Stop-work order issued for Aberdeen Federal Building


ABERDEEN, Miss. (WCBI) – There’s more bad news for staffers of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi.

The General Services Administration has issued a stop-work order on the replacement of the HVAC system and other renovations at the Thomas G. Abernethy Federal Building in Aberdeen.

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In the spring of 2018, the building was found to be uninhabitable due to a mold issue in the HVAC system going back over 20 years.

Repairs were estimated to be around $12 million.

Last Summer the court and the GSA believed they found a solution by teaming up with the Tennessee Valley Authority and getting a Utility Energy Service Contract to fund repairs.

That contract hinged on a payback based on energy reductions over a 20 year period.

The projected time of those energy reductions was underestimated, meaning the project does not meet the requirements.

There is no word yet on when work will resume.