Messer Construction Co. has been selected by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Kentucky to receive two of its prestigious 2011 Build Kentucky awards. Messer was honored in the LEED Project, $16-$26 million category for Locust Trace AgriScience Farm, which was completed in time for the 2011 school year for Fayette County Public Schools.  Additionally, University of Louisville's School of Dentistry won top honors in the Building $41-$60 million category.

Messer received its Build Kentucky award and finalist recognition during the 20th annual Build Kentucky Celebration on February 24th at Lexington Center, attended by executives and partners of Kentucky’s commercial construction industry.

Locust Trace AgriScience Farm
Spurred by the desire to reflect Lexington's rich equine and agriculture heritage in a hands-on educational environment, Fayette County Public Schools embarked on the creation of Locust Trace AgriScience Farm. Locust Trace prepares high school juniors and seniors for careers in the equine industry and agriculture in a footprint designed to generate as much energy as it consumes.

Built on 82 acres off Leestown Road, Locust Trace has set a new standard for sustainable construction, paving the way for other schools across the nation to invest in similar projects. The net-zero facility was designed to LEED Gold standards. Notable features include insulated concrete form walls and panels that reduce the amount of heating and cooling required for the school, Reading Rock's StormLock eco-friendly permeable pavers and advanced rain water containment that allows for 50,000 gallons of rain and well water storage. Locust Trace also has the nation’s third largest array of solar thermal cells, which heat water to supplement the building’s geothermal heating system. Lean Construction enabled the project to overcome obstacles created by severe weather conditions and a large, secluded site terrain.

University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry
Located at the heart of University of Louisville’s Health Sciences campus, the School of Dentistry is regarded as one of the top dental programs in the country. To help ensure that status for years to come, university leadership decided it was time to improve the 40-year-old building through a 283,933-square-foot renovation and a three-story, 27,700-square-foot addition. In doing so UofL increased its class size by more than 50 percent, enhanced the patient experience and provided a warm and inviting atmosphere to patients.

Throughout the process, the facility remained fully operational and occupied – above, below and adjacent – during all 38 phases. The existing facility received mechanical and electrical infrastructure upgrades for clinical spaces and graduate programs while the addition includes a main lobby, clinical waiting areas, administrative support functions and conference rooms. The project was completed a month early thanks to the use of Lean Construction. LEED Silver certification is currently being sought.

The AGC of Kentucky hosts Build Kentucky annually to celebrate the commercial construction industry and recognize contractors for excellence in construction.  A panel of retired construction professionals selected the Build Kentucky winners based on the following criteria: excellence in client service, meeting the challenge of a difficult job, excellence in project management, and innovations in construction techniques and materials.