Sumter-based Thompson Turner Construction will provide pre-construction/construction services

Construction firm confirmed for Hilton Head Island Middle School renovation
Posted on 03/17/2021
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Board approves referendum project construction firm for Hilton Head Island Middle School renovation           

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education has approved a construction firm for a major referendum project. The Board approved Sumter-based Thompson Turner Construction to provide pre-construction/construction services for Hilton Head Island Middle School’s renovation and addition.

“This is a large-scale project made possible from the referendum approved by voters in November of 2019,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “This will bring Hilton Head Island Middle School’s campus into the 21st century.”

Construction firms competed for the referendum work by submitting proposals. Firms were independently evaluated and scored by review panels composed of a school principal, community members, and district staff. Competing firms were scored based on numerous criteria that included such areas as past performance, team member qualifications, and demonstrated approach on design services and construction, along with an evaluation of fees.

Robert Oetting, the school district’s Chief Operations Officer, said although this will be a challenging project to complete a renovation at school while at full capacity, “the reward of a modernized space and improved learning environment for students and staff will be exceptional.”  

The Citizen-Led Oversight Committee, an independent group of volunteers, is monitoring all referendum building projects, schedules, budgets and expenditures.  Quarterly reports from the CLOC are presented to the Beaufort County Board of Education. CLOC members include CPAs, urban planners, civil engineers and project managers.