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Bluffton Township Fire District’s Maintenance and Fire Training Facility Grand Opening

Jim Rowan - Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Grand Opening was held on Wednesday, 2/15/2017. Fire Chief John Thompson provided welcoming comments followed by Deputy Chief Paul Boulware, Battalion Chief Steve McKinley and Joe Fraser, President of Fraser Construction.

It was a well attended event and elected officials from the Town of Bluffton and Beaufort County were acknowledged.

The new facility was dedicated to Robert (Bob) Rogers, Bluffton Township Fire District Board of Director, 1998 – 2015. Mr. Rogers began his service to the Bluffton Community on May 1, 1995 as a volunteer firefighter. On December 14, 1998 he was appointed to the Bluffton Township Fire Board where he served until his untimely death on November 20, 2015. His wife Vera and son Robert were presented a plague in honor of his dedicated life of service to the District.

The ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting by Mrs. Vera Rogers.

This project was implemented using the design-build method of project delivery. Key members of the project delivery team were staff of the BTFD (Owner), Fraser Construction (Design-Builder/General Contractor), Court Atkins Group (Architect) and Ward Edwards (Civil Engineer).

Bluffton Township Fire District’s New Fire Station No. 30 Featured in Butler Manufacturing Quarterly Magazine

Jim Rowan - Thursday, February 09, 2017

Fraser Construction Company, LLC, a Bluffton, SC based commercial general contractor is a designated Butler Builder® for the counties of Beaufort and Jasper.

Butler Manufacturing™ is a building-solutions company providing the design, manufacture and marketing of metal building systems for commercial construction. Their systems play a part in buildings within the commercial, community, industrial, and agricultural markets. Butler issues a periodic publication titled “Building Profit” that features the use and application of its products and solutions.

The Fall/Winter 2016 issue of “Building Profit” featured several projects highlighting their innovative and flexible design advantages. One of the projects featured was Bluffton Township Fire District’s new Fire Station No. 30.

“Timeless” building meets multiple needs.

Imagine a community that is fast growing, yet has a rich history and a commitment to historic preservation. Put it in the potential hurricane. Add in humidity, subtropical weather and corrosive salt air.

Now, design and build a new fire station for this community that makes a statement, serves firefighters’ needs and keeps taxpayer concerns in mind.

The Bluffton Township Fire District met these challenges and more with its new Fire Station No. 30 in downtown Bluffton, South Carolina. Working with Butler Builder® Fraser Construction Company, LLC, the fire district constructed a new station that delights fire fighters and townspeople alike.

“We wanted a building that was timeless – that could stand for 50 years and still fit with the historic look of our downtown area. Thanks to Fraser Construction and Butler Manufacturing, we definitely achieved that goal,” said John Thompson, Fire Chief of the Bluffton Township Fire District. “We’re received a lot of positive comments from the community.”

USCB Hilton Head Island Campus Groundbreaking

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sent on behalf of Dr. Al Panu, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Beaufort

Hilton Head Island Recreation Center renovation and expansion

Jim Rowan - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fraser Construction awarded contract to renovate and expand the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center.

Construction of the long-planned expansion of the Island Recreation Center on Hilton Head's north end began with a ground breaking ceremony on January 5, 2017. The Discovery Club Preschool dug up sand from the playground after Board of Directors President Alan Perry, Mayor Pro-Tem Kim Likins and Mayor David Bennet spoke at the event.

The renovation and expansion will completely redesign the center and triple the facility's size to about 46,000 square feet.

The new facility will include a full-size gymnasium with retractable bleachers, a second-floor running track and exercise areas, expanded office space, a climbing wall, new basketball and tennis courts, and new field lighting.

The changes will now expand the parking lot behind Hilton Head High School, relocate the tennis courts that are there now and shift plans for a playground to behind the existing recreation center building, according to the plans.

Bluffton Fire Department Breaks Ground on New Vehicle Maintenance Facility

Jay Fraser - Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Fraser Construction has broken ground on the Bluffton Township Fire Department’s new vehicle maintenance facility. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 21st with Chief John Thompson dedicating the building to the late Fire commissioner Robert Rogers.
 
The facility will be 12,000 SF with 3 large apparatus maintenance bays, 2 small truck maintenance bays, offices and storage. The site will also have training facility and a fire tower. The design-build team of Fraser Construction, Court Atkins, Cranston Engineering and Optim Engineering came up with a 1 story pre-engineered metal building structure matching the nearby station 30. The project was design over the summer of 2015 while the district secured bond funding, and the pre-engineered steel is on site ready to go while the pad and slab finish up.
 
Vera Rogers attended the groundbreaking ceremony on behalf of her husband, who died in November. Rogers’ love for being a firefighter began at a young age and followed him throughout his life, from living in Maryland and working in a segregated department to moving to Bluffton and joining the fire district. As he watched Bluffton grow, he pushed for the town to support growth within the district. “If he was here today, he would be very happy because his love became a true thing,” Rogers said. “I am very pleased because he spent so much time in Bluffton and he pushed for so much.”

Fraser Construction has broken ground on a 126 unit assisted living facility

Jay Fraser - Thursday, January 14, 2016

Check out our project camera on the bayshore assisted living project! Fraser Construction has broken ground on a 126 unit assisted living facility on squire pope rd, Hilton head island. The project is a five story structure with independent and assisted living units, a fin dining area, a casual bar, independent and assisted living fitness areas, a movie theater, pool, fountains, gardens and a dock. The project will is expected to take 16 months.

See the time lapse camera shots here.

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.

City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department Station #2 Breaks Ground

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Monday, April 20, 2015

April 15th 2015

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal combined Fire Department celebrated the start of the new fire station #2 construction on Ribout Road in Beaufort. Fraser Construction will be managing the project slated to be complete in November 2015. Members from the Beaufort City Council, Town of Port Royal Council, The combined fire department, Fraser Construction, and Hussey Gay Bell architecture and engineering spaded gold shovels into the fresh pad.

Following the ceremony, the drill rig installing earthquake drain foundations fired up and got to work, with many of the attendees curiously watching the unique process.

The event was covered by WTOC 11 and the Bluffton Today.


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