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For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Goodyear Breaks Ground on New

Water Resources Administration Building

(GOODYEAR, AZ) Goodyear officials turned the first dirt today marking the beginning of construction of a 13,000-square-foot building that will house both the operations and administration staff for the water and wastewater divisions of the Water Resources Department. The staff is currently housed in several buildings including modular units.  The new facility is expected to go vertical in three to four weeks and should be completed by mid-October 2007.

 

Water Resources Director Shawn Bradford opened the groundbreaking ceremony by commenting “that the new facility meets not only the needs of today, but the department’s needs for a very, very long time and includes additional training space that can be used by the whole city.” He went on to thank the Mayor and Council for being so supportive and giving his department the resources to meet the demands. He also remarked about how proud he is of the three-year-old Water Resources Department and what a cohesive working team they have become.

 

City Manager Stephen Cleveland said that by having the operations and administrative staff together in this building it will help them better achieve the many planned water and sewer projects upon which the future economy of Goodyear depends.

 

“I can’t believe how far we’ve come in such a short time with this Water Resources Department,” proclaimed Vice Mayor Frank Cavalier.

 

“This is an incredible milestone that can help them do an even better job,” stated Councilmember Brenda Holland who was the recipient of the “Golden Plunger Award” during the ceremony for her tremendous support of the department and its goals.

 

The “Tuscan-style” building, designed to blend in with the type of residential architecture typical to the Goodyear area, was designed by David Calcaterra of Deutsch and Associates in conjunction with Malcolm Pirnie and is being constructed by Archer Western Contracting. The two-story building was designed so that part will remain empty for future expansion.

 

The Water Resources Department, which was originally a part of the Public Works Department, became a separate city department in January 2004.  At that time it consisted of 35 employees.  Today it has 51 full-time employees.

 

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