GRDA engineering department move expected to save $2 million
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
LANGLEY -- A controversial decision to shift the Grand River Dam Authority's engineering department will wind up saving the state-owned utility more than $2 million, GRDA officials said Wednesday.
The GRDA recently bought an east Tulsa building to house engineering, some information technology functions and a backup control center.
It also plans to tear down to the steel skeleton and rebuild the former engineering and transmission center in Pryor. The renovated facility will house transmission facilities only.
Current estimates are that the transmission rebuild will cost $1.65 million, purchase and renovation of the Tulsa building will cost $5.3 million, and that costs associated with phone systems and the backup control center will total $2.2 million.
The figures were presented during a GRDA board meeting at the Ecosystems Building at Pensacola Dam.