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Abaco Rock Ltd. to construct concrete roads in Hope Town
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 03 September 2011 06:39

A small contract signing ceremony was held in Hope Town, Abaco as Abaco Rock Limited was awarded a $101,834.27 contract to construct concrete roads.  Pictured during the signing from left: Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant; Permanent Secretary, Colin Higgs; Owner, Abaco Rock Ltd., Kenneth Meltarp and Member of Parliament for Abaco and Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Edison Key.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)HOPE TOWN, Abaco -- Residents and visitors to Hope Town, Abaco will benefit from the $101,834.27 contract awarded to Abaco Rock Limited to construct concrete roads.

The contract signifies the Government’s commitment to upgrading the public infrastructure throughout The Bahamas, Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant said during the contract signing ceremony, Thursday, September 1.

“In advancing this project, a pre-qualification tender exercise was undertaken for these works in which three Abaco-based construction companies were invited to submit tenders,” Minister Grant said.

Two of these companies responded with bid submissions. On review of the bids, it was determined that Abaco Rock Ltd. had submitted the lower qualifying bid.

Member of Parliament for South Abaco and Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation Edison Key, said as tourism is the country’s number one industry and first impressions are usually the ones readily remembered, Hope Town, a gateway to The Bahamas, deserves comfortable amenities.

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FES Construction Company Limited awarded contract to construct new Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal
Written by BIS   
Friday, 02 September 2011 17:37

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham was the keynote speaker at the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility contract signing ceremony in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Thursday, September 1.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham announced that the FES Construction Company Limited out of Freeport, Grand Bahama has been awarded the contract for $27.3 million to construct the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility.

The new facility will be named the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport after the man who “singlehandedly has done a great deal to improve and expand the economy of Abaco,” Prime Minister Ingraham said during the contract signing ceremony at the new terminal site, Thursday, September 1.

“Mr Thompson was the one who brought us the largest single development on Abaco Island,” he said.

The principals of FES Construction, Fletcher McIntosh and James Edgecombe, are originally from Abaco.

“I have reminded them that we fully expect that they will use this opportunity afforded them to train and transfer skills and trades to other Abaconians and residents of Abaco and to maximise the use of local subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services to the construction sector,” Prime Minister Ingraham said.

“We are using this opportunity to attach to this project 30 or more training positions out of the Government’s Job Training Programme,” he said.

 

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Local Bahamian artists and guests descend on Furniture Plus in Abaco for 'Plus Arts & Culture' Summer Showcase 2011
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 01 September 2011 06:16

 Local Bahamian artists featured at Furniture Plus in Abaco for 'Plus Arts & Culture' Summer Showcase - Interested collectors, home owners and artists attended the Plus Arts & Culture (PAC) Summer Showcase debut at Furniture Plus in Maxwell's Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Featured at the event were the works of 26 artists including handmade quilts, bronze sculpture, ceramics, watercolor on silk, oil on canvas, imprints, Androsia table linens, wooden bowls, tile mosaics, photography and more.  Pictured at the reception is (far left) Mrs. Krystynia Lee d'Arville, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Furniture Plus along with some of the local artists whose work is being featured in the Furniture Plus Abaco showroom.  (Photo courtesy of Beulah Wong)MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Interested collectors, home owners, and artists attended the Plus Arts & Culture (PAC) Summer Showcase debut at Furniture Plus in Maxwell's Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The private reception was held to launch Plus Arts & Culture (“PAC”), a celebration of arts, crafts and more by Bahamian artists.  Among the attendees were Winsom Ferguson from the Ministry of Tourism, representatives from Commmonwealth Bank, Royal Bank and Scotia Bank, second homeowners from Hopetown, Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay, and more.

Featured at the event were the works of 26 artists including handmade quilts, bronze sculpture, ceramics, watercolor on silk, oil on canvas, imprints, Androsia table linens, wooden bowls, tile mosaics, photography and more. The showcase is open to the public through September 30, and new artistic works will be introduced every week for the duration of the show. These include  underwater photography, stained glass, and lithographs.

Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres served by Moments Bahamas as well as fine wines served courtesy of corporate sponsor Burns House. Door prizes valued at over $3,000 came from among Furniture Plus’s lineup of accessories. T-shirts imprinted with the custom PAC logo were also given away.

“Everything looks perfect,” commented Marjolein Scott, Chairman of the Abaco Island Artists. “It’s hard to believe how beautifully the showroom was transformed into an art gallery in which any artist would be proud to display their work. It’s breathtaking.”

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Rapid Damage Assessments available for Abaco and Eleuthera following Hurricane Irene
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 07:19

Pathfinders Task Force has completed a Rapid Damage Assessment on Abaco and Eleuthera following Hurricane Irene.  Rapid Damage Assessments contain information about individual structures and classify structural damage based on Type and Damage Condition.  These PDF format assessments also include geo-tagged photos providing a picture of where critical areas are and what resources are allocated towards them.

Click HERE to download the Rapid Damage Assessment for Abaco.

Click HERE to download the Rapid Damage Assessment for Eleuthera.

Additionally, Pathfinders Task Force has completed a SWEAT-MS (Sewer, Water, Electricity, Academics, Transportation, Medical, and Security) infrastructure survey for Abaco.  This displays colour codes for functionality in each area assessed.  Click HERE to download.

 
Multi-purpose gymnasium planned for Abaco
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 12:51

Government officials visit site of proposed gymnasium for Abaco. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham) ABACO, The Bahamas – Plans are under way for a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose gymnasium for the island of Abaco.

Senior Government officials including Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko Grant along with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Charles Maynard, informed residents of plans for the gymnasium during an Information Meeting on July 28.

The meeting held at Friendship Baptist Church was attended by Government officials including Edison Key, MP for South Abaco; Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; Calvin Balfour undersecretary; John Canton and Tim Munnings, directors; Livingston Forbes, chief architect and Shaun Forbes, engineer. Also in attendance were representatives of the Department of Education in Abaco including Lenora Black, district superintendent and Local Government officials.

Minister Grant told those present that much effort has gone into preparing plans for the gym. He said the objective of the meeting was to present the plans and ask the people of Abaco for their views and an endorsement to proceed with contract drawings for the facility

Minister Maynard said the idea is to ensure that it is a multipurpose gym.

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Government awards three contracts for infrastructure upgrades in Abaco
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 07:09

The Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport (third from left) presents a contract to Emile Knowles, president of Knowles Construction and Development Company Ltd. for various infrastructure works including the resurfacing of the runway and taxiway at the Treasure Cay Airport and construction of the Great Central Abaco Bypass Road. Also shown in front row from left are Shaun Lightbourne, engineer; the Hon. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco and Octavia Dean-McIntosh special guest. Shown in back row from left is John Canton, director and Colin Higgs, permanent secretary. (BIS photo/Kristaan Ingraham)ABACO, The Bahamas – The Government’s Infrastructure crusade continued in Marsh Harbour, Abaco with the award of three contracts totaling $3.5 million for the upgrade of physical infrastructure on this northern island.

Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C. Grant headed a delegation to the island during a weekend visit. Along with him was Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; John Canton, director; Livingston Forbes, chief architect and Shaun Lightbourne, engineer. A small audience was present to participate in the ceremony held at the conference room of the Department of Education.

The Hon. Edison Key, Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Lenora Black, District Superintendent, Local Government representatives and John Schaefer, area engineer were among those in attendance. A contract for $965,818,95 was awarded to Knowles Construction and Development Company Ltd. for construction of a Great Abaco Highway Bypass Road in Central Abaco.“The new Great Abaco Highway Bypass Road will provide access to the new Government Administration Complex,” said Mr. Grant. “This new by-pass road will stretch from Marsh Harbour Airport round-a-bout to the new Government Administration Complex. Construction of the new Government Administration Complex is progressing well and should be completed by the end of this year.

The road works comprise application of a layer of 1.5” thick asphalt on round-a-bouts and on the new access road. The contract also includes installation of a water main from SC Bootle Highway to the new Government Administration Complex and the installation of laterals to provide access to water. Having submitted the lowest qualifying tender, Knowles Development Co. Ltd. was selected from a group of six contractors and received the award of a $1,894,222.70 for the resurfacing of the runway and apron at Treasure Cay Airport.

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Bahamas Striping wins first Out-Island job in Abaco at Winding Bay
Submitted by Bobby Bower   
Friday, 29 July 2011 06:28

Atario Mitchell on Bahamas Striping’s Graco LazerLiner 3900 striping a side road off Gladstone Road.ABACO, Bahamas -- A young entrepreneur who was raised in Murphy Town, Abaco is excited to return to his birthplace to work on a project marking roads at Winding Bay. Atario Mitchell, now 24 years old, is president of Bahamas Striping, a company launched with the help of the government’s Self Starter Program early last year. The job at Winding Bay is his first job in any of the Family Islands and he hopes this will be the first of many.

Bahamas Striping and Knowles Construction are expected to sign a contract for striping on the new government complex and NIB in Marsh Harbour.

“The most important thing for this trip is for me to perform quality work on the job. I take a special pride here because this was where I was born and raised. It will be wonderful to see many familiar faces. Like everyone who was born here, one day I want to move back here and settle,” said Mitchell. Having graduated from Abaco Central High, Mitchell worked holidays as a bus boy at the Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina, before moving to Freeport and then Nassau.

Since Bahamas Striping’s start several months ago, Mitchell has been operating exclusively in Nassau where he has built an impressive list of clients including high profile companies such as Bahamas Hot Mix, Old Fort Bay, Charlottesville, Serendipity, Sheraton, Wendy’s, and three Super Value food stores.

In 2010, Mr. Mitchell used a $5,000 grant from the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture to buy an industrial-grade paint machine called a Graco LineLazer 3900 with a self-propelled seat for striping long roads. That machine painted car parks until the company invested in its own thermoplastic handliner from Georgia, USA. Melted thermoplastic is not as simple as paint but lasts four times longer, according to US State’s Department of Transportation.

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