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It is with great pride that the Fermata Foundation has partnered with Bill McGhee and his sons, the grandson and great-grandsons of the original McGhee and McGhee contractors (Circa 1929), to restore Fermata Hall. Doing business as Sitec, LLC, the McGhee and McGhee legacy will continue as they work to preserve and restore this historically and architecturally significant building.


Upon the centennial of the founding of the Fermata School for Girls, the Fermata Foundation was formed to address the uncelebrated and underutilized Fermata Gymnasium. With a multi-year plan to restore and renovate, the Fermata Foundation seeks to preserve the building’s structure and significance – so that the community as a whole can honor the school’s past – and rejoice in its future. Historically and architecturally symbolic, the Fermata School Gymnasium has a story to tell, and returned to its glory, will set the stage for many stories to come as Aiken’s new homeroom for weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, nonprofit functions, community theater, and recitals.


With architectural plans developed, a contractor secured, and interior design under way, the Fermata Foundation plans to restore the deteriorating Fermata Gymnasium in phases as fundraising goals are met. Improvements to be made include:


  • Strengthening and leveling of the main floor and back porch

  • Plumbing and electrical upgrades

  • Installation of air conditioning

  • Bathroom remodeling

  • Kitchen expansion to accommodate a commercial catering kitchen

  • Façade and entrance enhancements, including wheel chair access

  • Roof and siding replacement

  • Window refurbishment and replacement

  • Copper gutter replacement

  • Interior and exterior painting

  • Installment of all interior fixtures, finishes and furniture

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