Community meeting set for DD2 construction update

  • Thursday, June 13, 2013

 The construction management firm of M. B. Kahn will meet with the public at a community meeting Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at Summerville High School to share with the community the needs for subcontractors and vendor and what employment opportunities are available for the Dorchester District Two capital improvement project.
The project includes the construction of three new elementary schools, a middle school, and various renovations, rehabs and reassignments.
Some of the building trades that will be required for the $179 million long-term project include grading, utilities, storm drainage, curb, gutter, asphalt, irrigation, landscaping, concrete work, excavation, rebar placement, finishing masonry, cabinets, millwork, rough and finish carpentry, drywall, roofing, windows, doors, display boards, signage, lockers, food service equipment, fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and cleanup.
The meeting will explain the process for subcontractors, vendors and the overall schedule of the project.
Anyone interested in supplying materials (vendors), subcontracting a phase of the project or being employed on the project should attend the meeting.
In the past month, according to an update presented to the Dorchester District Two Board of Trustees Monday, by its Capital Improvements Facilitator Robert Folkman, the district has finalized and executed contracts with architect and design teams, finalized a contract with M.B. Kahn of St. George as construction manager, awarded geotechnical, special inspections and testing services to two firms – ESP of Fort Mill and S&ME of Raleigh, NC, awarded surveying services to two firms – GEL Engineering of Charleston and O’Brien & Gere out of Charleston.
It has completed due diligence of properties for elementary schools 1 and 2 and made recommendations to the school board for site selection of elementary school 3 and the middle school.
Finalized project budgets have been submitted to the district, it has met with Dorchester County Water and Sewer District to review requirements, met with local SCDOT for preliminary review of potential roadway improvements for the new sites, met with Dorchester County and Summerville officials to review Pine Trace property and access, attended and spoke at two community meetings and is continuing with design team development of conceptual program and massing plans based on site reviews.
Elementary School 1 will be located on Miles Jamison Road and Elementary School 2 will be sited at The Ponds.
The district will meet with the county to discuss partnering to make a roadway/boulevard to access the Pine Trace property off Miles Jamison Road.
The three new elementary schools are to open in 2015, said Folkman, with the new middle school of the arts slated for 2016, renovation to Rollings for the new district offices will begin once the new middle school is completed and renovations to the district offices for Summerville High School CATE program will begin once the district office is relocated.

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