COLUMBIA, S.C., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Hendrick Construction won an $11.6 million contract to build a series of additions to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy totaling more than 65,000 square feet.
The Academy Village will be the first significant expansion of the campus since 1988. The project includes a 44,000-square-foot dormitory, 9,800-square-foot classroom, 8,100-square-foot cafeteria, 1,100-square-foot gymnasium and 2,000-square-foot energy building.
"This project represents a rebirth of the academy, and it will allow us to significantly enhance basic law enforcement training for new recruits," said Criminal Justice Academy Director Hubert F. Harrell. "The expansion will allow the academy to provide the citizens of South Carolina with better trained, professional law enforcement officers who are better equipped to function effectively than ever before."
Additionally, the training village will provide the foundation for the development of professionalism at all levels of law enforcement, said South Carolina State Sen. Mike Fair, chairman of the Senate Corrections and Penology Committee.
"I am proud to have played a role in securing the funding and promoting a model which will allow South Carolina to be a national leader in law enforcement training," Fair said.
When complete, the Criminal Justice Academy will seek a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
"We're on an aggressive schedule to finish this project on time," said Roger Hendrick, president of Hendrick Construction. "This will be a challenging site, but we're looking forward to getting the job done."
The majority of the new buildings will be complete by the end of 2010. The remainder will be finished in 2011.
The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy provides standardized, advanced and specialized law enforcement training for all of South Carolina's law enforcement officers. Each year more than 1,200 police officers, highway patrol officers, 911 operators, detention officers and other law enforcement personnel graduate from the academy.
Hendrick Construction, Inc. is a Charlotte, N.C.-based general contractor that provides commercial construction services throughout the Southeast. The company's portfolio includes facilities for corporate headquarters, manufacturing, industrial, health care and bio-tech companies, as well as schools, government buildings, churches and restaurants. Visit www.hendrickconstruction.com.
SOURCE Hendrick Construction