DAVIE COUNTY, NC—Davie County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Government Center at 182 Farmington Road on February 15, 2021. The project involved the renovation of a former furniture showroom-warehouse for government offices.
“The new Government Center is a tremendous example of a successful public-private partnership. The building was well renovated, was delivered in a short amount of time and will serve Davie County for many years to come," said Terry Renegar, Chairman of the Davie County Board of Commissioners.
The Government Center project was identified in the Davie County Space Needs Study and will house both the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department and the Sheriff’s Office. At the time of the Space Needs Study in January 2018, the estimate to build a Law Enforcement Center was $11.3 million, and the building cost estimate for an HHS Building was $18.7 million.
“If taken on individually as new construction, it would have taken an estimated 8-10 years to finalize two new construction projects. Since construction prices have been increasing every year, the total cost of both projects was estimated to cost over $45 million," reports Robin West, Assistant County Manager and Chief Financial Officer.
BRJ Properties owns the former furniture showroom-warehouse and approached Davie County about leasing the property to house the Sheriff’s Office and HHS Department. Davie County agreed it was an option worthy of consideration. Fuller Architecture was selected as the project architect in early summer of 2019. The construction planning process for Construction-Manager-At-Risk began in August 2019. Value engineering changes were made to the project, and the project was re-advertised for Single Prime bids in January 2020.
In March 2020, a 20-year property lease (with two 5-year renewals) was finalized with the property owners, BRJ Properties, LLC – Bill Junker, Rocky Johnson and Joe Harris. Shelco LLC was selected as Davie County’s Single Prime contractor, with a signed contract in March 2020.
“By entering into this long-term lease with the related renovations, we were able to save the taxpayers of Davie County between $13 million and $31 million," stated Mrs. West.
Terry Renegar added, “Davie County is extremely appreciative of the cooperative relationship we have enjoyed with the owners of the property, BRJ Properties. They have been great partners. Davie County is blessed to have community-minded businessmen like Bill Junker, Rocky Johnson and Joe Harris.”
The Government Center facility is conveniently located off of Interstate 40. The building totals approximately 68,000 square feet and is broken down as follows:
- Health and Human Services portion is 35,200 square feet
- Davie County Sheriff’s Office is 30,000 square feet
- The Shared Training space is 3,000 square feet
The HHS Department includes the following functions: Health, Environmental Health, Child Support, Adult Services, Child Welfare, Economic Services, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), HHS Business Operations, Billing and Employee Health.
Social Services is scheduled to begin operating in the new facility on March 1st. Davie County Health and the Sheriff’s Office will move in the weeks to follow.
Sheriff J. D. Hartman stated, “The new facility will serve to consolidate Sheriff’s Office operations, which are currently in nine different buildings spread over 2.5 miles, to being under one roof. This change will increase operating efficiencies and reduce overall daily cost, improving our services to the citizens of Davie County.”
“Space in the new facility will allow for expanded and coordinated service options, provide additional security features and showcase a design with public safety and emergency (pandemic) preparedness and response in mind. Thanks to the support of all parties mentioned, we were able to develop a space that will serve the needs of staff and residents for many years to come," added HSS Director Suzanne Wright.