Mar 08, 2013 News
Atlantic Hotel Inc. (AHI), the government-owned company that is overseeing the Marriott Hotel construction disclosed in a statement yesterday that they submitted a “Request for Proposals” from reputable firms for the provision of Construction Management and Supervision Services.
Government is reportedly paying $213M for the supervision of the Marriott-branded hotel that it is building at Kingston, however, the services for the consultancy was advertised.
According to AHI, the advertisement was placed in the daily newspapers from the 18th February, 2012, nine (9) times via local newspapers, with an extended closing date of March 16, 2012.
The construction of the Marriott has been generating significant controversy since it started. The government is investing a significant sum for a project that is not clear.
Government recently said that it was the intention all along to sell the hotel once it is completed.
The 197-room hotel will include a restaurant, casino and entertainment facilities.
According to the advertisement, at closing, two proposals were received and opened at the AHI office in the presence of a representative from the Office of the Auditor General.
The proposals received were:
(1) M. A. Angeliades Inc. in association with RBIL Inc. for US$1,068,000.00; and (2) CEMCO Consultants Inc. for US$1,614,000.00.
AHI noted that all proposals submitted were accompanied by extensive documentation on the skills, qualifications and experiences of the companies and all persons proposed to work for these companies in the supervision of the project.
Following evaluation of the proposals received and based on price and skill, M.A. Angeliades Inc, .in association with Romesh Budhram International Ltd (RBIL) Inc., was awarded the construction management contract (which was executed on 6th August 2012). A no-objection was received from Cabinet for the award of this contract.
However, according to US news reports, M.A. Angeliades, of Long Island, New York, which received the contract, pleaded guilty in June 2010 to shortchanging 300 workers it had employed on nearly a dozen substation construction jobs.
According to news reports on M.A. Angeliades, as a result of guilty pleas, the School Construction Authority (SCA) of New York, disqualified the firm from participating in any of its projects until July 2015.
In June 2010, Bronx District Attorney, Robert T. Johnson, announced that the owner of M.A. Angeliades Inc, the Queens-based construction company and his daughter, a company Vice President, entered guilty pleas in connection with charges that workers employed at nearly a dozen subway station construction sites, were illegally underpaid between July 1, 2005 and September 10, 2008.
During that time, more than 300 workers were short-changed by approximately $600,000.
Merkourios Angeliades, President and Chief Executive Officer of M.A. Angeliades, pleaded guilty to one felony count of falsifying business records in the first degree.
Irena Angeliades, Vice President of M.A. Angeliades, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Petit Larceny.
AHI stated “RBIL is headed by Romesh Budhram whose firm, known as Romesh Budhram International Ltd., is registered both in NYC and Guyana. Mr. Budhram it was noted, has worked on many projects in Guyana since 1974 before migrating to the US in 1997.
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