KBR Building Group Begins Construction on Aiken County Government Center in South Carolina
September 14, 2012

A formal groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for the new Aiken County Government Center in Aiken, South Carolina. Construction for the complex — currently valued at $28 million — commenced in August 2012 with site clearing and grading. Construction is scheduled for completion in February 2014.

KBR Building Group's Danny Mullis, project executive, noted that KBR Building Group was chosen to construct the Aiken County Government Center due to its long-time presence in South Carolina, its regional experience using the Construction Management at Risk delivery method, past references, and experience with Building Information Modeling (BIM). The architect of record is South Carolina-based McMillan Pazdan Smith.

Designed to accommodate more than 200 employees, the 134,700-square-foot complex will house numerous departments and functions including Voter Registration, Emergency Operations Center, Magistrates Court, RMC, Planning and Development, Treasury, Finance, Tax Assessor, Information Technology, Records, Public Works and Engineering, County Administration, and County Council Offices and Chambers.

Unemployment in Aiken County has been a significant issue, and the construction of the new Government Center is expected to bring jobs and an economic boost along with it. Doing everything possible to create jobs, the County requested that we award at least 40% of our subcontracts to local contractors. With this task at hand, Mullis has assured the County that every attempt will be made to achieve this goal. 

More about the Groundbreaking Ceremony — The event was attended by County and City Council members; County employees; the area’s legislative delegation, including U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson: the Aiken County Board of Education; and the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce board, among others.