ASTCA Executive Building dedicated
After nine months of work and nearly six million dollars spent that was fully self funded, the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) Executive Building has been completed and was dedicated on Monday, July 2, 2012.
Built by Fletcher Construction, the 4-story/ 16,000 sq. ft. edifice is located in Tafuna right across the street from South Pacific Academy.
This building also made history, as it is the first four-story building built in American Samoa. ASTCA will retain its Fagatogo office as well as its location in Nu’uuli.
The bottom floor of the new building will be occupied by ASTCA customer service, the second floor will be ASTCA business offices, the third will have Congressman Faleomavaega’s District Office, while the fourth floor will house ASTCA’s executive offices.
To celebrate its completion, there was an official ‘Dedication Opening’ ceremony yesterday morning with government officials, along with members of the private sector.
Special Guest Speaker was Congressman Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, who said that he considers ASTCA “one of the best operating, administrating agencies in the whole government of American Samoa”.
“For twenty five years, this agency has been with us. This agency has made its mark in terms of the services and contributions it has made to the needs of our people,” said the Congressman.
In his remarks, Governor Togiola Tulafono said, “Surley today is the day that God has made. We should rejoice in this special day ”.
“In our Samoan customs, the dedication of a special house, or a special building honors the ‘tufuga’ or the builder. Because it is in our Samoan tradition, that without the wisdom, the expertise and the craftsmanship of the tufuga, a day like this cannot be possible. So today we honor the tufuga as a special person with gifts from God to create things that are lovely, beautiful and pleasing” said the Governor. The Governor also stated for one of his last wishes in office that ASTCA would work together with the private sector to serve the public.
The ribbon cutting was done by First Lady Mary Anne Tulafono, which was followed by a tour of the building.