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State officials seek bids for Capitol roof projects

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.

Holley-Brown said the division is looking for an architectural and engineering company to design a total roof replacement, including the main building, both wings and the connectors.

Officials had scheduled to begin the roof replacement project in 2013.

The gold-leaf portion of the Capitol dome is not included in that proposal.

Holley-Brown emphasized that officials are only looking for a firm to design a new roof at this time.

"Once the design is prepared, a solicitation, based on that design, will be bid out for the labor and materials," she said.

State law requires the Capitol Building Commission be informed of and approve any projects that could affect the appearance of the Capitol building or grounds.

Holley-Brown said Wednesday officials had yet to formally ask the commission to approve the roof replacement project. But she said the commission will be consulted once architects draw up a design.

"Once a design is prepared, the General Services Division will present that design to the commission for approval," Holley-Brown said.

Architectural and engineering firms interested in the project will need to file a formal expression of interest with the state by Jan. 9.

Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.hunt@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/JaredWV. ;;


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