High School Wins National Award

Leesburg, VA – Tuscarora High School (built by Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.), and the Loudon County Public School System (the school’s owner), are the recipients of the 2010 Project Leadership Silver Award from the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA.) rn
This $60 million project is a culmination of many years of hard work and of the outstanding efforts of an integrated project team. Tuscarora High School is located on a 135-acre site in Leesburg, Virginia. It was built in the shortest time frame ever allowed by the Loudoun County school system for a building of this facility’s size and scope – a total of 17 months for actual construction of the project. The 283,000 SF building is comprised of a two-story steel frame structure and a one-story load bearing CMU structure. The new high school accommodates 1800 students; it includes a two-story area with classrooms, labs, gymnasiums, auditorium, health sciences wing and an art and music wing. The football field uses a revolutionary new turf system.rnrnThe site includes one of Virginia’s last remaining trout habitats, and the design and construction teams worked to together to ensure conservation of this valuable resource. During construction, the project team also overcame other significant challenges, including “state of emergency weather”” with record winter snow fall and weather complications.rn
rnrnThe project’s smooth construction process was aided by the exceptional communication and by the utilization of Vela software for enhanced punchlist management. Once construction began