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Surf City projects increase to 1,568 capacity

posted Jan 31, 2017, 10:36 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 7:31 AM by Jeanette Miller ]
Surf City projects increase to 1,568 capacity

PENDER COUNTY — The Pender County Board of Commissioners approved increasing the student capacity of the Surf City projects from a capacity of 1,213 to 1,568 during its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 17.

“We are thankful to the community and our local elected officials for continuing to support our schools,” said Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent of Pender County Schools. “The decision to increase the capacity at the Surf City projects will help the district address growth.”

The Pender County Board of Education presented the request to the Board of Commissioners after reviewing the plans and cost associated with expanding the project during its regular January meeting.

Construction Manager Justin Whitley, of Barnhill Contracting, said the Guaranteed Maximum Price to increase the student capacity is $3.49 million, or $175 per square foot, adding that this figure may be negotiated lower through value engineering.

“We know that there is a need for additional space now, and that need is going to grow as the region experiences continued development,” said Pender County Board of Education Member Brad George. “Both Boards know that moving forward with plans to increase the capacity of students at the Surf City projects now is the fiscally responsible decision, as the cost of construction will rise in the future.”

The additional space to increase the student capacity from 1,213 to 1,568 students is pictured in red in this floor plan.