Government Center construction continues despite rain

  • Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 12:07 a.m.
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON
The new County Government Center in May lit up at night.
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON The new County Government Center in May lit up at night.

The new Aiken County Government Center on University Parkway seems to look a little different each day as crews work feverishly to meet their February target date.

The rainy weather has possibly pushed the construction schedule back a few weeks, but County Administrator Clay Killian said the contractor is aiming for substantial completion in February or early March.

“We're excited,” Killian said. “It's moving right along.”

Killian said crews are a little more than 50 percent done with the new, 133,000-square-foot facility designed by the architectural firm of McMillan Pazdan Smith, which is based in Greenville.

The brick work has been started on the facade of the building, and Sheetrock is going in, Killian said. They expect a furniture bid to take place some time this month. A natural color scheme has been chosen for the walls and carpets, Killian added.

The real challenge will be moving into the new building. Killian said they're planning a staged move over three to four weekends. More than 200 employees and several departments will be locating in the new facility.

The biggest and most daunting task will be tackled by the Information Technology department that will have to ensure that computers and servers are in working order. The County's tech team will be working between the old and new facilities for several weeks until everyone is moved.

Once the move is complete, staff will take a few days to familiarize themselves with the new facility so they can easily direct residents around the Government Center, Killian said.

Residents can watch the progression of the County Government Center by visiting www.aikencountysc.gov. A web cam and photos of the building in different stages of construction can be found through a link on the County's home page.

Amy Banton is the city beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College.

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