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Construction Break: Fall 2022

Published on October 07, 2022

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Southern Boone County Middle School Addition and Renovation

This fall, the Southern Boone County Middle School students were welcomed to their expanded and renovated school. The new addition increased the size of the school by 27,000 square feet and tied the North and South Middle Schools together so students didn’t have to walk outside to get to classes in different buildings.

The existing North and South Middle Schools received an extensive renovation including: new flooring, ceilings, hallway ceramic tile, classroom case work, rebuilt bathrooms with epoxy floors, doors, hardware, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical and lighting upgrades. All the renovation work was done over the summer and during school vacations, so as not to interrupt the classes.

Prost Builders is proud to have been selected as the general works contractor for this 16-month project. The on-site Prost Team included Project Manager Jason Bias and Superintendent Lonnie Paulson. All students, teachers, and administrative staff are very happy with their newly-renovated and expanded school.

Jefferson Middle School Addition

Construction continues for Columbia Public Schools at the Jefferson Middle School. The new gymnasium, locker rooms, connecting corridors, elevators, and stairways will be completed on schedule at the end of this year. This photo shows the new gymnasium’s value-engineered, pre-stressed concrete double tees for the roof structure in lieu of steel bar joists and metal deck. Prost Builders value-engineered this project and saved three months on the schedule and $300,000 for the school district. Project Manager Richard Northeimer and Superintendent Ben Rademan are leading the Prost Team.

Employee Spotlight: Debra Klick

Debra Klick is no stranger to construction—her father was in the business. She even helped her brother and father build her own barn and garage, including the footings and concrete pour. Debra began her career at Callaway Nuclear Plant, now Ameren UE. She has unique skills when it comes to resolving difficult issues, doing repairs, upgrades, and troubleshooting problems to save companies thousands of dollars. During her career she has held many positions such as office manager, senior project accountant, controller, and corporate secretary.

Debra joined Prost Builders in January of 2017 as Construction Projects Management and Estimating Administrator. She was instrumental in changing our bid process from Grade Beam to SmartBid in 2017, and then to Procore in 2020. She continues to update and maintain it as one of her roles. With Debra’s 40+ years of construction experience ranging from nuclear, residential, government, and solar, she has been a valuable resource for the estimating department, as well as the entire project management staff at Prost Builders.

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