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Building & Development Services hosts College-Bound Students

The Building and Development Services Department of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited welcomed three twelfth grade students of Sunland Baptist Academy who are interested in the field of architecture.

Jhalan Taylor, Rollajia Cooper and Vashanti Simmons got a firsthand view of the various fields of practice associated with the Building and Development Services department as they all prepare to embark on their tertiary studies this fall.

Building and Development Services President, Arthur Jones said “Architecture must be supported by the related engineering disciplines in order to be complete; and each discipline can be a fulfilling and or lucrative career.”

 Pleased to attend the informative event, Rollajia Cooper one of the Sunland students shared her thoughts on the presentation.

“I plan to come home and design buildings here although I’m not really sure which field of architecture I’m going into as yet.  However, I got a better understanding of a few things that I was unclear on as it relates to architecture,” Cooper said.


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.



Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.