WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Career and Technology Center, which will be located between Fairfield Middle School and Fairfield Central High School on the Bypass in Winnsboro.
School Superintendent J.R. Green presented commemorative plaques of the groundbreaking ceremony to each member of the Board of Trustees.
Also in attendance, was the Director of the Fairfield Career and Technology Center Chris Dinkins, representatives of the Architectural Firms Brownstone/MBMJ Boomerang, the Construction Manager for M. B. Kahn Construction Company as well as community members and local elected officials.
M.B. Kahn is the construction company that also built Fairfield Central High School.
“We are very fortunate to have a premier firm not only in the state but in the nation,” Project Manager Phil Roof said.
Roof will be coordinating the daily construction activities while serving as the district’s representative in meetings with the Brownstone Group/Boomerang Architectural team and the Construction Manager-at-Risk.
“This method of project delivery is becoming more prevalent, especially when it involves highly technical complex facilities which require a greater degree of coordination and quality standards,” he said.
M.B. Kahn Vice President Bill Cram expressed thanks to Fairfield County for the opportunity to work on the project.
“We were the construction manager on the high school when it was built and we were able to work with the good people of Fairfield County then,” he said. “This is going to be a good project, not just from a construction perspective, but most importantly from an education perspective.”
Architects from the collaboration of Brownstone and MBMJ Boomerang said there has been a lot of care as they have used all of their design experiences to fit the facility on the site.
The new state-of-the-art CATE Facility will contain approximately 68,000 square feet and will host most of the programs presently offered at the old CATE Center. The facility will be fully sprinklered, and will incorporate energy efficient building operating systems. The latest in wireless Information Technology will be used and provided to each individual classroom.
The facility is a state of the art, energy efficient building, using designs and materials, which are based on efficient use of recyclable materials. New LED lighting will be used in the parking lots and high bay areas of the Center.
One example is the reuse of the existing aluminum light poles at the middle school for the new parking lot will save the district valuable tax dollars. The architect was also instructed by the District to insert a “Buy American Clause,” in the contract documents.
The Fairfield Career and Technology Center offers advanced career preparation in 13 of the 16 national career clusters:
• Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
• Architecture and Construction
• Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
• Business, Management and Administration
• Education and Training
• Government and Public Administration
• Health Science
• Hospitality and Tourism
• Human Services
• Information Technology
• Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
• Marketing, Sales and Service
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
• Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
In addition to Cosmetology, a new Barbering program curriculum will be also be offered to the students. The facility also contains flexible “flex,” space that will allow for the future of ever-changing programs, which evolve with increasing technological changes in education.
“This facility will be responsive and adaptive to any changes that the future will bring,” Green said.
The architects noted that the project will produce a 50-year facility.