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2020 Associate of the Year

Branscum Construction Company & Precision Erection Company are pleased to announce that Vernardo Valencia has been named the 2020 Building for Excellence Associate of the Year. 

The Branscum / Precision organization bestows this worthy recognition based upon an associate’s overall performance.  Vernardo was nominated by his co-associates using the following criteria for selection:

Loyalty, Attitude, Team Work, Pride and Quality of Work. Vernardo has been part of the Precision team since 2001 and is an asset to the organization.  He was acknowledged as one of the five Honorable Mentions in the previous years; 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019. 

Also recognized by their co-associates for their dedication and hard work was this year’s five Honorable Mention:

John Burton

Keith Kerns

Dan Locke, Jr

Kim Montgomery

Michelle Pettey

2019 Associate of the Year

2019 Building for Excellence Associate of the Year Award was presented this year to Mr. Ronnie Carter, during the annual Christmas celebration lunch on December 6th, 2019. The Branscum organization bequeaths this worthy recognition based upon an associate’s overall performance. Ronnie was nominated by his co-associates using the following criteria for selection: Loyalty, Attitude, Team Work, Pride and Quality of Work. He was acknowledged as one of the five Honorable Mentions in 2018. Ronnie is a superintendent at the Boyle County Middle School Project and joined the Branscum Construction family in 2017.

Also recognized for their dedication and hard work as this year’s five Honorable Mentions; Larry Harvey, Wes Hutchinson, Don Locke Jr., Michelle Pettey, Vernardo Valencia. These individuals were also nominated by their peers for their excellence in the industry.

2019 Associate of the Year

Anthony Carnes, Safety Director, addressed the associates at our 43rd annual Christmas celebration & awards banquet.  He spoke on the importance of safety on the job sites.  There were a lot of challenges for our committee to deal with due to major changes in the industry and expanded focus within our organization. Commitment, dedication and hard work by all of our employees are necessary factors in maintaining our successful safety program. The foundation of our Safety Culture relies on the following principles:

  • * Provide our employees with the necessary training and development to achieve excellent safety performance.
  • * Zero injuries
  • * Zero loss time accidents
  • * Zero OSHA or other regulatory agency deficiencies

Carnes congratulated everyone on a job well done! He reported “Branscum/Precision EMR dropped from 0.86 to 0.80.  Not only does this lower premiums, but give us a competitive advantage in the bidding process. While 2019 was a great year, there is room for improvement. There is a lot of work to be done.

2019 Associate of the Year

Branscum Construction Company and Precision Erection Company held their 43rd Annual Christmas Celebration and Awards Banquet on December 6th, 2019. Associates came together at the First Baptist Church in Russell Springs and Steve Branscum kicked off our annual associate’s Christmas celebration by welcoming all past and current Branscum and Precision associates.  

During this year's celebration the Building for Excellence Program acknowledged the associates that contribute to the success of projects completed in 2019. These projects are evaluated using six criteria: adherence to schedule, keeping within budget, keeping quality in construction, there were no lost days due to accidents, there were no legal issues associated with the projects, and client satisfaction. The following projects met the criteria, by meeting all six of our “Project Success Goals” for this year are:

Branscum:  Fibrotex & Wal-Mart

Precision: Clark Calumet, TBIL, Dr. Schneider, BRS, TBIN, Metalsa, Atlas BZ, Big River Steel Warehouse, Big River Steel Refractory and Big River Steel Spray

These projects acheived the Building for Excellence recognization because of the outstanding Teamwork of the Branscum / Precision Organization. 


Russell County Library in progress.

The Russell County Public Library Board hired Branscum Construction to be the Construction Manager for the new Russell County Public Library in Jamestown, Kentucky. The new library will consist of a 14,955 square foot building.

Construction for the Russell County Public Library was officially kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony on May 23rd, 2018. The library, like most construction projects that began in 2018, has weathered the wettest year on record. Site work has proved to be the biggest challenge to date.

The design of the new Russell County Public Library is uniquely designed with the goals of increasing visits and improving the sense of belonging for every age and interest throughout the entire county. The library will offer easy-access parking, a drive-up book drop, and a one-story floor plan that is open and accessible for all. The library will offer more public computers, more evening and weekend operational hours, and three distinct public meeting rooms, available for county residents to use.

Boyle County Middle School in progress.

Branscum Construction and W. Rogers joined their construction talents to form Branscum - W. Rogers and was awarded, the $33.0 million New Boyle County Middle School. The new school marked the beginning of the district’s first building project since 1977.

The two-story, 122,000 square-foot middle school will feature open and flexible instructional spaces for 900 students; a collaborative learning media center; a 500-seat cultural and performing arts theater; a 900-seat gymnasium; a state-of-the-art kitchen and a robust network infrastructure to support technology in the classroom. The new middle school is being built along Cunningham Drive in Danville, Kentucky. The architectural firm of Clotfelter-Samokar led the design process. The first phase is scheduled to be completed December 2019.

"Our vision is to create spaces for future learning, designed around collaborative and personalized learning," said Superintendent Mike LaFavers. "We are a student-centered school district and this middle school will give us flexible spaces to leverage new instructional strategies, like team-teaching and inquiry-based learning, that engage kids right where they are."

Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center architects rendering.

The new Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center will offer opportunities to receive college academic and technical degrees for all sectors of the population. The center is being constructed on the grounds of the Russell County High School but will be a resource for the entire region, (Russell, Adair & Casey Counties). Branscum Construction has been hired by the Russell County Board of Education as the Construction Manager for the new Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center.

The Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center is not just a high school vocational education facility. It is a College and Workforce Center that was visualized by a wide array of community partners with varied perspectives, needs and ideas in which this project was conceived. The new technology center will provide training in five areas; Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT Services, Construction Trades, and Automotive Technology and will serve over 2,000 high school students from the region. Additionally, over 600 adults will have access to the programs in the evenings.

The new LCRCWC is a partnership of Lindsey Wilson College, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University to provide Associate to Bachelor programs. Students work toward an Associate Degree in high school and enroll in an institution of higher learning to complete a four-year degree. Certification programs will be offered as well.

What Clients are Saying About Branscum

“Branscum Construction recently completed a renovation of a portion of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church Facilities. The company was great to work with, they made the process of renovation a very smooth one. Communication was very good. Housekeeping in the renovation areas was great. Lexington Avenue Baptist Church’s experience with Branscum Construction was excellent.”

—Jack Godbey, Chair Lexington Avenue Baptist Church