Fisher Middle Receives International Award

A Harper Construction project Fisher Middle school in Greenville, South Carolina received the 2015 Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) James D. MacConnell Award. Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is a state-of-the-art middle school that features a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) based curriculum, encompassing 179,000 SF.

Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is a state-of-the-art middle school that features a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) based curriculum, encompassing 179,000 SF. Fisher is equipped with a net zero greenhouse facility, a wind harvest system for power, solar panels for hot water, and a low impact storm water collection system. The school serves up to 1,000 Greenville County students. Read more on the project here

On CEFPI’s website the award is explained as follows:

“The James D. MacConnell Award recognizes an outstanding, comprehensive planning process, which results in educational facilities that serve the needs of students, staff, and the community, and facilitate student achievement. Emphasizing the connection between the planning process and the end-result, a healthy, high-performing school facility, uniquely assesses how well a school facility supports the academic program of the school district.”

McMillian Pazdan Smith (MPS) and school district representatives received the award on Sunday October 25th. MPS is a frequent partner in construction projects with Harper.

Harper president David Wise, “We are thrilled that MPS and Fisher received the award. I have nothing but positive things to say about the school district representatives I interacted with and MPS is an outstanding architectural firm that we always enjoy working with.”

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Matt Johnson served as project manager and Daniel Ellison acted as superintendent throughout the process of developing the school. However, Fisher was a team project and other Harper personnel often chipped in to help out