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$10 million project going up on 280

Published 7:20pm Thursday, June 16, 2011

Construction: ALDOT’s new building is partially built on Highway 280 on the way to Kellyton. | Katie Cole

ALDOT’s new building to be complete in June 2012

Phase 1 of the new office complex project for the 4th Division of the Alabama Department of Transportation, located on Highway 280 in Alexander City, is about a year away from completion.

Construction began in January on the $10 million project and the office portion of it should be finished next June, according to DeJarvis Leonard, an engineer with ALDOT.

“We should be able to move in about this time next year,” Leonard said. “Then we’ll start with Phase 2, which is demolishing the existing facility and building an auditorium.”

ALDOT has 150 employees that work out of the building at one time or another, and their new two-story office building will be approximately 70,000 square feet. The auditorium, Leonard said, will be used for meetings and seminars.

Leonard said the deteriorating conditions of the old building were the main reason for construction of a new one.

“The current building is more than 40 years old and there are some deficiencies with it,” Leonard said. “Some parts no longer meet ADA requirements, there are problems with the heating and cooling, the roof needs to be replaced and there is no elevator.”

Leonard said the company did some analysis and found that adding some space and making upgrades in a newer building was just as efficient cost-wise as renovating the existing building.

“The new one will be bigger, it will meet all ADA requirements, it will have an elevator and will correct some other issues,” Leonard said. “We’re excited and looking forward to moving in a new place.”

Rabren General Contractors out of Auburn is heading the construction.

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