Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio, along with representatives from various government agencies, has signed two contracts to renovate and build a minimum security facility and to plan a new main prison for Saipan.
The $530,000 12-month contract was awarded to Lichtman & Associates as planners of the new Saipan prison facility. The New Jersey-based firm is scheduled to make four trips to the island with the first visit slated for mid-May, according to Andrew Smith of the Department of Public Works.
Smith said the firm’s main job is to help develop proper request for proposals and identify the specific facility program needs.
The other contract, which is over $1.3 million, was awarded to Fletcher Pacific Construction Co., Ltd. for renovation and construction of a 48-bed minimum security prison facility.
Renovations to be made at prison and detention facilities on Saipan, Rota and Tinian are stipulated in the consent decree filed in the District Court in February. Funding for the project was appropriated through Public Law 11-78 passed recently to pave the way for the implementation of the Covenant Section 702 program.
Proper procurement procedures for choosing the projects’ contractors were followed.
Tenorio lauded the committee for their hard work and accomplishments done in such a short time.
Rep. Heinz Hofschneider, chairman of the Governor’s prison task force, said, “This is a major accomplishments and I’m happy to see everyone gather in the same room on the same day to participate and work together.
He added these projects are to ensure safety for the entire community.