Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School at Seminole
Seminole, Fla.
Award of Merit

Owner: Pinellas County Schools
Contractor: JE Dunn Construction
Lead Design Firm: Rañon Partners
Structural Engineer: Walter P Moore
MEP Engineer: Ossi Consulting Engineers

A $13.8-million school project that could have been stymied for months due to permit delays was ready two weeks ahead of schedule due to collaboration that rearranged responsibilities, resequenced milestones and emphasized lean construction practices. The team had the 38,000-sq-ft building pad in place in six weeks, completing steel erection less than two months later. Still, safety was never compromised. A Ladders Last program encouraged workers to use scissors lifts, scaffolding and other alternatives. The project recorded nearly 110,000 worker hours with no incidents or lost-time injuries. The new building includes an administration wing, classrooms, labs and multipurpose/cafeteria space.

After completing the new structure, crews began 17,500 sq ft of renovations to an existing building, including converting administrative areas into laboratories. Despite the schedule, the project served as a living laboratory for the school’s construction technology students, with team members conducting tours during construction and sharing insights in the classroom.

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