County commissioners on Monday accepted construction bids and fees totaling $2,043,971 for remodeling a building at 624 Ave. H.
The building, which was once Eddieís Cowboy store, is being remodeled to house several agencies and offices.
The bids came in about $150,000 over budget, said Jacob Kirkland, construction manager at risk with Teinert Commercial Building Services.
One area that cost much more than estimated was stone panels.
That area was budgeted at $70,000, but the lowest of two bids – from Lubbock Masonry – was for $172,000.
Kirkland said the county could go with a stucco-type finish that would save $100,000 to $110,000. Another option would be to use bricks.
Either material would mean the building would not look like the courthouse, said Larry Harvey, architect and principal with Chapman Harvey Architects of Lubbock.
The material to be used by Lubbock Masonry is a synthetic stone with an aluminum backing.