Dr. J. Phinnize Fisher Middle School

Greenville, SC

Greenville County Schools
Delivery Method

Project Description

Fisher is a 179,000 SF three-story middle school with the first-ever STEAM designation for Greenville County Schools. STEAM represents a curriculum focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. This has led to the intentional incorporation of systems and facilities like a net zero greenhouse facility, a wind harvest system for power, solar panels for hot water, and a low impact storm water collection system.

As a Design-Bid-Build project, Harper was not brought to the project until construction documents were completed. Due to budget constraints, significant value engineering was performed to bring the project within budget.

With approximately 6 weeks of weather delays, Harper worked extra hours and utilized a phased construction approach by constructing multiple parts of the project at the same time. This allowed students to be in the building by August for the start of the school year. The project was on schedule and was delivered within the updated GMP.


  • Value Engineering
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • STEAM School


  • 3-of-3 Green Globes® Award Winner