Gov’t: GOAP on time, on budget

The Government Office Accommodation
Project is set for completion in January 2011 and various government offices
will begin moving in shortly thereafter, according to the chief project
manager.

“Everything’s on time and will be
completed inside the contract price of CI$85, 530, 000,” Jim Scott said last
week, adding that this will be a “turn key” delivery. That means the
contractor, McAlpine Ltd., is supplying a facility fully fitted with furniture
and equipment, while government is providing telecommunications and photocopiers.

Delivery of furniture and equipment
is already advanced and landscaping is also now underway. Local flora is being
incorporated into the design, particularly species which are drought and salt
resistant.

Mr. Scott said that the building’s
initial occupants will include the Governor’s Office and the Office of the
Premier, as well as portfolios, ministries, departments, and authorities.

“The facility should accommodate a
full complement of 1,026 staff by the year 2013,” he added, noting that every
effort is being made to ensure that the relocation process will be conducted as
efficiently as possible.

According to the government,
relocation management exercises have started and arrangements are being made
for moves to take place in early 2011.

“While some agencies may experience
down time during relocation, we are doing all possible to minimise this so that
the public will not be severely affected,” Mr. Scott said. 

The facility has a total area of some
240,000 square feet located on five floors and with a parking garage beneath.

“Each floor area is 35,000 sq ft –
equivalent to the entire Glass House,” he said, referring to the current
government administration building.

In addition to office accommodation,
the facility will house the main government data centre, the Cayman Islands
Monetary Authority’s currency operations, a suite of meeting and training
rooms, a large conference room, a staff cafeteria and a large public lobby
area.

A small post office facility will
be located on the ground floor, primarily to handle government mail, Mr. Scott
said

He noted that the building is
energy-efficient and secure.

“It is high performance all the
way, with enhanced hurricane and earthquake resistance, upgraded security
against theft and intrusion and superior energy efficiency and resource
conservation.

“The design-builder was tasked to
pay particular attention to energy aspects, including the use of geothermal
water to drive air-conditioning chillers, under-floor air supply, heat recovery
from exhaust systems and efficient electrical systems that maximize the use of
LED technology,” Mr. Scott said. 

Mr. Scott said the air-conditioning
systems and finishing and furniture system specs will ensure that they enhance
indoor air quality – regarded as essential for healthy staff.

Rain water harvesting and
condensate water catchment have also been utilised to capture the runoff from
roofs and re-utilise it for flushing toilets. 

The project is registered with the
US Green Building Council for a “LEED certified” – Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design – award. If successful, the GOAP will be the first LEED
award in the Caribbean.

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The nearly completed government office ac-commodation project.
Photo: File

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