Dept. of TC&I (May 21, 2013): On May 5, 2013, the Program Management Unit (PMU) successfully completed the construction of Phase 1 of the Sekere to Nanpei Memorial School Waterline for the Pohnpei Utility Corporation (PUC) of Pohnpei, FSM. This project extended the existing waterline, which had previously terminated in Sekere, Sokehs, approximately 2.5 miles to the College of Micronesia main campus in Palikir and will provide treated water to customers along the new pipeline. The new 8” (inch) waterline construction included fire hydrants, service laterals and four (4) new well pumps.
The PMU solicited contractor’s bids for this project in September of 2011 and subsequently awarded Orion Construction Company (Guam) the contract as the lowest responsible bidder for $1,496,948.58. The Notice to Proceed was issued on May 31, 2012 with an original contract deadline of February 25, 2013. A pipe material change requested by PUC resulted in a change order for an additional $31,106.20 contract amount and a corresponding time extension until March 13, 2013. Due to a downsizing of well pumps, also requested by PUC, and to a delay in materials shipping, a second change order was issued with a net deductive contract amount of ($6,900.73) and a time extension until May 5, 2013. The total cost of construction including change orders was $1,521,154.05.
Currently, PMU is completing project close-out documents and final payment to Orion as well as project turnover to PUC.