Job-hunters will find easier access and county commissioners will get more elbow room after a half-million-dollar renovation of a Columbia County government building.
Commissioners on Tuesday accepted the $535,030 bid from S.D. Clifton Construction Inc. of Evans for renovation of Building B, in the Evans Government Center.
“Hometown contractor, hometown business, hometown office,” said District 3 Commissioner Charles Allen after commissioners unanimously approved the Clifton’s bid.
Clifton recently completed renovations on the Building C in the Government Center, turning the former Health Department clinic into combined offices for the county’s Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The exterior of the building won’t change, but the inside will be gutted, said Construction and Maintenance Division Director Matt Schlachter.
“This is a complete renovation,” he said. “That building is 20 years old.”
The county’s currently cramped Human Relations department will have more room on the first floor of the building. “It allows them to move downstairs, spread out and give better access to the public,” Schlachter said.
Upstairs, the four district commissioners for the first time will each get their own office instead of sharing a single room, and commissioners also will have a larger conference room.
The project could begin “within a month,” Schlachter said, but might take a while because the building will be occupied during the renovations.
Funding for the renovations comes from the county’s sales tax.