PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A few short weeks after the conclusion of the first round of repairs, second phase renovations to the Philipsburg and Simpson Bay police stations were given the green light on Friday, June 14 th with the signing of the works contract between the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) and the contracting company Drive Tech NV. As part of the Emergency Repair Projects 1 of the St. Maarten Trust Fund the roofs and interior, mainly all ceilings, floors and wall partitions of both stations which suffered extensive hurricane damage in 2017, will be renovated. Simultaneously, works to air conditioning system and ducts, the IT system and electrical cabling will be completed on behalf of the Ministry of VROMI. The total costs for the second phase are approximately 1.1 million US dollars.
Signing on behalf of the NRPB was Director Claret Connor and Gaston Fraser of behalf of Drive Tech NV. Also present at the signing were the Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever, Representative of the Netherlands Chris Johnson, Police Chief Carl John and the supervising contractor Ravindra Patandin of ILACO Suriname NV. The assignment has been projected to be completed within approximately three months and all parties at the contract signing expressed their satisfaction at the progression and looked forward to the completion of these new resilient police stations which will be redesigned to be able to withstand future category five hurricanes.
The Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund is financed by the Government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank and implemented by the National Recovery Program Bureau on behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten.
PHOTO Left to Right: Representative of the Dutch Chris Johnson, Police Chief Carl John, Contractor Gaston Fraser,
NRPB Director Claret Connor, Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever and Supervising Contractor Ravindra