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Greene Construction has taken over the AppalCART building project on the N.C. 105 Bypass and hopes to complete the contract by May 31, owner Skip Greene said. Kellen Moore | Watauga Democrat.

Originally published: 2013-03-01 10:13:03
Last modified: 2013-03-01 10:13:03

AppalCART facility gets new contractor

The new AppalCART headquarters on the N.C. 105 Bypass is finally nearing completion under a new contractor.

Effective Dec. 12, 2012, Greene Construction of Boone took over the project for the bonding company, which stepped in when McCarroll Construction of Arden failed to fulfill the agreement.

Now, crews are checking off the remaining chores in hopes of opening the building this summer.

"We've been antsy for three years, so people have resigned themselves to being patient," said AppalCART Director Chris Turner. "But we have more hope than we've had in many months."

Construction on the new building started in June 2009, but stalled several times as McCarroll Construction encountered financial difficulties. In August 2012, the contract was terminated and the project was turned over to the bonding company, which selected Greene Construction to finish the work, Turner said.

Greene Construction immediately worked to supply heat to the powerless building, renew the construction permit and determine what needed to be finished, said owner Skip Greene.

Part of the difficulty in taking over an in-progress job is making sure previous subcontracts were honored and work completed, he said.

"Anytime a building just sits, there's nothing good can happen," Greene said, adding that crews also repaired a little sheetrock damage and cosmetic issues.

Greene said he hopes to complete the building itself, including heating, the solar panel system and bus wash, in about three weeks.

Workers then will focus on the grading, paving and landscaping, which he hopes will be completed by April 15, he said.

Footers should be poured in the next few weeks for a covered bus parking area to the right of the building, Greene added.

The total amount left on the contract is roughly half a million dollars, he said.

"Our target date is May 31 to have everything completed and be gone from there," Greene said.

When complete, the sophisticated, roughly $5.6 million building will include a solar panel heating system and rainwater collection system for flushing.

Turner said even those who don't visit the facility will notice one key change: a cleaner fleet.

"That'll be the big difference people might notice: 'Oh, those buses don't look like they work in a coal mine anymore,'" he said.

Turner said he believes the building will be a nice addition to the community.

"We are hopeful that things will proceed on schedule this time and we'll be moving in sometime in May," he said.