September 16, 2008
Waynesburg, PA - The state Department of General Services has awarded contracts to construct a new Pennsylvania National Guard readiness center at EverGreene Technology Park in Franklin Township.
Contracts for the 38,000-square-foot, single-story building came to $9,280,427. The general contractor on the project is Nello Construction of Canonsburg, which submitted a bid of $6,444,427.
"Work will start likely this year; we're probably looking at October or November," DGS press secretary Edward Myslewicz said Monday.
Contractors will have 455 calendar days to complete the project, which will mean the building should be ready in early 2010, Myslewicz said.
The new readiness center will replace the Capt. Robert C. Wiley Armory in Waynesburg, which was built in 1914 and, according to National Guard officials, has outlived its usefulness. The armory is home to Company B, 1-110th Infantry.
The new center will include an assembly hall, administrative space, classrooms, locker rooms, a physical fitness room and kitchen space. The site also will have parking areas for military equipment and for private vehicles.
Myslewicz confirmed that DGS plans to have the building certified as an energy-efficient building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program, an initiative guided by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Other contracts awarded for the project went to SSM Industries Inc., $1,237,000 for heating and air conditioning; Flaherty Mechanical Contracting, $524,000 for plumbing; and Allegheny City Electrical Inc., $1,075,000 for electrical work.
The new readiness center will be constructed with the federal government picking up 75 percent of the costs and the state 25 percent. DGS recently purchased the 18.183 acres of land for the new center from Greene County Industrial Development Inc. for $290,000.
Once the new center is completed, the old armory in Waynesburg is expected to be sold, a spokesman for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said earlier.
The building could either be sold to the highest bidder or sold through a direct sale to an interested party based on an appraisal that determines the property's fair market value.
By Bob NiedbalaObserver Reporter Article: Contract Awarded for Armory Project
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