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More bids go out for Dunn Building in Martinsburg

February 16, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commissioners announced Thursday that they soon will seek bids for more work that needs to be done on the Dunn Building, bringing them one step closer to moving county offices into the former outlet store complex.

Bids for HVAC work will be solicited starting Feb. 19 and will be opened on March 11.

Bids for general construction and electrical work will go out March 17 and will be opened on April 8.

Bidding the work out separately helps keep costs down, Commissioner Howard Strauss said.

After all of the work is finished - the expected completion date is Sept. 1 - county offices will be moved one by one to the building. The Dunn Building, on Raleigh Street, will bring nearly all of the county offices under one roof. Offices now are spread out through several downtown buildings.

The first phase of moving offices will consist of relocating planning, engineering and administrative offices, while phase two will include moving health department offices and opening a courtroom.

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The third and final phase will involve moving the county's Ambulance Authority and Fire Board offices, the assessor's office and the sheriff's tax office.

Many of the offices probably will be able to be moved over a weekend. All should be open by the end of the year, Strauss said.

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