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FAIRFAX, VirginiaGershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB) has announced the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) soliciting qualifications packages from developers that have demonstrated experience with waste management technologies for an integrated waste management project (IWMP) using the waste streams currently available and regulated by the VIWMA.

The RFQ is available from Sandra David, VIWMA director of procurement and property, at (340) 715-9170 or at sdavid@viwma.org. The deadline to submit responses is Sept. 15, 2015.

“The VIWMA will reach their overall landfill capacity limit in the next several years,” said Bob Brickner, GBB executive vice president and GBB project manager for this assignment. “This RFQ process is an important step for the VIWMA to transition from a landfill-dependent system to one that is integrated. This gives them great potential to reduce the costs of waste management and disposal on the U.S. Virgin Islands, and to increase sustainable waste handling activities.”

The VIWMA has operated the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix, the Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas and the Susannaberg Transfer Station on St. John for 11 years. It is currently in the process of closing the St. Croix and St. Thomas landfills, with the final closures scheduled for 2016 and 2019, respectively.

James A. Grum, VIWMA chief engineer, says, “GBB has a unique combination of procurement expertise, island nation experience and familiarity with the USVI (United States Virgin Islands) from past assignments. The RFQ was developed with their consulting guidance, and GBB will also act as technical/procurement advisor for the evaluation and shortlisting of potential developers, and the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) process.”

 

The purpose of the RFQ is to develop a short list of qualified developers that can later participate in a RFP process to finance, plan, design, permit, construct, own, operate and maintain the most cost-effective waste management facility, which may include production of energy, fuel, recycled materials and/or other products.

The developer may be a single firm or a project team of experienced firms representing an “integrator” (team leader), engineering / procurement / construction contractor, financial partner and technology partner, as applicable. At this time, the ensuing service contract is anticipated to include a 20-year operating term.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2015, GBB is an award-winning national solid waste management consulting firm that helps public and private entities do better things with waste. GBB specializes in solid waste collection, processing, recycling, resource recovery and disposal issues and assists in planning, procuring and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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