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Construction Break: Winter 2023

Published on January 07, 2023

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Jefferson Middle School Addition and Renovation

The Jefferson Middle School Addition and Renovation is nearing completion for the Columbia Public School District. The new gymnasium has walls painted the school colors and a new wood gym floor installed. The successful team of Richard Northeimer, Construction Project Manager, and Ben Rademan, Superintendent, and many subcontractors have pushed this project to completion on time and on budget. Vaughn Prost, President of Prost Builders, Inc., played basketball in the old Jefferson Junior High School gymnasium and can attest to the fact that the new gym is a major improvement.

Missouri State Capitol Restoration Project

The second phase of a multi-million dollar project to remove and restore The Capitol’s stained glass laylight and 34 roof skylights is currently underway. The laylight was created by artist Harman T. Schladermundt and installed in the building in the early 1920s. It’s currently valued at $17.3 million. Artisans in Los Angeles will complete the restoration. It took 20 trucks to haul the stained glass to California. The decorative plasterwork around the laylight will also be restored. The Capitol’s roof skylights, 34 in total, are also being restored and renovated over the winter.

Ranken Technical School Project

Ashland is seeing another building project coming out of the ground along Highway 63. The new Ranken Technical School project is a collaborative effort with the Southern Boone County School District to teach trade skills to high school students.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $4.5 million grant to the Southern Boone County R-1 School District to construct the new construction trade, medical services, information technology, and industrial engineering technology training center. The project will be matched with $3 million being raised through the Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce Capital Campaign. The project is expected to create 163 jobs and generate $9 million in private investment.

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