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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

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

What Clients are Saying About Branscum

“Simply put, Branscum Construction was fantastic to deal with. Thanks to Branscum’s attention to detail and round-the-clock availability.”

—Alan W. Reed, Adair County Schools