Intermediate School Wins Construction Award of Excellence

Intermediate School Wins Construction Award of Excellence

Monday, February 3, 2014

Norris Intermediate School has won an Award of Excellence from the
American Concrete Institute's Nebraska Chapter for excellence and
efficiency in design and concrete construction.  The award marks the
highest level of distinction bestowed by the chapter on new
construction projects, and was submitted by Norris architectural
partner DLR. Hausmann Construction served as the Construction Manager
for the building.

Many outstanding features of the new student learning space were
recognized in earning the award and include incorporating concrete
construction in:
     *Safe room spaces for severe weather sheltering.
     *Efficient heating and cooling systems and structure.
     *Stained concrete floor in the art room on the south side of the
building, which provides a workspace for students that is both
aesthetic and functional.
     *Precast concrete panel exteriors which include thin brick veneer
and decorative facades that integrate various patterns and school
colors.

Joining Norris Intermediate Principal Dr. Bob Brandt and
Superintendent Dr. John Skretta to receive the award were DLR lead
project architect Mike Kros and representatives of CoreSlab
Engineering and Beatrice Concrete.

The award was presented to Norris by ACI Nebraska officers at their
annual banquet in Lincoln on January 31.  The new building already
serves nearly 500 students in grades 3-5 in its inaugural year. Norris
Intermediate opened in the fall of 2013 and its construction was made
possible through a bond referendum passed by district constituents in
March of 2012.