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On December 11th, 2017, Liberty Elementary School held an open house & ribbon cutting for the newly renovated 1936 WPA gymnasium and classroom additions.  A large crowd was on hand to help celebrate the open house. 

The Casey County Board of Education wanted to keep the 1936 Liberty Elementary gymnasium due to its history.  The architect, Sherman Carter Barnhart worked with the board to design ways to keep the bones of the WPA gymnasium but to update the gym while adding additional classrooms and a maintenance facility. 

The Branscum Team was led by Project Manager Casey Satterly and Superintendent Chris Hudgins.  This was a unique project due to maintaining as much of the original building as possible. The results are astonishing. The 1936 / 2017 Liberty Elementary Gym is a Landmark Project that will withstand the test of time.

Note: The original gym was built in 1936 by the Work Projects Administration (WPA).  The WPA was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people to carry out public works projects.  They were providing jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States.  The WPA built traditional infrastructure all over the United States such as roads, bridges, schools, courthouses, hospitals, sidewalks, waterworks, and post-offices, but also constructed museums, swimming pools, parks, community centers, playgrounds, coliseums, markets, fairgrounds, tennis courts, zoos, botanical gardens, auditoriums, waterfronts, city halls, gyms and university unions.  Most of these are still in use today.

liberty elementary gymnasium ribbon cutting

Russell Springs, KY - Branscum Construction Company, Inc., a leader in the Kentucky construction industry for 40 years, is pleased to announce the promotions of two well-deserving individuals: Josh Branscum and Jonathan Smith.  Josh Branscum has been named Executive Vice President and Jonathan Smith has been promoted to Vice President of Operations.

Josh BranscumJosh Branscum has grown up in the company watching his father Stephen Branscum start and nurture the family construction business.  Branscum began his career with Branscum Construction Company on the Russell Springs Elementary School project as a laborer, working and learning under the direction of Branscum's Senior Superintendents.  He continued working in the field while he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication at Georgetown College ('05) and Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management at Eastern Kentucky University ('07). After graduation, Branscum joined Branscum Construction's MED (Marketing, Estimating & Design) Department and oversaw all areas of Project Development. He was later promoted into the role of Business Development Director and managed business relations and project acquisitions.

As Executive Vice President, Branscum will continue to be involved in pre-construction services; however, he will now have a greater role in the overall management of the company.

"I am honored and grateful for this opportunity," said Branscum.  "I'm very energized about the team we have put together at Branscum Construction.  We have a perfect mix of veterans and those who are younger in the industry.  This has made for a great environment for learning, sharing of ideas and outside the box thinking.  We have always provided our clients with value, diversity, and strength. As we enter our 40th year of business, we are all very excited at what lies ahead!"

Jonathan SmithJonathan Smith joined the Branscum Construction team in 1993, where he started out in the field as a laborer on the Sherwin Williams expansion in Richmond.  Smith completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Math at Lindsey Wilson and he attended the Construction Estimating Institute before joining Branscum Construction's estimating department.  He has spent the last 17 years estimating and working closely with project managers, clients, and subcontractors.  Smith has vast experience with multiple delivery methods on a wide range and various types of projects. 

As Vice President of Operations, Smith will continue to be in charge of the day-to-day field operations for Branscum Construction Company.

Branscum Construction Company, Inc. was incorporated in 1977 by Paul and Stephen Branscum.  Over the past 40 years, Branscum Construction has remained a family-owned business.  Branscum Construction provides construction services throughout the mid-east and southeast regions of the United States. Their initial strategic plan has developed many efficient construction programs that can be tailored to any client's needs.  Branscum Construction's approach to meeting these needs utilizes these guiding principles: focus on quality, customer satisfaction, and effective business practices.

The driving force behind Branscum Construction's success has been its continuing mission to exceed client expectation.  Branscum Construction continues to construct landmarks for the future by "Building for Excellence."

December 2nd, Branscum Construction / Precision Erection celebrated their 40th Annual Christmas luncheon with 70 associates present. 

During our celebration David "Cobb" Mann accepted the 2016 Building for Excellence Associate of the Year Award. This award is a very serious and honorable recognition of an associate's overall performance. Each year all associates submit a nominee for the Associate of the Year based on their Loyalty, Attitude, Safety, Ability, and Quality of Work.  Mann is a role model and leader to all of his co-workers.  He joined the Branscum Construction Team in 1994 and has worked on numerous projects over the past 22 years.  Currently, he is working on the Bank of Jamestown and the Liberty Elementary School Renovation Project.

Along with the Associate of the Year Award, there were five associates recognized as Honorable Mentions; Billy Stearns, Vernardo Valencia, Vince Johnson, Richard Bunch and Josh Branscum

During the annual gathering, service awards were presented to Sandy May for 5 years of service, Jim Rock for 10 years of services.  Vince Johnson and Juan Rodriguez for 15 years, Wayne Hopper for 20 years of service and Steve Foley received his 30-year service award. 

2016 associate of the year 2016 honorable mentions

Vance MitchellVance Mitchell joins the Branscum Construction team as Director of Business Development. He graduated from Kentucky College of Business and also attended the American Institute of Management and Business Administration and US Army Logistics Management College. He spent 14 years with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, managing their Facilities Department and overseeing $500 million dollars of capital construction. Several of which were Branscum Construction projects.

Vance has been married to his wife Kendra Mitchell since 1996. They have one son, Teron (19) who is a freshman at Western Kentucky University. Vance lives in Stanford, Kentucky and enjoys working out, sports, and anything outdoors.

When Vance was asked about his job he said: "I am very excited to be a part of this amazing company and I look forward to what our future holds."

Bryan PopplewellEarlier in 2016, Bryan Popplewell became the newest estimator at Branscum Construction Company. Popplewell is a US Air Force veteran, serving for six years as an Aircraft Maintainer. During his service, he earned an Associates and a Bachelor's degree. After his military service, he spent several years working in contract compliance for the Department of Defense. His construction industry career has included positions in the field, project management, estimating, as well as owning a sub-contracting firm.

Bryan was born and raised in Russell County and is grateful and excited to be able to raise his family, in his hometown.  Bryan plans to continue his education, working towards an MBA from Xavier University.

Congratulations Whitley County Board of Education on recognition received form EnergyStar on their energy efficiency at the new Pleasant View Elementary. The new state of the art school had a one-year savings of over $25,000 in energy costs, which is a 55 percent drop in cost below the older smaller elementary school. The new Pleasant View Elementary School is ranked top 20 out of 359 schools in Kentucky on their energy efficiency. Branscum team members Casey Satterly and Larry Siler were on hand for the presentation at the Whitley Co School Board meeting.

pleasant view elementary receives energy star award

Branscum Construction is proud to be part of the First Spec Building to be constructed in Edmonton / Metcalfe County.

A groundbreaking was held May 24th, to officially kick off construction of the new 30,000 sqft industrial spec building. There was a large crowd on hand to help celebrate the great moment for Metcalfe County.

The Branscum Team is being led by Project Manager Casey Satterly and Superintendent Jim Rock. The new spec building is expected to be completed in November 2016.

Read more in this article featured in the Glasgow Daily Times.

metcalfe county industrial spec building groundbreaking

Branscum Construction Superintendent Richard Bunch was honored at the Adair County Board of Education monthly meeting held on March 17th, 2016.  The board presented Bunch with a plaque and recognized him for his hard work and dedication to building the new bus garage.  

Read more in this article featured on the Columbia Magazine website:  Adair County Transportation Complex, Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY

superintendent richard bunch honored

What Clients are Saying About Branscum

“I was extremely impressed with the efficiency & communication the Branscum firm displayed in keeping this project on task for completion.”

—Russ Pear, UK Assistant Athletic Director - Facilities