CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Pittsburgh-based engineering firm has been awarded a $225,000 consulting contract to come up with recommendations for improving security at the state Capitol Complex.
GAI Consultants, which has an office in Charleston, was selected from among nine bidders for the General Services Division contract to study ways to enhance security on the 60-acre campus.
"This contract is aimed at evaluating and developing ideas for the design of perimeter security at the Capitol Complex," administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said of the contract.
She said the engineering team from GAI will be working with the General Services Division; Protective Services, the Capitol Complex police unit; the Division of Homeland Security; and the West Virginia National Guard to evaluate needed security upgrades on campus.
"All of their suggestions will be included in the recommendations that GAI Consultants come up with," she said.
Any recommendations for physical changes to the Capitol grounds would have to be approved by the Capitol Building Commission and then be bid out in a separate construction contract, she said.
The consulting contract follows a series of public relations debacles with Capitol Complex security. Most notably, those include public outcry after 56 concrete bollards were installed around the Capitol grounds in April 2011.