Wednesday evening the Berryville Town Council received word that the Barns of Rose Hill project had moved past the latest speed bump and had received a green light to proceed from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Reading from a document received shortly before the Council meeting, Town Manager Keith Dalton told the council members,”The Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner approved the award of the above referenced contract to H&W Construction of Winchester Virginia on June 23, 2010.”
The notification moves the project past the compliance issue that arose in May of this year. At that time the low bidder that was forwarded to VDOT as the recommended vendor failed to meet requirements regarding a set aside for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). VDOT procurement guidelines for the Barns of Rose Hill project require that four percent of the funds for the project go to DBE. H&W Construction of Winchester believed that they had met the requirement, but when subjected to closer scrutiny, VDOT found their submitted bid failed to meet the requirement. H&W requested a formal hearing on the matter and was able to demonstrate that they made a good-faith effort to comply which proved to be sufficient for the award to proceed.
Based on VDOT’s recommendation the Town Council voted to approve the contract award to H&W Construction. The motion was approved unanimously.
On the heels of the decision, the Barns of Rose Hill released a press release that same night announcing the rescheduled groundbreaking ceremony. On Saturday, July 10 at 10:30 AM, the Barns of Rose Hill will celebrate the beginning of construction on the restoration project that will create a 7,500 square foot community, arts and education center in Berryville. The ceremony, to which the public is invited, will take place in the amphitheater space in front of the barns at 101 Chalmers Court off E. Main Street, Berryville, Va.
Construction is projected to last twelve to fifteen months, with the fall of 2011 targeted for a grand opening.