Spartanburg County School District 7 employed the use of the Construction Manager At-Risk (CM At-Risk) approach for the first time when setting out to build a new 130,000 SF elementary school to allow for future growth up to 800 students. District 7 selected Harper to serve as the Construction Manager At-Risk for the project and guide them through this new procurement method. Harper provided preconstruction, site preparation, and construction services for the new state-of-the-art Drayton Mills Elementary School, in the Upstate of South Carolina. Built on approximately 17 acres in the Drayton community, replacing Houston and Chapman elementary schools, the new school includes a fine arts area, media center, playgrounds, multi-purpose field, cafeteria, and student support spaces. The two-story steel framed structure contains light gauge metal framing, dry wall, storefront and brick veneer. Notably, the school was constructed with an eye toward energy efficiency and sustainability meeting the Green Globe standards.
What People Are Saying
“From the beginning, Harper has been at the table with us working with our architects to design and value-engineer a building that meets our functional needs as well as the aesthetics we wanted— all within budget. They exhibited the highest standards of integrity. They provide honest and candid feedback and work to find solutions before problems develop.”
Dr. Thomas D. White, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Planning
(for Drayton Mills Elementary School)