Morgantown-based architecture firm Alpha is designing the renovations. The design work should be done by the end of October, when they'll be reviewed by state agencies, Alpha Vice President Jim Davison said. The project should be bid out to a contractor around the first of the year, he said.
When completed, Building 770 will feature a new glass exterior that will match Building 2000, Davison said. The insulated glass will help with energy efficiency, but changes to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will do the most to increase efficiency, Davison said.
When renovations are done, the building's HVAC system will have a heat recovery system that will help with energy costs, Davison said.
"The system captures the energy of the air through these heat recovery wheels and puts it back into the system that reheats the building," he said.
HDR, a firm in Bethesda, Md., will provide the mechanical and structural design for the HVAC system, Davison said.
The renovations also will bring the building into compliance with the American Disabilities Act, as well as current fire and safety codes.
"Fire codes and life safety codes have changed since the building was built," Davison said.
Building 770 was built in the late 1950s.
Hill hopes to have construction completed on Building 770 sometime in 2013.
"There are more than 550 employees now in the park," he said. "So you can see, even with some of the space still vacant, there are a number of employees. We hope to add to that. We can potentially double that with these new buildings coming online."
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