The North Sound Administration Building — which is to be rededicated in honour of John E. George — is scheduled to be handed over today Tuesday, February 9 on Virgin Gorda.
A media release from the Office of the Deputy Governor said the ceremony will witness the building being handed over from the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA) to the Deputy Governor, David Archer, Jr.
The Deputy Governor said the building which was destroyed by the 2017 hurricanes, represents the standard of public buildings the government aims to reconstruct during the recovery process.
He said: “I am pleased that we were able to improve this structure so that as it re-opens, it is ready to be of better and more efficient service to the North Sound Community …This building is the modern, safe and resilient type of workspace that we would like to see all public officers housed in.”
RDA’s Director of the Programme Strategy Department, Neil Smith spoke to the importance of the building, which is the first building project executed under the territory’s Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Loan (RRL).
“The project highlights the sound relationship between the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of the Virgin Islands and the role of the Recovery and Development Agency in maintaining and progressing this partnership,” Smith stated.
Some of the works executed on the two-story building included “a rework of the internal layout to incorporate a public reception area and postal sorting facilities on the ground floor”.
The remedial works consisted of “the removal and replacement of exterior doors and windows, the supply of a new water pump, the refurbishment of bathrooms and kitchenette, and repair works to the roof.”
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