Construction Today - November 2017 - 88
Institutional | FRASER CONSTRUCTION - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT
FRASER IS IN CONTROL WITH USCB'S HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT CAMPUS. BY BIANCA HERRON
Fraser Construction -
University of Sou Carolina
* Location: Hi on Head Island, S.C.
* Employees on-site at peak: 40+
"The University of Sou
Carolina Beaufort is poised for
a lot of grow , and is new
campus will help pur at."
- Jay Fraser, vice president of operations
oe Harden founded Joe Harden
Builder Inc. 40 years ago as a general
contractor specializing in construction for the hospitality sector. Today,
the company is known as Fraser Construction Company LLC.
The Bluffton, S.C.-based company over
the years expanded its service offerings to
include design/build, sustainable buildings and construction management, while
retaining a strong portfolio of hospitality
and clubhouse projects.
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"We're really good at managing highend commercial projects and provide a
high attention to detail," Vice President
of Operations Jay Fraser says. "Although
some companies are low cost and others
are high in production, we like to think
we're the commercial version of a highend homebuilder."
With each project, Fraser Construction
aims to make its customers happy by providing them a superior building and the
best service. The company's 35 employees
play a critical role in its success. Fraser also
notes that the small but mighty team allows the company to be nimble and pivot
"We're a mid-sized contractor," he says.
"We don't have regional satellite offices or
huge headquarters. We're the right size for
the kind of work that takes place along the
coast of South Carolina and Georgia."
Fraser Construction broke ground on its latest project, the University of South Carolina
Beaufort (USCB) Hospitality Management
Campus, in April. Located in Hilton Head
Island, S.C., the campus will be USCB's
third, joining its main Hilton Head Gateway
campus in greater Bluffton and its historic
The planned facility will house USCB's
hospitality management program including undergraduate education, a center
for the hospitality industry and executive
education, a teaching and learning facility
for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
and a civic gathering place.
The Lillio Architecture design for the
facility will also feature state-of-the-art
classrooms, a demonstration kitchen,
beverage laboratory, fabrication laboratory
and classrooms for distance education. Fraser Construction anticipates completion in
"This is a college of hospitality where
a student goes to learn how to be a resort
manager, bartender or chef," Fraser says.
"The facility will feature a demonstration
bar, which will have folding doors that open