Guam – The former Guam Police Department headquarters in Tiyan are being torn down. The demolition officially began today with a special ceremony recognizing the end of this old building and the beginning of the Tiyan parkway project.
The Tiyan parkway project will soon be under it’s construction and today marked the beginning of demolition of the former Guam Police Department headquarters in order to make room for the new road. “It’s truly out with the old and in with the new,” said GIAA Board Chairman Edward Untalan adding, “Ladies and gentlemen this parkway has been a dream and at many times a nightmare for many an administration but today the dream begins.”
The Tiyan parkway project has long been stalled because of it’s complicated nature. There are many property owners involved including private owners, the airport and the federal government. Recently Governor Eddie Calvo and his administration were able to negotiate with enough private property owners and with the federal government to cut a deal that would allow the Tiyan Parkway project construction to begin with the need to close down the Tiyan bypass road that connects Rt. 8 to airport road and Marine drive.
“If anyone was to ever really take a look at the past twenty years on this project and you want to talk about complication. This is what I call complicated. Ladies and gentlemen, when you factor in the closure of Naval Air Station the transfer of properties of both public and private ownership when you mix into the picture the longterm long range plans for airport for a highway system. When you mix in the complexities of not only having to, as we just mentioned, some of the directors here when you talk about DPW and the airport and EPA and Historical Preservation let me tell you it’s complicated,” said Governor Calvo.
The Governor described the entire process as a miracle as it was ultimately resolved by a memorandum of understanding between DPW, GIAA, FAA, the Department of Land Management, Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.”In the end we are going to create an artery that assures that our motorists on a daily basis will have convenience and safety and in the event of any type of emergency our transportation system and our roadway system will be in place to deal with contingencies and at the same time we’re going to have this beautiful brand new airport that will propel Guam into it’s greatest heights and whether it’s tourism or commerce or other opportunities our people have so it’s a great time. With this symbolic tearing down of our building we will be building the future of Guam,” said Governor Calvo.
The demolition of these headquarters will allow for the construction of phase one of the Tiyan parkway project which involves building a road that will run through these headquarters and then out to Rt. 8. DPW Director Carl Dominguez says that he issued the notice of intent to award Phase 1 yesterday to IMCO. Construction could begin in April or as soon as March. The contract is for 365 days but Dominguez says the contract has a unique incentive that will give a bonus to the company if it is completed sooner. The MOU with the federal government requires that phase 1 be completed by the summer of 2015.
As for the actual demolition of the GPD headquarters, the completion of that project is expected in February however the contractor will also be demolishing some other buildings on airport property as a part of the project and that should take a total of 180 days.
READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:
“For twenty years, the government could not get the Tiyan Parkway project off of the ground. This administration has changed all of that. Today is the first step to building this important new route. Working with the airport, landowners, and the federal government has been a positive experience for our administration. Together, we are making progress. Together, we safeguarded the thousands of Guamanians who use Tiyan every single day.” – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
First step taken to build Tiyan Parkway
The first step to build the Tiyan Parkway was taken today: demolishing old buildings where the new route will be. The Guam International Airport Authority was able to move forward with this project after Governor Eddie Baza Calvo secured a commitment from the Federal Aviation Administration to keep open the existing road thousands of Guamanians use every day. The Tiyan Parkway must be created to meet federal laws regarding safety zones around airports.
This morning, demolition work began on several structures. These include the former Guam Police Department properties and several other abandoned or under utilized buildings located within the Runway Protection Zone.
Three current building structures, the Kunkle Building, the Yellow Cargo Building, and the former NAS Advance Undersea Weapons (AUW) Shop are also targeted for removal in the future. The AUW in particular is in disrepair and deemed a typhoon hazard.
Demolition to be completed in two phases
Demolition work for these properties will occur in two phases:
· Phase 1: The demolition of the former GPD buildings and 7 slabs. This phase has an anticipated time span of 120 calendar days, after the issuance of the necessary permits.
· Phase 2: Clearing of the Kunkle Building and Yellow Cargo Building will follow thereafter, and is expected to be completed 90 days after permits are issued.
All demolition work includes the safe handling and removal of environmental hazards like lead-base paint and asbestos.
Project 90 percent federally funded
This project was awarded to Ian Construction in the amount of $1,062,286. Ninety percent of the project cost is funded through FAA grants. The FAA grants were issued in FY’11 with the design, environmental reviews and full coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).