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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!!!

2010 Building Construction
$26 - $40 Million AGC Build Kentucky Award
Garrard County High School
Lancaster, KY
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.

2010 build kentucky award

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.

Russell County Detention Center Ribbon Cutting

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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Branscum Construction Company and its subsidiary, Precision Erection Company held their 34th Annual Holiday Dinner and Awards Banquet on December 10, 2010, at the Russell County Auditorium and Natatorium.   At the dinner, the Associate of the Year was recognized along with those with five, ten and fifteen years of service and there was a drawing for door prizes.  

Branscum Construction and Precision Erection Company were proud to honor so many associates for their many years of service completed in 2010.  Recognized for five years of service were Neal Bradshaw of Campbellsville and Rene Bejarano of Somerset.   Acknowledged for ten years of service were Luis Ineztroza of Liberty and Billy Stearns of Russell Springs.  Roger Helm of Jamestown, Chris Hudgins of Greensburg and James Murphy of Owenton were distinguished for fifteen years of service.

BRUSS North America, Inc. celebrated the expansion of their facility in Russell Springs, KY with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. CST.  Governor Steve Beshear was present to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting, along with over 150 people including company and local leaders.

"It's a Great Day for Russell County."  Gov. Beshear said, "The German-owned company, which specializes in the manufacturing of sealing systems for transmission and engines, has invested $10 million and is currently in the process of adding more than 100 new jobs."

Branscum Construction Company was the Construction Manager on this 130,000 square foot expansion.  The expansion included manufacturing space, warehousing space, break room, and offices.  The Branscum Team included Sandra Honaker, Project Manager, and the Superintendent was Randall Redmon.

BRUSS ribbon cutting

A Dedication Ceremony was held on July 25, 2010, in Lancaster, Kentucky for the new 117,000 square foot Garrard County High School.  There were several hundred members of the community including local and state dignitaries present to help celebrate the opening of the New High School.  The program included guest speakers Representative Lonnie Napier and US Representative Ben Chandler.  Also speaking were Kevin Stull, Principal of the New GCHS, Jerry Browning, Joe Brown, Chairman of the Garrard County Board of Education, Donald Aldridge, Garrard County Superintendent, and Zackary Parsons, senior at GCHS who gave the benediction.

Following the Ceremony there were freshments and everyone had the opportunity to tour the new Garrard County School at their own leisure.  A color schematic of the facility was available

The new Garrard County High School is paving the way in Kentucky by providing students with a State of the Art Learning Facility.  The new school was built in two phases.  Phase "A" consist of the school and site work.  One of the unique features in the school is that the heating and cooling system along with the lights throughout the facility are all controlled by computer.  Also gone are the days of chalkboards, they have been replaced with dry erase boards and smart boards.  There are so many more extras such as; an art room which is equipped with a kiln for pottery and a technical lab where students can study engineering and computer repair.

 While Phase "B" contained the construction of the Athletic Field House, which houses the coaches' offices, a weight room as well as the locker room.  There is the Greenhouse with an outside science lab, rain garden, courtyard, amphitheater and a shelter for outdoor classes. Also included in Phase B was the construction of the Football, Baseball and Soccer Fields.

Branscum Construction Company's dedication to excellence has provided Garrard County a "Landmark Project" that we are all can be very proud of.   The Branscum Team that worked on this remarkable new learning facility was Project Manager Jeff Cook, CM Senior Superintendent Terry Loy, and GC Superintendent Richard Pitman.  Branscum Construction was the Construction Manager and the architect was Ross-Tarrant for the new Garrard County High School.

garrard county high school dedication

Branscum Construction Company was honored to be part of the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Lake Cumberland Area Development District (LCADD) facility in Russell Springs, Kentucky.  The Ceremony took place on July 22, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. with a large crowd on hand to help celebrate.  After the Ribbon Cutting, all the attendees were invited to tour the new facility and enjoy refreshments.

The new facility features 8,750 square feet with 24 offices, several conference rooms, and multi-purpose rooms.  The new construction was attached to the existing LCADD building.  Besides housing the LCADD offices, they also rent space to the Office of Employment & Training, the Kentucky Farm Workers Program, the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Office for the Blind.

The dedication of the Branscum Construction Team allowed LCADD to be completed on time and within Budget.  The Project Manager for this project was Larry McEnroe and the Superintendent was Jerry Brown.

LCADD Ribbon Cutting

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