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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.

Beaufort Council Approves Mossy Oak Fire Station

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Friday, January 23, 2015

On January 20th, Island Packet Staff Writer Erin Moody Reported that After years of discussing and revising plans -- and discussing and revising them again -- Beaufort is getting a new fire station.

With little fanfare Tuesday night, City Council unanimously approved a $2.55 million contract for the new Mossy Oaks station with Fraser Construction, although Councilman Phil Cromer had legal questions and Councilman Mike McFee asked about some of the materials and fire codes.

But "I figure, since they're a fire company, they can put that out," he quipped.

The total project cost is expected to be $3.3 million, which includes land acquisition and improvements, an alley access road and a stormwater project. That's more than $1 million more than originally anticipated.

The project has its roots in a 2008 plan to renovate the existing fire station. More than $2.2 million was set aside from low-interest bonds sold at the time to raise money for projects, including the new City Hall and a courts and police building.

The plan was set aside in 2009 because of the recession.

In recent years, project goals changed to focus on replacing the 45-year-old Mossy Oaks station, at 2519 Mossy Oaks Road, with a building at 1120 Ribaut Road. What the city will do with the old building hasn't been determined, according to city finance director Kathy Todd.

The plan for the new facility is for a 10,000-square-foot neighborhood station that could be renovated into a joint Port Royal and Beaufort headquarters, if desired.

The two-story, red-brick fire station will face Ribaut Road, so engines can pull directly onto the main thoroughfare. Parking and vehicle access will be to the south through a rear alley.

As plans moved forward, problems including sandy soil, drainage and access pushed back the start date and pushed up costs by $570,000.

Fraser, one of five companies that bid on the project, originally bid $2.79 million. That was reduced by about $250,000 through additional project review.

With those additional costs, the project overran funding by more than $550,000, which City Council chose to take out of the $765,000 in the assigned capital projects fund.

"These are your dollars to go to for these types of things," city manager Scott Dadson told council members last week.

Other funding came from: $2.27 million from the bonds; $109,000 from the stormwater fund; $360,000 from the committed fund balance set aside for the purchase of land; and $3,750 from a fund related to an S.C. Electric and Gas agreement.

Fraser will have 250 days to complete the fire station, after it gets the go-ahead from city officials in the coming weeks.

University of South Carolina Beaufort opens new recreation complex

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Thursday, January 22, 2015

The University of South Carolina Beaufort has opened their new 22,500 Square Foot Recreation Center that featured two high school regulation basketball courts with one NCAA regulation court cross wise or two NCAA volleyball courts, a fitness center, and permanent offices for the athletic department. The gymnasium has a large clerestory translucent panel across the entire north face letting in natural light and saving costs on lighting in the long run. The fitness area has a rubberized floor with heavy weight machinery, an aerobics room, and a physical therapy center.

The front of the building is an impressive mix of old Savannah grey brick, stucco, metal panels walls and a custom transparent awning.

The project was designed by FWA architects and built by Fraser Construction. The gymnasium piece is a preengineered metal building designed through Butler Manufacturing.

Sea Pines Beach Club Project featured in Construction Today Magazine

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Friday, September 12, 2014

The Sea Pines Beach Club project that just opened up to the public late August was featured in the Construction Today Magazine in the May/June 2014 Issue. The project is a new 25,000 SF LEED Certified facility for the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, SC.

Sea Pines Plantation Club Open to Public

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Monday, May 12, 2014

The Sea Pines Plantation Club had its grand opening just before the 2014 RBC Heritage Golf Tournament was held at the nearby Sea Pines Harbor Town course. The Plantation clubhouse, Ocean Course, and Heron Point Course are owned by the Sea Pines Resort and open to the public, so come check out the new panoramic views, organic restaurant, and cozy locker room this summer.

The grand opening and a walk-thru video were covered by the Island Packet.

Carecore National Open House for LEED Building

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Thursday, January 02, 2014

CareCore National and the Town of Bluffton Development Corporation are conducting an openhouse of thier LEED Certified building and the Don Ryan Center for Innovation on January 14, 2014 6:00 pm.

Fraser Construction built the now certified sustainable building in 2010. The building achieved the US Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for New Construction.

Under the LEED New Construction version 2009, the building achieved 40 of 110 possible points.  The score summary is below. Additional info can be found on the USGBC website project directory at this link.

The CareCore national headquarter building is a Design-Building 31,200 sq ft, two-story steel framed office building designed and constructed with a sustainable design. It serves as the new headquarters for CareCore National. The exterior is designed to appear as multiple smaller buildings to fit the image of the existing Buckwalter Place streetscapes. The exterior finishes include standing seam metal roofing, storefront windows and doors with variations of stucco and brick veneer, canopies, and exterior window shading structures. The interior is particularly illuminated with day lighting skylights to both introduce natural light into the building's interior and to reduce energy consumption. The building is heated and cooled by a high-efficiency mini boiler and cooling tower.  The interior is constructed of basic office quality finishes with a nicely upgraded executive are finished in stain woods and an upgraded lobby with a spacious and highly finished corporate look.

Lee and Parker Associates of Hilton Head was the design partner with FraserConstruction.

Sea Pines Clubhouse Almost Complete

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Island Packet Newspaper writer Tom Barton published an article today on the Sea Pines Heron Point Clubhouse progress. Fraser Construction has been underway with the project since demolition of the Plantation Club in November 2012. It is scheduled to be complete later this winter. The new facility has new features such as a golf teaching center.

Bluffton Outpatient Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Thursday, January 02, 2014

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare's Bluffton Outpatient Center at 75 Baylor Drive will have its ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tuesday January 14th.

The new 60,000 SF campus houses a first class comprehensive diagnostic imaging center, adult and pediatric physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy, cardiac services, hyperbaric and wound care services, anti-coagulation clinic, multi-specialty physicians office, plus on-site lab services. It is also the home of Hilton Head Health's nationally accredited Breath Health Center. 

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