"We are fixing the building once and for all, bearing in mind that no significant repairs were attempted after damage were received in 2017 due to hurricanes Irma and Maria."
Hon Fahie continued, "One of the things we made a priority when we got into office was to expedite the recovery and rebuilding agenda and to prioritise the rehabilitation of the Central Administration Complex," he said.
As part of today's contract signing with Collin O'Neal representing Design BVI Ltd, impact-resistant doors, windows and frames will now be installed onto the building.
The Premier said he is pleased to see local construction companies bidding on projects in the Territory, given the capacity of locals to deliver on quality.
"We believe then and still today, public officers and the public deserve to work, conduct business and provide quality service in an environment that is reasonably comfortable and most of all safe," Hon Fahie said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister for Transportation, Works, and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) said the devastation of Hurricane Irma on the building resulted in it being boarded up as a temporary measure.
With the Territory currently in the peak of the 2020 hurricane season, Hon Rymer said new fixtures will replace the boards; however, repair works will not commence until December 2020 and procurement works will commence behind the scenes.
According to Hon Rymer, the government contract, worth just over $2M with Design BVI Ltd, is one that also brings cost savings. He said despite the challenges with COVID-19, the administration continues to progress well with the rehabilitation of Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex.
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