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

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.

Beaufort Council Approves Mossy Oak Fire Station

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.

Beaufort County courthouse renovation underway

Fraser Construction is underway on the $13.4 million renovation of the Beaufort County Courthouse and the Beaufort Gazette has taken notice. On August 10th the newspaper published an article showcased our crews underway and explained how the renovation came about after the county won a three year legal settlement because of faulty stucco on the building.

Belfair Announces New Addition

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton Sun on June 19th that they have selected local contractor Fraser Construction Company to serve as the lead contractor on its new 25-apartment addition to Belfair Gardens, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care assisted living community.

We chose Fraser Construction because they clearly have the ability and expertise to realize our continues vision for exceptional memory  care with our built-by-design concept,” said Lara Williams, executive director at Belfair Gardens.

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton Sun on June 19th that they have selected local contractor Fraser Construction Company to serve as the lead contractor on its new 25-apartment addition to Belfair Gardens, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton Sun on June 19th that they have selected local contractor Fraser Construction Company to serve as the lead contractor on its new 25-apartment addition to Belfair Gardens, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care

Finishing a month ahead of schedule, Spinnaker Development's Bluewater Resort Timeshare Building 6200 is open for Business. The 28 Unit condo was 88% occupied for its grand opening!

Bluffton Fire Department Breaks Ground on New Vehicle Maintenance Facility

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.”

Bluffton Fire Station #30 Breaks Ground

The New Bluffton Fire Station #30 has broken ground at the corner of Burnt Church and Ulmer Road and will take about 9 months to be complete. Fraser Construction will be building the project with the help of subcontractors such as JS sitework construction who is currently doing the clearing.

Chris Kardish with the Bluffton Today reported on the event on Sept. 23. The building will replace the existing station which looks like an old tin shed compared to the plans for the new station. The fire department and chief are very excited about the new facility. A ground breaking ceremony will be set some time in October. 

Bluffton Fire Station #30 Ground Breaking Ceremony

Photo courtesy of Robert Payne

The Bluffton Fire Station #30 ground breaking ceremony concluded Tuesday, 10/9/12 complete with a red fire truck, golden shovels, and color guard.

Allison Stice with the Island Packet wrote an article following the event as well, noting the design team, fire department, town council,  and the lack of debt funding on the project. 

Bluffton Fire Station #30 Ground Breaking Ceremony Tomorrow

The Bluffton Fire Station #30 Ground Breaking Ceremony will be 11:00 on Tuesday, 10/9, at the corner of Ulmer Road and Burnt Church Road.

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