In an effort to battle drug addiction and homelessness, Guilford County government is converting the former St. Gales Nursing Home at 1400 Lees Chapel Road in Greensboro into a facility that will help addicts kick the habit.

Now the Board of Commissioners has chosen the same company that’s helping build the new Sheriff’s Department headquarters in downtown Greensboro to handle the renovations at the old nursing home.

Blum Construction has been chosen to renovate the rehab center. That’s the company that – along with a partnering company – took over the work on the new Sheriff’s Department headquarters after an initial contract for that job with Samet Corp. blew up in early 2023.

The county awarded the Design-Build contract to Blum – working with LS3P Architects – at a cost of $437,090 for the initial phases of the nursing home project.

 The total cost, yet to be determined, will be arrived at by using change orders to this newly approved contract.

In mid-January, Guilford County put out a request for proposals for upfitting the facility that will become known as the Lees Chapel Treatment Facility.

By mid-February, four firms had submitted offers to take on the job, and all of those firms were invited to in-person interviews and allowed to present their plans and qualifications.

The county’s selection committee looked at both the written proposals and the in-person presentations and evaluated the companies based on criteria such as “Experience with Design-Build project delivery in the Public Sector,” “Experience working on facilities licensed by the Division of Health Service Regulation,” and “Proximity to, and familiarity with, the area where the project will be located.”

Nothing Guilford County builds these days gets done without going through a rigorous check of a company’s willingness to use minority- and women-owned businesses, and that was a big part of the selection process as well.

The county’s evaluation committee determined that Blum best met the needs of the project. The reasons given for the company’s selection is that it had demonstrated successful project delivery of design-build projects in the public sector in the past, had brought the best minority- and women-owned business outreach and engagement plan, and the company had “a strong local presence and track record of delivering projects in Guilford County.”

The $437,090 will cover the cost required to produce construction plans for the renovation of the building, prepare the permits and establish a “Guaranteed Maximum Price” to complete the project.

The county is using funds it was awarded from the multi-billion national opioid lawsuit settlement against major opioid makers and distributers to pay for the project.