Construction on the James Monoah Bodden Civic Centre in Bodden Town is scheduled to be completed by November.
But the two-storey building, which is being rebuilt to withstand winds of 150mph, will not be used as a hurricane shelter.
Instead the building will be used to accommodate people displaced by a hurricane or other catastrophe event.
A new shelter will be built on high land at the back of the Bodden Town Primary School. This area proved relatively safe during the passage of Hurricane Ivan.
The civic center will have all the necessities of a Class A shelter: a full load back-up generator; kitchen; laundry; restrooms; and will be handicapped compliant
The ground floor of the building is also being considered for other use, states a release from the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing.
Government signed the $1.2 million contract with Edgewater Developments for rebuilding the centre after it was badly damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.