Firm wins award for work on GCHS

5/1/2013

By RACHAEL GRAY

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

A construction firm's work on the new Garden City High School has earned the company national recognition and an award.

Associated Builders and Contractors announced that Adolfson & Peterson Construction's work on the GCHS High School and district stadium project has garnered the company a Pyramid Award in the Institutional ($25-$100 million) category of ABC's National Excellence in Construction Awards.

A&P representatives received the award Feb. 20 during the 23rd annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO commended the company.

"This project is an outstanding example of the innovation and commitment to superior craftsmanship that embody merit shop construction," he said.

A panel of industry experts served as the competition's judges. This year's panel included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Association of Women in Construction, and representatives from higher education, among others, according to a press release from the school district.

Garden City High School's new building opened in August 2012 and became one of the largest 6A schools in Kansas.

The new GCHS, 2720 Buffalo Way, is a 384,000-square-foot, $92.5-million building made possible by a bond issue passed in 2008.

The opening of the new high school in August, as well as the subsequent facility changes that resulted throughout the district because of the opening of the new school, was The Telegram's top local news story of 2012.

Rick Atha, USD 457 superintendent, has said the commitment of the community to the new school shows that Garden City residents fully support educating youth and providing the best possible facilities.

"I'm very appreciative of our community for stepping up and taking the initiative to support a state-of-the-art, 21st century building. It was a very bold move on the side of our community," he said.

It's not only the building itself that is capturing national attention. It's also the GCHS student body.

In the fall of 2012, the school was recognized with a National Blue Ribbon Award, which honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement. GCHS was among six Kansas schools and 269 schools nationwide to receive the recognition. A Blue Ribbon banner hangs at the new facility.

The $92.5 million project came in several million dollars under budget, which allowed the school board to approve construction of a $975,000 ticket/concession/restroom and storage building. This also allowed the asphalt parking to be changed to concrete and for adding artificial turf to the football field, designed to save on future costs.

In March, the school board approved the plan, to include lighting, a scoreboard and seating for 4,000 at the new Buffalo Stadium.

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry's leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.

A&P is one of the top 50 construction companies in the US, providing construction management, design-build and general contracting services to public and private clients. A&P serves the K-12 school, health care, energy, higher education, municipal, multi-family, retail and senior living market segments from its offices in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. For more information, visit www.a-p.com.

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