Local precast and construction firm Preconco Limited has been awarded a major contract by the government of Dominica to assist in the housing reconstruction effort in that storm-battered Eastern Caribbean island.
The development comes two months after category five Hurricane Maria bore down on Roseau, leaving behind a mountain of devastation, including significant damage and destruction to a substantial number of structures.
Operations Manager of Preconco Ltd Joshua Read has not disclosed the value of the contract, but said in a release this afternoon that the first shipment of precast was expected to arrive in Dominica in just under two weeks’ time.
He also said the project was expected to expand as the company “provides housing solutions throughout the island”.
“We’ve engineered the housing structures to suit the required needs. We’ve also implemented our design for a concrete roof system and installation of the homes should be underway within four weeks,” Read said.
The deal was reached following extensive discussions between the 26-year-old company and Dominican officials.
“It was recognized that the products and services offered by Preconco Ltd met the housing solutions required by the government,” the Preconco official added.
This is not the first time the Mark Maloney-led company will be working on that island, having previously built the faculty building at the Ross University School of Medince, which Preconco pointed out, did not receive any structural damage during the recent passage of the monster hurricane.
“This was a notable factor in the company’s new arrangement with the government of Dominica,” Read said.
At the beginning of this year Preconco Ltd also landed a major contract with an international resort in Bermuda, ahead of several precast companies from the United States.
Read did not give a timeline for the completion of the housing project in Dominica, but said it was expected to bring increased economic activity to that country.
“Preconco Ltd will be working with local contractors and training several Dominicans in the installation of the precast structures,” he said, adding “there will also be employment opportunities for Barbadians as Preconco looks to fulfill the requirements of this and other ongoing projects”.