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LowcountryBizSC: Frampton Construction wraps up Charleston Trade Center project

Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a regional full-service construction firm providing planning and design support, preconstruction, and construction services, has completed a build-to-suit industrial manufacturing facility for Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a global, diversified manufacturing and service company. The project, developed by The Keith Corporation, is located within the Charleston Trade Center in Summerville, S.C.

The 144,000-square foot building is home to Curtiss-Wright’s Steam & Air Solutions (SAS) business unit and supports the design, manufacture, test, and shipment of U.S. Navy steam turbines and steam valves, nuclear steam turbines, aftermarket steam parts, upgrades, and overhauls. The facility was constructed of pre-cast concrete panels and structural steel with complex heavy manufacturing equipment foundations and ceilings with a 40’ clear height, tall enough to accommodate large overhead bridge cranes and other specialty equipment.

“We’re thrilled to be locating our operations in Summerville and look forward to supplying our mission-essential products and services from our new, modern manufacturing, testing, and office facility,” said Greg Hempfling, senior vice president and general manager of the Electro-Mechanical Systems (EMS) division.

Manufacturing operations comprise 109,000-square feet of the building. Open office areas, private offices, conference rooms, and a cafeteria occupy the remaining 35,000-square feet. A steam test plant, which will be used by Curtiss-Wright to test products within the facility, is currently underway and will be operational by summer 2020.

“We’re proud to deliver this state-of-the-art facility for Curtiss-Wright. It took an incredible amount of coordination and teamwork to customize this facility for housing the specialty machinery and equipment required for the important work they’ll do here,” said Chad Frampton, CEO of Frampton Construction.

Additional partners on this project include McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, WGPM Engineering, and RMF Engineering. Construction began in November of 2018 and was completed in November of 2019.


Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 9,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.curtisswright. com.

Established in 1989, The Keith Corporation is a privately-held, full service owner and developer of industrial, warehouse, and other commercial properties in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the U.K. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Keith Corporation has become one of the country’s most well-respected build-to-suit developers. Having delivered over 250 projects and more than twenty-five million square feet of manufacturing, distribution, industrial and commercial space for a highly diverse corporate clientele, The Keith Corporation has developed a reputation for their accountability, expertise, and total client satisfaction, on all projects. For more information, go to www.thekeithcorp.com  or call 704-365-6000.

Frampton Construction is a regional full-service construction firm offering planning and design support, preconstruction, and construction services. The dedicated team of professionals takes pride in building strong relationships with clients while providing the highest quality of service. They deliver executive leadership and personal oversight throughout the building process, while working diligently to exceed the expectations of every client. With offices in Charleston, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., the company is positioned to manage projects in the Carolinas and beyond. For more information, please visit http://frampton.construction/ or call 843-572-2400.

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