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Branscum Construction Company and its subsidiary, Precision Erection Company held their 35th Annual Christmas Dinner and Awards Banquet on December 2, 2011, at the Russell County Auditorium and Natatorium.   The evening began with a warm welcome to all of the associates from Stephen Branscum, who has been hosting this dinner for over 35 years in appreciation of all the companies' associates.  During the annual dinner, the 2011 Associate of the Year was announced, this associate is nominated by his or her peers based on their overall performance.  Also, acknowledged during the dinner were associates with five, ten, fifteen and twenty-five years of service. A Safety Award was given to recognize associates' safety record and there was also an acknowledgment of projects qualifying for Building for Excellence in 2011. 

The Dedication Ceremony of the new Russell County Judicial Center was held Tuesday afternoon, September 27th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  The ceremony was held upstairs in the Circuit Courtroom were approximately one hundred and fifty members of the community, including local and state dignitaries.  The ceremony began with a Welcome Greeting from Russell County Judge-Executive Gary D. Robertson followed by the Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem.  Members of the Russell Springs Masonic Lodge performed the Laying of the Corner Stone Ceremony.  Gail Wilson then recognized all present and past Judges who have served in Russell County and their families.  Remarks were made by Former Chief Justice of KY Joseph E. Lambert and Supreme Court of KY Justice Daniel J. Venters.  The Dedication Address was given by Chief Justice of KY John D. Minton Jr.  "Since the early days of the Commonwealth, Kentucky courthouses have held a special place as the center of our communities,"  he added.  "It is a privilege to celebrate with the people of Russell County as they dedicate this outstanding new Judicial Center."  At the conclusion of the Dedication Ceremony, everyone moved outside to the front of the Judicial Center for the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, afterwards, the community was welcomed to tour the facility.

The New 160-room Russell County Judicial Center consists of approximately 45,000 square feet, which includes the Circuit Court, District Court, Family Court, Circuit Court Clerk Offices, Judges Quarters and a Sally Port.  There is a single point security entrance and private cells for inmates who have court dates to provide the highest level of court security.  With the ultimate goal of safety, the new Judicial Center is outfitted with three separate elevator systems; the Judge's, the public's and the inmate's elevator.  This will provide a safe environment for all judicial officials and staff, inmates and the public who are required to be in the building for court dates, meetings, and business.  The Judicial Center is equipped with the latest computers, video, and networking technology throughout the facility.  A security team will also be in place inside the courthouse, with access to top of the line security equipment and cameras.

The Russell County Judicial Center was designed to meet the standards required by the Administrative Office of the Courts.  The architect who designed the judicial center was Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. form Lexington.  Branscum Construction Company of Russell Springs was the Construction Manager for the project and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates were the financial agents.  The Branscum Construction Team was Sandra Honaker, Project Manager, and Larry McGowan, Project Superintendent.

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The Lake Cumberland District Health Department celebrated the completion of the new Russell County Health Department on September 1, 2011.  Many members of the community and local officials were on hand to help dedicate this new facility to county.  "The New Health Department is dedicated to serving the people of Russell County," Bonnie Tucker.  After a short dedication ceremony, everyone moved outside to the front of the building for the ribbon cutting.

The new Russell County Health Department is a 20,000 square foot building consisting of new administrative offices, exam rooms, labs, specialty clinic, waiting areas, and nurse's stations.  There is also, a staff break area, a fully functional kitchen, a 1,400 square foot conference room and a new Environmental Department.  The new facility is decorated warm and inviting to ensure that the public feels welcome and safe.  There is even a play area in the main lobby with a fish aquarium to entertain the young and old alike.

Branscum Construction Company's dedication to excellence has provided Russell County with a state of the art medical facility that we all can be very proud of.  The Branscum Team that worked on the project was Project Manager Jeff Cook and Superintendent Rick Brown.  Branscum Construction was the Construction Manager on this project and the architect was Brandstetter Carroll.

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Branscum Construction Company was honored to be part of the Dedication and Open House Ceremony for the new Sunrise Manor in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The Open House took place on August 28th, 2011 with a large crowd from the community on hand to help celebrate and to have look at the new 2 story nursing home facility that consists of 142 beds. After the Dedication, all the attendees were invited to tour the new facility.

The new facility features 90,000 square feet with resident rooms, community areas; inside and outside, kitchen & dining room. There are also several administrative offices, nurse stations, a chapel, and a physical therapy room. 

The commitment of the Branscum Construction Team allowed Sunrise Manor to be completed on time and within Budget. The Project Manager for this project was Sandra Honaker and the Superintendents were Chris Hudgins and Jim Rock.  The Architect was Jerry Herndon.

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A Ground Breaking Ceremony and project blessing took place on Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at the Russell Springs 1st Baptist Church for their new Christian Life Center.  There were over 100 members of the congregation present for this event. 

The new Christian Life Center will consist of 19,420 square feet with a full-size gymnasium, youth room, classrooms, concession area, and a connector lobby.  Site work began on July 11th and the project has a 12-month completion date.

Branscum Construction is the general contractor for this project.  Jonathan Smith will be the project manager and Chris Hudgins will be on-site superintendent. 

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On June 22, 2011, Branscum Construction Company, Inc. became the first and only Commercial General Contractor in the state of Kentucky to achieve and to be recognized as a CHASE Blue Level member of the AGC of Kentucky and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet CHASE partnership program.  

Realizing this remarkable accomplishment meant meeting several stringent requirements laid out by the Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) Partnership program.  Wall-to-wall site safety inspections were conducted at various job sites.  The addresses of all current projects were submitted to AGC officials who forwarded them to the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.  Each project was subject to site safety inspections by seasoned veteran inspectors.  AGC of KY chose to conduct safety inspections at the Garrard County Judicial Center, Sunrise Manor Long-Term Care facility, and Whitley County Freshman Academy.  All projects chosen for inspection were approximately 70% complete with as many as forty tradesmen on site representing up to eight trade divisions.  Each project visited passed the thorough inspection process.


The final steps toward being awarded the CHASE Blue Level status were undergoing on-site inspections conducted by safety officials with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. CPP Administrator, Mr. Bill Carey, and the partnership staff made final inspections at the Garrard Judicial site.  The site was found to be worthy of positive recognition and Branscum Construction Company's safety program and safety record had achieved the coveted Blue Level status.    

The AGC of Kentucky and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Occupational Safety and Health Program (KY-OSH) equally agree upon the importance of providing a safe and healthy work environment in the construction industry.   This realization brought forth the CHASE partnership program to achieve construction workplace safety through shared strategies and objectives. The Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) partnership is a merger between AGC of Ky and OSHA.  This program was implemented in January 2001 with 3 levels of excellence, Red, White, and Blue.  Numerous construction companies are represented as members of the CHASE Program, all of whom are striving to reach the Blue Level Status. 

Congratulations to Branscum Construction Co. Inc. for their efforts towards keeping the safety of all its associates first and foremost.


IGA held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, May 2 to mark the renovation of the grocery store from what was previously Houchens to IGA.

Over the past several months Branscum Construction Company has been working on the construction project to reduce the size of the store while the store stayed open to the public.  The renovation was to focus on the IGA product line and improve the shopper's experience.  The changes to the store include equipment upgrades, painting, new lighting, new stand up deep freezer cases, and refrigerator units.   

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What Clients are Saying About Branscum

“We have utilized the services of this firm since 1991; spanning my entire tenure as superintended of the Whitley County School System.”

—Lonnie Anderson, Superintendent, Whitley County School