EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBUILDING RENOVATIONS
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Federal Building Undergoing Major Renovations
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Feb. 23, 2012 5:31 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 24, 2012 9:50 AM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Major renovations are going on at the Huntington Federal building, which houses about 500 employees from the district office of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Congressman Nick J. Rahall toured the facility Thursday morning. "What I saw was quite impressive," he says.
The work inside will make the building more secure, more energy efficient and a greener way of running the agency.
Congressman Rahall says, "This is a very important district office at the Corps, and I think the community is strongly behind keeping the Corps here at this location. That's been expressed a number of times over the past, and I'm happy to see that the renovation is progressing on schedule and in a rather smooth fashion."
The biggest downfall- major traffic changes in one of Huntington's busiest intersections.
Rebecca Donchatz says, "It's kind of frustrating but if it improves the city of Huntington we can deal with it."
The bad news is the changes will last for three years! During that time they will gut and rebuild the seven floors of the building, install rooftop solar panels, put in new windows, and finally, give the outside a facelift. Rahall says, "It's going to be very advanced as far as security that will be involved and as far as more efficient methods of running the building and the mechanization that will be involved."
The good news in the end that it should save taxpayers money.
Jama Foy says, "I reckon we've gotta protect our federal building, don't we?"
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