Greenville County was chosen as the recipient of one of the state's most ambitious building initiatives: a five-year construction and renovation project that would encompass up to 72 schools in the district. The full contract, which includes renovation and/or new construction for the 72 schools that make up Greenville County, is slated for completion in 2006 at a cost of approximately $862 million. Seventeen schools have already opened; 17 more schools are in the construction process and several more are in their commissioning phases.
This project is unique because it is a first for the state of South Carolina: outsourcing a project for an entire group of schools. To begin this bold initiative, the Greenville County Schools, in second quarter 2003, hired Institutional Resources (IR), a local construction management consortium, to install the fire protection and security technology. Blue Ridge Security Systems (BRSS), a security systems integrator, was the successful bidder for the fire technology.