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Can local businesses work on N.H.'s sole Port of Entry?

July 28, 2010
PITTSBURG — State Senator John Gallus has sent out word on how small Cos businesses can get information on getting a piece of the nearly $7.5 million construction project to build a new Land Port of Entry (a.k.a. border crossing station).

The Long-Range Capital Planning and Utilization Study Committee, of which Sen. Gallus is a member, sent letters to the Congressional Delegation requesting that New Hampshire residents be hired for the construction project, explained Sen. Gallus' assistant Richard Parsons.

The Committee learned that "the Pittsburg design/build contract was awarded to MCC Catamount Construction Corporation, through an interagency agreement with USACE (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)," Mr. Parsons reported.

The contract is for $6,520,984 our of the total $7,419,000 project.

"For all ARRA (American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009) projects executed by USACE, the vendors were required to provide a small business subcontracting plan that identifies a percentage of work to be targeted for small business," Commission members were informed.

"CBP (US Customs and Border Protection), in coordination with USACE, conduct milestone reviews throughout the project life-cycle focusing specifically on the contractors' abilities to meet the objectives within their approved subcontracting plans."

MCC has already employed a local small business to serve as the Designer of Record for the Pittsburg project, according to the information sent to the Study Committee.

BBIX, LLC, which maintains an office at 153 Milk Street in Boston, Mass., was selected as the Designer of Record, according to Margaret "Ginny" Williamson (margaret.williamson@dhs.gov) of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C.

The BBX contract totals $567,700.

BBIX also has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., New York City, Atlanta, Ga., and Concord, Cal.

Another contract for $298,066 went to Fullerton Building Systems, Inc., of Worthington, Minn., which lists itself as a manufacturer of per-cut, pre-fabricated, and modular structures.

Engineering and design firm SMRT, Inc., with offices in Manchester, Andover, Mass., Albany, NY, Portland, Me., and Alexandria, Va., snagged a $32,250 contract.

Nonetheless, MCC/Catamount is described as having conducted outreach activities to small businesses and local firms in the Pittsburg region regarding available opportunities for the construction project.

"Interested businesses can write MCC/Catamount for additional information at 5990 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 205, Greenwood Village, CO 80111-4777 or telephone vice president Art Brazee at 303-741-0404, ext. 228.

Sen. Gallus' legislative aide, who worked hard to come up with this information, added that he is available to answer any questions, concerns, or comments either by e-mail (Richard.Parsons@leg.state.nh.us) or by telephone at 271-3093.

Martin Lord Osman
Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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