By tradition, the judges select one project that stands above the rest.  That project receives what we call the Eagle Award and has their name added to a distinguished list of ABC members on a fantastic trophy.  This year’s winner is Ri Ky for their Central High School Project in the Independence School District.

The project was an expansion at the Independence School District’s existing Central High School.  The expansion began once long-term needs for the growing student population were  was passed by voters in November 2008.

Substantial portions of the high school building were retained and renovated. New classroom wings were added to  expand from 800 to 1200 students along with a new main school entrance, school administration and a 600 seat auditorium.

The new, two-story addition contains classrooms, science labs, computer labs, common areas and art rooms.  The project included a 100 kilowatt rooftop photo voltaic system.  The roof system is an 80 millimeter thick, white membrane for which the school district received a 30 year labor and 30 year material no dollar limit warranty.

By recommending such a change, Ri Ky was able to allow LCG Pence to early, cutting a full year off the schedule.

Existing portions of the roof had numerous different types of roof systems —from hot asphalt to torch down membrane.  All of these systems were in desperate need of repair and required extensive knowledge of all kinds of repairs.

A portion of the roof included a dangerous barrel curve, for which the general contractor insisted that Ri Ky design and implement an OSHA–compliant temporary safety system to maintain worker safety.  They took this challenge and installed a tie–off system that surpassed OSHA’s requirements and substantially raised productivity.

The judges’ pick for the Eagle award winner 2012 is Ri Ky for the Independence School District project!