SPC College Round-Up

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1 – SPC College Round-Up:

Since Buren Williford opened Southern Piping Company in 1965, we have completed a vast number of projects throughout the great state of North Carolina. Though our founder is no longer the company head, we have worked to preserve his legacy within the company’s values today, as well as work to update his vision to the present (by adding a greater range of services and tackling a wider range of projects).

Buren Williford believed in the value of education – he was a tireless advocate, and he was appointed to the North Carolina Community College Board of Trustees by Pat McCrory. While he was head of SPC, he worked with the heads of various universities throughout the state to complete a number of campus projects, most of which he oversaw himself. During his life, Buren Williford also worked to instill a value for education in his sons (who now run SPC Mechanical). Mark WIlliford served as Vice-Chair of the Dean’s Advancement Council at East Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology. Mark also served on the Advisory Board for ECU’s School of Construction Management. Mark is currently the Executive Vice President of SPC Mechanical, and his older brother Chris is the President.

SPC Mechanical is pleased to have been a part of many campuses across the state, both before and after Buren Williford’s retirement.

Here are a few of our projects:

  • North Carolina State University:
    • Reynold’s Coliseum:
      • As part of a $35 million renovation in 2016, SPC brought air conditioning to the assembly area and arena for the first time since it’s opening in 1949. This is considered one of the nine “hallowed spaces” on campus, and it was the largest basketball arena in the southeast when it opened.
    • StateView Hotel:
      • The StateView is part of the Autograph Collection of Hotels by Marriott International and is located on the Centennial Campus. SPC worked to complete 90 king-sized rooms, 70 double-double rooms, and 3 suites, as we’ll as a bar, full service restaurant, and 8 meeting rooms.
  • Duke University:
    • Carmichael Building Labs:
      • SPC worked closely with university officials to complete their newest biomedical research facility, which is housed in an old warehouse. It was renovated to house the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI), and contains cutting-edge research equipment.
  • High Point University:
    • Centennial Square II Apartments:
      • These co-ed student apartment buildings house upperclassmen, and are adjacent from the Cottrell Student Center. SPC completed these 9 buildings, which contain about 49 different townhomes and about 930 units, on time and on budget.
  • East Carolina University:
    • Health Sciences Student Center:
      • This 75,000 square foot, multi-purpose facility hosts a variety of student services, including a 25,000 square foot recreation and wellness center. It is the first standalone student center on a medical campus in North Carolina. SPC worked conjointly with other building teams to complete this large project.
  • Wake Forest University:
    • The Sutton Center and Reynolds Gymnasium
      • This project is part of a 10 year, $625 million set of construction projects, more of which are listed below. The Sutton Center is a two-story addition to the old Reynold’s Gym, and was meant to transform and update the old building. The Reynold’s Gym update included adding features like an open living room, a demo kitchen, group exercise rooms, a climbing wall, a completely redone pool, and a lot of windows. As of 2018, the Reynold’s Gym and the Sutton Center had been transformed into the Wake Forest Wellbeing Center, which is focused on holistic wellbeing.
    • Residential Buildings
      • Some of the older residential buildings on campus had old HVAC systems, most had not been updated since the 1950s. SPC updated these systems as well as renovated other fixtures. This project, as well as the updating of other fixtures, was completed in the hopes of providing Wake Forest students with the best residential college experience.

The above is just a brief list of some of SPC Mechanical’s campus projects in North Carolina. We have been fortunate to have been a part of many different universities. We look forward to keeping you updated on our future work!

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