CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With three major projects going up, and with Lottery revenues going down, the governor's budget bill directs $6 million of tax revenue to the Department of Administration for capital improvements, Secretary Ross Taylor said Thursday.
That includes starting the long-delayed renovation of Building 3 in the Capitol Complex, Taylor told the House Finance Committee.
"Hopefully, if not by the end of the year, by the start of next year, you will see work going on in that building," he said.
Opened in 1951, and informally known as the DMV building, the eight-story Building 3 was originally approved for renovation in 2008, with a 2010 completion date.
The project was delayed, first when it took much longer than expected to relocate state employees housed in Building 3 to leased office space around Charleston, and again in 2011, when bids for the renovations came in about $6 million higher than the $27 million budgeted.
"Unfortunately, that was about the time the state started going through some economic bad times," Taylor said.
He said the department has been working with architects and planners to scale back the design, which originally included conference rooms with "telepresence" technology featuring floor-to-ceiling video screens, along with a meeting hall and kitchen capable of hosting dinners and receptions.