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October 20, 2013

Hampshire courthouse getting face-lift

Project includes replacement of 92-year-old dome

ROMNEY, W.Va. — The state Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority hired Silling Associates, an architectural firm out of Charleston, to visit every courthouse in the state and prioritize maintenance on the structures.

 The eight-item repair list on the Hampshire County Courthouse is estimated at nearly $350,000, not including the $301,940 work on the courthouse dome.

Joe Milleson is vice chair of the Hampshire County Building Commission.

“The No. 1 priority on the architect’s list is to replace the roof parapet flashing, install new downspouts, and repair or replace the existing cornice,” Milleson said.

Milleson said the cost estimated for the project is $175,000. Water damage is showing on areas of the ceiling and walls in the main courthouse room.

Commissioners approved a maximum grant requisition to the authority of $100,000 for the project during a recent county commission meeting.

The 92-year-old dome and cupola upon which it rested atop the courthouse was removed in the spring and shipped to Kentucky to be replicated.

Years of weather mandated the dome be either repaired or replaced.

The county commissioners made the decision to replace the dome. Harbel Construction of Cumberland removed the dome and cupola, which were loaded on flatbed trailers for transport.

The dome section of the structure weighed 3,500 pounds. The cupola weighed 9,000 pounds.

Areas of the dome that designated north, east, south and west will be replaced with clocks, which were part of the original design.

A steel structure now sits on top of a rubber roof to protect the courthouse until the new dome is replaced, which should be within the next few weeks.

Milleson said, “A fire suppression system has been installed to protect vital records in a basement storage area at a cost of $67,293.”

Items included on the Silling list of maintenance projects are miscellaneous exterior repair at a cost of $55,000 and installation of an underground storm system, estimated at $45,000.

Preparation and painting of the interior wooden windows and doors is estimated at $32,000; replacing T-12 lamps, $28,000; and installation of occupancy sensors, $9,000.

There is also a cost of $1,500 per unit to install instantaneous water heaters. The number of heaters was not listed on the Silling recommendation.

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