Ministry VSA receives 3 bids for the construction of the new SMMCPOSTED: 07/26/16 6:31 PM
St. Maarten News – Three completed bids for the New St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) have been submitted on Monday July 18 by 2 PM, disclosed Minister of VSA Emil Lee. Twelve original interested bidders were narrowed down by preselection criteria to a total of five bidders and of those five, three submitted their bids by the cut off time.
In order to guarantee transparency, the bids were received at the Tjon A Jong Civil Law Notary office located on Frontstreet and was received in the presence of the awarding team consisting of representatives of the Ministry of VSA, SZV, SMMC, KPMG (projectleader), and Royal HaskoningDHV who is an engineering consultant. “I would like to thank everyone who put in so much effort into this bidding process, especially to the bidders that have invested a lot of time and energy to prepare their bids,” said Minister Lee during the Council of Ministers press briefing.
The hospital project includes sufficient parking, medical equipment, furniture, related IT, the maintenance of the new hospital and the demolition of the existing hospital building.
Now that the ministry has received three completed bids, the next process would be for the awarding team to evaluate the bids following a professional and transparent process guided by independent parties. It is expected that the contract will be awarded per the end of August 2016.
Besides the Minister of VSA , Prime Minister William Marlin, and Chairlady of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams also attended the receipt of the bids. Prime Minister William Marlin congratulated Minister Lee, the Ministry & SZV for bringing transparency, speed, and efficiency to the realization of the new medical center. He also thanked everyone who participated in the process, and wished the Ministry, SZV and all others involved, a continuous pleasant and positive journey.
It is also important to mention that the original set of the bids were given to the notary in order to avoid any possible future discrepancies. “The notary was responsible for verifying that all the submissions were done according to what was required by the Terms of Reference (TOR), and to ensure that the bids were received in a timely manner.” The original version of the bids will be held at the notary to ensure that the integrity of the bids remain uncompromised.
Minister Lee stated: “I am very optimistic and confident that we are on the right track to delivering the people a state of the art hospital that can provide quality healthcare at affordable rates.”