Hagåtña, Guam – Acting Governor Josh Tenorio joined the Sinajana community today for the groundbreaking of the Sinajana Senior Center Extension Project. The extension will provide up to 1,330 sq. feet of additional space. Funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs, the $100,000 capital improvement project is part of the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) renovations to public gymnasiums, sports facilities, and public restrooms.
“Upgrades and improvements to facilities like this, no matter the scale, is another step toward our commitment and investment in our communities. For our manåmko’ who utilize these spaces for recreational activities to our youth who attend after-school programs at the center, this extension project will provide the space and promote safe activities for residents in the central part of the island,” said Acting Governor Tenorio.
“As one of the larger capacity senior centers on the island, it was at the request of our senior citizens for a covered wellness space to warm up, congregate, exercise, and get fresh air,” said Mayor Robert Hofmann. “Now, in dealing with COVID-19, this extension provides another benefit–it presents an opportunity for proper air circulation and ventilation, which will ensure mitigation and safe, healthy spaces. The additional space will help us adhere to safe distancing and provide a place for our seniors to gather and do other activities outside of the main congregate hall.”
Triple K Construction Company is the project’s contractor. Scope of work includes the building of new steel frames and butler roof sheeting for a new awning extension, removal of existing fencing to build a new 8-feet high perimeter vinyl coated cyclone fence, installation of new stainless gutters downspouts, new painting on metal framings, new thick concrete floor slab brush finish, new waterproof exterior lighting system, new electrical lighting, aluminum conduits, and electrical wiring and all weatherproof junction box.
Before the pandemic, the Senior Center hosted numerous events and activities, meetings, trainings, and events and served as a host to more than 150 registered senior citizens from central villages. Senior centers are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 surge.
To watch the groundbreaking in its entirety, visit https://fb.watch/aNNyOl3lrQ/.