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Building in places for student-centered creativity at MLK Jr. Middle School

When it opened in 2014, Richmond’s $40 million Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School was hailed as “an architectural marvel” by the Richmond Times Dispatch. Shockey, together with the architecture firm of BCWH, replaced the city’s aging school with a progressive and high-performance new facility that incorporated some elements of the previous building. Along with multiple community […]

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4 Building Trends for K-12 Schools Today

The world of education is constantly changing, and so is the delivery of educational facilities in the K-12 realm. In the last 10 years, the Shockey team has built nearly 4 million square-feet of educational space.  Here are a few of the K-12 building trends we’ve identified for the coming years: 1. Lowest bid doesn’t mean […]

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Dedication Ceremony held for Loudoun County’s Newest School

It’s official! Brambleton Middle School formally became Loudoun County’s 90th school during the dedication ceremony held on October 20th. “You can tell the building was designed with learning in mind,” said Principal Renee Dawson. Officials say the design of Loudoun County’s newest public school is a first for the school system. The building includes a glass-enclosed crosswalk […]

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Shockey’s Richmond Office Continues Steady Growth

Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., a 121-year-old construction firm, has been quietly expanding in downtown Richmond for the last five years to better serve its central Virginia clients and position itself for more growth. The firm, which focuses on providing construction services to national and regional business owners, governments, and institutions, has accelerated its strategic […]

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Meet SAM: Robotics on the Job Site

SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, has been hard at work helping us build Shenandoah University’s new 80,000-square-foot James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center in Winchester, Va. When Manassas-based JD Long Companies was hired as Shockey’s masonry subcontractor for this brick-intensive project, it decided to use SAM as a test run. SAM is one of […]

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Innovation at Work: Robotics in Construction

This article was initially published by the Winchester Star.   WINCHESTER — Nearly all the brickwork on the outside of the new James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center at Shenandoah University is complete, but it wasn’t laid by a traditional mason. The majority of the brick was laid by a robot named SAM. […]

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Unusual “Construction From Above” Approach is Environmentally Friendly

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is an adaptive reuse of the dam, providing a non-­motorized, universally accessible route across the James River rapids, connecting south bank Manchester & the James River Park System with north bank downtown Richmond. The 1,700-­foot­ span sits just 20 feet above the scenic falls of the James River and […]

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