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Unique Challenges in the Guam Residential Sound Solutions Program Presented by: Frank F. Blas Chairman of the Board.

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1 Unique Challenges in the Guam Residential Sound Solutions Program Presented by: Frank F. Blas Chairman of the Board

2 Guam is an unincorporated territory of the U.S. Southernmost island in the Marianas island chain 230 square miles Population of 170,000 Overview

3 Largest airport in the Micronesia region Over 2.5 million passenger movements per year Overview Gateway to Micronesia Bridge from U.S. to Asia

4 First of its kind in our region Education and Community Acceptance Sound Solutions Program Overview

5 Approx. 500 homes Approx. 200 multi-family year program Pilot Phase (40 homes) $45K in treatments Phase I (150 homes) in 2008 Residential Sound Solutions Program

6 Guam is located in Typhoon Alley 31 typhoons each year in the region Impacted by 20 typhoons since 1970 and devastated by 6 since 1960 Designing for Typhoons

7 Aluminum windows must meet structural and windborne debris requirements. Windborne Debris: Window shall conform to protocol requirements as they relate to a basic wind pressure of 60 psf (TAS-201, -202, and -203, or ASTM E1886 and ASTM E1996) Water Leakage: None, when measured in accordance with ASTM E331. Storm shutters shall be fabricated and reinforced to withstand a minimum wind load 115 pounds per square foot. Designing for Typhoons

8 Doors shall meet structural and windborne debris requirements. Wind Borne Debris, Large Missile Impact Test Procedures, Static Air Pressure, Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading (TAS-201, -202, and -203) Storm shutters shall be fabricated and reinforced to withstand a minimum wind load 115 pounds per square foot. Designing for Typhoons

9 Adapt our homeowner communication to focus on families Common need for foreign language translation Cultural Significance of Land Strong cultural underpinning to land Communal, family owned, and passed from generation to generation

10 Guam law - Administrative Adjudication Act (AAA) All forms, including the Avigation Easement must proceed through legislative approval prior to public use Easements are not a mandatory AIP requirement, but are mandatory under Guam law Guam Law - Administrative Adjudication Act

11 May 2000: airfield was converted from joint-use as NAS Agana to civilian use Presence of former military housing units within DNL 65 dB Government of Guam ancestral lands transfer Challenging Land Use Issues

12 Challenges of a new Program Designing for Typhoon Alley Cultural sensitivities Interplay of Federal regulations and Guam law Military land transfers and resultant non-compatible residential land uses Conclusion

13 Thank you & Si Yuus Maase!


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