The renovations to the Governor’s Mansion will finally be complete by next week at a cost of $3.3 million, said Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley.

A final change order, in the amount of $261,000, requires exterior work including mortar joint repair and walkway renovations.

Holley said the order also included various electrical concerns and a second floor bathroom with extensive water damage in its walls.

The final step of the renovations will center on the security detail area, where guards are stationed to monitor the mansion.

The project — the first major renovation to the 1924 Georgian-colonial style home since the 1960s — began last October and was scheduled to take six months to complete.

But several change orders and add-ons extended the project and more than doubled the original $1.5 million cost estimate.

Most of the $3.4 million cost — $3.1 million — was paid for with state money. That amount went toward structural repairs and necessary upgrades, state officials say.

The Manchins took $500,000 from their inaugural ball fund to provide furnishings, sinks and bathtubs. After furnishing, they forwarded any leftover money to the Capitol Building Fund.

“The furnishings and fixtures were paid with private funds,” Holley said, “not at the taxpayers’ expense.”

The Manchins insist they’re renovating the mansion for future governors and not just for themselves, and they intend to leave the new furnishings at the mansion.

Wiseman Construction Inc. of Charleston is finishing the project.

The Manchins aren’t hosting any big unveiling events at the mansion just yet.

Lara Ramsburg, spokeswoman for Gov. Joe Manchin, said the West Virginia Mansion Preservation Foundation plans to update the first floor once the major renovation project wraps up.

The foundation is a nonprofit group that raises private funds for the mansion’s upkeep. Ramsburg said the group focuses on the general look and design of the interior, rather than structural or construction issues.

“They couldn’t come in and do their work until these structural issues were taken care of,” she said.

Ramsburg did not know any further details of the foundation’s plans.

“The governor and first lady believe the mansion is meant to host events for citizens of the state,” Ramsburg said. “When all of the work is completed, that will begin once again.”

Public tours could open for the mansion as soon as next week.

Both Ramsburg and Holley stressed that newly discovered structural and electrical problems caused the ongoing delay of the project.

In the process of renovating, work crews found flaws and damage to the electrical system, the plumbing, the roof and the security system, Holley said.

“There were a lot of problems unknown at the time the project was bid out,” Holley said. “There were wires that could’ve easily caught the mansion on fire. Fortunately, we were able to resolve those potentially dangerous situations.”

The project drew criticism earlier this year when the addition of several lavish items was noted. Renovations included high-definition flat-screen televisions, poker tables, a whirlpool tub, a wet bar and turning the third floor into a game room and media center.

Manchin officials said some of those items are intended to entertain high-profile guests. The mansion’s previous condition was not conducive to visitors and they were sent to area hotels instead.

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