Robert Carl Olerich of Manteo, July 3

By on July 9, 2024

April 10, 1941 – July 3, 2024

Robert Carl Olerich, 83, of Manteo, NC, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born on April 10, 1941, in Wall Lake, IA, he was the son of the late Jessie Erickson Olerich and Edward Olerich.

Robert served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. Following his discharge, he continued to serve his community by joining Local Union 540 Plumbers and Steamfitters, where he worked diligently for many years.

There are many things that could be said about a man who lived well. He embraced and found joy in the simple pleasures of life: the ocean, fishing, a good meal paired with anything chocolate, keeping a well-manicured lawn with colorful flowers, and music of all genres; he was a very popular dance partner in his prime. His wittiness and fun-loving nature will truly be missed.

In addition to the precious hats Robert wore as son, brother, husband, uncle, and most notably ‘Grandpop’, he was a proud veteran and brave warrior to the very end, battling heart disease and other health conditions for numerous years. There was no doubt, the love he had for his family was unconditional and without expectation. He was well-loved in return, and his memory will be cherished forever.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Pattie Long Olerich; stepdaughters, Debbie Wescott of Kitty Hawk and Tammy Wescott (Mark) of Manteo; five grandchildren, Shawn (Mary), Jenna (Owen), Brett (Katlin), Todd, and Meredith (Josh); eight great-grandchildren; sister, Deb Olerich; and nieces, Haiden and Luciann.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo. To live stream Robert’s service, please visit

In loving memory of Robert, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (, an organization he deeply cherished and supported.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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