Work Set to Begin on Restoration of Government House and The Battery

Government House St. Thomas (Photo from freephotooftheday.com)
Government House St. Thomas (Photo from freephotooftheday.com)

The Virgin Islands Government has finalized contracts to begin the restoration of Government House on St. Thomas and The Battery on St. John. Work is scheduled to begin Feb. 14 and will entail refurbishing the floors, painting and restoring walls and ceilings, and fixing plumbing and landscaping.

Both buildings were destroyed by hurricanes Irma and Maria and require extensive cleaning and restoration.

Benton Construction LLC, a locally owned company founded in 2006, was awarded the contract for Government House with a bid of $3,678,075. The estimated construction time is 365 calendar days.

Among the projects J. Benton has done are the Government Employees Retirement System building on St. Croix, various construction jobs at King and Rohlsen airports, the Virgin Islands Police Department’s K-9 Operations Center, the Captain Morgan Visitors Center, and the Diageo Administration Building.

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The contract for restoration of The Battery was awarded to Custom Builders, which submitted a bid of $1,131,538. The estimated construction time is 210 calendar days. Custom Builders has been operating in the Virgin Islands since 1986; it was the contractor that got King Airport on St. Thomas reopened nine days after Hurricane Maria.

Other projects Custom Builders have done are the Enighed Pond commercial port, building the Westin swimming pool, and renovations to Caneel Bay. Funding for the restoration of Government House is provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); funding for restoration of The Battery comes through insurance money.

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