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Bids opened for renovation of former medical examiner's building

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Oval Construction Management of Charleston submitted the apparent low bid to renovate the old Medical Examiner's building in South Charleston.

Oval bid $4,469,000. According to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's online business database, James Carney Jr. of Dunbar organized Oval Construction Management in 2004.

A total of eight bids were opened on Tuesday.

The other bids: MIRC Construction Services, Hurricane, $4,638,000; G&G Builders, Scott Depot, $4,697,400; BBL Carlton, Charleston, $4,730,000; N-Powell Co. Inc., Weirton, $4,877,000; Danhill Construction Co., Gauley Bridge, $4,921,000; Wiseman Construction Co. Inc., Charleston, $4,973,000; and City Construction Co. Inc., Clarksburg, $5,176,402.

The former state Medical Examiner's Office building is next to State Police headquarters on Jefferson Road in South Charleston. Renovation of the building has been in the works for some time.

In January 2012, 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. The divisions are currently housed next door in the main state police headquarters building.

Bids originally were scheduled to be opened on Jan. 22 but the opening was delayed several times.

After the state Purchasing Division determines the winning bid, a contract will be awarded. The contract will become effective upon the vendor's receipt of a notice to proceed and must be completed within 365 days.

All of the bids are posted online at

Contact writer George Hohmann at or 304-348-4836.



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