unprecedented diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea. Our resolve has brought that country to the negotiating table,


and we call on all Indo-Pacific nations to maintain the pressure campaign, including sanctions, until we achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

United States will work with like-minded nations — from India to the Pacific islands — to advance our shared interests. Together, we will stand up to anyone who threatens our interests and our values.

Finally, we will support transparent and responsive government, the rule of law and the protection of individual rights, including religious freedom. Nations that empower their citizens, nurture civil society, fight corruption and guard their sovereignty are stronger homes for their people and better partners for the United States. Conversely, nations that oppress their people often violate their neighbors’ sovereignty as well. Authoritarianism and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific region. Over the course of a week, our delegation participated in the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, the East Asia Summit and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. We announced new deals and initiatives, many with significant financial backing from U.S. taxpayers and our business community. And we will reiterate the president’s pledge of renewed partnership. The

The United States seeks collaboration, not control. The president announced our renewed commitment to the region one year ago; It was my privilege to demonstrate our resolve with further action and investment. Our nation’s security and prosperity depend on this vital region, and the United States will continue to ensure that all nations, large and small, can thrive and prosper in a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Editors note: The above text was modified only to reflect past tense whereas V.P Pence spoke in the present tense.

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small biz notes After closing out FY18 in September and setting up for FY19 in October, NAVFAC Marianas awarded about $30.8M in contracts on which Small Business (SB) concerns may participate as prime or subcontractors through November 2018. About $26.1M was awarded to SB concerns on Guam for a variety of products and services. Socio-economic breakdown of the SB awards are: -

$15.0M - Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) $11.9M - HUBZone Small Business (HZ) $ 265K - Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) $ 2.1M - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

• Landscape Management Systems, Inc. was awarded about $7.3M to provide grounds maintenance and tree trimming services at Naval Base Guam and Andersen AFB. • AIC International, Inc. was awarded about $538K to repair/replace an existing sewer gravity line at Naval Base Guam. • Fargo Pacific Inc. was awarded about $731K to repair/replace a fire alarm system at Andersen AFB, Guam. • Wolf Creek Federal Services, Inc. was awarded about $1.8M for family housing operations and maintenance services at Naval Base Guam and Andersen AFB. • Guahan Waste Control, Inc. was awarded about $1.9M for the 1st option year of their contract to provide integrated solid waste collection and pavement clearance at Andersen AFB, Guam. • Landscape Management Systems, Inc. was awarded about $644K to provide Typhoon Mangkhut related fire breaks and grounds maintenance/tree trimming services at Naval Base Guam and Andersen AFB. • Pacific Unlimited, Inc. was awarded about $1.3M for the 3rd option year of their contract to provide tire and wood collection and disposal services at Naval Base Guam and Andersen AFB. • Tikigaq Construction, LLC was awarded about $686K to replace an equipment storage facility at Naval Base Guam. Source: Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG)

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On the off-chance you may be unaware, I am a teacher. I teach 8th grade literature – well, we call it ‘Reading’. In every aspect of teaching, what I have discovered is it is a matter of trying to make the learning accessible for all students. Some students are not the best orators or writers. They might not be good at numbers right off the bat either; or recalling the different layers of the O-zone layer. As educators we are tasked – among other things - with teaching skills and strategies students can hone. Some students are visual and auditory learners. Some of them are just ‘doers’ – of the kinesthetic thread that is open to learning from trial and error. Now, whether you are of the ‘there’s no such thing as learning styles’ party or not; tailoring lessons to multiple intelligences and getting students engaged in a lesson comes with a lot of risk taking. It takes designing lessons in a way that is not just engaging, but something that will stick with them long after they have left your classroom to higher learning or the workplace, or wherever. It is easy to say wherever or whatever now because we live in a world where colleges and universities are not the only options for students. And they should not be. The training is more important in the long-run anyway. If you search keywords on Google, like ‘construction’, ‘training’, ‘hands-on’, and ‘high school’ with a ‘news’ filter, chances are a litany of school-community partnerships pop up. It is not a novel concept. However, what it usually trickles down to is making the material beyond accessible and especially relevant to a student’s learning. Enter the Guam Contractors Association “Construction Warriors” career exploratory event. The event, held at the University of Guam Football Field, had students from throughout Guam Department of Education schools participate and learn from construction industry professionals and practitioners. According to a press release from GDOE, “Construction Warriors was designed to emphasize the safety requirements for construction and the safe use of industry tools and equipment.” Additionally, it built a bridge between the industry and the education system to “provide greater insight into career opportunities in the field of construction.” Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students from 7th to 12th grade were part of this collaborative effort between the Guam Contractors Association and GDOE’s Career Pathway Project,

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which coordinates Career and Technical Education (CTE). These courses under CTE help students gain critical knowledge and expose students to different careers beyond graduation. Frank Leon Guerrero and Sylvia Calvo of CTE at GDOE shared that “DOE’s State Strategic Plan Goal #1 is to prepare all students to pursue postsecondary education on- or off-island or to assume gainnful employment within the public or private sector.” Their programs, including the Construction Warriors program, assists in achieving this goal “Career and Technical Education has always been around the education system,” said Leon Guerrero, but he adds in the past it was Technology Education and Vocational Education. The Career Pathway Project itself was born in 2015. In addition to coordination, many educators and counselors were involved in the process of enticing students to participate. Yolanda Pilarca, a counselor at Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School in Dededo, was part of getting students interested in participating in the workshops. It was not long after one of the monthly district counselor meetings that she jumped on the opportunity to get middle schoolers involved. Pilarca stated, “This event is important because not all students want to go to college or join the military. Exposing them to as many options as possible will give them hope that they will find their place as productive citizens post high school.” Additionally, she added, “They learned that the choice to work in construction is not limited by their gender identity.” What’s really neat about the program though was its ‘not-so-ordinary’ career day demeanor. In the grand scheme things, the contractors who signed up for the event got to work with students and engage them in tools, techniques, and talk about the industry. Part of the event also included group projects at each workshop, which got students’ – with supervision, of course – hands in there to work. These included workshops in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, masonry, safety, welding, architectural and engineering, heavy equipment operations, and HVAC and Refrigeration.

He added, “the students were excited about learning about the different opportunities in construction and working outside.” He added, “The students were also curious as to how much they can make doing different jobs and…if our careers were satisfying.” In Guam, the construction industry is on the cusp of some of the biggest construction projects this region has ever seen with the buildup. Yet, we are still experiencing a lack of trained and certified construction workers locally, which forces us to look elsewhere. Conversely, this program does not just give a small push, it immerses students in the possibilities of an industry that they can strengthen and ‘build’ right here at home. “I think it is an important program because there is a need for skilled workers in the construction industry in Guam,” Pilarca stated. “Students as young as middle school age should be exposed to the possibilities of career choices.” “I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the students and tell them things that I wish someone would have shared with me as a high school or middle school students,” Fountain revealed. “The more students can experience and learn about different construction trades will help them make a better decision when it comes to choosing career paths,” he finished. What could this mean for the future of learning? What about the industry? More than anything, while continuously striving and looking for relevance and practical use of classroom skills for the workforce of the future, it is not only important – it might be time to look at more opportunities to incorporate real world application in the classroom. A-plus for effort!

Thomas Fountain of Hensel Phelps explained how his workshop was about surveying and how they’ll be building a hangar for the military. “We thought it would be a good idea to give the students a set of drawings with a smaller scaled down version of the actual hangar,” he said. “They had to figure out different angles and dimensions based on the drawings we provided.” Afterward, they laid out the building corners of the hangar and did checks to verify correct locations. “It was nice to hear the students talking about the math that they were learning and how they can apply formulas to real life problem solving,” Fountain expressed.

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The GCA Small Business Committee supports small business members of the association to ensure their voices are heard and needs are met within GCA capabilities. Do you have an issue or concern that we might be able to assist with? Do you have an idea or suggestion that may benefit our small business community? Help us help you by joining us at our monthly meetings or contact: Dave Hayner (Chair) 989-0941 dhayner@relyantglobal.com Jessica Barrett (Co-Chair) 734-5246 swat@guam.net Gerardine Mendiola (Co-Chair) 647-2895 gmendiola@guamptac.com Our next meeting is on Tuesday, January 29th, 11:30 AM at the GCA conference room 202. Please RSVP with Elaine Gogue. Her email address is elaine.gogue@guamcontractors.org



December 2018 12/20/18 - Government of Guam Protests The Guam PTAC will explain Government of Guam protest procedures and timelines. Actual cases will be discussed.


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WORKSHOPS The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is offering FREE workshops to the public for December 2018. Please spread the word to all local, small businesses. Workshops run from 9am-10am at the University of Guam in the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero Business and Public Administration Building, Margarita Duenas Perez & Jaime Felipe Tuquero IT&E Lecture Hall, 131 (unless otherwise specified)

Confused by all the FAR clauses referenced in government solicitations? The Guam PTAC will demystify these Federal Acquisition Regulations. Join us as we explain many of the common FAR clauses found in Federal solicitations.

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Construction Employment Picks Up in October, Says ABC by: Rachel O'Grady The U.S. construction industry added 30,000 net new jobs in October, according to an analysis from the Associated Builders and Contractors of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 330,000 net new construction jobs over the past 12 months, a 4.7 percent increase. Additionally, nonresidential construction employment grew by 13,500 net new jobs in October, with job growth split evenly between the heavy and civil engineering subsector (+7,100) and nonresidential specialty trade (+7,500). Construction unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in October, 0.5 percentage points lower than the previous month, and 0.9 percentage points lower on a yearly basis. National unemployment, which reached a 49-year low last month, remained unchanged at 3.7 percent. “The fact that the U.S. economy is performing well is hardly a secret,” said

ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Therefore, today’s employment numbers may not seem especially newsworthy. They confirm in large measure what we already know. We know that many private employers continue to view the current period as a good one for enterprise expansion. We know that household finances are in good shape, which helps support overall economic growth as well as growth in certain sectors, such as hospitality and retail trade. We also know that workers remain in high demand and that for many businesses, the greatest challenge is securing sufficient levels of human capital. “Still, today’s report supplies some new insight into U.S. economic dynamics,” said Basu. “2018 may very well be remembered as the year that infrastructure investment roared back in America. The September nonresidential construction spending numbers confirmed massive increases on spending related to water supply, flood control and transit over the past year.

Today’s employment release reveals that the heavy and civil engineering segment added another 7,100 jobs last month and has added 52,000 jobs over the past 12 months. This is consistent with ongoing growth in spending on public works and is attributable to a number of factors, including rebuilding from catastrophes that have occurred during the past two years. But this is also a reflection of significantly improved state and local government finances as the recovery works through its 10th year. “Given elevated backlog, the expectation is that demand for construction workers will remain elevated,” said Basu. “One potential cause for concern is growing evidence that wages have begun to rise much more rapidly of late. That, along with other sources of inflation, can be expected to push interest rates higher, which in turn would ultimately translate into more expensive financing for construction projects and fewer construction starts. But for now, it is all systems go for the U.S. nonresidential construction industry.”

Construction Employment Statistics: October 2018

Construction Residential Building Nonresidential Building

October 2018

September 2018

October 2017

1-Month Net Change

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12-Month % Change



















Heavy & Civil Engineering







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Nonresidential Specialty Trade Contractors







Employment (seasonally adjusted, thousands)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Construction Employment Growth: Residential v. Nonresidential October 2008 - October 2018

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Residential Building Construction and Specialty Trade Contractors

500 0

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