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Rash chosen as construction manager

After considering proposals to complete the courthouse renovations, Washington County Purchasing Agent Willie Shrewsbury has decided to request a formal contract from Hiram Rash, one of the owners of GoinsRashCain, Inc. Construction Services and its affiliate company CainRashWest Architects, both located in Kingsport.
Shrewsbury called a meeting last week with Rash, Mayor Dan Eldridge and County-Owned Property Committee Chair Phyllis Corso to discuss how Rash will be involved in the project.
“Hiram will be in on the front end more than anything,” Shrewsbury told members of the County-Owned Property Committee during their Dec. 5 meeting.
According to Shrewsbury, Rash will hold a meeting with all vendors to determine the status and cost of work to complete the second-floor renovations. Following his determination of a guaranteed maximum price, Rash will turn the construction management over to a GRC superintendent.
Rash, and more so his superintendent, will serve as the construction manager.
Shrewsbury will be the designated project manager. In this role, he will be the contact person for vendors and ensure the work is running smoothly
Priority will be given to renovations in the former Election Commission offices on the second floor, Shrewsbury said, to ready this location for the move of the mayor’s offices and bookkeeping.
“Even if we are able to set up a temporary arrangement at first, it will allow us to clear out this building,” he said, referring to the county office building which has been designated as the site for the Washington County Archive.
With work expected to be completed within six to eight weeks, Shrewsbury said they have set a goal of having the February 2014 county commission meeting in the renovated courtroom.