Bids are scheduled to be opened Jan. 22 for renovation of the former state Medical Examiner's Office building next to State Police headquarters in South Charleston.
According to the state Purchasing Bulletin, contractors interested in bidding on the project must attend a pre-bid meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at State Police headquarters, 725 Jefferson Road, to go over the project details.
Renovation of the building has been in the works for some time. In January, ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston was awarded a $300,000 contract to perform the necessary architectural, engineering and planning work.
The Medical Examiner's Office moved out of the building - a former elementary school - in 2003 after testing showed unhealthy levels of mold. It has been vacant since.
The building belongs to the State Police, which plans to move its Communications Division, Criminal Records Division and Traffic Records Division there.
"That's where people will come in for criminal reports, traffic reports or if they need to purchase a motor vehicle inspection sticker," Maj. Gary Tincher, the State Police's chief of staff services, said last March.
The divisions are currently housed next door in the main state police headquarters building.
"The big reason for moving information services is, our forensic lab is housed in the state headquarters building," Tincher said. "We've been in growing pains for many years. By moving the sections out to the new renovation, we will be able to expand the forensic lab space, which benefits the entire state."
In March, Tincher declined to put a price tag on the project but said the money is already in the State Police budget.
The winning bidder must pay prevailing wages.
Under the state's terms, the winning bidder will have 365 days to complete the project from the day the notice to proceed is received.
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