VAHS Wins Construction Industry Oscar

VAHS Wins Construction Industry Oscar
Posted on 04/07/2021
2021 Build America Merit Award

VERONA, Wis. -- J.H. Findorff & Sons announced last week that they are the recipients of the 2021 Build America Merit Award in the category of "Building New or Renovation over $126M" for the Verona Area High School Project from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC America).  The Build America Merit award is likened to an Oscar in the construction industry and is a prestigious honor.

“It’s not an April Fool’s joke,” said Jeff Tubbs, Findorff’s Executive Vice President. “We submitted for a national award and the Verona Area High School won the AGC’s award.  One of the things we were really proud of when the judges looked at this was they commented on the reuse of the natural environment.”  Tubbs went on to note that the natural wood accents throughout the school were made from trees harvested from the site.  

Tubbs thanked Dr. Dean Gorrell, Superintendent, for putting his faith in the company to complete the project, adding that the Findorff-VASD relationship goes back three decades.  He also acknowledged the project architect Chris Michaud, Senior Design Architect from EUA and Noah Salmeri, Director of Operations at Huffman Facility Development, and the numerous carpenters and subcontractors that built the school.  Also in attendance from Findorff were Matt Breunig, Director of Project Management; Aaron Zutz, Senior Project Manager; and Erika Freeman and Alivia Feeney, Communication Services – Education Market.  Dr. Tremayne Clardy, VASD’s new superintendent; Pam Hammen, VAHS principal; Jorge Avalos, Associate Principal; Tamara Sutor, Associate Principal and the Verona Wildcat also applauded the announcement.

“It’s hard to come up here and not think about what it was like before this was here when we walked through the field side-by-side with the cows,” said Gorrell. “To see this project come to fruition is awesome and it’ll be super awesome on Tuesday, April 13, when we will have the majority of students back in the school.”

In this category, Verona Area High School joins the ranks of other past winners in the country including the Chase Center in San Francisco, California (home to the Golden State Warriors); Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (home to the Atlanta Falcons), and the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.  It is notably the only high school to have won in this category. 


Projects are judged on excellence in the following areas:  State of the art advancement, 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.  These prestigious and highly coveted awards are given to projects selected by a panel of a contractor's toughest critics--other contractors. 

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