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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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On Friday, February 25th, AGC of Kentucky presented the Build Kentucky Awards at the 21st Annual Associated General Contractors of Kentucky Awards and Dinner.  This Award is presented in recognition of the Commonwealth's most prestigious projects that stand out due to their excellence in construction, project management, innovative design, state-of-the-art advancements and their positive impact on the community and the environment.  Branscum Construction was among those distinguished General Contractors to be acknowledged for their excellence in building.

Josh Branscum, Business Development and Terry Loy, Senior Superintendent accepted the $26 - $40 Million Build Kentucky Award for Branscum Construction for the construction of the Garrard County High School.  Branscum was honored to share the award with Superintendent Donald Aldridge, who accepted the award on behalf of the owner, Garrard County Board of Education.   Accepting the award for Ross Tarrant Architects was Kelly Ives and Leonard Bowers.

Branscum Construction would like to formally thank everyone who worked on the Garrard County High School.  This honor would not have been possible without the dedication of our valued subcontractors, Ross Tarrant Architects and the entire Branscum Construction Team.  Branscum would like to express our gratitude to Superintendent Donald Aldridge and the Garrard County Board of Education.  Thank You!!!

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Garrard County High School
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The Garrard County Board of Education was faced with a steadily growing school district in its already overcrowded schools.  Therefore, a decision was made to build a new high school and to redistribute its student population to lessen the overcrowding in all of the schools.  An 84-acre location was selected and site work began in July of 2007.  Due to the size of the project, the construction of the new facility was divided into two phases.  Phase "A" consisted of the 122,000 square foot main body of the high school which included classrooms to house over 800 students and the common space to accommodate 1,000 people.  Phase "B" of the construction includes athletic offices, field, and outdoor classes.  The new high school is equipped with the latest technological advancements.  The entire school's heating, cooling and lighting systems are controlled by one central computer.  Classrooms are outfitted with smart boards to help students acquire the skills they will need to go on to college or to be workforce ready. 
Branscum continues to deliver quality landmark projects that communities and future generations of students will be proud of.

Branscum Construction has been the recipient of numerous AGC "Build Kentucky" Awards in previous years.  The most recent projects have been 2009 for Russell County Auditorium and Natatorium in Russell Springs, KY and David L. Williams Southeastern Kentucky Agricultural & Expo Complex in Corbin, KY.  In 2008 for First Baptist Church in Russell Springs, KY and 2007 for Ransdell Chapel at Campbellsville University.

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The Russell County Fiscal Court held a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the new Russell County Detention Center on Friday, February 11th, 2011. 

Over a hundred members of the community gathered to witness the official opening of the new detention center.  The ceremony began with Brother Billy Dunbar leading the crowd in an opening prayer then introducing Judge-Executive Gary Robertson to say a few words. Followed by Mr. Stephen Branscum, President of Branscum Construction Company, "This is certainly a landmark facility for Russell County.  Not necessarily for its architectural is one of the most state of the art facilities of its kind."

Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, Rodney Ballard gave a brief history of the progression of the jail from the old jail "which was crumbling around you," to the new facility.

Jailer Bobby Dunbar was the final speaker before the invocation and everyone going outside to conduct the ribbon cutting.  Everyone was encouraged to tour the new facility.

The new Detention Center started accepting its first prisoners on Wednesday morning, February 16, 2011.

The new 86 bed facility is a state-of-the-art correction facility.  There are both male and female dayrooms as well as segregation cells.  The kitchen is fully operational with walk-in cooler and freezer, a fully operational laundry room and inmate medical exam room.  There are also electronic video visitation stations for inmates to communicate with the public.

Branscum Construction was the Construction Manager on the Russell County Detention Center project.  The Branscum Team consisted of Project Manager David Milam and Superintendent James Gilbert.

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The Associated General Contractors of Kentucky, the state's largest commercial construction association, was pleased to announce that Senator Vernie McGaha of Russell Springs, Kentucky is the recipient of their 2010 Legislative Award of Merit.

The award presentation took place on Friday, January 28th, 2011 at Branscum Construction Company in Russell Springs, KY.   Presenting the award to Senator McGaha were Jon Brazel & Ron Wolf with AGC of KY, Stephen Branscum who has twice served as past AGC of KY President and Josh Branscum, who is currently serving on the AGC of KY Board of Directors. 

Senator McGaha has served with distinction in representing the interests of the citizens of Adair, Casey, Pulaski, and Russell counties.  As a policymaker, his leadership and public service has been a tremendous asset to the Commonwealth in its entirety and he has always supported the construction industry.  During the most recent session of Kentucky General Assembly, Senator McGaha was the principal sponsor of two important bills which positively affect our industry - Senate Bill - 175 and Senate Bill - 176 relating to government contracts and reverse auctions, respectively.  His stewardship of the public trust and his willingness to work with the business community on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is greatly appreciated.

"Senator McGaha has distinguished himself throughout his public service career and he truly embodies everything that the Legislative Award of Merit is intended to represent," said AGC of Kentucky Executive Vice President Richard C. Vincent.  "On behalf of the entire membership of the AGC of Kentucky we are pleased to present Senator Vernie McGaha with the 2010 AGC of Kentucky Legislative Award of Merit."

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What Clients are Saying About Branscum

“Every person with your company has a sense of pride in what ever they are doing that really shows on every finished project. The self motivation of each person is very easy to see, everyone pushes to complete each and every project on time.”

—Jim McWilliams, Project Coordinator Rite Aid