On October 14th, Berkeley County School Board approved the name “Foxbank Elementary School” for a new school slated to open fall 2018 in Foxbank Plantation. The school will welcome kindergarteners through fifth graders to a 20-acre campus in the heart of the community.
McMillian Pazdan Smith Architecture will design and Contract Construction will build the new school, says Connie Myers, director of facilities for Berkeley County School District. Scheduled to open August 2018, it will serve up to 900 children.
“We estimate it will take 10 months to design and 14 months to build the school,” says Myers. The architect and civil engineers are currently working to ensure roads, parking and location of the building and playgrounds are in harmony with the location of the fire station’s building, road and parking.
“We will have ample parking and separate playgrounds for kindergarten and grades one through five,” explains Myers. “We must also work around the wetlands.”
“This is a very exciting time to be a part of Foxbank Plantation. A new school will create a sense of community for the neighborhood and attract young families to the area,” says Sara Williams, director of marketing for Sabal Homes, one of four homebuilders on the property. “These families need homes, which is great for builders like us. Residents with young children now have peace-of-mind knowing their kids will be in school just up the street, at a brand new facility with up-to-date technology and amenities.”
“Parents can now make plans for their children to attend this new school,” says Jeff Randolph, developer of Foxbank Plantation. “We’re excited to add Foxbank Elementary School to our list of amenities for residents of Foxbank Plantation. Early in the development process, we recognized the need for additional educational facilities in the Moncks Corner area to accommodate a growing and demanding population. As part of our commitment to giving back to the community, we set aside and donated the land to the Berkeley County School District and the Town of Moncks Corner for these facilities. We’re also making progress on the building of the fire station, which is running parallel with the school.”
The Town of Moncks Corner began moving forward with the design of the Foxbank Plantation fire station design in July. “We’re working with Berkeley County Schools to coordinate the development of the site as it relates to the new elementary school,” confirms Arnie McClure of Coast Architects, Inc.
The 5,700-square-foot fire station will house a fire truck, quick-response vehicle, ambulance and living quarters for five firemen and two EMTs. The exterior will echo the design of other community facilities, such as the community pool building and the entrance gates, says McClure. “It will feature brick, board and batten siding, and a metal roof,” he says. “If all goes as planned, the project will be bid in early 2015, construction will be underway in spring 2014 and the station will be complete before the end of 2015.”
Growth translates into more residents who need more conveniences, increasing jobs and the growth of local business, adds Williams. “When businesses, schools and services start popping up, it means an area is growing. We couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of it all!”