Construction begins on school in Summerville’s Nexton community

Staff Report
Published April 28, 2014

The first school to be built in the Nexton community in Summerville broke ground last week.

The Nexton Elementary School is set to open in 2015-2016 academic year. The school is among the first developments for the 4,500-acre mixed-use community being developed by MeadWestvaco Corp., a global packaging company.

The Nexton Elementary School is set to open in the 2015-2016 academic year. (Rendering provided)

The Nexton Elementary School is set to open in the 2015-2016 academic year. (Rendering provided)

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“When this school opens in 18 months, it will be a hive of innovation and energy,” said Kenneth T. Seeger, president of MeadWestvaco Community Development and Land Management. “Breaking ground on a school before our first residents have arrived says powerful things about the dynamic nature of Nexton.”

As the Nexton community builds out over the next 30 years, plans call for 10,000 homes, 6 million square feet of commercial space, several schools and hotels, and 50 miles of bikes and trails. Roughly half of the land will remain green space or wetlands.

In addition to the new school, office space and a hotel are also under construction in Nexton. Another hotel, apartment building, medical campus and restaurant are also currently planned.

LS3P Associates is the architect on the new school. Contract Construction has been selected for the buildout.

Nexton Elementary School is part of the Berkeley County School District’s $198 million building and renovation plan. The funds will be used for the Nexton school, as well as an elementary school in Tanner Plantation, a middle and high school in Cainhoy Plantation and an elementary school at Fox Bank Plantation. The schools will be built in these communities by 2018.

“At Nexton, MWV is building a new kind of community. And we are shaping a new generation of thinkers and doers throughout the Berkeley County school district,” said Rodney Thompson, the Berkeley County School District superintendent.

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