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The Dedication Ceremony of the New Adair County Judicial Center was held on May 20, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. with approximately one hundred fifty members of the community including local and state dignitaries present.  The ceremony began with a Welcome Greeting from Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton followed by the Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Presentation of Colors, and the National Anthem.  Members of the Columbia Masonic Lodge performed the Laying of the Corner Stone Ceremony.   During the Passing of Justice Ceremony, Adair Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy accepted the Scales of Justice and the first Deed book from the old courthouse from predecessor William Caldwell, portrayed by re-enactor Richard Phelps.  The Scales of Justice art piece is a model by Columbia sculptor Tim Smith's bronze scale which will be placed at the top of the fountain which is scheduled for completion in the near future.  The large crowd then heard remarks from Sue Stivers, Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters and Vice Chief Regional District Judge Michael Loy.  

The Dedication Address was given by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr.  "It is a privilege to celebrate with the people of Adair County as they dedicate this outstanding new Judicial Center," Chief Justice of Kentucky John Minton Jr. said. "Since the early days of the commonwealth, Kentucky's courthouses have held a special place as the center of our communities."  At the conclusion of the Dedication Ceremony, there was a Ribbon Cutting in front of the New Judicial Center doors and the community was welcomed to tour the facility.

The New Adair County Judicial Center consists of approximately 37,232 square feet, which includes the Circuit Court, District Court, Family Court, Circuit Court Clerk Offices, Judges quarters and Sally Port area for Judges.  The prisoner single-point security entrance with magnetometers and a holding facility will provide the highest level of court security.  In addition, the prisoners will be segregated from the public by a separate corridor and entrances into the courtrooms.   The New Judicial Center is also equipped with the latest computer, video, and networking technology.  

The Adair 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 DLZ Architects from Frankfort.  Branscum Construction Company of Russell Springs was the Construction Manager for the Project and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates were the financial agents. 

Adair County Judicial Center Dedication Ceremony

On December 4th, 2009 Branscum held their Annual Christmas Party where Mr. Jerry Brown was named 2009 Associate of the Year.  Jerry was nominated for this honor by his peers and joins a distinguished group of associates that have received this award in past years.

This award is a very serious and honorable award that recognizes an individual's overall performance.  This associate is one who is a true representation of the Branscum organization and is a role model for all their co-associates to follow.  Their performance is based on the following items:  loyalty, attitude, attendance, knowledge of the industry, personality, working with others, conduct, ability, production, quality of work, safety and effort.

Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Monday, September 28th to officially start the construction of the new Russell County Judicial Center, in Jamestown, KY.   Approximately 80 people, including city, county, and state officials were present to celebrate the beginning of construction.

The new Judicial Center will be approximately 44,500 square feet.  It will be equipped with the modern infrastructure to support data, computer, video and networking technology.  The facility will also provide the highest level of security through a single point entry with magnetometers and security personnel.   The project is estimated to be completed within a 15-18 month period.

Branscum-Pepper Construction is the Construction Manager and Brandstetter Carroll Architectural Firm of Lexington designed the new Judicial Center.  The Project Manager for this job is Sandra Honaker and Larry McGowan is the Superintendent.

Russell County Judicial Groundbreaking

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Garrard County Justice Center was held on Thursday, September 24, 2009, in Lancaster, KY.   A large crowd including city, county, and state officials were on hand to help celebrate the start of this new facility.

Due to rain, the main ceremony was held inside the current courthouse, with standing room only.  After the speeches were over there was a small break in the weather, and everyone moved back outside for the official groundbreaking.  Shovels and hardhats were handed out and participants tossed the first ceremonial shovels full of dirt to mark the start of construction.

The new Garrard County Justice Center will house the county's District, Circuit, Family and Drug Courts.  The Offices of the Property Valuation Administrator, County Clerk, and Judge-Executive will remain in the current courthouse.  The project is expected to be completed in the winter of 2010 and cost $11.9 million.

Branscum-Pepper Construction, LLC  is the Construction Manager for this project and the architect for the project is Brandstetter Carroll.  The project manager is Jeff Cook and Bill Bridges is the Project Superintendent. 

Garrard County Justice Center Breaks Ground

Branscum Construction Company, Inc. and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department held a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday, August 27, 2009, for the new Russell County Health Department in Jamestown, KY.    A large crowd was on hand for the event; including elected officials, board members of the LCDHD, associates of the Russell County Health Department and other members of the Russell County community.

The new 16,000 square foot facility will be located on Fruit of the Loom Drive on 7.5 acres and will provide the Russell County Health Department with much-needed room for all of the agencies that are housed in the current crowded facility.  The new building is projected to take 10 months to complete.

The Site Package for the new Health Department will bid September 30th at 1:00 p.m. CST at the Russell County Court House, Circuit Court Room 410 in Jamestown, KY.  While the remaining bid process for construction bid packages will be scheduled in a couple of weeks.

Branscum Construction is the Construction Manager on the project and Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. will serve as Architect.  Mr. Jeff Cook is the Project Manager on this project and the Superintendent is TBD. 

RC Health Dept ground breaking

Wildcat Harley Davidson located on the Hal Rogers Parkway in London, KY skipped the traditional ribbon cutting.  Instead, they choose to use an acetylene torch to burn through a chain to officially open the new Harley Davidson dealership on June 1, 2009. Branscum Construction began working with owner, Scott Maddux and Shane Richmond in fall of 2008 designing a new Harley dealership. This project was completed in 6 months, despite the cold, wet weather we encountered this past winter. The store encompasses 32,000 square feet of floor space. The new dealership has a parts and service department, showroom, design center, accessories, and apparel area, along with a rider's lounge and an outside fire pit. There will be more Grand Opening festivities on July 11, 2009.

Harley Davidson chain cutting

At the 20th Annual Associated General Contractors of Kentucky dinner on February 19th, Branscum Construction Company Inc. was recognized for two of their outstanding construction projects. 

2009 Building Construction

$11 - $15 Million AGC Build Kentucky Award 

Russell County Auditorium and Natatorium - Russell Springs, KY

2009 Building Construction

$16 - $25 Million AGC Build Kentucky Award 

David L. Williams Southeastern Kentucky Agricultural & Expo Complex

Corbin, KY

The AGC of Kentucky presents the Build Kentucky Award in recognition of the Commonwealth's most outstanding construction projects.  For a project to be eligible for these prestigious awards they must have been completed in 2009 and demonstrate innovative construction techniques, state-of-the-art advancement, community improvement, project management and environmental sensitivity. 

Branscum Construction has been awarded numerous AGC "Build Kentucky" Awards in previous years.  The most recent projects having been:

2008 AGC Build Kentucky Award 

First Baptist Church in Russell Springs, KY

2007 AGC Build Kentucky Award 

Ransdell Chapel at Campbellsville University

Building Construction:

$11 - $15 Million AGC "Build Kentucky" Award

Russell County Auditorium & Natatorium Complex

The Russell County Board of Education was looking to strengthen their Arts & Humanities programs, expand their Physical Education Curriculum and increase their classroom space to accommodate recent growth in the district.  The Board of Education partnered with Branscum Construction to create a unique design that would tie together three diverse types of building pads and structures into one common facility.  This landmark project consists of approximately 64,000 square feet with 10 classrooms, a large capacity multi-purpose room, an auditorium that seats more than 700 guests, along with an exercise room and a natatorium which consists of an eight lane competition pool.  The new facility will provide multiple uses to this growing community and the school system. 

Building Construction:

$16 - $25 Million AGC Build Kentucky Award

David L. Williams Southeastern Kentucky Agricultural & Expo Complex

The City of Corbin sought a facility that would bring both entertainment and promote economic development to this region of Kentucky.  The new arena was designed with traditional features while incorporating modern design and engineering.  The building is pre-engineered with several conventional steel components; the exterior uses a combination of split face block and architectural siding with an abundance of glass storefronts and an illuminated tower feature.  It consists of 132,000 square feet and has approximately 5,000 fixed seats and room for an additional 2,000 portable seats.  The Arena will be used for concerts, sporting events, tradeshows and various other types of entertainment.

Branscum Construction would like to formally thank everyone who worked on both of these projects.  This honor would not have been possible without the dedication of our valued subcontractors, architectural firms & the Branscum Construction staff.  We would like to express our gratitude to Superintendent Scott Pierce with the Russell County Board of Education.  As well as Mayor Willard McBurney & City Manager Bill Ed Cannon with the City of Corbin.  Thank You!

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