T.C. wins construction award


The T.C. Williams High School project has been selected as a winner of a 2008 Aon Build America Award in the Design-Build New category. Judges of the prestigious construction industry competition, sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), selected 17 Build America Award winners and seven Merit Award winners.

AGC President Steve Massie and representatives from Aon Construction Services Group will present the award on March 13 during AGCs 89th Annual Convention in Las Vegas. AGC and Aon will honor one outstanding AGC member as the Aon Build America Grand Award Winner. The Grand Award winner will be the final award of the evening and will recognize one company for rising above the bar.

The high school, which serves Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) students in grades 10 through 12, opened in time for the 2007-08 school year. Built by the Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and designed by Moseley Architects, the building adheres to standards and principles from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED “Green Building Rating System” version 2.1. Its environmentally friendly features include a rooftop garden to provide stormwater management; waterless urinals to reduce the amount of water used inside the building; a 450,000-gallon underground cistern to collect and store rainwater for use in toilet flushing, air-conditioning operations and irrigation; and a permanent measurement and verification system to track water and energy usage at the facility.

The project also earned the Project of the Year award in the Education category of Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine’s Best of 2007 awards program and received a Green Innovation Award for Best Institutional Project from the Virginia Sustainable Building Network.

For more information, contact Alexandria City Public Schools Department of Information and Outreach at 703-824-6635.