KBR Building Group Celebrates Topping Out and Safety Record at Rivers EDGE Jobsite
June 26, 2014

KBR Building Group recently celebrated topping out the Rivers EDGE project — an eight-story, mixed-use development our firm is constructing for Hughes Investments in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Sited next to the picturesque Reedy River at the corner of River and Broad streets, the upscale Rivers EDGE complex will provide expansive mountain, river and city views.

On June 18, KBR Building Group hosted an appreciation luncheon for more than 100 construction workers representing various trades. They were treated to a barbeque luncheon — and prizes — to celebrate not only the topping out milestone, but also their outstanding safety record. "We are extremely proud of the workforce on the Rivers EDGE project. To date, the project has logged 55,000 man-hours without a lost-time incident. The entire team has a safety mindset and it really shows," said KBR Building Group's Dusty Broad, HSE senior specialist.

A traditional topping-out ceremony was held the previous day. This event was attended by members of the local business community, potential residents, the media, and executives from KBR Building Group, Johnston Design Group (architect of record), and key specialty contractors. The program included brief remarks by Hughes Investments’ President Phil Hughes and Greenville Mayor Knox White.

The Rivers EDGE will offer 140 luxury apartment units in various arrangements: 6 studios, 72 one bedrooms, 58 two bedrooms and four penthouses. All apartments will feature high-end finishes including granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and 9-foot ceilings. The development will feature on-site parking, with options for on-site storage units and secure/private garages. An exciting new restaurant will face the Rivers EDGE Plaza courtyard area with outdoor seating and retail space.

“Our prospective residents are like-minded people who want to live in one of the best downtowns in the world. They want to enjoy the walkability, feel the energy, enjoy the amenities, and absorb the beauty of our natural setting. There’s one river and one downtown, and our apartments will be at the intersection of it all,” says Hughes.

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KBR’s Contribution to the Downtown Landscape

Hughes Investments awarded KBR Building Group a design-build contract for the Rivers EDGE project in November 2013. Site work began almost immediately. The project is expected to reach substantial completion by the beginning of 2015. Rivers EDGE is the third project KBR Building Group has built in the heart of downtown Greenville in recent years. Last year, our team completed a major multi-faceted renovation project for at the Hyatt Regency Greenville on North Main Street for JHM Hotels. We also built the four-story NBSC Building located at the corner of McBee Avenue and Spring Street. KBR Building Group’s offices occupy the entire fourth floor of this Hughes-owned building. KBR Building Group’s Greenville office was established more than 45 years ago.