"It may not be quite the elaborate building that was anticipated," Taylor said of the new design, which should go out to bid this summer.
Also, construction of a $17.2 million state office building in Fairmont is underway, with a January 2015 completion date, and construction of a Clarksburg state office building is set to begin in the spring.
The department normally spends about $40 million a year to construct and renovate state buildings, but is increasing that to about $50 million in the 2014-15 budget year to accommodate the three major office projects, he said.
In recent years, such building projects have been funded through state Lottery profits, but Lottery revenues have been declining since 2009, requiring a $6 million infusion of tax dollars in the proposed 2014-15 budget bill to fund the capital improvements budget.
"That pool of money has not been sufficient to fund all the projects that need to be done on state-owned buildings," Taylor said of the Lottery revenue.
Taylor said the department is also looking at partially funding the Building 3 renovation through a bond issue, although the bond amount would be limited, based on future lease payments by agencies that will be housed in the building.
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