- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Scheduled renovations this May will send 200 state employees from Douglas into Juneau as the Douglas Island building is gutted and remodeled.

The $18 million project will take 15 months to complete as workers renovate the building that houses the departments of Fish and Game and Corrections, KTOO reported (https://bit.ly/1byDa9i ).

The work is scheduled to begin May 1. The building was built in 1961 and has not seen a major renovation since then.

The state is searching Juneau for 20,000 square feet of office space with 56 parking spaces for the state employees during the renovation period.

“The project is going to include new curtain walls, HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical, windows, drainage, roof, carpeting, paint. It’s basically going to be a new building when it’s done, said Tom Mayer, director of the state Division of General Services.

Funds for the project already have been appropriated.

In 2010, Juneau’s legislative delegation secured $2 million for planning and design of a new State Office Building to house about 500 employees. A year later, the Parnell administration shifted course and decided to renovate the existing building in Douglas instead.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, https://www.ktoo.org

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