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Va. contractor wins bid to build Morgan County Courthouse

August 02, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - Milestone Construction Services Inc. of Sterling, Va., was chosen Friday by the Morgan County Commission to construct the new Morgan County Courthouse.

"This is a good day in Morgan County," commission President Glen R. Stotler said.

The commission unanimously approved Milestone's bid of $10,448,000, which was the lowest of the eight bids received for the project.

"This is just what we wanted," Morgan County Administrator Bill Clark said.

Clark said the estimated cost for construction is $11.8 million.

The contract is contingent on the architect's determination that everything is in order, Stotler said. A letter of intent will be given to the construction company after architect Tom Potts of Silling Associates meets Monday with Milestone.

"I'm happy for the county," Potts said. "We need to get started."

Waynesboro (Pa.) Construction presented the second lowest bid of $10,715,239, and Deklewa Construction Services of the Pittsburgh area had the third lowest bid at $11,466,000, Potts said.

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At Friday's meeting, a stone base was chosen for the three-story, 45,000-square-foot courthouse. The cost is an additional $100,000, but Stotler said since the bids were lower, he felt it was justified. The total courthouse cost is estimated at $13.5 million.

Potts said he hopes to break ground for the courthouse construction Sept. 1. It will take 18 months to complete.

"I'm excited to see the healing begin with the start of the construction of the new courthouse," said Del. Daryl E. Cowles, R-Morgan.

The Morgan County Courthouse and office buildings were destroyed by fire in August 2006. County government officials have been working in trailers in the old courthouse parking lot since the fire.

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