A Jacksonville, Fla., construction company has won the $35.7 million contract to replace Bolden Elementary-Middle School in the Laurel Bay military community, according to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Elkins Constructors Inc. will build the replacement for the aging school, which opened in 1962 and serves third through eighth grades, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast announced Dec. 19.
The new two-story school is expected to open by October 2017, an air station release said.
The project includes demolition of the current Bolden and Galer Elementary schools. Students at Galer, which houses preschool through second grade, will move to Elliott Elementary School in Laurel Bay.
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High school students from military families attend public schools in the Beaufort County School District.
The demolition schedule has not been set, but it won’t affect classes in Laurel Bay, said Lt. Cmdr. Seth Mangasarian, MCAS facilities engineering and acquisition division director.
The 104,000-square-foot structure will have a metal roof and a geothermal water heater, according to the bid details.
Newer additions to the current Bolden school, such as a gym, will remain intact and be turned over to the air station, he said. Originally called Laurel Bay Intermediate School, Bolden was renamed in 2004 after S.C. native and current NASA administrator Charles Bolden.