Reconstruction of the facilities of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program

In 2019, Para la Naturaleza entered a collaboration agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Reconstruction and Hardening of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program’s Facilities, located at the Río Abajo (Arecibo/Utuado) and the Maricao State Forests (Maricao). The Puerto Rico Department of Environmental and Natural Resources is also a partner in this effort.

During this phase of the project, a Management Team was established, while Jorge L. Rigau FAIA Arquitectos PSC has been working to conceptualize and design the reconstruction of the facilities. Construction documents have been completed, and the Project Management Team is ready to invite professionals and general contracting firms to bid for inspection services and construction. 

The recruitment for Inspection Services includes the construction of a new support building at the Maricao State Forest offices, and the rehabilitation of the José L. Vivaldi Aviary at the Río Abajo State Forest.  Interested firms or professionals need to be licensed and have an active professional membership. Inspection services will be required to follow applicable local and federal codes.  We are also inviting specialized companies to submit proposals for General Construction Contractor for the projects at the Maricao State Forest and the José L. Vivaldi Aviary at the Río Abajo State Forest, Arecibo/Utuado. 

General contractors participating in this process shall specify which facility they are considering for bidding, whether the Maricao State Forest, José L. Vivaldi Aviary, or both. 

As reference, the project at the Maricao State Forest consists of a demolition of an existing structure, and the construction of a support building and shelter for the hurricane season, in addition to a wastewater collection tank and the electrical and mechanical infrastructure.  

The Río Abajo project consists of the rehabilitation of several structures, demolition and construction of new housing, structures and infrastructure to support the breeding activities of parrots, in addition to wastewater collection tank and electrical and mechanical infrastructure.

Bidders will be evaluated by a committee, which will consider criteria focusing on prior experience, qualifications, availability and workload, costs, litigation history, occupational health and safety plan, and financial capacity. 

The infrastructure of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program facilities and their wild populations was severely impacted by Hurricanes Irma and María in 2017. These impacts have delayed the recovery of the species by directly affecting wild individuals and the captive breeding capabilities of the across Puerto Rico. It is critical to the recovery of the species the repairs to these two facilities.

If your company is interested in participating in receiving more information, please contact us via email before April 23rd to:

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