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New Beaufort fire station on schedule, on budget

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Friday, August 07, 2015

Photo above: New Ribaut Road fire station making steady progress.

Jul 30, 2015 Posted By Island News In Community.

Beaufort’s new Ribaut Road fire station is on schedule for completion by December and is within budget at the halfway point, city leaders said. As of mid-July, the heavy steel framing is complete, the electrical and plumbing rough-in installations are underway, site drainage and the site sewer system are about 90 percent done and the water system connections are about 75 percent complete.

 “Even with our almost daily thunderstorms and occasional heavy rain, the crews have done a great job to keep this project moving forward,” Beaufort City Manager Bill Prokop said. “It’s a much-needed project and we are looking forward to making it operational.”

 In coming weeks, roof sheeting will be installed and brickwork will begin. An access road will be rough-graded. The site is geographically positioned between Port Royal’s main station and Beaufort’s current Fire Headquarters near the intersection of Ribaut and Boundary Street.The total cost of the project, including land, furnishings and technology, is $3,299,837. Costs include storm water improvements for the immediate area.The new facility will replace the outdated one beside Beaufort Middle School and across from Mossy Oaks Elementary on residential Mossy Oaks Road. City Council hasn’t decided what to do with that property after the new facility opens.

 “The location of this new fire station will provide seamless coverage between the main Beaufort station and our main fire station in Port Royal,” Port Royal Town Manager Van Willis said. “It’s good to see the project rising up so fast.”

 When the new station is completed, firefighting equipment will be moved from the Mossy Oaks Road facility. Fraser Construction is leading the work on the new firehouse.

 “Fire protection is such an important service for the residents of Beaufort and Port Royal, and building this new station is essential to the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department. So far we are very pleased with the progress,” said David Coleman, senior projects manager for Beaufort.

 Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron said the new Ribaut Road location offers: direct access to the main artery between Beaufort and Port Royal, easy and efficient travel times to the entire coverage area for this fire station, excellent geographical positioning to reinforce and enhance the ISO 2 rating that helps reduce commercial fire insurance premiums, limited impact on neighborhoods, greater distance from large schools than the current Mossy Oaks station, and smooth traffic flow for fire vehicles, including direct access to the rear of the facility (eliminating fire trucks having to back into the bays).

The Sea Pines Beach Club has achieved LEED Certification

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Sea Pines Resort has earned the US Green Building Council's LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) on its new Beach Club.

The Sea Pines Beach Club is the newest amenity in the Sea Pines Resort on the southern end of Hilton Head Island and the only LEED certified resort in Beaufort and surrounding Counties.

Sea Pines Plantation has a long tradition with sustainable development. When it was founded in the late 1950’s, the Sea Pines Company pioneered many neighborhood development practices such as bending roads and re-configuring the yacht basin to save majestic live oaks, establishing setbacks from beaches, wetlands, and adjacent properties, and preserving large blocks of forests within the development [See Sea Pines sustainability Initiatives for more info].

The new 25,000 SF Beach Club is a two story structure with indoor restaurant and bar; "fast casual" concessions such as pre-prepared sandwiches, salads and drinks; an open-air beach bar; a second-floor space for private receptions, conferences and parties; retail and office space; and expanded restrooms, showers and changing rooms. The design and construction team included Cooper Carry Architects, Thomas and Hutton Civil Engineers, Fraser Construction Company, and Julie Vaughn as a LEED Consultant.

With Hilton Head’s bike-ability, the Beach Club achieved every alternative transportation point, as well as other site credits for storm water design and site selection. The building materials scored points for low volatile organic compounds, recycled materials, local materials, lighting controls, and thermal comfort. Energy points were a challenge because of the indoor/outdoor spaces.

“I am very thrilled for the resurgence in LEED certified projects. Sustainability initiatives seemed to stall for a while after the recession in our area. With Hilton Head Island’s environmentally sensitive development legacy, the region needs to be a touchstone for future sustainable certified projects. Many of our local architects and builders now have experience with Green Rated buildings. We just need more clients to be excited as well.” –Jay Fraser, Chair of the USGBC SC Chapter – Beaufort Leaf.

Sea Pines Plantation Golf Clubhouse receives Clubhouse of the Year award from Golf Inc, 2015

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Monday, August 03, 2015

When Golf Inc called Cooper Carry Architects to tell that the Sea Pines Plantation Golf Clubhouse was awarded the 2015 Clubhouse of the Year award, they said two things: “One, the picture of your clubhouse is our new computer backdrop, and two, the competition wasn’t even close.”

Fraser Construction completed the 37,916 SF golf club facilities that replaced an 45-year-old clubhouse of the same name. The new clubhouse includes a pro shop that with more than 2,000 square feet, a restaurant — Live Oaks — that serves Lowcountry cuisine in breakfast, lunch and dinner format, and a 2,000-square-foot multi-use room named the Magnolia Room.

“One of the things I think is very successful on the project is the way the building presents itself on the front; it has a level of formality,” said Manny Dominguez, director of design at Cooper Carry, the firm that designed the clubhouse.

“As you walk into the building, it really becomes a very relaxed environment. When you’re on the back porch, it has transformed itself into this resort environment.”

Large, Southern-style, covered porches wrap around the building and offer a lot of space.

As Steve Birdwell, Sea Pines Resort president puts it, “We made those oversized so that when we put dining tables out there, there’s still plenty of room to circulate around. You don’t feel like you’re trying to step around people sitting in chairs.”

One contest judge described the facility as “Lowcountry in every aspect. A home run.”

Fraser Construction extends gratitude to the David Pettigrew and the subcontractors and suppliers that made this award possible.

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