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December 2, 2009

Construction begins on DNR Florence hub office building

Better interaction with customers and more services to the public will be just some of the results of the new S.C. Department of Natural Resources Florence Hub Office Building. Public services such as boating registrations, hunting and fishing licenses, and boater/hunter education will be offered at the new location.
           
The new facility will also feature a number of "green building" elements, including energy efficient lighting, day-lighting, efficient water fixtures, low VOC paints and adhesive, and an all-inorganic exterior for sustainability and low maintenance. Job site materials recycling will be practiced during the construction phase.
           
Site work on the new S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Florence Hub Office Building began in late October.  The 8,800-square-foot, $1.9 million facility will be located at South Evander Drive in Florence, S.C., adjacent to Francis Marion University campus and has an anticipated completion date of spring 2010.  
           
"The new building represents a significant upgrade that will enable the agency to improve customer service and offer more public programs," said Kevin Kibler, assistant director of DNR and project manager overseeing the facility construction. "And with the green construction we hope to reduce the impact on the environment."
           
The Florence Hub Office Building, one of four DNR hub office locations around the state, will house offices for three DNR divisions including: Law Enforcement; Land, Water and Conservation; and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. The facility will serve Region 2 which includes: York, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Kershaw, Lee, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, and Williamsburg counties.
           
Bobbitt Design Build was selected for the project after an extensive search and interview process that included more than 20 firms. Bobbitt teamed up with Columbia-based architect, LTC Associates.

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