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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. 

5-Minute Interview with Sylvester Brockington on the Beaufort County Courthouse

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fraser Construction is currently in the throes of the Beaufort County Courthouse renovation. Here is a five-minute interview with Superintendent Sylvester Brockington on that project.

What is your role in the project?

SB:  I’m the superintendent in charge of the exterior and vertical walls. I’m working with two other superintendents, Wayne Gray and Mike Abendshein, who are overseeing the interior.

Lady's Island - St. Helena Fire District Breaks Ground

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Friday, September 13, 2013

Yesterday the Lady's Island Fire District had a ground breaking ceremony. Fire Marshal Scott Baldwin gave a rousing speach. Chief Bruce Kline unveiled the details of the 12,000 SF station at 146 Lady's Island Drive that replaces the 8,000 SF station on Sea Island Parkway. The project is $3.4 Million, paid for by bonds.

Students Move Into New USC Beaufort Dorm

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The University of South Carolina Beaufort's New River Campus has a newly completed 96 bedroom dormitory, adding a third upper classmen hall two the six dorms already in the Palmetto Village. This past Sunday, the dormitories, parking lots, and quads were packed with new students and parents arriving for the 2013-2014 school year.

Reporter Brittany Shane with WSAV news 3 was on site and did a news segment on the buzz of activity titled USCB Moves-in Record Number of Students.

Fraser Construction completed broke ground on the newest dorm, Chechessee River, in late December 2012 and completed the project July 5th. We then proceeded to assist with structural repairs to other dorms for the Facilities department through the rest of the summer. 

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