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Guam Contractors’ Association


Vol.54 Issue 10 OCTOBER 2013







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THEEDITORIALS 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 Guam Contractors’ Association at Tel: (671)647-4840/41 Fax: (671) 647-4866 or Email: 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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THETEAM PUBLISHER: James Martinez SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR: Geri Leon Guerrero AD SALES: Tom Mendiola PRODUCTION: Geri Leon Guerrero Christopher “Taco” Rowland PHOTOGRAPHERS: Christopher “Taco” Rowland EDITOR: Adztech CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: John Robertson David F. Macaluso

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SAME Monthly Membership Meeting September 19, 2013 September’s SAME Membership Meeting featured two members making a big impact on our small island. Setiadi Architects, a well established design oping projects throughout the island. AECOM, a sustaining member of SAME, discussed their on Guam.

Commercial Projects LOTTE HOTEL GUAM – to be completed 2014

Setiadi Architects LLC was established in 1997; and a HUBZONE Minority Owned Small Business, providing architectural, interior design and planning services and more recently, civil engineering. Setiadi Architects have and military sectors. John Setiadi Tan, AIA, LEED AP President, Setiadi Architects • Registered Architect in NV, AZ, GU, CMNI, HI; NCARB; LEED AP • Work experience in USA (NV, AZ, CA, GU), CNMI, Palau, Marshall Islands, FSM, Japan








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OTHER PROJECTS: • • • • • • • • • •

Renovate Navy College Commando Warrior Campus Low Impact Development Plan AIS Repair at Bldg. 75 Club Typhoonz Kosrae, Rota & Tinian Dorm Renovation, AAFB Polaris Point Gate Improvement Repair & Renovate Bldg. 503 Camp Covingtong Replace & Repair Swimming Pool Bldg. 73 at Naval Hospital North Ramp Parking & Utilities Waterfront Arrival Area Improvements, US Naval Base Design-Build MACC with Coretech Int’l


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Sustaining Member Brief AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including government, transportation, facilities, energy, environmental and water. Buildings + Places

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AECOM is working with 13 Guam small businesses under this program. 97.66% of subcontract awards under CLEAN have gone to small business

Local Projects • • • • • • • •

Ship Repair Facility Wetland Restoration, NBS Remedial Action, Installation Restoration Program Site 14, AAFB Remedial Investigation, Munitions Response Site UXO 2A, AAFB Environmental Impact Statement, Relocation of US Marine Forces to Guam Engineering Services, Agana Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Construction Management, Route 7A Construction Management, Rehabilitation of Runway 6L-24R, GIAA

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Military, Government and Labor Relations Committee Update – October ‘13

U.S. Forward Deployed Forces and Asian Security: A Strategic View

By John M. Robertson

On September 5th and 6th of this year, the Guam-US-Asia Security Alliance (GUASA) conducted a roundtable titled, U.S. Forward Deployed Forces and Asian Security: A Strategic View, at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon Bay. According to their blog,, GUASA is a Guam-based 501(c)(4) tax-exempt non-profit, non-partisan membership corporation, comprised of people and organizations concerned with the security of all who live in the Western Pacific and along the Pacific Rim. Frustrated with the red-tape of Washington, GUASA developed the roundtable conference inviting experts to discuss long-term security solutions throughout Asia and the Micronesia region. Doing so allowed civilians to get expert advice and to share their concerns and ideas in a summary report to be presented to Washington D.C. The event was sponsored by members of the Guam business community and well attended by those from the region with interest in this vital subject. Participants in the roundtable presentation were a panel of 12 guest experts with vast experience in military and international security issues. Hon. Carl W. Ford, Jr., Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Senior Subject Matter expert moderated the event. He also had a major role in convincing other panelists to attend. Other panel members included Paul S. Giarra, a Navy Senior Subject Matter expert. Mr. Giarra was a military and political strategic planner for the Far East, South Asia and Pacific issues and currently leads Global Strategies & Transformation, a professional services firm and consultancy providing national security strategic analysis; the Hon. Patrick M. Cronin Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS); Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center Washington (2007) and

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head of programs on South Asia at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. With them were VADM Timothy “Tim” W. Wright (Ret.), Deputy Director for Defense R & D; Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.) Senior Advisor for The Avascent Group and Dr. Stacie L. Pettyjohn, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation researching military posture, terrorism studies and American foreign policy in the Middle East. Additionally, Robin H. “Sak” Sakoda, a partner with Armitage International, L.C., Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s National Security Affairs Department; Randall “Randy” Schriver, President and CEO of the Project 2049 Institute; Dr. Alan J. Vick, Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Timothy “Tim” A. Walton, Associate of Delex Consulting Studies and Analysis (CSA) and Robert Mahalik, previously part of Senator John Glenn’s personal staff and on the National Intelligence Council as the Assistant National Intelligence Officer for East Asia. The event included four Keynote Addresses followed by eight group sessions. Topic questions included “How were past Pacific campaigns waged?”; “What are the new operational realities in the Asia-Pacific?”; “How might bases throughout the Asia-Pacific be used in the future?” and “What specific role do you foresee for Guam?” One Keynote Address, given by Craig Whelden, Executive Director, Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Bryan Wood, Director of Pacific Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, discussed the status of the USMC Globally and in the Pacific. The Marine Corps’ near-term, mid-term and long-term goals involve increased training areas; establishing a new Marine task force on Guam and completing the Okinawa consolidation. Currently, there are 20,600 US Marines on Okinawa. Between now and 2020, the Corp plans to relocate over 9,000 of those Marines and their families to various locations throughout the Pacific at a cost of around $19 Billion. Approximately 2,700 Marines will be sent to Hawaii bringing their total in a range from 6,100 up to 8,800 stationed there. Over 1,300 Marines will be relocated to Darwin, Australia, bringing their numbers to ±2,500. Finally, the majority of Marines, over 4,100 of them, will relocate to Guam, bringing the total number to 4,700.


Although the conference was intended to focus on the entire Western Pacific region and not specifically the military buildup on Guam or any particular threat, the actual discussion highlighted the importance of Guam in the region for the U.S. military posture as well as in the political arena. Political influence in the region requires a constant and significant presence in the region. The threat from North Korea was mentioned but participants made frequent reference to China as the big elephant in the room. China has in recent years begun to strengthen its military capacity and has aggressively pursued territorial expansion in disputed islands in the vicinity of Japan and the Philippines. Though there are many contingencies to the process, i.e. capital improvement requirements, method of implementation and cost-share agreements, publication of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is expected in March, 2014. If all goes according to plan, the Record of Decision (ROD) will be signed in February 2015 followed by construction and flow of forces between 2015 and 2022. Joint Military Training can be expected to be boosted during this time in the CNMI as well. Currently, the training requirements being met are: expeditionary air and ground non-live fire training on Tinian; aviation divert activities in Saipan and aviation strike range, both air to ground inert and live ordinance training on Farallon de Medinilla. Future proposed training plans involve adding larger scale live fire and combined

Bryan Wood, Pacific Division Director from HQMC, shared with the forum some of the plans, policies and operations within the Pacific arena from Marine Corps perspective. He outlined four priorities of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps. The first of those being that the best trained and equipped units will continue to be deployed to Afghanistan. This is essential and will not change. Second is to rebalance the Corps and posture it for the future, aggressively experimenting with and implementing new capabilities and organizations. The third priority will to better educate and train Marines to succeed in distributed operations and increasingly complex environments. Finally, the Corps will keep faith with their Marines, sailors and families. Initially, the Marine Corps will focus efforts on supporting the first priority of sending the most equipped soldiers to Afghanistan. Then as conditions allow, posturing and increasing education for hostile environments will be fully engaged all the while the final priority of keeping faith with soldiers and families will remain a foundational priority. Mr Wood outlined Marine Corps actions of past few years and plans for the future.

•2005 Alliance Transformation and Realignment Agreement (ATARA) –Security Consultative Committee (SCC): “…adapt the alliance to the changing regional and global security environment.” •2006 US-Japan Roadmap for Realignment –SCC: Codifies the ATARA with 19 Agreed Implementation Plans, 5 impacting USMC •2009 Guam International Agreement –State: Reaffirmation of 2006 alliance commitment. •2010 USG-GOJ Joint Statement (note: Prime Minister Kan resigned the next day)

–Abandoned 2014 timeline, reaffirmed Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) as only viable option •2012 USG-GOJ Joint Statement –Revised the force lay down and GoJ cost-share –De-links III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Force Relocation from FRF – “tangible progress” –Adds bilateral pledge to Futenma sustainment pending completion of FRF Today’s III Marine Expeditionary Force Laydown Plan Security Consultative Committee “2+2” Joint Statement of 27 Apr 2012 •Per the April 2012 2+2 statement U.S. Government & Government of Japan have agreed to adjust the terms of the 2006 realignment roadmap to reflect a U.S. Government strategy of Marine Corps forces in the Pacific that are geographically distributed, operationally resilient, and politically sustainable. •The plan establishes multiple, fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTFs) strategically located between Hawaii, Guam, Japan and Australia so that we can train, exercise and operate with allies and partners, and to be able to respond to crises and promote security cooperation across the region. –±9,000 Marines relocate off Okinawa –GoJ cost share for Guam will be $3.1B (direct cash only) –GoJ will consider funding “shared-use” training ranges in CNMI as part of the $3.1B contribution –Okinawa land returns remain same as in 2006 agreement –A new bilateral Okinawa Consolidation Plan to be developed by end of 2012 –GoJ commitment to FRF as only viable solution for Futenma –USG and GoJ commitment to remaining at Futenma with joint sustainment and refurbishment until FRF fully operational –De-links Guam relocation and land returns from FRF progress FY-14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Program Needs and Exceptions •In addition to current Section 2821(c) exceptions of U.S. Senate: –North Ramp Hangar at AAFB: Need the project authorized for transient Marine aircraft (included in Sec. 2204/4601) and appropriated ($85.7M) –Authorize the use of GoJ Funds for: 1. The execution of the North Ramp Utilities (Utilities II) construction project; and 2. The two training range projects on Andersen South ($149M). •There will be continuous ground combat training exercises throughout the year with different sized units rotating through Guam. •This is unique training that is not available

in Japan or Okinawa. –Authorize the use of FY-14 MILCON and GoJ Funds for preliminary design of projects at the main cantonment prior to the execution of the Relocation SEIS Record of Decision (RoD) in early 2015. 1. Legally permissible, under NEPA, to conduct preliminary planning and design work prior to the ROD. 2. Preferred Alternative is expected to be selected by the ASN(EI&E) shortly. Preferred selection was announced shortly after the roundtable: The Marine Corps cantonment is to be located within existing Navy property at NCTS Finegayan and firing range to be located within Andersen AFB North Field. 3. The first project at the main cantonment will be the GOJ-funded UNSI in FY-16 •Planning & Design for this program will take up to 2 years. GUASA is to be commended for bringing these highly knowledgeable and respected military specialist consultants to Guam for the roundtable. It was informative for those in attendance. More importantly, they learned something of the Guam and western pacific environment that they will take back to Washington, DC with them. The White Paper they agreed to produce will be disseminated within the Congress and should cause favorable action to occur within the timeline set by the military for the long anticipated realignment of forces in the western pacific.

The Military, Government and Labor Relations Committee is open to all members of the association. Contact the GCA office for time and place of meetings.


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254 Air Base Group Takes Lead in UFG 2013 by: Capt Leo Palomares The Guam Air National Guard recently took part in annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercises from 19~30 August 2013. This event with the Republic of Korea and US Combined Forces Command is a critical exercise that demonstrates the readiness of the two nations to support events on the Korean Peninsula. The Guam Air National Guard played a critical role as the lead organization to support stateside deployed forces supporting the exercise. Their mission consisted of the initial beddown, sustainment, and reconstitution of the Rush Park (Life Support Area) at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK) for just over 500 military and civilian personnel. The team consisted of members from the 254 Air Base Group, 254 RED HORSE Squadron, 254 Force Support Squadron, 254 Security Forces Squadron, and various active duty Air Force units. In total, twenty-seven Airmen from the Guam Air National Guard along with seventeen active duty Airmen contributed to a unique and dynamic synergy that epitomized the whole total force concept. Their hard work and commitment contributed to yet again another hugely successful event within the Republic of Korea. Ulchi Freedom Guardian is one of the largest Joint Staff exercises conducted by Department of Defense on the peninsula. The exercise provided an excellent training opportunity for participating units from Korea, throughout Pacific Command (PACOM), and other locations across the United States to take part in a full spectrum of realistic scenarios that enable training of

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essential tasks geared toward the support of the peninsula. The Guam Air National Guard has had the incredible opportunity to be a part of this and other large scale exercises within the Republic of Korea over the past three years. Our efforts working with 7th Air Force has provided valuable continuity to the exercise achieving essential support of the Rush Park Life Support Area and overall success to the exercise. In support of the exercise, the Guam Air National Guard filled critical roles for the mission support for the residents of Rush Park ranging from overall Camp Mayor responsibility, complete civil engineering support, services capabilities from lodging to morale welfare and recreation (MWR), and armory. The 27 person team from Guam pulled together to establish the contingency lodging support for Rush Park by preparing three K-spans and over twenty temper tents to support residential capacity for up to 700 residents if necessary. The engineers also identified and repaired life safety work orders in the contingency dorms that provided additional capacity for overflow forces. In total, civil engineers executed structural repairs and minor construction, utility support for sanitary sewer system, heating ventilation and cooling for real property and contingency assets, electrical wiring and repair, and overall customer service for work order management. This full spectrum sustainment operation was integral to the success of the Rush Park LSA.


Along with this effort, a few members had the opportunity to be integrated with planners of the exercise working side-byside and getting first-hand experience. The team was instrumental in providing design and construction estimates for multiple projects at Rush Park that are under consideration for funding that would be priceless in providing top tier support for future exercises. The Taotaomona Warriors from Guam along with their active duty brethren proved they were ready for the challenge. Consistent with their trademark island spirit, the Guam Air National Guard resurrected the traditional end of exercise Victory Party partnered with key organizations such as the 51st Fighter Wing First Sergeants Association and Korean Good Neighbors Society to host a traditional fiesta style party for all participants of the exercise. The event consisted of entertainment, prizes, and an overall festive atmosphere after several weeks of valuable but intensive training. The Guam Air National Guard represented proudly and contributed toward providing a memorable experience for deployed service men and women in their support of Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2013.

Le ad P ip es by: David Macaluso

The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 was written to protect the public and to ensure that the quality of drinking water supplied by state and local public water systems, such as the Guam Waterworks Agency, have set standards. These standards are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The reason why lead gets into drinking water is because of the corrosion of materials containing lead which were installed in plumbing materials such as lead solder, brass, bronze and other alloys containing lead make contact with the water. There’s a number of factors that can contribute to corrosion by products in potable water, some includes the age of lead bearing materials susceptible to corrosion, it could be the way they were made, how long the lead containing surfaces been exposed to water, and how corrosive the water is toward these materials. The makeup of water can be corrosive because its acidity, alkalinity, dissolved solids and hardness. It has been found through studies that soft acidic waters are more corrosive to lead than hard waters. The Safe Drinking Water Act has amended a number of times over the year, in 1977,1979,1980, 1986, 1988, 1996 and 2000. Back in 1996, an amendment was added that limited the amount of lead that could be used in plumbing products. It did not allow materials containing more than 8.0 percent lead to be used if water was used for human consumption. Each state and territory will be responsible to regulate and enforce this law through the state or local plumbing codes. With this new federal laws going into effect, how will Guam and its local plumbers handle this issue and what will this mean for Guam? Some local plumbers are confused by this federal law and are not sure what this will mean for Guam.


With less than three months to go, a new amendment to a Federal law will go into effect that will mandate that every pipe, fixture and fitting sold for or installed in potable water can not contain more than 0.25% lead by weight. This new amendment pertains to the Safe Water Act and it is set to start on January 4, 2014.

Barrett Plumbing Inc. owner Jessica Barrett has some concerns with this federal law. She already began buying lead free products and realized that those parts cost more money compared to the older counterparts. She also feels that some people may not follow this law. Barrett said, “This is an enormous undertaking that needs to be done. I am not really sure what this means to Guam or how Guam, its plumbers and local contractors will prepare for this, especially if they already have inventory with containing the older products.” According to Jessica, their company already purchased the new products and started bringing in the new lead free products to Guam to comply with this federal law. But she has concerns that some people may not follow the law and how will customers know. Over the years, for the most part, GWA have phased out the use of asbestos and lead pipes, now the agency uses PVC pipes to move the water from their facilities to the consumer. Guam Waterworks Authority Public Affairs Officer Heidi Ballendorf said, “GWA as an agency is required to test the water every day to follow the Clean Water Act and Safe Water Act. GWA makes sure the water is safe to drink and the agency also treats the waste water making it safe for the environment.” In the coming weeks (in October), there will be public hearings on public safety. Some of those issues may be addressed. Committee on Health & Human Services Senator Dennis Rodriguez (D) believes Guam’s Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) would be the agency tasked at monitoring the regulations for this 2014 amendment.

“Once this law comes into play, it should be part of the National Building Codes. If that is the case then the builders would follow that code and then GEPA would be one of the agencies that would inspect a new building to make sure the codes are followed,” Rodriguez said. ”GEPA is the agency that is tasked with making sure Guam follows the Safe Drinking Water Act. Whether its GWA, businesses, commercial property, commercial development or structures sold, leased or rented to consumers EPA needs to make sure that people comply with that federal law,” said GEPA Spokesman Eric Palacios. “When it come the new construction of a building or hotel, GEPA will make sure the building is in compliance with the codes. The agency will do an on site sampling of the water to ensure that that water is safe to drink and the proper materials are used.” Another concern Barrett has is what will be done at the home improvement store on island where they sell older pipes, fixtures and fittings sold. She wanted to know if they would stay on the market, if so, it might be confusing for people when they are the do it yourself fixers or if they may not know the current law.


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“Would GEPA need to inspect items that are being sold on the shelves at the home improvement stores. These are federal rules and policies,” said Barrett. This new law prohibits these items to be sold in stores or installed for any potable water product. For those who don't comply will be fined, the installed item will be removed and law suits by government agencies which would pertain to the Lead Free Law. Palacios believes that home improvement stores will bring in products that meet the new requirements, but he also feels that people living at a private residence might use the older materials for non potable water such as water lines for an irrigation system or for a private fish pond. Since Barrett began bringing in the unleaded products she noticed that those products cost doubled compared to the older items used. If that is the case, then her plumbing service will also need to go up to adjust for the higher cost for those new materials. Palacios praises Barrett and other plumbers who are complying with this new law. “Plumbers should absolutely stay the course to ensure that water going to the customers is good for consumption,” said Palacios. He feels that for safety reasons people working in this field should spread the word about the compliance to this new amendment. If there are people out there who suspect that plumbers, contractors, or subcontractor are not using the proper materials and are not complying with the law they should contact the Guam Environmental Protection Agency at 300-4751. Also if consumers need help with the new products that are out in the market, GEPA can assist them on that issue too.

Barrett Plumbing Inc. A little more about Barrett Plumbing Inc, the company was formed by Jessica and Jacqueline’s father, John H. Barrett in 1972. The two sisters have been working with the company since 1989 and took over the company from their dad 20 years ago. The father is still very active with the company, but he lets his daughter hand the day to day operations. Barrett Plumbing works on residential, commercial and Gov Guam structures. Over the past few years, Barrett Plumbing was a subcontractor and helped Johnson Controls Incorporated on a number of ARRA projects from November 2011 to April 2012. During that time Johnson Controls was one of two companies that worked closely with Guam Power Authority to upgrade twelve GovGuam agencies. This was made possible by $8.1 million in ARRA Funds given to GPA by the United States Department of Energy.

its island satellites, the Guam Police Department, Department of Agriculture, Department of Parks and Recreation, Adelup, the Government House, Chamorro village, Paseo, Department of Youth Affairs and the Department of Administration. Barrett Plumbing’s scope of work for the retrofit was a one to one replacement for those GovGuam Agencies. Some of the items they replaced were refrigerators, urinals, floor restrictors, sinks and showers. All the shower heads were changed to low flow heads, the toilets were changed with low flow toilets and sinks, and energy efficient electric timers were installed for the water heaters so the units can turn off after office hours and turn back on before employees arrive to work. For now, Barrett Plumbing will continue to comply to the new law and provide the same service they have given their customers on Guam for nearly forty years.

Barrett Plumbing’s helped Johnson Controls retrofit 44 facilities belonging to 12 GovGuam line agencies. Those agencies were The Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Public Works, Guam Fire Department and its stations, the Guam Library and

Another approach to find out the amount of lead contained in a plumbing product, one should contact the manufacturer, the importer or distributor. Since this article was written, GEPA may provide a public outreach to educate people about this issue in the coming months.

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Major Market Penetration Predicted for White-Light LED Over The Next Two Decades By: Shawn Gumataotao Gotta give credit where credit is due. Since 1976, the Maryland-based non-profit National Lighting Bureau has served as the Nation's most trusted lighting information source. With sponsors to include GE Lighting, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), Lutron Electronics Company, Inc., National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the U.S. General Services Administration they surely have their finger on the collective pulse of this industry. A recent NLB report comes at a time when many across our industry were wondering if bad news is becoming the new normal. Energy Savings Potential of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications says that growing reliance on Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting will conserve 2,700 terawatt-hours (2.7 trillion kilowatt-hours) of energy use over the next 20-years saving building owners about $250 billion at today’s energy prices while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 1.8 billion tons of carbon, assuming today’s powerplant generating mix stays in place. The NLB report predicts that, compared to conventional incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and high-intensity-discharge

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(HID) white-light sources, the rate of LED market penetration will increase steadily, rising to 36% of general-illumination lumenhour sales in 2020, and to 74% percent by 2030. “In 2030,” the report states, “the annual energy savings due to the increased market penetration of LED lighting is estimated to be approximately 300 terawatt-hours, or the equivalent annual electrical output of about fifty 1,000-megawatt power plants. At today’s energy prices, that would equate to approximately $30 billion in energy savings in 2030 alone. Assuming the current mix of generating power stations, these energy savings would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 210 million metric tons of carbon. The total electricity consumption for lighting would decrease by roughly 46 percent relative to a scenario with no additional penetration of LED lighting in the market – enough electricity to completely power nearly 24 million homes in the U.S. today.” “The predicted reductions in energy consumption, greenhouse-gas emissions, and operating and maintenance costs are extremely positive. Nonetheless, not just a few lighting-industry insiders believe that the role of LED lighting may not be quite


as prominent as forecasted, principally because of the efficiency and longevity advances being made by alternative sources, fluorescent in particular," said National Lighting Bureau Chair Howard P. Lewis "As such, LEDs may have more competition in the years ahead, not less, all of which is a good thing. More products and more types of products will be competing on the basis of efficiency, cost, and functionality, meaning not only that the study’s forecasts about energy and cost savings will likely be realized, they may even be exceeded.” The study focuses on four principal sectors of the U.S. lighting market – residential, commercial, industrial, and outdoor stationary – where an array of lighting products competes for market share. With energy costs in the Western Pacific among the highest in America, it is time to take a serious look at those solutions to reduce consumption and improve efficiencies where you can. To learn more about the LED lighting products and other related electrical products that GET, LLC provides, please check out our website at or call us to discuss solutions for your important lighting needs.



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Traveling around the country a common complaint I hear from contractors is how crazy the competitive bid market is today. Contractors can’t control the marketplace; however, they can control their response to it. Regardless of the market conditions, contractors must focus on delivering high value. To do this they must be proactive, but unfortunately responding to the design-bid-build process is reactive. One road builder client, despite having to bid most of his work, makes more than average profit margins, because he bids work that his competitors don’t know how to do. The high value he brings is his superior knowledge and skill. Another contractor was frustrated with conditions so he took the initiative to meet with his clients and ask how he could provide better value? He asked his clients what he could do for them that he wasn’t doing. With this information he adapted his services and in the process was able to increase his profit margin by four percent. While every client is different and there is no silver bullet, what follows are eight strategies that you can use to take control of your marketplace, or at least improve it. The first three are simply common sense, but unfortunately too many contractors don’t take advantage of them.

Trust. While it seems at times that the only thing clients are concerned about is how low a price they can get, they are also frustrated with poor performance by contractors. Of course, a lot of that has to do with them taking ridiculously low prices. However, contractors that establish a reputation for trust; namely, doing what they say they will do and who also help the client make the right decisions; have an opportunity to breakthrough. Fairness. Fairness is related to trust.

Clients hate the games contractors play by bidding low then attempting to recover their costs with excessive change orders. Contractors that provide good value for their services can distinguish themselves.

Easy to deal with. Problems will occur. The question is how you deal with them when they occur. Do you provide leadership to solve the problems when they occur? Do you do what’s right and not what is expedient for you? An interesting statistic is that if you make a mistake and handle it to the client’s satisfaction, the client will be more loyal then if you never made a mistake. The next five strategies offer contractors ways to differentiate their services from their competitors.

Expertise. Of course there are consumers that are always looking for a deal, but that’s not a prospective client for a high performing contractor. In contrast, intelligent consumers understand the value of working with high performing contractors that provide superior solutions for their problems and issues. However, it’s not enough to have experience, you need to prove to the client you possess the necessary expertise. This proof is referred to by Professor Dean Kashiwagi of Arizona State University as “dominant proof.” Dominant proof is evidence that when reviewed almost everyone will have the same conclusion. In the contractor’s situation he must have evidence that supports the soundness of his advice and the quality of his performance from previous projects. Options. Contractors need to under-

stand that they need to be able to provide options for clients. The one size fits all approach doesn’t work. Clients have different budgets and priorities. The value based contractor listens to the client’s requirements then uses his expertise to create an option that fits the client’s specific needs. Flexibility. Options are related to flexibility. Options refer to the technical aspects of the solution, in other words it describes what you are providing. Flexibility refers to how it is delivered or the procedures. An example might be how you adapt your efforts to meet a clients schedule and

operational needs in an existing facility. Peter Drucker wrote that every business needs two skills: marketing and innovation. When he referred to marketing he wasn’t talking about the contractor’s brochure or PowerPoint presentation. He was referring to market research.

Engagement. To truly understand the

client’s needs the contractor must engage the client in a dialogue. Often client’s think they know what they want, but unfortunately what they think they need will not produce the desired results. Therefore, the value based contractor insures there is sufficient dialogue to uncover the results the client desires. The contractor can then use its expertise to provide the best solution.

Innovation or Creativity. Once a contractor understands a client’s true problem and the desired results the client wants, the contractor can use its creativity to develop an innovative solution based on its expertise and understanding of the situation. The value based contractor understands the process is not about them, but it’s about delivering the best possible value to the client. This can only consistently occur when the contractor truly understands the client’s needs and delivers on those needs. Contractors that use these strategies on a consistent basis experience increased profitability. Ted Garrison, president of Garrison Associates, is a catalyst for change. As a consultant, author and speaker he provides breakthrough strategies for the construction industry by focusing on critical issues in leadership, project management, strategic thinking, strategic alliances and marketing. Contact Ted at 800-861-0874 or Further information can be found at"


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Lumbar Support Can Be Useful in the Working Environment Hi my name is Joseph Dimalanta and I am a both a locally licensed Chiropractor (D.C.) and licensed Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S. with the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists) on Guam. I will now be writing monthly for the Guam Contractors' Association Construction News Bulletin. I will be covering natural health care and numerous wellness topics. Feel free at anytime to email me with questions at if you wanted a specific topic covered. For this month's column I will be writing about what exactly a lumbar support is and does.

So what exactly is a lumbar support? A lumbar support is a device made to support the low back (lumbosacral) or middle to low back (thoracolumbar) region of the spine. It is usually made of soft material that is reinforced by rigid plastic or metal inserts. What is the primary use of a lumbar support? The primary use for using a lumbar support is to increase the intra-abdominal pressure. This helps stabilize the spine. Other things a lumbar support can do include: it may decrease muscle spasms of the muscles that support the spine, it gives an individual postural improvement by adding or decreasing the lumbar curve (lordosis) in your low back, and it also restricts motion in the lumbar spine; which then forces the legs and the hips to carry the load (and not just your lower back muscles) when we bend or lift something off the ground. The three different types of supports that can be made are the rigid, flexible, and semi rigid lumbar supports. Each different support has a unique characteristic when compared to the other.

*Important Note Many people with low back pain or instability may choose or may be prescribed to wear a lumbar support. They can be very useful, but you do not want to rely on it forever. Remember, long term use may cause your abdominal and lower back muscles to weaken and waste away. Eventually, you want to learn how to train and strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles. If you are unsure how to do this, seek advice from your chiropractor, medical doctor, trainer, or physical therapist.

Joseph Dimalanta, D.C., C.N.S.

Some things an individual may want to keep in mind when using a lumbar support include: 1. With prolonged use of a lumbar support an individual may get decreased strength in the abdominal and lower back muscles 2. There is not only a risk for decreased abdominal and lower back muscle strength, but those same muscles may also decrease in size (atrophy) 3. An individual may also get a pinching (from the support) and skin breakdown in the lower abdomen from the support if it is worn to tight

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Orthotic/Foot Insert

Dr.Noel Silan, DPM ABMSP Orthotics are inserts to help balance the feet. This can range from regular off the shelf to customized types. Orthotics can help with numerous foot pathology and at may resolve pain permanenently. Orthotics may also prevent patients from resorting to foot surgery altogether. Orthotics may also be used in conjunction with surgery to help postoperatively and ensure no recurrence of symptoms. The following conditions may be successfully treated with custom orthotics. 1) Achilles tendinits. This is swelling due to the inflammation of the posterior aspect of the heel bone and may radiate upwards as well 2) Tarsal tunnel syndrome. This is a

shooting nerve pain caused by entrapment of the posterior tibial nerve. This may radiate from the medial ankle and travel distal towards the toes of the foot. 3) Sinus tarsi syndrome. This is entrapment or compression of the talocalcaneal ligament. This pain can be located just below the lateral malleoli. 4) Posterior Tibialis Dysfunction. This is pain along the medial aspect of the ankle and at times may radiate towards the instep. This can be very debilitating when not treated early from a previous injury. It also at times may occur early in childhood and can be a form of flatfeet. 5) Plantar fasciitis. This is pain along the bottom of the heel. It usually is associated with pain with the first steps in the morning. 6) Neuroma. This is pain due to an entrapped nerve in the ball of the foot. At times it y radiate towards the toe. This pain can tingle or sometime even be sharp and debilitating. 7) Lateral ankle instability. This is usually from a previous inversion sprain. This may involve not only ruptured ligaments but also an injury to the peroneal tendon. 8) Sesamoiditis. This is an inflammation or fracture of an ossicle along the bottom of the big toe joint. This may be at times mis-diagnosed as gout. It can also be debilitating. 9) Metatarsalgia. This is a generalized swelling of the Ball of the foot. It also may be confused for gout but unlike gout it involves more

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than one joint and the pain is not as severe as gout. Custom orthotics also will help acquired congenital Foot problems. Pediatric flatfeet and intoeing are just A few that comes in mind. Seeking a Podiatrist is always a good idea before purchasing any form of insert. Whether it be over the counter shelf or something more expensive a podiatrist can give you the best advice. More advanced braces can also be prescribed by Your podiatrist. These are called Ankle foot orthosis. These are inserts which incorporate the ankle. The Following pathogies can be helped by an AFO 1) Dropfoot which is a weakness to the foot due to a a nerve injury. Patients with this condition usually drag there affected foot. It causes them to sometimes trip and or fall. Other pathologies are severe ankle arthritis, tarsal/boney fusions, Diabetic charcot joints and again pediatric acquired deformities. Again consulting with your local Podiatrist is the best idea.

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Trade Release U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office of Communications Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release Date: August 22, 2013 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has signed an alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction to develop training resources to protect women in the construction industry. The alliance will focus on musculoskeletal and sanitation hazards and issues related to poorly-fitting personal protective equipment. Today OSHA announced a new Web page that addresses these issues.

other safety and health issues specific to female construction workers.

“Safety and health problems in construction create barriers to women entering and remaining in this field,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Through this alliance, we will work together to forge innovative solutions to improve the safety, health and working conditions for women in the construction trades and retain them during a critical time of job shortages in this industry.”

For more information on the alliance, visit the OSHA-NAWIC Web page. The agreement will remain in effect for two years. Visit OSHA’s Women in Construction Web page for more information about safety and health issues facing women in construction.

During the two-year agreement, the alliance intends to develop training programs, fact sheets and other outreach resources on musculoskeletal hazards, sanitation and PPE selection. The alliance will focus on these and

Based on a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, OSHA also unveiled its new Women in Construction Web page, a site that outlines and addresses safety and health issues specific to female construction workers, including PPE, sanitary facilities and other resources.

NAWIC, founded in 1955 as a support network for women working in the construction industry, has more than 150 chapters and represents 4,500 members nationwide. As of 2010, there were about 800,000 women working in the construction industry, roughly nine percent of the industry workforce.

sional organizations, faith- and communitybased organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits. For more information, visit html. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and profes-

2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors NAWIC Guam Chapter #381 installed the 2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors during their General Membership Meeting on September 24, 2013 held at the Outrigger Hotel. Sitting L-R: Immediate Past President Jaylene Kent, Isla Paint & Roofing Supply; President Bing Mejia, Island Equipment Co.; President Elect Narci Dimaoala, Amazon Construction Inc.; Vice President Orlene Arriola. Standing L-R: Board of Director Geri Leon Guerrero, ADZtech & Public Relations, Inc.; Board of Director Shierly Caceres, Hensel Phelps; Board of Director Jessica Barrett, Barrett Plumbing; Board of Director Maggie Gogue Cruz, Agility Defense & Government Services; Treasurer Tasi Peddicord, IP&E Holdings LLC; Board of Director Karen Storts, dckpacific llc.; Parliamentarian Ann Marie Pelobello, OSH Solutions Guam; and Secretary Maria Pangelinan, Hawaiian Rock Products.

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GCA Construction News Bulletin October 2013  

Guam Contractors' Assn. Monthly Construction News Bulletin is Guam's official construction news publication.

GCA Construction News Bulletin October 2013  

Guam Contractors' Assn. Monthly Construction News Bulletin is Guam's official construction news publication.