Prime Minister Approves Start for Fire Safety Installation Works Start in New Government Building

The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams signed the Assignment Letters late last week that were necessary for the completion of the new Government Administration Building fire system. For quite a number of months the completion of the new Government Administration Building has been at a standstill due to various issues, a significant one being cleared up with last week’s signing.


"Finally the assignment letters were signed today between Government and Betonbouw Caribbean, Windward Island Electrical Company and Penguin Air-conditioning for the so-called Fire Safety Requirements works," commented the Prime Minister.

During the signing Government has approved costs related to the installation of fire safety related works. These works include supply and installation of fire rated doors; glass frames and ceiling works; fire suppression system for the archive and computer rooms; supply and installation of extra smoke detectors; subpanels; lighting; Inspection of main panels; inspection and servicing of generators including breakdown insurance; and the testing and commissioning of the air handler units, chillers heat recovery units and pumps. The Fire Safety Requirements are necessary to ensure that, in the case of a fire emergency, the proper safety systems are in place to safeguard the safety of the workers in the building. The works will take six months to complete.

"With these assignments out of the way and work ready to start, the Council of Ministers several weeks ago agreed to seek financing for the completion and furnishing of the building and the parking lot," commented the Prime Minister.