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Cellular Facility in Park Wins Innovation Award

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Guajome Park

The County General Services Association (CGSA) granted its Innovation Award to Greg Locke, Senior Real Property Agent, with the San Diego Department of General Services, for his role in developing the first multiple-use commercial cellular facility in San Diego County. 

A key challenge for the project was integrating a modern communications facility into the site - historic Guajome Regional Park, located in the City of Oceanside.  Mr. Locke's efforts ensured the development needs were balanced with maintaining the unique character of the park.

The project stemmed from the need to accommodate multiple commercial carriers’ requirements to provide network coverage in and around the park.  Rather than approving six individual facilities, a “joint use” design had the carriers all locate in one facility. 

The project required no County funding and County staff time was funded by the commercial carriers.  Mr. Locke coordinated all design concepts with the City of Oceanside Planning Division and presented the concept to the City of Oceanside Planning Commission where it received unanimous approval. 

Mr. Locke negotiated the lease agreements with each commercial carrier and his actions resulted in a revenue stream that will provide County Parks and Recreation with $1.4 million dollars over the next 10 years.  Additionally, an outdoor amphitheater has been provided as part of the development concept which is designated for public use and all construction costs were funded by the commercial carriers.

The CGSA Innovation Award is based on the contributions of an individual to the mission and services provided by General Services.  Mr. Locke earned this award by developing an innovative design concept that adhered to General Services’ mission of providing “cost-effective, efficient, high quality and timely support services to County departments, groups, and agencies.”