The first of two planned building conversions at the Hanover County government complex has created new office space for the county’s financial departments.
The county treasurer and commissioner of revenue offices moved late last week into the first floor of the renovated Chenault-Weems Building at 7507 Library Drive following a yearlong, $7.6 million renovation.
The 40-year-old structure previously served as the Hanover Circuit Court building but was freed up with construction of the county’s new $36 million courthouse building in 2016.
The financial offices previously were housed in the complex’s Wickham Building, which is now vacant. County PIO Tom Harris said future use of that building, at 7497 County Complex Road, is undecided but could involve activities tied to Hanover’s tricentennial celebration in 2020.
Renovations to the Chenault-Weems Building began last summer and involved gutting the structure and replacing HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, Harris said. The building also will house the county’s finance and management services department, as well as the internal audit department, which moved in this week.
Henrico-based Loughridge Construction was the contractor on the project, which was designed by Richmond-based Moseley Architects. Chesterfield-based Timmons Group handled engineering work, and the county enlisted Fairfax-based McDonough Bolyard Peck to oversee the project as clerk of works.
The treasurer’s office reopened Thursday, and the commissioner of revenue office reopened Tuesday after closing for several days to test a new customer-service system. The new system, which is being rolled out with the move, assigns customers to service providers based on individual needs through a virtual line log-in process. Taxpayers also can make appointments remotely.
The county also plans to repurpose an adjacent building that previously housed Hanover General District Court. Harris said Moseley Architects has been selected for that project as well, with designs expected by year-end, and construction going out for bid and a contract awarded next spring.
Construction on that project is slated to start next July and take 12 months to complete.