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Guam Contractors’ Association


Vol.53 Issue 03 MARCH2012

Making the Mission Possible

Expanding UOG for the Future




Feature Story

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Update C ommittee S.A.M.E.

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C ommittee Update Headline C onstruction EPA


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PRESIDENT James A. Martinez, GCA CHAIRMAN William “Bill” Beery, Tutujan Hill Group VICE CHAIRMAN Robert Salas, Landscape Management Systems PAST CHAIRWOMAN Chit Bathan, Ace-Builders SECRETARY/TREASURER Tom Anderson, Black Construction ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Edward Untalan, First Hawaiian Bank Paul Calvo, Calvo’s Insurance Vincent Davis, Hawthorne Pacific Corp Ray Yanger, Matson Navigation CONTRACTORS DIRECTORS: Tom Nielsen, Maeda Pacific Corporation Juno Eon, Core Tech International Mike Venezia, Hensel Phelps John Robertson, AmOrient Art Chan, Hawaiian Rock Louis De Maria, dck pacific guam LLC

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Guam Contractor’s Association (GCA) in conjunction with AdzTech and Public Relations, Inc. publishes the Construction News Bulletin (CNB) monthly. Reproduction of materials appearing in this publication is strictly forbidden without written permission by GCA. While we always strive for accuracy, we will from time to time overlook mistakes. In order to help us improve the quality and accuracy of this publication, we ask that you take the time to look at the information provided and notify GCA of any corrections as needed. Opinions and editorial content of this publication may not necessarily be those of the publisher, staff, GCA members, GCA Board of Directors and advertisers. For more information about advertising in the GCA Construction News Bulletin contact the advertising department at (671) 477-1239/2239 or email at Distributed to GCA members or can be obtained by stopping by the Guam Contractors’ Association office located at 718 N. Marine Corps Drive, Suite 203, East West Business Center, Upper Tumon, Guam. To find out more about how you can become a GCA member contact Chantel Cruz, Guam Contractors’ Association at (671)647-4840/41, or fax (671) 647-4866 or email to Postmaster. Send address changes to Guam Contractors’ Association, located at 718 N. Marine Drive Corps Suite 203, East West Business Center, Upper Tumon, Guam.


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ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS, AND LAND SURVEYORS WEEK American Military Engineers Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signed a proclamation on February 17, 2012 proclaiming February 20 through February 25, 2012 Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors Week. As part of the celebration, the Society of American Military Engineers – Guam Post; The American Institute of Architects, Guam & Micronesia Chapter; the Guam Society of Professional Engineers; the Guam Society of Professional Land Surveyors; and, the Guam Contractors Association held a joint meeting on February 22, 2012

at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. The joint meeting was well attended by over 200 people including key representatives from each organization. It included also the chair and vice chair person of the Guam PEALS Board. At the meeting, Mr. Andrew T. Laguana was acknowledged for attaining the distinction of becoming a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. ECC Guam was recognized for being the Marquis sponsor of this years’ GSPE and SAME MATHCOUNTS competition.

Proclamation signing at Adelup

Guest speaker at the joint meeting was CAPT John Heckmann PE, USN, Commanding Officer, NAVFAC Marianas and 1st Vice President of SAME Guam Post. CAPT Heckmann provided an inside look at the Department of Defense Guam Budget/Projects for FY1012 and FY2013. Key points from his presentation are outlined below. Organization leaders: Liza Pravido, PEALS Board; Dave Eaton, Land Surveyors; Cedric Cruz, Architects; Bill Beary, GSPE; CAPT John Heckmann, Guest Speaker; Robert Marks, SAME Guam Post

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – GUAM BUDGET / PROJECTS FOR FY2012 & FY2013 NAVFAC – Military Facility Management • Infrastructure and services in support of

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S.A.M.E. UPDATE operational units, service members, and families assigned to military installations, including: - Public works (utilities, services, maintenance, repairs) - Construction/Engineering - Environmental - Transportation • Not the ships, subs, and aircraft • It constitutes big business: - Average $500M/year, with ~ $470M/year in contracts - 580 personnel (+/-) - Hundreds of contractors NAVFAC Marianas Execution Laydown • PWD Guam Public Works Officer: CDR Thornton Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Finegayan: CDR Cyr • Apra Harbor Complex • Ordnance Annex • NAVHOSP • Finegayan • Navy Barrigada • NBGTS/NCTS/CIS • Guam ANG MILCON, Barrigada • Barrigada Transmitter Site • 36th CES/LRS/CONS at Andersen AFB • Commander: Lt Col Staples Maj Campbell/Maj Kennebrae • Andersen Main AFB • Northwest Field • Andersen South Operations & Maintenance Budget, Navy (O&M,N) • FY12 Sustainment, Restoration & Modernization (SRM) – $142M • $61M targeted for Naval Base Guam • $81M targeted for Andersen Air Force Base • Expected projects for FY12 (not a complete list): • Repairs to Western Point of Glass Breakwater, NBGAH (DB MACC) • Repair Victor Wharf, V-3 & V-4 NBGAH (SB MACC) • Repair Victor Wharf, V-1 & V-2 NBGAH (SB MACC) • Misc Structural Repair, Bldg 3169 NBGAH (DB MACC) • Light Fixtures & Install Temp Setback (DB MACC) • Misc Repairs to OPS Storage, Bldg 3179 NBGAH (DB MACC) • FY13 Sustainment, Restoration & Modernization (SRM) – $116M (Estim)

FY12 & FY13 Military Construction / Special Projects FISCAL YEAR 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012/13 2013 2013

TITLE Air Freight Terminal Complex Guam Strike Clear Water Rinse Facility Guam Strike Convent’l Munitions Maint. Fac. Combat Comm Combat Support Facility Combat Comm Trans System Facility Red Horse Cantonment Ops Facility Sierra Wharf Repairs (Special Project) Upgrade Fuel Pipeline (DLA) Army National Guard JFHQ Ph4

Some Major Projects • Air Freight Terminal Complex - Project Amount: $35.0M - Location: AAFB, South Ramp - Designer: EMPSCO - Acquisition Method: Design-Bid-Build - Project Overview: • A 3,056 square meter facility sized and configured freight/fleet terminal to process, store and protect valuable DoD cargo, and accommodate a mechanized material handling system (MMHS). • New air freight terminal complex to accommodate displaced HQ and Air Mobility Units - Project Status: • Final Design Complete Jan 2012 • RFP Release Feb 2012 • Proposals Due Apr 2012 • Contract Award Jul 2012 • Construction Complete Nov 2014 • Sierra Wharf Repairs (Special Project) - Project Amount: $12.5M - Location: Apra Harbor, Naval Base Guam - Designer: TBD - Design Method: Design Build - Project Overview: • Repair and upgrade Sierra Wharf to provide berthing and hotel services to ships of the modern day Navy Fleet. • Work includes structural repairs to sheet pile wall, utilities repair/ replacement, repair of mooring hardware, and repair of wharf deck - Project Status: • Final RFP Complete Apr 2012 • RFP Release May 2012 • Proposals Due June 2012 • Contract Award Jul 2012 • Construction Complete Jan 2014 • Upgrade Fuel Pipeline - Project Amount: $67.5M - Location: Sasa Valley to AAFB

PA $(000) $35,000 $7,500 $11,700 $9,800 $5,600 $14,000 $12,500 $67,500 $8,500

STATUS Guam DBMACC Pending award Pending award Pending award Pending award Pending award Under Design Under Design Under Design

- Designer: Burns & McDonnell - Acquisition Method: Design-Bid-Build - Project Overview: • Provide infrastructure improvements resulting in increased fuel transfer capability from the Navy Sasa Valley Fuel Farm to AAFB. Work includes: • New pipeline transfer pumps, and new 10 inch 15.7 mile AAFB pipeline, • Re‐rating of the two existing 10” Navy pipelines, 7.5 miles each and 15.7 miles of existing AAFB 10” pipeline to ANSI Class 600 capability - Project Status: • Final Design Complete Dec 2012 • RFP Release Feb 2013 • Proposals Due May 2013 • Contract Award Jul 2013 • Construction Complete Aug 2015 • Army National Guard JFHQ Ph4 - Project Amount: $8.5M - Location: GUARNG, Barrigada - Designer: Setiadi Architects - Acquisition Method: Design Build - Project Overview: - A 14,406 SF Support Building with Assembly Hall, Family Assistance Center, and Pass and ID Office to support training and Soldier Readiness Processing - Project Status: • Final RFP Complete Jun 2012 • RFP Release Oct 2012 • Proposals Due Nov 2012 • Contract Award Dec 2012 • Construction Complete Jun 2014 Energy Program • For FY12, CNIC approved 8 eSRM projects ($23.2M) - SB MACC, HUB Zone DBMACC utilized - Proposal due date Jan 2012, expected award Feb/March 2012 • For FY13, CNIC approved 12 eSRM Projects ($47.6M) - Acquisition strategy not yet determined


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FISCAL YEAR 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012/13 2013 2013

TITLE Air Freight Terminal Complex Guam Strike Clear Water Rinse Facility Guam Strike Convent’l Munitions Maint. Fac. Combat Comm Combat Support Facility Combat Comm Trans System Facility Red Horse Cantonment Ops Facility Sierra Wharf Repairs (Special Project) Upgrade Fuel Pipeline (DLA) Army National Guard JFHQ Ph4

• Upgrade chiller-condensing units - Remove/demolish individual chillers, packaged air-conditioning (A/C) units, and air-handling units - Install newer energy efficient equipment - Conversion of constant volume system to variable air volume (VAV) system - Conversion of air-cooled system to water-cooled system - Modify HVAC accessories, air ducting, chilled water pipe lines, and electrical controls • Retrocommission - Repair and modernize mechanical systems, lighting systems, controls, and building envelopes of multiple buildings - Repair, test, and adjust building systems to meet the original design intent and/or optimize the control systems - Measurement and verification (M&V) - Utility Data Analysis after completion of repairs and adjustments. Usage will be measured based on long-term whole-building utility meters FY12 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Summary • Issue – Section 2207 restrictions on use of funds affects DOD’s ability to proceed with the Guam military realignment. • Conditions – Prior to the expenditure of GOJ or MILCON funds: - Commandant Marine Corps provides Congress with preferred force laydown in the Pacific; - SECDEF submits a master plan, with a detailed description of costs and schedule, supporting the above; - SECDEF certifies that tangible progress has been made with the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF); - Delivery of a coordinated federal agency plan for addressing non-military infrastructure and utilities requirements on Guam - Completion and delivery of an independent assessment of the U.S. force pos-

PA $(000) $35,000 $7,500 $11,700 $9,800 $5,600 $14,000 $12,500 $67,500 $8,500

STATUS Guam DBMACC Pending award Pending award Pending award Pending award Pending award Under Design Under Design Under Design

ture in the Pacific region, as required in NDAA, Sec. 346. • Exceptions – SECDEF may use funds to carry out: - Complete NEPA analysis for a LFTRC SEIS - Ongoing analysis on the impacts to coral reefs in Apra Harbor • In addition, Section 2830 prohibits use of MILCON funds to achieve LEED Gold or Platinum certification Small Business Opportunities • FY 2012 Small Business Projection $210M • NAVSUP authority transferred to NAVFAC to include FISC Small Business Program • Proactive Outreach Program - Partnering with PTAC in various workshops - Active in Small Business seminars & expos - Member of Guam Contractor’s Association Small Business Committee - Member of Chamber’s Small Business Focus and Development Committee

• For acquisition matters, please contact: - Mr. Andy Wall, NAVFAC Marianas Acquisition Director E-mail: or phone (671)339-6148 - Mr. Al Sampson, NAVFAC Marianas Small Business Advisor, E-mail: or phone (671)339-7090 - LCDR Laurie Scott, Assistant Operations Officer E-mail: or phone (671) 333-2162 - Federal Business Opportunities: - Navy Electronic Commerce Online:

Prepared by John M Robertson PE, Treasurer of SAME Guam Post – from CAPT Heckmann’s power point.

Selection Criteria – Emphasis on Safety • Stand Alone DB Procurements - Safety equal in weight to Experience, Past Performance, Technical Solution, Energy and Sustainable Design, Small Business Utilization • MACC Award and Task Orders - Safety equal in weight to Experience, Past Performance, Technical Solution, Energy and Sustainable Design • The Government seeks to determine that the Offeror has consistently demonstrated a commitment to safety. The evaluation will collectively consider the following: - Experience Modification Rate (EMR) - OSHA DART Rate - Technical Approach to Safety - Other sources (NAVFAC FAIR, etc.)

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Military, Government and Labor Relations Update (March 2012)

Multiple Award Construction Contractors In an accompanying article, contracts budgeted for FY2012 and FY2013 are identified. Contractors that will compete for most of these projects have been preselected based on technical competency and competitiveness based on pricing for seed projects. The twenty-six firms and joint ventures are listed below for ready reference. This information was first published in January 2011. A year ago it was expected that all of these contractors would be busy performing various task orders that were then ready to be awarded. Now, most construction is stalled waiting on a reset that includes a scaled down version of the program. Some of the off-island contractors have closed their Guam offices to wait for the program to resume.

By John M. Robertson

Most military construction in Guam going forward is still expected to be performed under Design-Build Multiple Award Construction Contracts (DB-MACCs). The contracts will be divided among an unrestricted DB-MACC with 7 firms, a Small Business DB-MACC with 5 firms, an 8(a) DB-MACC with 5 firms and a HUBZone DB-MACC with 9 firms. These contractors will be used by NAVFAC for both DPRI (Defense Policy Review Initiative) contracts and non-DPRI contracts.

HUBZone DB MACC (N4019209-D-####)

HUBZone MACC amounting to $400 mil. #2701 - AIC International Inc. P.O. Box DR, Hagatna, GU 96932 Henry Stewart, President Tel: 671-565-9142 Fax: 671-565-9145 #2702 - BME & Sons, Inc. P.O. Box 24402, GMF Barrigada, GU 96921 Bernie V. Maranan, General Mgr Tel: 671-632-3338 Fax: 671-632-3334 #2703 - Fargo Pacific, Inc. P.O. Box 2492 Hagatna, GU 96932 Jay Park, President & General Manager +cc: Tel: 671-646-1771 #2704 - Keum Yang Corporation P.O. Box 8487, Tamuning, GU 96931 Sang Hyun Choi "Charile", Vice President Tel: 671-646-7435 or 671-649-7722 #2705 - Modern International, Inc. P.O. Box 9070, Tamuning, GU 96931 Hoo Cho Kim, President Tel: 671-734-2812 or 671-734-2819 #2706 - Overland Corporation P.O. Box 1947, Ardmore, OK 73401 David Taylor, Senior VP Tel: 972-735-8630 or 972-735-8655 10 | MARCH2012

#2707 - Reliable Builders, Inc. P.O. Box 7536, Tamuning, GU 96931 Jong K. Kim, President Tel: 671-646-1516 or 671-649-6060

#2802 - Niking Corporation PO Box 517, Pearl City, HI 96782 Robert King, President Tel: 808-622-0443

#2708 - Serrano Construction & Development Corporation P.O. Box 9467, Dededo, GU 96912 Noli J. Serrano, President Tel: 671-632-8840 or 671-632-4589

#2803 - Overland Corporation P.O. Box 1947, Ardmore, OK 73401 Bryan Ryley, Project Manager; Tel: 671-922-8001/2/3 Fax: 671-922-8004

#2709 - Tumon Corporation P.O. Box 9698, Tamuning, GU 96931 Won Cheol Kim, President Tel: 671-649-8510 or 671-649-8524

#2804 - P&S Construction 35 John Street, Suite 200, Lowell, MA 01852 Jignesh Patel, Vice President Tel: (978) 452-3782

Small Business MACC (N4019210-D-####)

Small Business MACC amounting to $500 mil. (Projects ranging from $1mill to $15 mil) #2800 - Guam Pacific International, LLC (GPI) 500 Mariner Avenue, Barrigada, GU 96921 Mike Pio, POC Tel: 671-473-3778 #2801 - Bulltrack Watts, JV 3097 Stoney Way, Marysville, CA 95901 John Sage, POC Tel: 671-633-4534


#2810 - Patricia I Romero Inc. dba Pacific West Builders 1248 Cooliage Ave, National City, CA 91950 Patricia Romero, President Tel: (619) 230-1904 Fax: 619-325-0711

8(a) MACC (N40192-10-D-####) 8(a) MACC amounting to $100 mil

#2805 - Techni-Con, Inc. P.O. Box 7957, Tamuning, GU 96913 Maximinio C. Mercado, POC Tel: 671-888-4808, or 671-969-8808

COMMITTEEUPDATE #2806 - Chugach World Services, Inc 3800 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 601, Anchorage, AK Scott Davis, POC Tel: 907-563-8866 #2807 - DF Joint Venture 674 Harmon Loop Road, Suite 312 Dededo, GU 96929 Michelle Cho, POC or Bill Beery; Tel: 920-217-2820 #2808 - Fargo Pacific, Inc. P.O. Box 2492, Hagatna, GU 96932 Jay Park, President & General Manager, or; Tel: 671-646-1771 #2809 - GSI-ASI JV, LLC 600 Queen Street, Suite 2909, Honolulu, HI 96813 Kenneth Choate, POC Tel: 808-834-4631 #2811 - Guam Pacific International, LLC P.O. Box 26092, GMF Barrigada, GU 96921 Mercedes O. Enrique, Managing Partner Tel: 671-646-3778 or 671-646-3779

#1308 - dck-ecc pacific guam, llc 1900 State Route 51, Clairton, PA 15025 J. Gerry Majkut, Chairman, Tel: 412-384-1179 Fax: 412-384-1410 Theron Holloway, Program Manager, Tel: 808-533-5000 Fax: 808-533-5012 #1309 - Guam MACC Builders a JV 737 Bishop St, Suite 2900, Honolulu, HI 96813 Dennis Watts, Managing Partner, Tel: (808)543-5201 Fred Thornhill, Contracts Manager/Administrator, Tel: (808)543-5201 #1310 - Hensel Phelps-Granite-Traylor Pacific JV 420 Sixth Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631 Andrew Burdett, Contractor Principle Tel: (408)452-1800 Keith Stewart, Contracts Manager/Administrator, Tel: (408)452-1800

#1311 - Kiewit-Mortenson Joint Venuture 1001 Kamokila Blvd. Suite 305, Kapolei, HI 96707 Ken E. Riley, Contractor Principle, Tel: (562)946-1816 Fax: (562)946-3823 Bill Westland, Contracts Manager/Administrator, Tel: (562)946-1816 Fax: (562)946-3823 #1312 - Tutor Perini Corporation 15901 Olden Street, Sylmar, CA 91342 Leonard K. Kaae, Contractor Principal, Tel: 671-646-4861 John M. McSweeney, Contracts Manager/Administrator, Tel: 671-646-4861 Senseramente, John M Robertson, Committee Chairman The Government and Labor Relations Committee is open to all members of the association. Contact the GCA office for time and place of meetings.


MACC contracts amounting to $4 billion over five years Task orders will range from $15 to $300 million #1306 - CNMS a Joint Venture 2700 Lagoon Park Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109 Eddie Stewart, Contractor Principal, Tel: (334)272-7723 Fooney Freestone, Contracts Manager/Administrator, Tel: (808)842-4929

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EPA awards over $6.7 million to the Guam Waterworks Authority for wastewater and drinking water projects By: Dean Higuchi

HONOLULU (February 21, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded over $6.7 million as part of a yearly grant to the Guam Waterworks Authority to improve drinking water and wastewater systems on Guam. "The $6.7 million that EPA is providing Guam will go towards meeting critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure standards on the island. The future health of Guam's economy is dependent on securing clean air, water and land," said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator of EPA's Pacific Southwest Region. "There is still a lot of work to be done by GWA to improve both these systems to meet health and environmental goals."

The wastewater funds will be used for system wide asset inventories, sewer system evaluations and assessments, hydraulic model development, and master planning activities to identify and prioritize projects. In addition, funds will be used for critical sewer pump station repairs.

water system. Funds will also be used to assist GWA in meeting groundwater monitoring requirements.

Funding for the drinking water system will be similarly used for system wide asset inventories, condition assessments, hydraulic model development, and master planning activities to identify and prioritize projects for improving Guam's drinking

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The Mission is


Impossible by: David F. Macaluso

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FEATURESTORY Since Thomas Cruz constructed his first tree house in Barrigada at the age of nine, he has always been interested in building different things. Now 30 years later the Guam Waterworks Authority appointed him to the position of Chief Engineer. According to Cruz, it wasn’t really until he attended George Washington High School when his hobby became the main focus for his career. That is where he was introduced to a few drafting classes that was part of the schools curriculum. Cruz said, “ I think those courses helped me become interested in this field. I started out as an architect and was able to draw out rooms and floor plans.” Those courses were the building blocks which helped Cruz acquire the fundamental skills in drafting and building design. It allowed him to create spaces on paper and that really opened his eyes. While at GW High School, career days were offered to the students. This is when people from the community would come into the school and discuss their occupation, described their daily routine, and have a question and answer period with the students. “I attended the classes that offered people from the construction industry, such as the architects and builders. I wanted to listen to the professionals talk about their job. Any guest that had a career related to design caught my interest,” said Cruz. “I think there was something inside me that really pushed me towards this career goal. My dad was the one who introduced me to the field of engineering. He was

the one who told me that architecture is good, but dad said, wouldn’t you want to be the guy who designed it as well as understand how it was built, why it is staying up and how it was engineered.” After high school, Cruz attended the University of Guam where he studied and completed his first two years of engineering. He then transferred to Kansas State, went directly into their engineering program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1996. Cruz returned to Guam and found a job with a local engineer. Working in the private sector was a stepping stone for Cruz, which helped him interact with various government agencies. In 2006 GWA began building up the engineer department and that is when Cruz left the private sector to work with the Gov Guam agency. His experience in the private sector would later become an asset to GWA. It taught him that there are two sides to the table and it gave him a good idea on how the private sector and government ran their operations. “I came in from the private sector handling projects as a project manager. Now I’m on the government side handling the private designers and contractors. From that point, I gradually moved up from Senior Engineer to Engineer Supervisor. I then applied for the Assistant Chief Engineer and now I’m the Chief Engineer. It was 4 steps.” According to Cruz, when he was first hired in the Fall of 2006, GWA had been operating on a skeleton crew. He believes that was due to GWA not spending the time or money to

build up the engineering department. But that soon change. On June 5th, 2003 the U.S. EPA filed a civil action, a stipulated order (SO) for primary relief, seeking injunctive relief and the assessment of civil penalties against GWA under the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. One of the stipulated orders mandated that within ten days after the Entry Date, the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) had to hire a General Manager at GWA who had an engineering background. The General Manager was responsible to hire a Chief Engineer who had the credentials, and either a registered professional civil, mechanical or electrical engineer. According to Cruz, “In the past the agency didn’t have a fully certified Chief Engineer. Often there were political appointees running GWA’s engineer department. Now after the SO, GWA must have a license CE running the Engineering Department. Even in the case of the general manager, its required that he has experience running a water or waste water operations. Before the SO anyone could run GWA.” Taking over as the CE, Cruz has a list of future projects that needs to be completed in order for GWA to be in compliance to the SO. One of the projects involves upgrading GWA’s Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant (NWWTP). Cruz and his team are working at increasing the capacity of the plant. In the past it was running and treating


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nearly 6 mg a day, now its expected to handle between 9-10 mg. According to Cruz, “NWWTP still has a way to go. We need to treat more in the north so we can continue to permit the development and building that is expected to come in the north. We just don’t want to only permit for the buildup, we also want to help our Guam residents who own land in that area get hooked up into the system,” he said. In addition to the NWTP, the Hagatna Wastewater Treatment Plant also has a permit to treat up to 12 mg a day, but currently handles 6 mg. HWWTP also needs improvements to be in compliance to the SO. Both plants are expected to be upgraded and completed by June 2013, but Cruz believes they will be done sooner. In addition GWA also has other projects it needs to address pertaining to the SO. Those projects include installing new water meters, upgrades to pump stations, leak and water line repairs, and detection. The final touches are being done to the Ugum Water Treatment Plant and the construction of three tanks projects, Barrigada Tank (located in Latte Heights), the Agana Heights and Chaote Tank are also expected to begin by November 2012. Additionally, GWA plans to rehabilitate 7 existing water wells up north which will cost approximately $1.5 Million. And the agency along with Winzler & Kelly, hopes to develop three new wells in the north. Each new well will cost about one million dollars to build. All of these projects will be funded by $118 million dollars of bond money that closed in Nov 2010. In total Cruz will over see approximately $87 million

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dollars worth of projects in the next several years. “Every year GWA is getting better and this is all part of us making real progress in the engineering department,” said Cruz. “There’s inefficiency in the system and no one from GWA will deny it, but we are working at becoming more efficient in delivering water through out the island. We have come this far since 2003 and now we are really getting down to the fine points of making GWA run at top speed. We are also finding better ways to understand the system, from where we introduce water into the system and when water would be moved from one zone to another zone.” Cruz quickly points out, “We are just getting better at understanding our system. They have done the best they could do In the past. Now the communications and the comradely has improved between operations and engineering. The doors and walls have come down and both departments are working closely together to make GWA more efficient.” Between the two sister utility agencies, GPA and GWA got a combined $300 million from the bond market to do capital improvements projects. Both agencies are working closely with local contractors simultaneously to help improve both water and power throughout the island.



Expanding For The Next

60 Years By David F. Macaluso

Preparing the University of Guam for the 21st Century is all part of the university’s physical master plan. While UOG is celebrating its 60th anniversary, it is not stopping to rest on its laurels. Instead Micronesia’s only university wants to continue to grow to ensure another sixty years of success. Back in 1952, the university had a modest start. During its inaugural stage, it was called the Territorial College of Guam located in the village of Mongmong and was created as a two year college for teachers. Eight years later, the college expanded and moved to its current location where a library and a two story building for classrooms was built. Over the next several years, the demand for education grew on the island and in 1967 the college added the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Continuing Education and a graduate school. The following year the college was renamed the University of Guam. Over the years, UOG has built a legacy for providing different academic programs accredited through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), now it has plans to expand the academic program, adding the School of Engineering to its campus. Currently UOG offers a two year engineering program, but students who enter that program have to transfer off island in order to receive a four year degree. UOG has an two year Articulation Agreement with the University of Iowa and Hawaii. This agreement allows the students to transfer up to 70 credits and be able to enter directly into their engineering program. A new four year engineering program on UOG’s campus will give the students a choice to stay on island to complete their degree. 20 | MARCH2012




has plans to build a third year into the current engineering program by 2013 and it anticipates having a four year program which will offer a bachelors degree in 2014. But by having a new program, UOG will need more space for classrooms and labs to handle the influx of incoming students. UOG Endowment Foundation Executive Director Mark Mendiola is overseeing the fund raising campaign for the university’s master plan. Mendiola said, “We are trying to raise $30 million dollars over the next 5 years. That is why the Triton Developers was formed, to act as an instrument in gathering funds for the new projects that will be built on campus. We plan to build an Engineering Annex that will connect to the Natural and Applied Science Building. Our other projects include building a Triton Engagement Center and to expand the Fine and Applied Arts Building and Student Services Center.” Mendiola is turning to the community, in hopes that they will help aid UOG’s educational endeavor. That is why Paul Baron, Business Group Manager for the engineering firm GHD, Inc. was recruited by the endowment foundation and the university. Baron is an industry leader who will provide support and he will help UOG put a fundraising package together for folks that are in the engineering and architectural fields. Baron believes in the next few years there will be a demand for more engineers on island and it makes sense to keep our students here. “National Engineers Weeks was just a few weeks ago. We made presentations to close to twenty schools and there was a substantial amount of high school juniors and seniors who showed interest in this field,” said Baron. Its easy for Baron to support UOG’s engineering program because it helps support GHD. For instance, GHD just hired a young female engineer from Guam, who graduated from JFK High School


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and went on to get her Bachelor’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from San Jose University. Usually, its very hard to get people to come back to Guam after they leave for school and graduate because, they will find work in the mainland. But according to Baron, “We can develop a more stable work force if we can educate and hire people who lived or grew up on Guam.” Baron believes members from the Guam Contractor Association can help UOG with this master plan because the GCA’s membership is broad and its not just for contractors. He said, “There are a lot of firms that crossover into different areas such as architects, engineers, and contractors. Every construction site has their own set of engineers and they are running into the exact same issues with the staffing, trying to maintain their staff, the cost to hire and relocate people to Guam. If we hire our new UOG engineering graduates, then we don’t have to worry about off island recruits packing up and leaving our firms because Guam wasn’t what they expected. That’s one reason why GHD joined in to help the UOG Endowment Foundation by donating $60,000.” The master plan is expected to be finalized by next month (April 2012) and UOG hopes to break ground for the Engineering Annex and Student Services Center before the year is over. UOG has a mission and that is to provide the education to develop and enhance our island’s work force and community. By moving forward with its master plan, there’s going to be a lot of activity over the next five years, an estimated $30 to $60 million will be spent on the campus. During this time, the university will need people to help build the campus and the campus will be built by contractors on Guam with engineers that went to UOG.

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GCA Luncheon

Jan. 18th, 2012 Holiday Resort & Spa

NAWIC Guam Chapter Chartering & Induction of Officers March 10th, 2012 Aurora Resort NAWIC Chapter 381

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GCA 5th Annual Construction Rodeo

Feb. 25th, 2012 Guam International Raceway


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FORYOURSAFETY For further information, please contact SGS Guam, Inc., 810 West Marine Corps Drive, Hagåtña, Guam 96910 through telephone number + 671 588 2923 or through fax number + 671 477 2923

Dateline March 2012

By Lisa Magtagñob Manager, Environmental Services




From its properties to sustain lifeforms to its use in industry, water will continue to have an impact on human activity. We need not be a student of history to note that man has flourished around sources of water. The earliest civilizations, as we know them, prospered around rivers and waterways. From ancient Mesopotamia to Egypt, from European cities to the burgeoning capitals of Asia, and from Africa to the Middle East – where water is a vital source of life – access to safe and clean water has always been, and will continue to be, a major factor in human development. Because of its unique island setting, it is vital that Guam make full use of, and properly manages, its scarce water resources. This is particularly true given the consumption of water in nearly every sector of Guam's economy, most notably in the island's main industry of tourism and its attendant sectors of food and beverage, entertainment and sports, public health, power supply, and water distribution systems, to name a few. The current recovery and increase in Guam's tourism industry is contributing to the positive outlook of many of the island's leading economists who are predicting double-digit growth in the following years. Water management also becomes particularly important with the anticipated deployment (regardless of the final number) of additional US military personnel on Guam and the support systems and infrastructure that will accompany that realignment. With all of this human interaction and movement, and with the increase in consumption of both potable water and clean water for industry, water management must focus not only on the production of water but on water safety as well.

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Is Your Water Safe? Bacteria and other micro-organisms compromise the quality of water. This leads to health risks, damages products and facilities, and compromise processes and may extend other resources, such as medical care and economic response initiatives that otherwise should be used for other purposes. Bacteria and other micro-organisms are naturally-occurring, from the air, from water, and from almost every other medium. Their presence may be either beneficial or harmful, depending on such factors as environment, usage and concentrations. Drinking water is one matrix that demonstrates how critical the detection of microorganisms is for health and safety reasons. The traditional method of allowing an incubation period takes time, potentially making results irrelevant if not tragically too late. In the industrial setting, iron-bacteria has been proven to be a costly matter, leading to rusted pipes and leaking tanks which need to be repaired or replaced at the added expense of the plant shutting down or incurring down-time. This is not to mention its detrimental impact to the environment. In other instances, some processes are aided by the presence of micro-organisms, such as in the decomposition process of solid wastes, oil and chemical spills and contamination, in fermentation and in the leaching and beneficiation process of the minerals industry. Either way, it is always helpful to know if micro-organisms are present and at what concentrations, instantaneously.


Ensuring Water Safety through Second-Generation ATP Technology ATP, or Adenosine TriPhosphate, is a natural part of all living matter at the cellular level. It is also present in bacteria and other micro-organisms, carrying energy that is required by all biological functions. Because of its properties, it is one of the most suitable indicators to verify the presence of active and living organisms in real time. However, the first generation technology to detect ATP did little more than establish the presence of micro-organisms, and to discern between living and dead cells. These limitations have been addressed by the Second-Generation ATP. It is fast becoming to be a vital tool in measuring concentrations of live organisms for numerous applications. Second-Generation ATP is based on the Bioluminescencse principle. With this, an enzymatic reaction occurs whenever ATP is exposed to Luciferase (Firefly), thereby emitting light. The intensity of the light is then directly proportional to the number of live micro-organisms present in the sample. This method only takes a few minutes, from sampling to extraction of results. Second-Generation ATP technology can be applied throughout the supply-chain – from the home to production plants and industries, with the following basic applications: potable water, cooling tower water, sanitary water, recycled water, ground and surface waters. As technology is always evolving, additional accessories allow for Enhance ATP Test Kits that will serve a wider scope,


such as in: o Waste Waters, Sludges, Methanogenesis and digestion, Composting and Bio-fermentation, Lagoons and Toxicity Studies o Fuels, Biofuels, Petroleum Products, Oils and Lubricants o Personal Care Products, Polymers and Concrete mixes o Slurries, White Waters, Industrial Process Water, Cataphoresis Water and Wash Water o Adhesives, Additives, Paints, Coatings and Industrial Mixtures o Solids, Slimes, Surface Disinfection and Biofilms The immediate availability of results and data may pave the way for immediate response, and aid in decision-making, for concerns in consumer health and safety, or industrial applications; and, invariably, may also prove to be a factor in strategic or long-term planning.

Preparing for Guam’s Growth and Development Definitely, the authorities and industries that comprise Guam’s economy and society have a number of concerns that they need to address, more so now with the prospects for Guam’s development and growth. For an island, however, it is clear that Guam needs to be self-sufficient, not just in what it can provide and offer, but also in terms of how it can sustain future growth. Ensuring water safety is essential to the long term health of the island's economy and more importantly, to the health of its people and its visitors.

. SGS Guam, Inc. is a member of the SGS Group SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS supports Guam’s growth and development by providing SGS core services for the island’s hotel and tourism industry, food services, real estate, shipping and logistics, military establishments and affiliatedindustries and services, and petroleum and fuel sectors, just to name specific Guam businesses and institutions. SGS provides end-to-end (value chain) business solutions for the following industries of fields:

Agriculture & Food Automotive Chemical Construction Consumer Goods & Retail Energy Environment Finance Industrial Manufacturing Life Sciences

Logistics Mining Oil & Gas Public Sector Environment Trade Sustainability Training Risk Management Health and Safety

Also to this end, the SGS presence in Guam is now conducting business and operations from a new office location at office address: 810 West Marine Corps Drive, Hagãtña, Guam, 96910. The new location places SGS in a better position to provide its expanded services to Guam’s various industries and businesses

And, just like the civilizations of old and at par with the developed areas in the world, Guam can and will live up to its origin – guaha (we have everything we need).


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Guam Contractors Association Building Guam since 1959

Red Carpet-VIP Mixer Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Triple J Ford Showroom Tamuning R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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by: Dave Barnhouse

A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes overlooked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike, by Dave Barnhouse Though this new OSHA Standard has been in effect since November 2010 there are many misunderstood issues pertaining to what type of lifting equipment is applicable. Complicating matters further is the fact that the EM385-1-1 Safety and Health Standard addresses the issue somewhat differently. A majority of the equipment used for lifting (other than cranes) on Guam are used on military contracts and must be compliant with the Army Corps of Engineers Standard, EM 385-1-1. Consequently some operators and supervisors are confused by the contradicting rulings between the two standards. OSHA 1926:1400 only pertains to construction cranes and/or equipment used as cranes. EM 385-1-1 applies to all activities and operations regardless if construction or not. One must always keep in mind that though numerous standards are referenced in the EM 385-1-1, these supplement OSHA Standards and the more stringent standards shall apply. The Corps of Engineers Standard is no doubt the simplest standard to comply with when lifting with other than cranes as all equipment pertains with no exceptions. OSHA on the other hand has numerous exceptions. § 1926.1400 Scope. (a) This standard applies to power-operated equipment, when used in construction, that can hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load. Such equipment includes all cranes of course but is not limited to only cranes and variations of such equipment. Items listed in paragraph (c) of this section are excluded from the scope of this standard. (c) Exclusions. This subpart does not cover: (1) Machinery included in paragraph (a) of this section while it has been converted or adapted for a non-hoisting/ lifting use. Such conversions/ adaptations include, but are not limited to, power shovels, excavators and concrete pumps. (2) Power shovels, excavators, wheel loaders, backhoes, loader backhoes, track loaders. This machinery is also excluded when used with chains, slings or other rigging to lift suspended loads. 32 | MARCH2012

One half of Cabras 4 Crankshaft at Commercial Port. Though a heavy lift at 165 ton, this is not a construction lift, therefore would not be required to comply with OSHA 1926.1400. (3) Automotive wreckers and tow trucks when used to clear wrecks and haul vehicles. (4) Digger derricks when used for augering holes for poles carrying electric and telecommunication lines, placing and removing the poles, and for handling associated materials to be installed on or removed from the poles. (5) Machinery originally designed as vehicle-mounted aerial devices (for lifting personnel) and self-propelled elevating work platforms. (6) Telescopic/hydraulic gantry systems. (7) Stacker cranes. (8) Powered industrial trucks (forklifts) except when configured to hoist and lower (by means of a winch or hook) and horizontally move a suspended load. (9) Mechanic’s truck with a hoisting device when used in activities related to equipment maintenance and repair. (10) Machinery that hoists by using a come-a-long or chainfall. (11) Dedicated drilling rigs.


(12) Gin poles when used for the erection of communication towers. (13) Tree trimming and tree removal work. (14) Anchor handling or dredge-related operations with a vessel or barge using an affixed A-frame. (15) Roustabouts. (16) Helicopter cranes. (17) Material Delivery It is obvious how some may be confused as to when this OSHA standard applies. To one not familiar with the industry he may wonder what would make the difference if 1926.1400 is applicable to his crane operations or another 1926 section or maybe 1910.180. The two major differences evolving from the new standard are inspection and training requirements. As an example, a mechanic with a two ton Auto Crane on his service truck using it for heavy equipment maintenance on a construction site (9) would be required to comply with 1910.180 and is not required to inspect his crane and document the

CRANECRITIQUECORNER Answers to last month’s test quiz: Working near Power Lines May a crane operator ever intentionally work closer than Table A Zone (10 feet) to an energized power line? Though normally when this question is asked in the rigger or crane operator classroom, the answer is always NO, technically the answer to this question is yes, but with restrictions. I continually stress the importance of maintaining a minimum of 10 feet clearance from any power lines with any part of a crane or load. However, there are exceptions. First, the employer must show both that staying outside the minimum zone and de-energizing the power line are infeasible. Second, ALL the following are required: 1) The power line owner must set the minimum approach distance. Conditions affecting atmospheric conductivity, voltage, amount of line sway, etc. will influence this and must be determined by the utility owner/operator

monthly inspections, comply with some of the safety devices, nor be certified as an operator by an OSHA recognized certification agency such as National Commission of Certification of Crane Operators, (NCCCO). On the other hand if he uses this same crane to lift and place a concrete barrier or a culvert pipe for example, it is now considered a construction crane and it must comply with the requirements of the more stringent 1926.1400 standard. Another often overlooked equipment that must comply with 1926.1400 is the powered industrial truck, or forklift. Normally when used with forks or other attachments it is not considered a crane. Once a load is suspended from the forks via a sling and hook, it is no longer excluded from the crane standard. A few of the OSHA exclusions are questionable such as excavators and backhoes (2). These are specifically excluded even when used with chains, slings or other rigging to lift suspended loads. Another specific exclusion is cranes used for tree removal or trimming (13). Though these are excluded they are high on the crane accident rating because of the nature of the work and often involves working close to power lines.

or registered professional engineer who is a qualified person (with respect to electrical power transmission and distribution). 2) A critical lift plan then must be developed with all workers involved with the lift to participate. This plan must address: 3) Use of a dedicated spotter, 4) Elevating warning line or barricade, 5) Insulating link or device, 6) Non-conductive rigging and tag lines are used, 7) Range limiter used (if crane is equipped), 8) Barricades placed 10 feet from equipment, 9) Limit access to site to essential workers, 10) Prohibit non-operator workers from touching above the insulating link, 11) Ground the crane, 12) Deactivate automatic reenergizer (if applicable), 13) Insulating line cover installed. Please reference OSHA §1926.1410 for more detailed requirements.

Barrigada crane operation with hoist line and hook within the 10 foot minimum distance allowed between overhead power lines and any part of the crane or load.

This month’s test quiz addresses:

Is lifting personnel with a crane still allowed? If so what are the restrictions? We will discuss the answers to this question in next month’s edition of GCA Construction News Bulletin, please be sure not to miss it. I will attempt to test your knowledge of crane operations each month in this column with a few questions relating to one of the mentioned topics. These questions will address the weak areas more frequently noted during my classroom operator training and/or the more common discrepancies noted during crane

inspections. If your company or subs utilizes cranes whether as owner or renter I invite you to look for this column each month and test your crane knowledge. Please e-mail any comments, questions, or specific topics you would like to see addressed in this column to and we will certainly attempt to accommodate your requests.

Dave Barnhouse resides in Yigo and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections, of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO certified crane operator, Level II Rigger, and NCCCO practical examiner for all types of mobile crane operators, riggers, signal persons, and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.


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Description: Metal Farming, Drywall, Insulation, ACT, Plaster, DFH, Access Floor Associate: Professional Building Maintenance P.O.Box 22353 Barrigada, GU 96921 GCA Contact: Keith Y. Abe Email: Ph: 671-788-2171 Fax: 671-632-4557 Description: 3M Cleaning Products Distributor William & Mary Mae O’Reilly P.O.Box 4962 Hagatna, Guam 96932 GCA Contact: Keith Y. Abe Email: Ph: 671-487-0461 Description: Property Rental Dawn Patrol Industries 194 Gov Carlos Camacho Rd. Tamuning, Gu 96913 GCA Contact: Dawna Hernandez Email: Ph: 671-486-2222 Fax: 671-646-0025 Description: Wholesale Distribution/Indent Services Recycling


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