Harman employee and Veteran, Nancy Bowers, shares her thoughts on Veterans Day.
The hangar door frames are being installed at the Signature Aviation project at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport. Project completion is scheduled for early December.
VIC BRADSHAW Daily News-Record
A building permit application filed with Rockingham County on Oct. 13 indicates Harman Construction is to be paid that amount to put up a three-story steel, pre-engineered building and a one-story steel, pre-engineered garage at 70 Oakwood Drive. The co-op paid $735,000 for 18 acres just off South Valley Pike in April.Michael Hastings, SVEC‘s president and CEO, said site work began at the location on Oct. 9, and the project is slated for completion in the spring of 2018.The new building will consolidate operations at two SVEC locations — its headquarters on Dinkel Avenue in Mount Crawford and a customer service, warehouse, vehicle maintenance and field operations office on West Mosby Road on Dayton’s eastern edge. Those structures have about 65,000 square feet under roof.Hastings said the new building will be about 90,000 square feet and features drive-through lanes and service kiosks at which co-op members can make payments. It also will have a meeting room; the headquarters built for co-op use in 1991 doesn’t, and large meetings must be held off-site.The electric cooperative’s 2010 acquisition of part of Allegheny Power’s Virginia territory made the need for new offices inevitable, he said. The co-op more than doubled in size, extra staff had to be hired to take care of new members, and expansion at the current site wasn’t an option because land wasn’t available.”We’ve got people in closets, we doubled-up offices, and we modified the meeting rooms we had for cubicles,” Hastings said. “We’ve exceeded our capacity here at the headquarters office.”Right-Sized GarageHastings declined to divulge the total amount SVEC is expected to spend on the construction of and move to the new headquarters because bidding on some aspects of the project is ongoing.Part of the cost, however, will be offset by the sale of its current headquarters to Blue Ridge Christian School for $3.4 million. The Dayton office to be closed, which has several buildings on 8.1 acres, is on the market for $1.75 million.Because of the traffic SVEC‘s move will bring to the area, Hastings said it will pay to have a right-turn lane installed off southbound South Valley Pike onto Oakwood and a stoplight installed at the South Valley Pike-Cecil Wampler Road intersection.The move to a new facility is being made now to take advantage of historically low interest rates and a somewhat sluggish construction market, said Hastings. SVEC‘s board of directors spent two years weighing options before unanimously deciding a new office was best, and they are in financial position to take on the debt.The building is being constructed with space for new staff members and can accommodate an expansion, Hastings said, though no major growth is anticipated. It also will allow greater privacy for members to meet with co-op staff and improve member services.The new garage will house trucks too large to fit inside existing buildings in Dayton.Said Hastings: “We’ll be able to take better care of the equipment we have.”Contact Vic Bradshaw at 574-6279 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOLAN STOUT Daily News-Record
PUBLICATION: Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA)
The Board of Supervisors approved several proposals Wednesday for the first phase of construction at the park, which will be on 64 acres east of Harrisonburg off U.S. 33.Supervisors Pablo Cuevas, Michael Breeden, Bill Kyger, Rick Chandler and Fred Eberly voted to approve the proposals.Discussion of the first phase heated up after Mount Crawford-based Partners Excavating submitted an unsolicited proposal in August for the remaining earth work at the park.No one responded when the county sought competing bids through the end of September.The park is expected to cost $22 million and have four multiuse fields, two baseball and two softball fields, three playgrounds, four open-air shelters, a splash pad, amphitheater, walking trails and an indoor recreation center.The $2.2 million Partners proposal approved Wednesday was one of several bids submitted for the first phase of construction, which includes the multiuse fields, baseball and softball fields, underground electric and all earth and road work.The county also awarded a $688,000 contract for Harman Construction Inc. of Harrisonburg for two buildings — a press box with bathrooms and concession stands for the baseball fields and a separate building with bathrooms for the multiuse fields.Broadway-based Trumbo Electric was awarded a $570,500 contract for the electric work.Musco Sports Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa, was awarded a $410,000 contract for the light posts. Not all of the posts for the park will be constructed until the entire park is built.Premier Field Development of Snohomish, Wash., was awarded a $338,000 contract for the fields.Weaver Irrigation + Landscapes of Harrisonburg was awarded a $139,000 contract for irrigation work.The county hopes to finish phase one by the end of 2017. Work could start early next year. It’s unclear when the entire project would be finished because the remaining elements will be constructed as funding is available.The county also set aside $1 million for relocating gravesites found at the park, rock excavation and sanitary sewer installation.Work was halted in 2015 when crews found four headstones near an old fence at the center of the park. An archaeological crew was called in and identified 38 possible grave sites after removing a foot of topsoil where the markers were found and in two other areas that could contain graves, based on historical records and statements from residents.On Monday, County Attorney Tom Miller said, a Rockingham County Circuit Court judge approved exhuming any remains found at the site. The county plans to create a memorial at the location.