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Huntington federal building gets $50 million redo

Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch US Army Corps of Engineers building in Huntington
Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch
US Army Corps of Engineers building in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington Federal Building, home of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District, is nearing the end of its multi-year renovation.

The nearly $50 million project, which altered downtown traffic lanes and displaced many of the more than 400 District employees who work there, has completely upgraded the building from the inside out, said Col. Leon Parrott, District commander.

“We partnered with the General Services Administration, which owns the building, to renovate,” Parrott said. “We worked to make it more energy efficient, to make it a better workspace for our employees and bring it up to code. I mean, the building was built in the ’60s — times change.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided $20 million in funding to have GSA perform interior renovations, including mandatory security upgrades, more efficient floor layouts and new systems furniture, said Gina Gilliam, GSA regional public affairs and communications manager.

The project utilized $28 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide sustainable building upgrades, improve facility efficiency and generate a healthier environment for district employees, Gilliam said. She said the GSA is targeting at least a 20 percent savings in energy costs…

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