CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Department of Administration today will open bids to repair a damaged 85-foot section of the Capitol roof.
Meanwhile, state officials are also seeking interest from firms in designing a new roof for the entire building.
The state General Services Division issued two separate solicitations for work at the Capitol in the past month.
The first asked contractors for bids on a project to repair an 85-by-20-foot section of the Capitol roof. The section is located on the south side of the main Capitol building, on the end housing offices of the House of Delegates.
The damaged roof section is in the area above the House Judiciary Committee room and offices of the House Clerk.
Once the bid is awarded, the winning contractor will have 15 days to finish the work.
Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said the quick turnaround is an attempt to prevent water damage inside the Capitol building.
"There is a small section of the roof which has been leaking," Holley-Brown said. "This needs to be repaired as soon as possible to avoid any additional damages."
Seven different roofing firms from West Virginia and Ohio attended a mandatory pre-bid meeting regarding the project.
Once the section is repaired, the General Services Division will begin the process of installing a new roof on the entire Capitol building.