IPI only 69 percent complete: Poon

With only a few weeks until the deadline for Imperial Pacific’s new resort hotel in Garapan, and an extension request in the works, IPI officials have revealed that the project is currently 69 percent complete, Saipan Tribune reports.

Speaking to the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Tuesday, Eric Poon, IPI vice president for construction said the number was based on the overall construction of the hotel portion of the initial gaming facility.

When asked how he came up with the number, Poon said it was based on the physical construction.
“The work that we have done so far—the foundation and basic infrastructure, along with the calculations and schedule of our project—we don’t have a special tool to calculate, unless I actually talk to my team,” he said.

The CNMI Lottery Commission, which handles the deadline extension request, is due to meet sometime this week.

Poon said current construction is focused on three areas: the resort hotel, the north courtyard, and the front hotel tower.

“Everything is moving forward and on target to complete by the end of this year. We put in another 10 percent in the resort hotel’s building façade. But for us, this is not fast enough; hopefully, we can improve it in the near future,” said Poon.

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