70 años comprometidos con Puerto Rico

Más que una simple medida en el tiempo, al conmemorar las siete décadas de historia de nuestra organización celebramos el cúmulo de esfuerzos, desafíos y transformaciones que hemos vivido. Se trata de una historia que, ante todo, ha estado marcada por el compromiso de trabajar activamente para promover el desarrollo social y el crecimiento económico de Puerto Rico.

Desde nuestros inicios, en 1951, cuando un grupo capitaneado por Francisco Fullana fundó lo que entonces se conoció como la Asociación de Constructores de Hogares de Puerto Rico, nuestra misión ha estado enfocada en aportar positivamente al balance entre la capacidad económica y la capacidad técnica de nuestra Isla para el beneficio de todas y todos.

El camino para llegar hasta aquí no ha estado ausente de retos, pero la tenacidad y el compromiso de todas y todos los que conformamos la Asociación han sido claves para superar cualquier desafío y mantenernos como una institución sólida al servicio de nuestros miembros y de nuestro país.

Si algo hemos aprendido en estos 70 años es que, en momentos complejos, hay que enfrentar el presente derrotando el pesimismo. Por eso, a lo largo de nuestra trayectoria hemos propulsado iniciativas de vital importancia para Puerto Rico, a la vez que asumimos un rol protagónico en la formulación de estrategias que han redundado en beneficio para nuestro desarrollo socioeconómico.

Nuestra Asociación, a su vez, siempre ha estado presente para colaborar con todos nuestros gobernantes promoviendo iniciativas que buscan garantizar el bienestar del país y mejorar la calidad de vida de nuestra gente. La misma colaboración ha sido extensiva a los funcionarios de gobierno que intervienen con todas las actividades relacionadas a la industria de la construcción, así como con otros grupos privados.

En todos estos años, nuestra misión institucional se fue ampliando y hoy, además de ofrecer hogares seguros y dignos a todas y todos los puertorriqueños, aportamos con nuestro conocimiento al desarrollo de la industria manufacturera, la industria turística y el sector comercial.

De la misma manera, más allá de asociar a los constructores, de cooperar con las ramas de la industria de la construcción y de promulgar, así como poner en vigor, un código de ética para mantener altas normas profesionales y buenas prácticas de negocio, nuestra Asociación ha servido como vehículo para representar localmente a la Asociación Nacional de Constructores de Hogares de Estados Unidos. Esto nos ha permitido participar activamente en el intercambio de información y experiencias con diversos gremios vinculados a la industria de la construcción dentro y fuera de Puerto Rico.

Es evidente que, a lo largo de nuestros 70 años de historia, hemos tenido que adaptarnos a las circunstancias de los tiempos, mas ha sido nuestro enfoque inclusivo como gremio lo que nos ha permitido mantenernos vigentes, siempre validando nuestra visión de futuro y promoviendo los más altos estándares de excelencia en la industria de la construcción.

Hoy, mirando al pasado, apreciamos el fruto del esfuerzo de quienes nos antecedieron y que, desde nuestra Asociación, se empeñaron por hacer de nuestro país un buen lugar donde vivir. A ellas y ellos, gracias.

Al presente, apostamos al compromiso y disposición de nuestros miembros para construir un mejor mañana, para recuperar el sentido de propósito colectivo y mirar al futuro con la esperanza de que somos capaces de vencer cualquier adversidad.

Dia Internacional de la Mujer - Mensaje del Presidente

Día Internacional de la Mujer

Hoy conmemoramos el Día Internacional de la Mujer y desde la Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico queremos destacar el trabajo inconmensurable que realizan todas las mujeres que viven en nuestro país por forjar un futuro más justo e igualitario para todas y todos.

Felicitamos, con especial énfasis, a todas las mujeres de nuestra Asociación por su tesón, liderazgo y fortaleza al enfrentar los desafíos de nuestros tiempos y laborar incansablemente a favor del desarrollo y el crecimiento económico de Puerto Rico.

Este año, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) ha adoptado el lema de “Mujeres líderes: Por un futuro igualitario en el mundo de la Covid-19” para, de esta manera, acentuar los enormes esfuerzos que realizan todas las mujeres del mundo que, en la búsqueda continua por edificar sociedades con mayor justicia y equidad, luchan porque nuestra ciudadanía logre recuperarse de los efectos de la pandemia de la Covid-19.

A esto se suma su lucha continua contra la desigualdad laboral y contra todas las manifestaciones de discrimen y violencia que sufren a diario.

Desde nuestra Asociación abrazamos el ideario de igualdad, equidad y justicia social, salarial y laboral para todas las mujeres. Subrayamos, además, nuestro compromiso de siempre reconocer y valorar el trabajo arduo que desempeñan todas las mujeres que, desde distintos escenarios, forman parte de la industria de la construcción.

 

Alfredo Martínez-Álvarez, Jr.
Presidente de la ACPR

Desarrolladora VRM construirá 1,000 viviendas en los terrenos de Ciudad Jardín en Gurabo

La desarrolladora nativa agregará 1,000 casas bajo la marca River Homes y asume el rol de manejar las áreas recreativas existentes, que incluyen un campo de golf

Con una inversión proyectada en $160 millones, la empresa desarrolladora VRM arranca el año 2021 con un plan maestro para construir 1,000 viviendas nuevas en los terrenos de la comunidad planificada Ciudad Jardín Gurabo.

“Se van a mercadear con la marca de River Homes @ Ciudad Jardín”, informó José Valdés Leal, junto a sus socios José Valdés Muzarieta y Rafael Rojo.

“El primer trimestre de 2021 salimos en preventa con el primer desarrollo River Terrace, de las seis subdivisiones que vamos a hacer”, precisó Rojo sobre las casas unifamiliares que, preliminarmente, ofrecerán en los medianos $200,000.

“Debemos estar moviendo tierra en febrero o marzo; empezar a construir a finales de verano y entregar las primeras casas antes de que termine el año 2021”, estimó Valdés Muzarieta, quien indicó que en para los seis proyectos del plan maestro cuentan con planos de desarrollo aprobados y vigentes. Esto les permite, de forma paralela, ir afinando los diseños de las demás residencias y para tramitar la aprobación de planos finales.

Los socios estimaron en 125 los empleos que generará la primera fase, que se suman a las 250 personas que laboran en VRM.

NUEVO AIRE PARA LOS RESIDENTES

Rojo recordó que Ciudad Jardín Gurabo empezó a desarrollarse en los años 2000, con urbanizaciones ubicadas al sur del río que cruza los terrenos. Los planes que encaminaron distintas firmas para construir en las parcelas al norte se desplomaron porque “a partir de 2006 y en particular en 2008 fue la burbuja de bienes raíces. Y este fue uno de los proyectos que cayó en desgracia”.

“Ahora entramos con una visión a largo plazo y la capacidad de invertir”, resumió sobre la adquisición que iniciaron en junio y cerraron en noviembre. La transacción incluyó el pago de $12 millones por los terrenos a desarrollar.

Esta visión, explicó, incluye poner en condiciones óptimas y mantener las áreas recreativas y comunes que han estado abandonadas estos años. Ello ha impedido que las más de 500 familias residentes puedan tener un disfrute pleno de las instalaciones. “Hay infraestructura verde, un campo de golf que ya los vecinos habían comenzado a rescatar para poderlo mantener”, mencionó Rojo sobre el esfuerzo que los residentes iniciaron bajo el modelo “Adopta un hoyo”.

A su vez, Valdés Muzarieta informó que desde antes de que la adquisición fuera final han hecho reuniones con los líderes y propietarios de las seis urbanizaciones existentes para recoger sus inquietudes e incorporarlas al plan de manejo.

APUESTA CALCULADA

Sobre las motivaciones para asumir este riesgo de inversión en medio del año pandémico, Rojo afirmó que la empresa está convencida de que, en el macro”, en Puerto Rico sí hace falta vivienda moderna y adecuada, porque es parte de las razones por las cuales gente con empleo migran: porque buscan una mejor calidad de vida”.

“Creemos que los próximos cinco años , con el influjo de fondos federales y otras cosas, la posibilidad de la manufactura pueden ser prometedores y queremos ser partícipes de ese empuje”, expresó.

En cuanto a la localización del proyecto, Valdés Muzarieta planteó que “hay mucha industria, farmacéuticas y multinacionales en el corredor de Caguas a Humacao. Con las mejoras a la infraestructura eléctrica, van a venir más fábricas donde ya hay establecidas otras industrias y esperamos que traiga mucho desarrollo para esa área”. Mientras, Rojo indicó que han observado que en los municipios del área “hay gente con capacidad económica para adquirir mejor vivienda y no tienen el producto”.

Dentro de los terrenos ya está establecida la escuela privada American Academy y, según Rojo, “poder vivir en una comunidad planificada, donde hay una escuela de primer grado a 12 es sumamente atractivo. Hay niños de San Juan que vienen a estudiar acá por la planta física y la educación que ofrecen”.

FÓRMULA DIVERSIFICADA

Además de proyectos comerciales, VRM ha sido la desarrolladora de urbanizaciones de varias subdivisiones como Montecasino en Toa Alta, Palacios en Bayamón y Paseo en Dorado. Actualmente construye unidades asequibles en Humacao, de mercado medio en Las Piedras y de $270,000 en adelante en la comunidad planificada Riviera, entre Bayamón y Guaynabo.

Rojo indicó que, aun cuando en 2008 la industria de construcción sufrió un gran frenazo, “diversificamos en otros negocios y geografías, pero siempre nos mantuvimos activos en Puerto Rico y construimos unas 2,500 casas”. Además de su sede en San Juan, VRM tiene oficinas en República Dominicana y en el estado de Florida.

A sus actividades en el negocio de desarrollo de tierra y bienes raíces suma un catálogo de inversiones en instrumentos financieros, así como participación en empresas de diversas industrias. Estas incluye a la casa hipotecaria Fembi Mortgage, la proveedora de seguridad biométrica Sonavation, la compañía de aviación privada Million Air y la elaboradora Ron del Barrilito.

Fuente: El Nuevo Día
En la imagen: Tres de los socios de VRM, José Valdés Muzarieta, José Valdés Leal (centro) y Rafael Rojo, presentaron el plan maestro para desarrollar River Homes en Ciudad Jardín Gurabo.

 

Chairman’s Message | December 2020

Dear PRBA members,

In light of the great number of challenges we all have been facing, at the Puerto Rico Builders Association, we have maintained our firm commitment and dedication, to our members and with Puerto Rico. We have done it with the same enthusiasm that has characterized our Association throughout its 69-year history.

Within this framework, we recognize the hard work done by our Board of Directors and by the members of the different work committees. We have all overcome technological challenges to maintain an active profile in different areas and fulfill our mission.

Of the several activities that we have carried out this last year, we highlight the work meetings with the Governor and her Advisory Council; with USDA Rural; with Admiral Peter Brown; with members of the White House, the United States Congress, and the Resident Commissioner in Washington. We have also held constant meetings with members of the local Senate and the House of Representatives, with representatives of the Housing Department at the federal level as well as the Puerto Rico Housing Department, and with FEMA officials.   With the objective of strengthening our strategic and collaborative alliances we also met with the National Association of Home Builders, the Urban Land Institute, and the Habitat for Humanity International organization.

At the same time, we highlight the work of our members, who have been protagonists in the discussion of important issues for the country, such as the allocation of CDBG-DR funds, the designation of Puerto Rico as an Opportunity Zone, the legislation for service administration, the need to recruit personnel for construction and the importance of the private sector in the recovery of Puerto Rico.

During the course of the year, we have also held over 10 workshops on important topics for our Association, such as the CDBG-DR workshop with the R3 program and housing vouchers, to the webinar with ULI Florida / Caribbean “Bringing Critical Manufacture Back to the US-Puerto Rico” that we did last August.

2020 has been a year full of challenges for all of us, and as an effort to defend our industry we took several steps to address important issues for our sector. Among those steps are the following:

  1. The PRBA created an internal Coronavirus taskforce in a way to collaborate with the government and highlight the construction as essential to business. At the same time, we were part of the Economic taskforce appointed by the Governor and we prepared a document with protection guidelines against COVID-19 which was used by the Governor as an example when reintegrating the construction industry personnel into their jobs.
  2. As a result of the hard work performed by our Housing Committee, led by Rafa Rojo, the Puerto Rico Housing Department addressed the concerns and suggestions provided by our organization, to simplify the design requirements and other dispositions of the Homebuyers Assistance Program under the CDBG-DR.
  3. After more than a decade of efforts to modernize and update the Condominium Law, altogether with other private sector organizations, we succeeded by achieving the adoption of a new law.
  4. The PRBA took part in the approval process of the legislation that provides credits, relief and more flexibility to those private sector companies in some of the contributive processes as a result of COVID-19.
  5. We participated in the process of revision and adoption of the new Qualification Maps and the discussion of the New Joint Regulation of the Puerto Rico Planning Board.
  6. We actively participated in the discussion and public hearings at the Puerto Rico House of Representatives and Senate on issues that are considered a top priority for our association such as the Municipal Code, the amendments to the Internal Revenue Code, Construction Code, infrastructure and permits.
  7. We were able to present in conjunction with the Private Sector Coalition, before a representative of the White House, the situation that we are facing in Puerto Rico related to the Section 8 vouchers for Public Housing, the urgency of the allocation of CBDG-DR funds for those affected by the earthquakes, the classification of the whole island of Puerto Rico as an Opportunity Zone and the need to increase the 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) that subsidizes the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of rental housing for low and middle-income persons.
  8. We have published the magazine “Tiempo de Construir” with great success.
  9. Long before the election process concluded, the PRBA reached for all of the gubernatorial candidates and presented them with ideas and proposals to address the construction industry concerns and to provide them with recommendations in a way to position Puerto Rico towards economic development and sustainability.
  10. The PRBA mediated before Gov. Vázquez- Garced in a way to achieve the suspension of the Executive Order 2018-033 which raised the minimum per hour wage of the construction industry workers to $15.00

At the PRBA we are grateful for the commitment of our Board of Directors, our members, and all of those whose contribution has made possible the achievement of each goal established amidst all the challenges we all have faced this year from earthquakes to a global pandemic.

 

 

PRBA reaffirms its commitment to the people of Puerto Rico in its first-ever virtual convention

With that focus in mind, the Association put together robust content on the appropriate usage of the federal funds underway and the reactivation of Puerto Rico’s economy.

From earthquakes to a global pandemic, taking on the new challenges that our new reality has forced us all to face, The Puerto Rico Builders Association (PRBA), held its 47th annual convention “Embracing Challenges with a New Mindset”, held on November 10 and 11.

Adopting a digital platform as an essential part of a new way of doing things, this year’s convention aimed to reaffirm the PRBA’s commitment to its members and Puerto Rico through its robust content focusing on the appropriate usage of the federal funds available for the reconstruction that is underway and which must be diligently delivered for the reactivation of Puerto Rico’s economy.

Alfredo Martínez-Álvarez, Jr., Chairman of the Board of the PRBA stated that “now more than ever we, at the PRBA, need to reaffirm our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.  Focusing on that, we put together an extraordinary line up with top-class panelists and speakers”.

On our opening day, November 10, our 47th Convention delivered a strong and emotional salute to honor the life and legacy of one of the important pillars of the construction industry, Federico Sánchez-Febles, who’s contribution to the industry and our Island for over 40 years went beyond his career. “There are many things we can remember from Federico. From his success as an engineer, as a business man, as a developer, as a former president of our Association, but it was his passion for life driven by his empathy as a human being, his commitment to our Island, his integrity, and his continuous contribution to the causes he believed that will serve as his incessant legacy”, said Martínez-Álvarez in his opening statement.

The PRBA also had the pleasure of having Puerto Rico’s Governor-Elect, Pedro Pierluisi, who address a few words to our members during the convention’s first day, reassuring his commitment to take on the Island’s reconstruction as a priority, facilitating all the processes to ensure that all funds are used in the most agile way possible.

Opening our second day of convention, Resident Commissioner, Jenniffer González, also delivered an update on the progress of the reconstruction of the Island, particularly in the energy and telecommunications sectors, and tourism initiatives. González also gave a preview of her agenda for the next Congress.

Two full days of education and industry-renowned local and national speakers

Throughout the convention our attendees had the opportunity to learn how to approach new possibilities, opportunities, and growth in urban development, city planning, and real estate.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Florida.

First up was one of the world’s leading urban thinkers and our keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Florida, with his presentation “Restoring Puerto Rico’s Urban Economy”. Being a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and a Distinguished Fellow at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate, Florida’s contribution during the convention was centered on how we all need to start planning and working towards restoring Puerto Rico’s urban economy, which surely brought important information that will help us lead the way towards that goal. During his speech, Dr. Florida highlighted the fact that “Crisis is an accelerator of great change underway. We have seen, across the world and in Puerto Rico the rise of a new kind of economy: a knowledge economy, an innovation economy, which I call a creative economy. The old economy was about raw materials and industry, and big factories. The new economy is about knowledge, innovation, and creativity. Every single individual is creative, and we have to unlock that creativity in every single young Puerto Rican, the young American, all genders, all races, all sexual orientations, all ethnicities, and COVID19 accelerates all these kinds of transformations”.

The first Economic Development panel spoke about taking advantage of the available federal funding for Puerto Rico.

Following Florida’s presentation, the convention took a turn at “Economic Development: Taking Advantage of The Available Federal Funding for Puerto Rico”. This first panel, moderated by Waleska Rivera, member of the PRBA’s Board of Directors and president of Danosa Caribbean Inc., was composed of Architect Vanessa de Mari, a Licensed Architect and Real Estate Broker in Puerto Rico; Steven Rawlinson, Acting Federal Financial Monitor Office of Community Planning & Development (CPD) of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Scott Keller, government services partner at HORNE LLP, and Mr. Bryan Koon, former Director at the Florida Division of Emergency Management and currently serves as IEM’s Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

In a very rich discussion, the panelists shared their view on federal and private investment for the permanent, safer and resilient reconstruction of the Island following the awakening of the past hurricanes Irma and María, and more recently the earthquakes and a global pandemic. Despite the devastating effects of these events that posed great challenges, Puerto Rico has now a window of opportunity with the federal funding coming in from different programs such as the CDBG-DR that can put the Island in a position to “create an entirely new and improved Puerto Rico that still has the core, the culture, the people, and the feel that you have now that offers so much to residents, businesses and investors going forward”, said Koon.

Architect Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz interviewed the former HUD Secretary, Shaun Donovan.

“From Earthquakes to Pandemics” was the last session of the first day of this 47th annual convention was framed on an interview performed by former PRBA Chairman and member of the Board of Directors, Architect Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz to the former HUD Secretary, Shaun Donovan. During the interview, Donovan emphasized that in the moments of crisis “there is also opportunity to really profoundly rethink the strategy. This is what we tried to do after [hurricanes] Katrina and Sandy. To use the opportunity of rebuilding, not just to build back what was there before but to build back better. To build back better, for example with climate change, to build back more resiliently so that when the next storm comes you don’t have the challenges… Also, one of the big opportunities for Puerto Rico is that in recovery, especially when there is this much CDBG funding as Puerto Rico has at this point, there’s gotta be a laser focus on employment, and the jobs that can be created through the construction….”.

The second day of the convention kicked off with the topic Post Pandemic Survival, presented by city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck. Leader of Speck & Associates, an award-winning private design consultancy serving public officials and the real estate industry, Speck shared the key points on the importance of designing walkable cities. According to the TED Talk superstar, “the general theory of walkability asks a question: how do you get people to walk? In our cities, in our towns, how do you get people to walk when driving is so easy? It is not easy to have people make that choice, to walk. If people are going to make that choice, then you have to do 4 things: the walk has to be useful, safe, interesting, and comfortable”,

Jeff Speck, author of “Walkable City’, was one of the main speakers.

As the day unfolded, Real Estate industry in times of COVID19 to the transformation of Puerto Rico’s electric grid and its infrastructure were among the topics addressed on the last day of our virtual convention.

The second Economic Development panel spoke about energy infrastructure and the future of Puerto Rico.

The second panel Economic Development: Energy Infrastructure and the future of Puerto Rico took place. Moderated by one of the PRBA Board Members, Patricio Martínez-Lorenzo, Esq., the panel featured Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, Lawrence Seilhamer, a Licensed Engineer and former State Senator for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Wayne Stensby, President and CEO of LUMA Energy.

 

 

The forty- seventh annual convention panels and keynote participation finalized with Dr. Richard Peiser, the first Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Dr. Peiser broaden on Real Estate Industry at a Crossroads.

Dr. Richard Peiser

Recognizing passion and commitment

The two-day virtual event closed with the annual Award Ceremony presented to industry members and projects for their impact on different spectrums:

  • Builder of the Year: Creative Development
  • Best For sale Affordable Community: Terrazas del Monte- VRM
  • Best for Sale Residential Market Rate Community-Single Family: Rotonda @Downtown Guaynabo- Brito Development
  • Associated Member of the Year: Kevane Grant Thornton, LLP – María de Los Ángeles Rivera
  • Professional Member of the Year: Able Insurance- Pablo Dardet
  • Banker of the Year: Alexis Aguiar from FirstBank
  • Public Official of the Year: Luis Carlos Fernández Trinchet, Esq., Puerto Rico Housing Department Secretary
  • Best Residential Rental Community: Plaza Águila INDESOVI – Juan Sabathé and Luis Rodríguez
  • Best Luxury-Resort Residential Community: East-Beach @ Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve Residences
  • Best Commercial Impact: Revitalization of San Patricio Plaza Town Center by Empresas Caparra
  • Best Social Impact Project: Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico by Desarrollos Metropolitano, LLC

 Also, like every year, the PRBA recognizes individuals whose passion and commitment for the betterment of our Island surpass our standards. This year the Presidential Awards, presented by our Chairman Alfredo Martínez-Álvarez, Jr., were awarded to:

  • Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, Partner and CEO of AD&V Architecture and Interior Design
  • Emilio Colón-Zavala, PE, President and CEO at ECZ Group Inc.
  • Patricio Martínez-Lorenzo, Esq., Environmental, Natural Resources & Utilities Practitioner
  • Efraín Maldonado Ramírez, Esq., Field Office Director of the HUD San Juan Office
  • Josué Rivera, State Director of the USDA, Rural Development in Puerto Rico
  • Francisco G. Arteaga, PE, CEO of CPM International

 

Chairman’s Message | October 2020

Dear PRBA members,

Amidst this pandemic, we at the PRBA Board of directors have kept our members well-being in mind. Since the first lockdown ordered by Governor Vázquez Garced, the PRBA has kept diligently working to ensure that our industry members kept informed and educated as well updated on the efforts made to ensure our industry keeps as one of the essential industry on the island economy.

Several initiatives we have been working on are:

Guidelines for the CDBG-DR Voucher Program:

As we stated in our last communication, COVID-19 cannot deviate us from our priorities: moving forward with our plan of providing decent and safe housing and structures.  We have continued our conversations with the Department of Housing to move forward with the CBDG-DR Action Plan and that the much-needed construction of thousands of homes that Puerto Rico needs can begin.

As part of the design of a management plan for the usage of the funds allocated to assist those whose homes were severely damaged or were a total loss as a consequence of the ravaging caused by Hurricane María, the PRBA have been actively collaborating with the Puerto Rico Housing Department in a way to delineate strategies to educate our members on the other available programs within the CDBG-DR action plan.

Puerto Rico Planning Board Joint Regulation Hearings

We were invited by the Puerto Rico Planning Board to join several professional associations and participate in the public hearings where the Joint Regulation was discussed. We have remained very attentive to the development of these hearings and have met the PRPB President, María Gordillo in a way to make our position and opinions heard since the Joint Regulation is crucial to our industry.

Puerto Rico Housing Department Public Hearings

The PRBA participated in the PR Housing Department public hearings to discuss the CBDG-DR (MIT) program. This program has allocated funds to address the need of those who has suffered a direct impact to their homes due to the early January earthquakes. This program provides and foresees funds to mitigate future damages those structures may face.

One of our working committees has been evaluating the draft CDBG-DR (MIT) funds work plan for relevant comments.

We thank those members who have been collaborating in the working committees by participating in several virtual meetings to evaluate these drafts and promptly submit their comments.

We encourage our members to join any of the working committees and thus contribute directly to the development of our association.

Puerto Rico Consumer Affairs Office Public Hearings

With the intention that our members can have all the possible and necessary tools and can be prepared to properly conduct our businesses and functions, the PRBA has kept their close attention to the public hearings on the regulation of the Condominium Administrator’s position.

Meeting with the PREPA executive director and the PRASA president

Members of our Board of Directors met with the Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority executive director and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority to address several concerns related to those factors that directly impact our members and our industry.

Webcasts and webinars

Evidently this pandemic has forced us to change our mindsets and the way we provide our members and the community the necessary tools to fulfill their educational needs. Education and orientation of or membership has always been a priority to the PRBA.

Amid the pandemic and the several lockdowns ordered by the Puerto Rico government, the PRBA has offered a series of webcasts and webinars to address several topics that are relevant to our membership:

  1. Contributions- with the collaboration of Kevane Grant Thornton
  2. CDBG-DR funds with the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Housing, Luis Carlos Fernández, Esq., and the Deputy Secretary of the CDBG-DR Program, Eng. Dennis González.
  3. Economic and Security Projections with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  4. Economic Impact of the COVID-19 with a team of experts led by Resident Commissioner Jennifer González
  5. Proper Risk Management as a Foundation for Resiliency in collaboration with the Certified Risk Management Group
  6. Best Practices for the Home Reconstructions After a Natural Disaster in collaboration with the ResilientSEE organization and the Voluntariado de Ingenieros y Profesionales de Puerto Rico.
  7. Bringing Critical Manufacturing Back to the USA- Puerto Rico in collaboration with the ULI- Caribbean
  8. CDBG-DR funds Learn How Does the Voucher Program Works- with the participation of Luis Carlos Fernández- Trinchet, Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Housing and the CBDG-DR deputy secretary Maretize Díaz, Esq.
  9. Most Relevant Changes contain on the New Municipal Code with the participation and collaboration of our members and experts Cristian Bernaschina, Esq. and the CPA Rafael Del Valle.

We appreciate the constant support you have given us by participating in these webinars. We will keep bringing educative opportunities always keeping in mind the well-being of our membership.

I would like to remind all our Members the importance of your participation in our Annual Assembly (meeting) which will be held on Thursday, October 15, and in which we will select the newest members of our Board of Directors and where important decisions that will impact our Association and our members will be made.  

This annual meeting will serve as a prelude to our Virtual Annual Convention. Adjusting to the extraordinary circumstances we are all facing the registration process for the November 11-12 virtual annual convention: Embracing Challenges with a New Mind Set will be performed through a digital platform for which the link will be available in this newsletter.  Be one of the firsts to guarantee your space in the most important event of the construction industry on the Island.

Request for Proposals – Project Manager Hospital Susana Centeno, Vieques

The Autonomous Municipality of Vieques is searching for a qualified Project Manager (PM) to oversee the permanent work required for Vieques Hospital Susana Centeno (HSC) under the PAP FEMA for repairs or new construction work required in HSC. The MoV is hereby announcing and publicly inviting qualified proposers through a Request for Proposal. As a result of the passing of hurricane María Puerto Rico, the Municipality of Vieques sustained significant damages to facilities and operations throughout its jurisdictional area with all or portions or its facilities covered by the following Presidential Declaration: DR 4339 and the Vieques Hospital stand out as adversely affected.

 

The SPMHSC will assist the MoV in identifying the current health services needed by its residents; assist the MoV in learning what services the Department of Health of Puerto Rico (DoHPR) are committed or capable to render  in the MoV; assist the MoV in matching needed health services with the committed  or capable health services to  be provided in the MoV by the DoHPR which will provide data and information for the design of the MoV health facilities; assist the MoV in the preliminary plan for partial demolition  or  full  demolition,  disposition,  permits, studies, value  engineering and other construction PWs matters needed for monitoring PAP FEMA PR compliance . Among the SPMHSC duties are­ managing the contracts for final design; the permitting and special review process; interfacing with other agencies; the preliminary engineering analysis; preliminary design, final design, construction inspection, quality assurance and management of additional testing during construction; advertising  and awarding  the construction  contract;  decisions  on construction problems and requests for information; management of change orders for on-site  construction conditions and design error; omission and unforeseen problems, such as differing site conditions and hidden damage.

The Selected PM for HSC

(SPMHSCHSC) will work in collaboration with the MOV, its designate officers, and grant manager for FEMA funds in order to comply with FEMA PAP permanent work regulations.

 

Proposers can obtain documents with more specific information on the requirements of the project at the Junta De Subastas administrative office in Vieques ( 2nd floor Eugenio Maria de Hostos school} from 8:00 am to 4:00 p.m. or through email: subasta.vieques@gmail.com . Our telephone (787} 741-5000 ext 209.

 

Proposers should submit their proposals in a sealed envelope which should include the original and a copy of proposal and as well as a tendering security bond of $500 .00 in certified check or postal money order payable to Finance Director

– Municipality of Vieques.

 

All proposals must be submitted on or before October 15, 2020. Those sent by mail should comply with the above requirements – otherwise they will not be considered.

 

The Municipality reserves the right to reject submitted proposals. The announcement of the submitted proposals will be made on October 15, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Conference Room of the Municipality- 1s t    floor taking full measures to comply with safety and regulations concerning COVID -19.