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Capitol Complex Building 3 redo back on track

Lawrence Pierce
Plans to renovate Building 3 at the state Capitol Complex are back on after a two-year delay.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After a two-year delay, the state's plans to redo Building 3 at the Capitol Complex are back on again.

State officials have scrapped 2011 bids to renovate the eight-story office building, commonly known as the DMV building. Vendors were notified Thursday about the state's plans to re-bid the project.

The 2011 bids came in about $7 million higher than the $27 million estimated cost for the Building 3 renovation.

"Basically, because it exceeded the budgeted amount and, of course, with the time that has passed, it was decided by General Services to cancel the bid solicitation," said Diane Holley-Brown, a spokeswoman for the Department of Administration.

The state Purchasing Division has started to put together a new bid package, but hasn't set a date for requesting proposals on the project a second time.

The 60-year-old building has been vacant since December 2010. It formerly housed offices for the Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Building 3 renovation is expected to be the most significant project at the state Capitol Complex since the construction of the Culture Center, which opened in 1976.

The Pittsburgh architecture firm of Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff & Goettel will remain as project designers, Holley-Brown said. The original designer was Cass Gilbert Jr., son of the architect of the state Capitol building.

The project will be paid out of a Capitol Complex renovation and improvements account, funded by video lottery revenues.

The state initially proposed renovating Building 3 in 2007, but it took longer than expected to move out the 700 employees who worked there.

The General Services division hasn't set a timeline for the project's start or completion, Holley-Brown said. State officials also haven't decided which agencies will move into Building 3 after the makeover, which will include new conference rooms and a redo of the first-floor marble lobby.

"We're still finalizing plans for the tenant mix," Holley-Brown said.

The building's limestone exterior will be restored, and roof tiles and window glass will be replaced. The project also includes all-new wiring, and a new heating and cooling system.

Reach Eric Eyre at ericeyre@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.

 

 

 


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