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Panama Canal Awards Expansion Programme Managment Contract To US Firm

by Leroy Baker, Tax-News.com, New York

21 August 2007


The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has awarded its Program Manager contract to CH2M Hill, a leading program management firm in the United States.

CH2M Hill will assist the ACP in the management of numerous contracts, including those for the design and construction of the two post-Panamax lock structures, under its Expansion Program.

The procurement process began June 1, when the ACP released its request for proposals seeking a top-tier firm with a strong reputation in program management and with experience working on a variety of major international construction projects.

On July 17, the ACP began reviewing the three bid submissions from CH2M Hill, Parsons Brinkerhoff and URS Holdings, Inc. The winning proposal was selected based on the best value and not the lowest price; additionally, each firm was required to give an oral presentation. Over the course of a month, the ACP said it conducted careful evaluations and reviews, to ensure that the chosen firm would best meet the project's needs.

"We look forward to having CH2M Hill as a partner during this historic journey. We are certain that its proven experience in the international program management arena will substantially strengthen and add tremendous value to our Expansion Program to deliver the projects on time, quality and budget," announced ACP Engineering and Programs Management Executive Vice President Jorge L. Quijano.

The ACP Board of Directors approved the use of an integrated program management model, wherein the Authority will designate tasks between its own staff and CH2M Hill. The firm will begin work as early as next week, and will interface with both design and construction teams. The bulk of the Program Manager duties will focus on the new locks contracts while also interfacing with other contracts.

US-based CH2M Hill has more than 19,000 employees in offices worldwide. If offers full-service engineering, consulting, construction and operations expertise.

Expansion will build a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, which will double tonnage capacity, and allow the transit of much longer, wider ships through the waterway.


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