By Michael Campbell – News Editor
Dinwiddie supervisors have given the green light to a new multi-million-dollar government complex that will transform the look of the current home to county offices.
During a special meeting last Tuesday, county leaders approved entering into a $24 million contract with Virginia Beach-based real estate developer Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. and their construction division, allowing construction of a pair of new buildings to be built in the heart of Dinwiddie.
According to documents detailing the scope of the project, AHP Construction, LLC. will build Dinwiddie’s new county administration and human services building, a new public safety building and renovate the current facility.
The selection of the builder of the new facilities marks the next step in what has been a project years in the making.
Documents from the county’s request for proposals show between 2012 and 2014, Dinwiddie officials worked Baxter Bailey and Associates in creating a master plan and conducting a space needs analysis.
Through that research, it was determined that the new county administration building would be two stories tall, containing over 54,000-square feet within its walls, while the new county public safety building would be 23,000-square feet.
The new county administration building would serve as the state-of-the-art home of social services, Dinwiddie’s health department, the board of supervisor’s boardroom, children’s services, a training room along with “building support and storage spaces” on the first floor.
Offices for county administration, human resources, finance, the county attorney, economic development, planning and zoning, the commissioner of revenue, treasurer would be located on the second floor, along with access to the geographic information system, or GIS, conference rooms and building support spaces.
The new public safety building would house fire, emergency services, law enforcement, communications and dispatch, along with emergency management and the county’s operations center.
Along with the construction of two new county buildings, Dinwiddie officials have allocated funds to renovate the current Pamplin Administration, which was built in 1975, and the Public Safety buildings to “allow the Dinwiddie County Public School Board to centralize their operations and accommodate space for the Department of Information Technology.”
According to documents from AHP Construction, an allowance of $300,000 has been earmarked for renovations to the Pamplin building, focused on “cosmetic renovation work, anticipated to include flooring ceilings, paint, cabinets and water piping.”
IT building renovations will cover a similar scope of work except water piping work but has a smaller allowance, coming it at $50,000.
The county’s RFP notes that the project will be financed through the sale of bonds, working with the Virginia Resources Authority. According to the authority’s website, they provide “revolving fund loans to localities at below-market interest rates and to issue bonds backed by the moral obligation of the Commonwealth,” along with “extensive experience and expertise in a variety of financings and provides ongoing assistance to localities in connection with their public projects.”
The Dinwiddie Airport and Industrial Authority has worked with the VRA in the past. The authority’s website notes Dinwiddie County Airport was among three in the region who benefited from the sale of over $33 million in Virginia Airports Revolving Fund bonds to “refund the existing Series 2001A and B VARF bonds.”
Additionally, other localities, including Buckingham, Hanover, and Shenandoah counties have utilized VRA bonds for project financing of local government buildings.
According to county documents, “the total number of days for the entire project” is just under 940 days, or just over two-and-a-half years.
When broken down further, the date for “substantial completion” of the administration building, with the assumption of a Nov. 1, 2016 start date, would be late December of 2018, with a substantial completion date for the new public safety building scheduled for July of the same year.
As stipulated in the county’s request for proposals, renovations to the Pamplin building and IT building would be withheld until the construction and occupancy of the new buildings are achieved.
Renovations to the old public safety building and Pamplin building are tentatively scheduled for an Oct. of 2018 and May of 2019 completion, respectively.
During their meeting Tuesday, as part of the massive county project, supervisors selected Yorktown-based Davidson Brown, Inc. to serve as the construction project’s manager at a cost “not to exceed $300,792.”
The role of the contractor will be to “represent the county’s interests on-site and will primarily monitor workmanship and compliance with the construction contract documents.”
Funding for Davidson Brown, which has worked on “a number of governmental construction projects” will come from Virginia Resources Authority VRA 2016B bond proceeds, the county confirmed.
Going forward, the board of supervisors will approve bond requisitions for invoices related to the project during their monthly meetings, before being submitted to VRA for payment.
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