BCC hires new contractor to finish Southport campus

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By Sam Hickman

 With the Brunswick Community College Southport center nearing completion, the board of trustees hired Barnhill Contracting Co. to finish the product.

In a special meeting called Tuesday, Oct. 1, the board considered bids from two contracting companies, Bordeaux Construction and Barnhill Contracting Co.

Barnhill Contracting Co. was hired after the board fired Consensus Consulting, the firm that originally worked on the project. Initially, the annex at the Southport campus was scheduled to open to January but the date was pushed back on at least two occasions.

The board members hoped to hire a new contractor by Sept. 23 so they will still be able to open the building by January.

Originally, the board allocated $1.4 million from the $30 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2004 for the Southport annex, but about $200,000 had already been spent on architectural designs.

The Southport campus is the last in a series of projects funded through the 2004 referendum.

In August 2011, BCC opened its South Brunswick Islands Center, an event and meeting space in a former gentlemen’s club in the Calabash area. BCC purchased the building for about $1 million; renovations totaled $300,000.

While the South Brunswick Islands building has four classrooms, Jerry Thrift, vice president of operations for the college, said that facility was intended for different purposes than the Southport site.

The Southport center on Lord Street was designed to be a continuing education center, with more classroom space and art studios.


Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.