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15 acres allocated for GPA-GWA multipurpose facility

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THE plan to build the Gloria B. Nelson GPA-GWA Multipurpose Facility moved closer to fruition after Gov. Eddie Calvo, in a conveyance of deed ceremony held yesterday, identified 15 acres of land in Fadian, Mangilao for the facility.

Calvo transferred the parcels of land from the Department of Land Management to the Guam Power Authority and Guam Waterworks Authority for the 116,000-square-foot facility.

Public Law 22-18, enacted in June 1993, reserved 15 acres of Fadian property for the project. In September 2011, P.L. 31-77 transferred the land parcel to GPA to provide necessary land for the development of the consolidated central office for the water and power utilities.

The energy-efficient, LEED-certified facility will merge power and water utility offices in one convenient location to house administrative, training, customer service, engineering and other offices, in addition to a central control dispatch for both GPA and GWA.

The building provides a standard for all government of Guam buildings, reducing energy consumption and improving worker productivity through design, according to a release from the Governor's Office.

“Our current location has had a ‘make-do’ approach to serving our customers for far too long," GPA General Manager Joaquin Flores said.

The new facility will eliminate traffic congestion and improve the design of customer service areas.

Flores also noted the new facility represents GPA’s commitment to a brighter future of affordable rates and the provision of quality and reliable service.

"The efficiencies created by this new structure is representative of GPA’s commitment to service for our ratepayers," he added.

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In 2011, the Public Utilities Commission approved the 2010 GPA revenue bond and subordinate bond issuance to finance the construction of the new office complex. At that time, the cost of the project was pegged at $35 million.

According to the PUC, a new central office will address the current and future space needs of GPA and GWA, as both agencies have outgrown their current facilities and parking spaces are inadequate, making customer visits inconvenient.

Since GPA presently rents its office facility, the PUC said an investment will protect it from rising rental market prices, providing opportunities for consolidation between GPA and GWA.

In March this year, the Consolidated Commission on Utilities approved a resolution endorsing Core Tech International for the construction project, as per the GPA evaluation committee's recommendation.

Bid estimates from the company reflect a project cost of around $26 million.

The CCU last year passed a resolution to name the facility after the late public servant Gloria B. Nelson, who served as a vice chair and secretary of the commission.

In a release, Calvo said he is proud to assist the utility agency in their mission and to pay tribute to a passionate public servant.

The groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10.

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