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GIAA Awarded $21.4M in FAA Capital Funding Under Competitive Grant for Terminal Roofing System

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Continuing its pursuit of capital improvement project funding, the A.B Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA) was awarded $21.4 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) competitive grant funding toward replacing its terminal roofing system. Grant funding was awarded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Airport Terminal Program (ATP).

"In a nationwide competition for funds, the timing of this award could not have come at amore opportune time as we look to propel terminal infrastructure projects forward and improve the airport’s resiliency, especially in the wake of Typhoon Mawar, ” stated Artemio “Ricky” Hernandez, Ph.D., Acting Executive Manager. “This terminal roof project as well as terminal floor resurfacing are currently our top capital improvement priorities."

The Terminal Roofing System is a transformative project that is focused on installing a modern, energy-efficient roofing system integrated with renewable energy solutions such as solar panels. The initiative aims to enhance the GIAA's resiliency to extreme weather events, ensuring uninterrupted operations and passenger safety while providing a safe and secure facility that meets Guam Building Codes. Under this FAA ATP grant, the cost split for the terminal roofing project is 95% from federal funds and 5% from GIAA capital improvement funds.

The $21.4 million awarded to the GIAA was part of the larger $970 million in BIL ATP funds

awarded to 114 airports across the United States, spanning 44 states and three territories announced by the FAA last week. The ATP is one of the aviation grant programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which is intended to provide a historic $25 billion over a five-year period to modernize the United States’ airport infrastructure.

Dr. Hernandez concluded that, "Our airport is vital for economic growth—connecting Guam and Micronesia to the world. We extend our deepest appreciation to the FAA for continuing to support the enhancement of our facilities, improvement of our passengers’ experiences, and resiliency of our response to natural disasters. This investment—incorporating renewable energy and sustainability solutions—ensures our airport continues to be safe, efficient, and prepared for the future."