Facility Questions and Answers
Are the proposed Green Valley facilities consistent in cost, function, and design, with other facilities of similar entities?
We believe this facility parallels other similar utilities' structures in price, function, and form. Through a selective bidding process, the GVSUD Board hired TSG, a firm out of Gonzales, to design our facilities. TSG's work portfolio includes a large selection of work for other utilities in the region, including GVEC and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
We focused our decision-making process on considerations of quality, cost durability, and ease of maintenance now and throughout the facility's life.
Has the architect selected by Green Valley worked on similar projects?
Yes. TSG's portfolio includes Electric Cooperatives, Public Utilities, and City Operations and Maintenance Centers.
Was employee input utilized in the design of the facility?
All employees had an opportunity to give feedback through a survey provided by TSG. Department heads were also interviewed to receive their input.
Where will the facility be built?
We will build the new facility on GVSUD-owned property adjacent to the current facility.
Will any part of the existing facility continue to be used once the new facility is complete?
We have not reached a final decision on whether to retain the existing facility at this time.
Has the proposed facility undergone "value engineering" to balance cost/benefit?
TSG and the facility committee weighed all costs and benefits during the design process. Additional "value engineering" will be conducted when contractor bids are received. GVSUD can explore alternative solutions at that time to increase or maintain function and decrease cost.
What is the life expectancy of the proposed new facility?
The structures (administrative offices, warehouse, and inventory storage spaces) should accommodate GVSUD's business growth for many years. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) requires that the facility exceed the loan's 30-year repayment horizon.
Where will the money come from to build this facility?
There are multiple sources of funding available to GVSUD. GVSUD's excellent operational and financial history qualifies the organization for the lowest interest rate financing currently available. At present, interest rates are among the lowest seen in 50 years.
We anticipate funding this project through Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) financing.
If GVSUD borrows funds to finance the facility, what is the expectation regarding interest rates that would be secured?
TWDB will establish the interest rate when the loan is secured. The TWDB provides local governmental entities such as GVSUD with interest rates far below those available on the open market.
What will the new facility cost GVSUD?
The project's final cost will be determined once GVSUD receives construction proposals and a contractor is selected. GVSUD is required to post the project for bids since it is a local governmental entity subject to state bidding requirements. TSG Architects has projected $16.5 million as the conceptual cost.
Why is it necessary to have more than one drive-through lane?
GVSUD allows our customers more than just a payment option at the drive-through lanes. Customers can set up and terminate water services, submit documentation, and get assistance with account questions and concerns. GVSUD does not handle customers' credit or debit card information for our customers' safety and security.
Customers must enter the office or leave the office to process the payment with a credit or debit card. One of the drive-through lanes will have a credit card payment kiosk available for our customers to use.
Other than the Board Room where the Board will meet, are there any offices, workrooms, computers, phones, parking spaces, cubicles, or facilities of any type dedicated for use by GVSUD Board members?
When the Board room is in use for a large meeting, is there adequate parking for employees?
No, there is not adequate parking at our facility even when meetings are not in session. GVSUD employees are required to park in the unpaved areas near the current facility daily.
Newly paved spaces in the front of the building were intended to provide parking for customers. However, GVSUD board members, consulting engineers, developers, and others conducting business with GVSUD use these slots regularly.
GVSUD routinely schedules meetings regarding developments and CIP projects out of the office due to inadequate parking and meeting space. Traveling to and from meetings takes time and reduces employee productivity. The design of the new facility provides ample parking for customers and meeting attendees.
Why is covered parking necessary?
We incorporated covered parking and outdoor work areas to protect and prolong the life of GVSUD assets, including vehicles and equipment, and to provide shelter for employees as they perform their duties.
Is the Board Room situated so that people attending an after-hours function would not have access to the office space?
Meeting attendees and visitors can use the "Public" areas of the facility but cannot access the rest of the building. The design for the new facility features proper security for all office spaces and buildings.
Are all the conference rooms needed?
Yes. We live in a teamwork environment. Currently, we cannot have productive and professional meetings. When the boardroom is in use, meetings occur in employee offices or the breakroom for meetings, resulting in interference with those other spaces' intended functions. Staff needs adequate space to layout large plans and collaborate with other team members, both internal and external, and engineers, customers, developers, and outside agencies.
What is the rationale for the projected size of the breakroom?
GVSUD currently has 43 employees. Based on our region's current growth rate, the new facility is designed to serve our needs for 40-50 years in the future, not just for today. As more and more employees join our team, we will need space for them to eat lunch.
Why is there a bathroom next to the General Manager's office?
The General Manager's office also has an attached meeting room. The GM engages in many meetings every day. It is convenient for the GM and anyone in those meetings to have easy access to a restroom adjacent to these spaces.
This is a common feature in facility designs of this type.
What is the need for office space in the Warehouse and Operations area?
Meter Technicians work in the Meter Office as well as in the field. They will office in the warehouse, with ample space for daily reporting and proper storage of reading equipment. The Warehouse Operations Office will feature space for our Linemen, so they can readily complete their daily reports, checklists, orders, and scheduling.
The Linemen also need space for multiple files and computer access in Warehouse Operations Office. These employees occupy GVSUD's breakroom to complete these duties in our current facility configuration.
Why does the facility need an exercise room? Will it be open after regular working hours and weekends?
We believe the health of our employees and their production-levels go hand in hand. The new facility includes space for exercise to promote our employees' morale, physical well-being, and stamina. We expect the area to be used only by employees.
Are the gate and ornamental fencing consistent with the design used in other facilities of a like nature?
Yes, the design will be consistent with the fencing for similar facilities. Gates and fencing designs at water and wastewater facilities are wide-ranging.
The minimum requirement set forth by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. GVSUD did not feel that chain-link and barbed wire was an appropriate material on IH 10 frontage and wanted to be consistent with the planned operations center.
What is the need for office space in the Wastewater Treatment Plant?
The treatment plant is a live biological process, which requires frequent monitoring and possible adjustments to ensure the plant's functionality. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems will be housed in this space to monitor, gather, and process real-time data. The area will also include a laboratory where required testing will take place, computer system access, and file storage.
What is the purpose of the SCADA room, and when will it be utilized?
SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is a control system utilized to provide real-time remote monitoring of all functions and aspects of GVSUD's water and wastewater systems. The system is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days per week, 365 days per year by a minimum of one employee, and generally more. Many of the emergencies or system issues require immediate responses.