Lambert Construction Earns National Award for Will Rogers School
Lambert Construction Company has been awarded a 2014 Alliant Build America Merit Award for Excellence in Construction Management for their role in the building of Will Rogers Elementary School in Stillwater, OK. The prestigious award was presented at the 33rd annual Alliant Build America Awards – the “Oscars” of the construction industry – as part of the Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC) 96th annual convention. The ceremony took place on March 19, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Lambert project team accepted the award on behalf of the company and its partners.
“We are honored to be recognized by our peers in the construction industry, and we are grateful to have been a part of the Will Rogers project,” said Mark Lambert, President at Lambert Construction. “This very special project was a true collaborative effort involving Stillwater Schools, Tulsa-based Selser Schaefer Architects, Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects, and contractors from across the construction industry. As a team, our goal was to build a school that would make a lasting contribution to the success of Stillwater children.”
According to the AGC press release recognizing the project and Lambert’s achievement, “Will Rogers Elementary School was one of the most significant construction projects of 2014.”
Completed in May 2104, the 91,000 sq. ft. school was built to replace a 46,000 sq. ft. school constructed in 1950. As it happens, the first Will Rogers Elementary was also built by Lambert Construction Company and also won a national award for cutting-edge design. Clarence William Lambert, Mark Lambert’s grandfather, built the original school while Mark’s father, William Arthur (Bill) Lambert, was a cub mason on the project. The original commemorative plaque for that project will hang next to the new building plaque inside Will Rogers.
The new Will Rogers includes many features designed to improve student performance, safety, sustainability, and economy. Design and construction provide flexible classrooms that promote creative learning, brightly illuminated spaces with significant natural light, acoustics conducive to student learning, and excellent indoor air quality. The school is also designed for safety in extreme weather or other emergencies, with steel-reinforced concrete walls and roll-down doors that create safe corridors for the entire school population, with room to spare. In addition, the school is expected to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification this year for its sustainable design elements, including geothermal energy system.
Notable achievements in the construction process, many related to sustainable construction practices, include:
• Construction throughout an active school year on the same property as the existing school
• Maintenance of barrier fences throughout the process to ensure the safety of the school population
• Protection from damage of 30 large oak trees near the construction site
• Diversion of over 90 percent of construction and demolition waste for re-use rather than disposal
• Repurposing of waste concrete and masonry for road base, sidewalks, and parking lots
• Recycling of old glass at local recycling facilities
• Donation of wood doors and millwork to the local Habitat for Humanity
• Disposal of steel to local steel mills for repurposing
• Capture and filtration of over 2 million gallons of water used during drilling of 80 geothermal wells with less than one wheel barrow of unfiltered water leaving the site
From napkin sketches to completed facility, Will Rogers Elementary School builds on Stillwater Public Schools’ commitment to superior educational facilities. Both the design team and Lambert Construction worked closely with the Board of Education, district administrators, teachers, students, and parents to ensure the project would surpass the expectations of the Will Rogers and Stillwater communities.
Lambert Construction was one of thirty-four companies nationally to earn a 2014 Alliant Build America Awards for completed projects including university facilities, museums, hospitals, corporate complexes, bridges, highways, and rail hubs.The projects ranged in cost from $10 million to more than $370 million. The Lambert award is the first for an Oklahoma project since 2003.
Selection for the Alliant Build America Awards is made by a panel of judges consisting of other contractors who are AGC members. Award winners are selected based on state-of-the-art advancement, excellence in project management, innovation in construction or use of materials, contribution to the community, superiority in client service, rising to the challenge of a difficult job, sensitive treatment of the environment and surroundings, and partnering excellence.
AGC is a nationwide non-profit organization for construction professionals. It provides education and training, research data, and technology programs for its members. Lambert Construction has been an AGC member for more than 55 years, and has won numerous AGC awards from the Oklahoma chapter. The Alliant Awards are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction excellence in the United States.
Other projects receiving 2014 awards included Epic Deep Space in Verona, WI; Hall of Justice, Los Angeles, CA; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; Lambeau Field Stadium, Green Bay, WI; Denver Union Station, Denver, CO; and many more.
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2508 E. 6th Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074
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