CMI court could get US-provided roof in 2013

The Marshall Islands government and the United States Pacific Command have listed as a priority the construction of a roof to cover the College of the Marshall Islands sports court. This is the top item on a list of eight construction projects under consideration for the US Civic Construction Action Detail and the Pacific Partnership 2013 engineering projects.

Pacific Partnership is the name of the US Pacific Command’s annual mission to the Pacific island region that brings a large naval vessel to provide medical, construction and other civic programs during an approximately two-week visit. Pacific Partnership plans visits to Majuro and Kwajalein atolls next July.

“As some of you know, in 2013 the US Navy Seabees and the US Army 84th Engineering Battalion will be providing to the RMI a US Pacific Command (PACOM)-funded humanitarian assistance program called the Civic Construction Action Detail (CCAD),” said CMI President Carl Hacker. “This program will execute a limited number of specific projects, agreed to in advance by the RMI and the US, and fitting within the program’s budget and legal parameters.”

Beginning in April 2013, CCAD is proposing to build a roof over the CMI athletic court in order to upgrade it to a multi-purpose facility capable of hosting a variety of events as well as supplementing CMI’s fresh water supply, Hacker said. The Seabees have already produced a specific design.  

“If implemented in April, construction would be competed in July of 2013 with a dedication scheduled during the US Navy’s Pacific Partnership ship visit to the RMI and prior to the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in August,” Hacker said.

The construction of such a roof would allow games to be played during the day in contrast to the current situation where people generally feel it is too hot to play games on outdoor courts until after 5pm.

An added benefit of this PACOM program is that the skilled military construction personnel are willing to work alongside, and transmit skills to, Marshallese apprentices or trainees.

Above: An artist's rendition of the roof that would be placed over the outdoor sports court at the College of the Marshall Islands if the project is approved.


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