The commission chose McKinney Construction, a firm out of South Fulton, Tenn., to perform the construction work, while architect Kevin Perry will act as the construction manager, Stevens said.
Several contractors had placed base bids on the renovation last month, and McKinney Construction had the lowest bid at $148,400, while R. Lafferty & Son Industrial had the highest bid at $209,784.
There will be add-ons to the back of the building for more office space, and the hallway will be widened, said Stevens, who added that there will also be renovations to make the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, like a handicapped-accessible rail.
Additionally, another area will be added so that people can access tourist information related to the area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Stevens said.
The bids had been presented to the board at its last meeting, held on Tuesday, July 14, but no decision was made at that meeting.
A special-called meeting was held one day after it was announced, and had to be held because the tourist commission’s regular meeting will be held after the bids on the renovation are no longer applicable, Stevens said.