Salvation Army selects construction company

Published 8:45 pm Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Suffolk Salvation Army has selected a construction company to build its new physical health and education building.

The 22,400-square-foot building will be constructed by CPG Construction, which submitted the winning bid at $1.2 million.

“I am pleased that a company with Suffolk ties was selected, and it was a goal from the beginning that, if we were raising money in Suffolk and creating a few jobs, it should be built in Suffolk with someone from Suffolk,” said Robert Harrell, chairman of the capital campaign.

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The total cost of the building is expected to be about $1.8 million. Art-Ray Engineering did the site engineering, and the site work contract was awarded to Site Work South of Suffolk.

The facility is expected to be completed this winter.

“The community will have a physical health and education building that we can be proud of and a tribute to the quality work of the great companies we have in Suffolk that can help to develop and build a facility like this,” said Jay Butler, advisory board construction chairman.

The facility is being developed to incorporate as many environmentally friendly materials and practices as possible, Harrell added.

“This facility will allow the Salvation Army to expand many programs that we have frankly just run out of space for,” said Maj. Cal Clatterbuck, Suffolk corps officer. “We have several programs that we have piloted that will be run in the building.”

Among those programs are after-school tutoring and nutrition, senior computer training, senior lifestyle and health programs and others. There will be basketball and volleyball courts, as well as other health equipment. Toys for Tots and food basket distributions also will be run out of the facility, and it will be able to serve as an emergency shelter, Harrell added.