CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The goal is to reopen Building 3 at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston later this summer.
“We hope to have all of the agency tenants in place by August,” said Diane Holley-Brown, spokesperson for the state Department of Administration.
In all, the building will house more than 500 employees from the Department of Commerce, the Division of Tourism, Workforce West Virginia, the Office of Economic Opportunity, Division of Labor, the state Development Office and the Division of Personnel.
The University of Charleston’s Laidley Field lot will be used as an overflow parking lot to employees working for those agencies.
“We’re now going to be having them in a state-owned building on campus, so we’re going to have a lot more people on campus. That’s for sure,” Holley-Brown said.
Crews with Paramount Builders, the contractor working on the project, are finishing the final tasks.
“The floor plan of the newly renovated building is very open,” Holley-Brown said. “There are more partitions rather than closed office spaces, but we have the furniture that is being installed and once that furniture is in place, the wiring will be completed.”
The project has been 10 years in the making. The initial proposal for the building were presented in 2007.
The Division of Labor moved in June 16. The Department of Commerce will move in July 7-9. The Division of Personnel moves in Aug. 1. Tourism and Workforce West Virginia will settle in after that.