FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Workers started construction on a $17.2 million state government office building in Fairmont on Monday.
The new building on Adams Street will house satellite offices for at least five state agencies: the Department of Health and Human Resources; Insurance Commission; West Virginia Workforce; Division of Rehabilitation Services; and Secretary of State.
More than 175 state employees are expected to work out of the new four-floor office complex.
The state recently awarded the construction contract to P.J. Dick Inc. of Pittsburgh. The company plans to complete the project by February 2015.
Omni Associates, a Fairmont architectural and engineering firm designed the 80,000-square-foot building -- located on the site of the former Fairmont Theater. The Marion County Commission previously hired a contractor to tear down the historic theater and make way for the new state office complex.
The complex will replace a former state office building two blocks away. The Department of Administration closed those offices in 2009 because the building had structural issues.
The new building will have parking directly across the street.