North Carolina to spend $90m on fixing state buildings

One of Governor Pat McCrory's earliest pledges was to make repairs
October 8, 2013 5:51:36 PM PDT
One of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's earliest pledges was to fix state buildings that have long been ignored. We now know which buildings could get upgraded first under his new $90 million plan for renovation.

The figure is less than one fifth of what state agencies said they wanted and needed. The governor's budget office is giving what it considers the most pressing projects the first bite of the apple. They include:

  • A water pump at the new education building
  • An electric switchboard at the Archale building.
  • New windows at the state capitol.
  • A new roofing system at the Museum of Natural Science.

The individual costs range from the tens of thousands of dollars into the millions.

At the Shore Building on Jones Street, there are the 1.2 million dollars in renovations recommended. Engineers say the air handler is 50 years old and it was designed to last 20.

In buildings across the state, they're doing asbestos remediation as well as replacing heating and cooling units.

Other big ticket items on the administration's wish list?

  • Work on the justice building - 3/4 of a million dollars.
  • Structural repairs on the parking deck under Halifax Mall - 1.6 million.
  • A new roof on the Department of Administration - 1.9 million.

While some things on the list are in danger of imminent failure, other things are geared toward preventing problems, like the renovation of the bathrooms at the Executive Mansion.

$230,000 will go for new tile floors, new counter tops, and new fixtures. We're told those bathrooms haven't been renovated since Jim Holzhouser was governor back in the 70s.

Only about 20 percent of the $90 million will go to administration buildings in Raleigh, the rest will be spread around the state.

2013-14 Repair and Renovation Reserve Recommended Project List.

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