Rodgers wins “Best Project” from ENR Southeast’s 2016 awards program


Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast announced the winners of its Regional Best Projects 2016 awards program this past week. Rodgers won “Best Project” in the Renovation/Restoration category for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center completed at Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) in Sumter, South Carolina. The awards honor the best construction projects in the Southeast, which are judged using five criteria: safety, innovation, teamwork, quality and functionality.

CCTC, in partnership with readySC, developed the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Plant. The facility, vacant since 2008, is now a state-of-the-art industrial training center for the region’s workforce. 

Formerly a Wal-Mart, the goal was to remove the “big box” feel of the facility, while focusing on sustainability and adaptive reuse. Rodgers’ VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) team used technology to scan the existing concrete slab floor to determine that it could remain in place, resulting in significant cost savings. This, along with using the original structural steel and exterior brick/block cladding helped to minimize the environmental impacts of demolition.   

This new training facility houses mechatronics labs, robotics, computer sciences training programs, and an entire suite for a prominent commercial tenant for training prospective employees in automotive tire manufacturing, creating a catalyst for industry and economic growth.

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ENR Southeast, August 19, 2016: ENR Southeast Announces 16th Annual ‘Best Projects’ Award Winners