Florence company given $15 million contract to build new courthouse

A Florence company has been awarded a $15.4 million contract to build Darlington County’s new courthouse/judicial center in downtown Darlington. County Council on Aug. 9 awarded the contract to FBi Construction, the low bidder on the project. Earlier this summer, county administrator Charles Stewart said that, once approved, “the contract will call for a 16-month construction period.” The county’s existing cube-shaped courthouse will remain standing, but will be used for county operations, not judicial business. All judicial work will be done at the new courthouse, to be built on North Main Street near the Carnegie Library. The new facility is to be 33,000 square feet, and will include a large courtroom on the first floor and smaller courtrooms on the second. FBi Construction is headquartered in Florence with a coastal office in Conway. According to its website, the company’s work has included municipal, retail, industrial, educational, medical and faith-based institutions.

— Bobby Bryant

Author: Rachel Howell

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