Construction manager at risk announced for NCSSM-Morganton

On Friday, NCSSM announced Barnhill Contracting Company as Construction Manager At Risk for the NCSSM-Morganton campus. The project will include both renovation of existing structures as well as construction of new facilities.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) has announced Barnhill Contracting Company as the Construction Manager (CM) At Risk for NCSSM-Morganton. The announcement follows the approval of the campus site master plan and educational program plan for NCSSM-Morganton in September. 

The CM At Risk will aid NCSSM in the review and management of the design and construction of NCSSM-Morganton. Using this model, the CM At Risk provides a Guaranteed Maximum Price for delivery of the project.

“Our team at Barnhill Contracting Company is honored and excited to partner with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and Duda|Paine Architects on this historic opportunity to build a new campus in Morganton,” says Marty Moser, senior vice president at Barnhill Contracting Company. “This is truly a significant addition to the UNC System and will benefit all the citizens in the state of North Carolina.” Barnhill was one of eight contractors to apply for the position, for which a request for proposals was issued in September. The official recommendation of Barnhill for the position of CM At Risk was presented to NCSSM’s Board of Trustees on Friday, December 8. The Board of Trustees approved the measure unanimously.

The company comes highly recommended. “Barnhill is currently building two of our major mixed-use projects, one in downtown Durham and the other in downtown Raleigh,” says Jeffrey Paine, founding principal at Duda|Paine, the architectural firm working on the NCSSM-Morganton project. “We enjoy working with this North Carolina-based construction company and find them to be true collaborators with us in meeting our clients’ expectations.”

The pre-construction phase of the project will begin in the coming months, with construction on the campus slated to begin in 2019. Currently, plans include both renovation of existing structures on the site and construction of new facilities, including a student commons, innovative academic spaces, and residence halls. Learn more about the campus site master plan.

“Now is when we really start to see the campus take shape,” says Tom Williams, chair of the NCSSM Board of Trustees. “By combining several existing structures on the eastern ridge of the NC School for the Deaf with new construction, we will be able to preserve much of the history of the site, while also ensuring our students and staff have access to cutting-edge academic, lab, and multipurpose spaces as well as a healthy living-learning environment.”

The CM At Risk announcement is just one of many milestones for NCSSM-Morganton during this phase of the planning process. Momentum is building, says Director of Western Campus Planning and Project Management Kevin Baxter. “We are very excited to be embarking upon the next phase of our planning to include the launch of schematic design and the rollout of an ambitious period of educational program planning.”

Says NCSSM Chancellor Todd Roberts, “We are so excited to move forward with the pre-construction phase of this project. With the help of Barnhill and the team at Duda|Paine, we know that this new campus will embody the best of what NCSSM represents and create ever more opportunities for innovation, exploration, and hands-on learning for North Carolina students.”

NCSSM-Morganton will open in 2021 with an initial enrollment of 150 juniors, growing to the full complement of 300 students when the second class enrolls in 2022.


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