After a thorough tendering process, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) in the presence of FIFA officials, has brought the country’s Goal Project closer to reality with the inking of a deal with construction firm Dwain Ferdinand Home Designs and Engineering Associates earlier today (Tuesday) to begin the preparatory work for the project.
The construction company, which is based in New Amsterdam, secured the contract ahead of Courtney Benn Contracting Services following an assessment procedure conducted by a three member Evaluation Committee.
The victorious bidder tabled an offer of $128,650,927 while Courtney Benn Contracting Services submitted a bid of $152,781,628 to the Evaluation Committee.
The Committee comprising of Chairman Rabin Chandarpal, Nigel Hinds and Hector Edwards subsequently adjusted the victorious offer to $128,982,471.
According to GFF 2nd Vice President Rawlston Adams “ the signing is for the preparation work for the Providence Facility and Miniature Stadium which will be constructed in two phases.
The Vice- President added that the contractor will be required to conduct several objectives in preparation for the laying of the Astroturf, revealing the contractor has a four month deadline from the day of project’s commencement to conclude and that they will be supervised by Consultant Marcel Gaskin and Associates.
He further stated that “the start date for initiative will be made known shortly following consultations with the contractor”.
Howard McIntosh, FIFA Development Officer said “It’s a proud moment in football development in Guyana and the Caribbean”, noting while the process utilized by the GFF executive was time consuming.
“They needed to take their time to ensure transparency and that it can stand up to scrutiny in any way. On our end, we took our time to ensure the process was done in a particular way. Now we move to the action and to get things done” McIntosh said
According to McIntosh, “the contractor is on a strict time frame and contract for the completion of their aspect, declaring that many of the Caribbean nations are working towards acquiring artificial surfaces as a means of counteracting the poor surfaces prevalent in the region”.
Contractor Dwain Ferdinand posited the company is proud to have been selected as the firm to start the project, asserting the entity is very experienced and fully equipped to tackle the job after working on several projects across the country.
Meanwhile GFF President Wayne Forde echoed the sentiments of his colleague, stating “I think way overdue is putting it lightly and that GFF has already commenced their infrastructure development process for its member associations who were asked to submit the names of venues for consideration of expansion and improvement.
Forde said, “The plan is to have one high quality playing facility in each association and not to be left to the mercy of nature during the rainy season”
The Goal Project will be situated at Providence, East Bank Demerara, following the acquisition of a 30-year lease of 8.5 acres of land from the Eccles/Ramsburg Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). This will provide a FIFA-approved home for the Federation, which will, among others, facilitate the national team’s training session and host international matches.