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Oct 18, 2017

G.O.B.’s Engineering Consultant Explains Rate Comparisons

Avondale Moody

To bolster an explanation on the seemingly exorbitant cost of the Faber’s Road project, government brought in an engineering consultant who has had extensive history working with the Ministry of Works.  Avondale Moody handles a majority, if not all, of the internationally funded projects and after a detailed breakdown of expenditure, he claims that the prices quoted by Imer Hernandez are comparable.

 

Avondale Moody, Engineering Consultant

“We have to report to the government, we have to report to the funding agencies.  We have to do audit.  So we have to be scrutinized.  So we are at a high standard, we don’t deal with low standards.  I’m just being truthful because we have to deliver a quality job to the government and also to OFID.  We’re constructing a rigid concrete pavement two point five kilometers in length and we’re constructing a one point six kilometer length of trapezoidal earthen canal.  With that said I would like to discuss the four main factors that is key to demonstrating exactly how I came up with the approximate figure that the tender came in at.  One: the main item there is the line concrete sidewalk, side drain; three-point eight kilometers, three thousand eight hundred meters, over ten thousand feet.  The rate that was submitted by Imer Hernandez was at one thousand, ninety-one dollars per meter.  Three thousand, eight hundred meters by one thousand, ninety-one dollars per meter gives four point one million dollars. Faber’s Road roundabout was a hundred and eight dollars per square meter.  Central American Boulevard which we recently completed was eighty-nine dollars per square meter and that‘s two years ago, Prisoner Creek, Trench Town which we recently completed some concrete works there as well, that rate was ninety-five dollars per square meter.  So the rate that we received from Imer ninety-five is comparable.”

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