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Plans unveiled for former outlet building

June 07, 2002|by SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Only 28 days after the $3.8 million sale of the Blue Ridge Outlets to the Berkeley County Building Commission was finalized, preliminary construction plans for one of the three buildings is ready for approval by the Berkeley County Commission.

Richard Ladson of the engineering firm DMJM of Arlington, Va., showed the commission on Thursday the preliminary plans for the Dunn Building, which will be used by the Shepherd Community and Technical College and may also house some county offices.

The college is now in the Berkeley Building. The county may use the Berkeley Building to house the judicial center complex, but no final decision has been made on where the judicial center will be located, Commission President Howard Strauss said.

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He said the commission may approve the plans at its next commission meeting.

Ladson said the plans include 15 classrooms, 28 administration offices with six to 10 open office areas, a central server room and four conference rooms.

After approval of the preliminary plans, DMJM will move into the design and development phase and then develop the construction documents to be used by the contractor, Ladson said.

Once the construction documents are put together, the project will go out to bid, he said.

"We're going as fast as we can," Ladson said.

He said construction should begin by September, with the majority of work to be completed by December.

Lighting fixtures and the relocation of the rooftop unit used to circulate fresh air has to be moved from the Berkeley Building to the Dunn Building, Ladson said.

That portion of the project will be done while students are on Christmas break, he said.

Officials hope the college will relocate before school resumes for the spring semester in January.

The county plans to spend about $400,000 renovating the space for the college.

The college will lease the space from the county for $150,000 a year.

DMJM will conduct a laser survey this summer on the Berkeley Building that will give the firm accurate and precise plans on the layout of the building so planning for future construction and demolition can begin, Ladson said.

"We've made a commitment ... of May 2005 (for total completion of all projects)," Strauss said. "We're opening the doors. The only way we can do this is by fast-tracking this project."

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