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Simon Sanchez Phase 1 rebuild awarded

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Inching one step closer to rebuilding Simon Sanchez High School.

The head of the Guam Department of Education breaks the news that Phase 1 has been awarded to a local company.

Fernandez is one of many who for years, has promised to rebuild Simon Sanchez High School. He recalls "walking in the shoes of a shark" back in 2013.

"So we toured the building, had meetings, toured the classroom to see what it was like in this facility and the whole purpose of it is to get a pledge, a commitment to finally getting Simon Sanchez moving forward," he said.

With the Guam Department of Education in charge, and no more protests stalling the project, Fernandez says there is movement, as Phase 1 is awarded.

Duenas, Camacho & Associates, Inc., a local company based in Guam and the CNMI, won the bid for land-surveying services. With a $95,000 price tag, work is set to be complete in the next 120 days.

"There are three categories of survey that will happen here, there's the property survey portion, boundary survey, we have to make sure we document and we find all the monuments for this property," John Duenas said. "The second category is called the topographic survey where we determine the lay of the land, the elevation, the water drains and the third category of survey is the as-built survey where we come out here and actually nail down where the improvements are sitting on the property."

The last mapping of the school was in 1972.

Calling it a "personal commitment" to see the project through, Fernandez is confident the break down into separate phases will decrease the chance of a protest causing any delay.

"But if you break this up into a process the students and staff here at Sanchez won't have to wait, and wait and wait and wait till everything gets done before we see the first reflective jacket, the first contractor out here on campus," he said.

Once finished with Phase 1, the next step is to procure the Architectural and Engineering Services to design the new Yigo campus.

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