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for the next two years,” DeMaria says. “We always will plan to participate in the U.S. government-funded markets on a global basis but we cannot wait for the monies supporting their future plans to arrive.” Less Competition Hawaiian Rock Products has been spared much of the impact of the military buildup delay, according to Jose Arthur D. Chan Jr. If anything, he says, the construction slowdown Jose Arthur Chan that drove some companies out of Guam gives the company more edge in the market. “Competition has lessened in as much as most contractors have left, if not planning to leave the island,” Chan says. “Right now, we are poised to provide the needs of a buildup and most large contraccontrac tors who are still on island can see that and we will therefore prevent them from making any future ideas of bringing in their equipment resources just to compete with us.” Hawaiian Rock has pending projects with the Air Force, mostly in asphalt concrete construction work. “The funds ... are already committed. The projects we have now are not related to the buildup at all,” Chan says. “As far as bidding, we do not compete with our customers. The only work we will bid is anything that will include asphalt concrete work, as this is our line of work.” Just the same, if the expected projects do not materialize this year, Chan says, “manpower reduction is an adjustment that we will make.” Projects on the Horizon Although projects related to the Marines’ relocation have yet to accelerate, Martinez says, the construction industry is not exactly short on lucrative tasks upon which to set their eyes. “Other sources of military contracts include the sustainment, restoration and modernization, which cover regular maintenance of the base facilities. This is done every year and includes building/roof repairs, painting, renovations, road and airfield paving,” he says, noting that these projects amount to roughly about $140 million. The bulk of those dollars, Martinez says, will go to the MACC awardees, and while these prime contractors compete for task orders among their MACC groups, other construction firms and suppliers on island can participate in those Hawaiian Rock Products is poised to provide the asphalt concrete needs for the buildup. 62 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JUNE 2012 projects as subcontractors. The local government also has a list of capital improvement projects for the Guam Power Authority, the Port Authority of Guam, the Department of Public Works, the Guam Waterworks Authority, the University of Guam and Guam Community College. These projects have been allotted nearly $500 million in federal funds for fiscal years 2012 through 2014. Among these capital improvement projects are port infrastructure and security enhancements, power distribution system and generation improvements, roadway rehabilitation, water and wastewater infrastructure construction, a new DNA forensic lab facility, and expansions of the university’s Student Center and School of Engineering Annex. “Many of these projects will be in the design phase for the first few months of the 2012 fiscal year. Going forward, we expect to see cash flowing soon into the economy as contractors are paid for expansion and improvement projects from these local government agencies,” Martinez says. The industry, Martinez adds, can

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - June 2012

Cover June 2012, Drilling for the first column
News Beat
BIA Gala Honors Renaissance Winners
Southeast Maui to Get Wind Power
LCC Breaks Ground for Education Building
REHAB Completes First Phase of Rebuild Campaign
GCA Salutes Build Hawaii Winners
Vitus Group Completes $3.1 Million Renovation
HSA Celebrates Milestone Year
Contracts Awarded
Spotlight on Success: Pearl Harbor Fitness Center
Best Practices
Low Bids
Concept to Completion: Hilton Hawaiian Village Renovations
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - June 2012