MANATEE COUNTY – Halfacre Construction Company, a commercial construction company, has been selected to add a structure to Gene Witt Elementary School’s current campus and renovate its existing buildings.
Located at 200 Rye Road in Bradenton, there are currently seven existing buildings, totaling about 87,000 square feet, on the school’s campus. The new building, which is still in the design phase, will likely be between 15,000 and 20,000 square feet. It will be used for additional classrooms and match the school’s present architecture with the help of Williamson Dacar Associates, the architect on the project. Scheduled to start next summer, the project is slated to take about 2 years due to phasing.
The total project budget is $20 million and includes site work to clear a 7-acre parcel, incorporating additional asphalt driving lanes for the parent drop-off and pickup queue and adding new playfields.
Gene Witt Elementary School was named after Gene Witt, a teacher, coach, principal and former Manatee County School District superintendent who served the Manatee County school system for more than 35 years. The school opened in his name and honor in 1994.
“This project is extremely special to me because my grandfather loved this school,” said Greg Witt, Gene Witt’s grandson and a project manager for Halfacre Construction Company. “Gene Witt Elementary School is a legacy left by my grandfather, who worked tirelessly to serve the school system and this community. Our team plans to honor that gift, but I know I have very big shoes to fill in order to extend his legacy into my generation.”
Before construction commences, the construction team and subcontractors will build a memorial for Gene Witt this summer through donations raised by Principal David Marshall and the school to fund the project.
About Halfacre Construction Company
As the area’s oldest, most established, locally owned and operated private commercial construction company, Halfacre’s foundational strengths stand as evidence that its commercial and industrial construction projects will be delivered on time, within budget, with the utmost integrity and with the expertise and financial strength needed for success. Halfacre Construction also offers its expertise as a green building provider with the resources available to build viable, effective alternatives to reduce energy consumption and preserve natural resources. Staff includes U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certified professionals who have demonstrated proficiency in green building practices and who possess a thorough grasp of the LEED Green Building Rating System. Halfacre President Jack Cox serves as president of the Suncoast Charities for Children and The Argus Foundation. For more information, please visit www.HalfacreConstruction.com.