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N.C. National Guard headquarters $20M under budget

Posted August 25, 2010

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— Construction on the new headquarters for the North Carolina National Guard is ahead of schedule and about $20 million under budget, officials said Wednesday.

Initial cost estimates for the 237,000-square-foot building off District Drive in west Raleigh were $56 million, but Maj. Gen. William Ingram said the project will be completed at a cost of about $36 million.

The building is also about two months ahead of schedule, and Ingram said construction should be finished by April 2011, allowing the National Guard to move in by next summer.

"This particular project hit right at the low point of the economy. We were able to get construction bidding done right at the right time when construction companies were hungry for work," he said.

N.C. National Guard headquarters Construction of Guard headquarters employed thousands

In addition to the National Guard, the building will house the state Division of Emergency Management and communications offices for the State Highway Patrol and the Department of Transportation.

The state received about $41.5 million in federal economic stimulus money for the project, and officials set aside $14.5 million from the state General Fund and Highway Trust Fund.

The state will wind up spending about $10 million on the project, and the rest of the savings will return to the federal government, officials said.

The headquarters building was on the drawing board to be completed in 2012, but the availability of the stimulus money for such as "shovel-ready" project accelerated the timetable.

Fourth District Congressman David Price, who toured the building Wednesday morning to check on the progress of construction, said the National Guard building represented the success of the stimulus effort. About 3,500 construction jobs were either saved or created because of the project, he said.

Officials had previously estimated the project would affect 4,200 jobs.

Ingram said the new headquarters would replace a 40-year-old facility that now houses some National Guard operations and the temporary trailers that are home to other offices.

Once the new headquarters opens, the National Guard will continue to use its current facility. Officials said the transition of the National Guard from a strategic reserve to an operational reserve requires more facilities to meet the increased demands.

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  • sicsempertyrannis Aug 25, 2010

    I'm glad to see the only place we are not spending billions and trillions is on the safety of our great country!

  • input Aug 25, 2010

    It is not over yet. Check back in April 2011, the now scheduled completion date, and see if it still under budget.

  • cam7002 Aug 25, 2010

    And the right-wingers just cannot be satisfied! Wah, wah, waaaahhhhh! Please, right-wingers, just quit blaming socialists and Bev Perdue for the cancer in your gut borne of bitterness and fed with bile. You should be happy about this military spending on credit. That's how the redneck messiah, GW Bush, decided to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that he started. I thought you all loved spending gobs of money on wars and "defense" spending?

  • cad Aug 25, 2010

    I work in the construction industry. Work is being bid at cost to just keep people at work although most labor is illegal workers. Where 3 or 4 contractors would bid a project now 30 or more are bidding. Once the project is bid then the 20 million is spent on another project within the department.

  • R_U_breakdance fighting Aug 25, 2010

    Thhhbbbpppttt - I totally agree!

  • Thhhbbbppppttt..... Aug 25, 2010

    Wow, there's a lot of paranoia out there. How about this perspective; The job was budgeted before the construction market crashed, & the project was rebid multiple times. With the subcontractors fighting each other to survive, the job was done basically at cost to keep the crews busy. That's how you come in 20 million under budget. The scary flip side is that this is probably going to be the new baseline budget. And in 4-5 years, the budgets will be woefully inadequate.

  • superman Aug 25, 2010

    Perhaps the cost of the building was over estimated. about 30% under is hard to imagine. They use slave labor? Inferior materials? Something just dont jell.

  • chevybelair57sd Aug 25, 2010

    here we go again, financing pet projects with highway trust funds while crying about needing toll roads to pay for highway projects. this state government is like a teenager with a credit card and no adult supervision. When will the voters in this state wake up???

  • IBleedRedandWhite Aug 25, 2010

    "Fourth District Congressman David Price, who toured the building Wednesday morning to check on the progress of construction, said the National Guard building represented the success of the stimulus effort. About 3,500 construction jobs were either saved or created because of the project, he said"

    Most of these are temporary jobs that will be terminated at the conclusion of this project if their companies' do not have enough work to keep them employed. That means that once this job is done, ahead of schedule, they will be let go and back in the unemployment statistics category.

  • Tugboat-1 Aug 25, 2010

    20M savings on a 56M project is extraordinary. Even in this market a private business does not get these rates. Government rates are much higher due to statues. I smell a rat in the cheese. If you see it any other way, you are in complete denial of the obvious. I am getting projects completed 20/25% cheaper than 2/3 years ago & I am THE MAN to my employer.

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