Guam – Senator Tom Ada has introduced a bill that would finalize the transfer of land for the purpose of constructing a consolidated utility office for GWA and GPA.
A release from Senator Ada states that “Bill 66-31 (COR) is an act to complete the direct, no fee conveyance of land set-aside in 1993 for the Guam Power Authority (GPA) by Public Law 22-18 for the purpose of constructing a consolidated utility central office.”
Bill 66 would convey 15 acres of GovGuam in Mangilao (at Fadian) “for the purpose of constructing an office facility that will be utilized by both GPA and the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA).”
The release states that the new “Administration and Operation Center” will consolidate several divisions within both GPA and GWA, including administration, engineering, planning, human resources and customer service.
Senator Ada is quoted as saying “an investment in such a facility will enable GPA and GWA to consolidate administrative services and specialized resources common and beneficial to both utilities, which ultimately would improve efficiency by eliminating the duplication of efforts between the two utility agencies.”
Ada argues that right now “GPA’s current dispatch center is located in a vulnerable, low-laying area in Piti, and is susceptible to damage from natural disasters. The planned consolidated central office in Mangilao will also house a collocated GPA and GWA dispatch center, providing for better coordination between the two utilities.”
Bill 66-31 will enable GPA to meet the contractual obligations of bonds secured earlier this year so that construction of the $35,000,000 consolidated office project will be completed by 2013.
The new office facility will be designed and constructed in accordance with LEED environmental building standards in order to reduce electrical, water and sewer demand. Senator Ada states, “it is imperative we protect our island’s natural environment by implementing environmentally sustainable and progressive building practices.”