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image IDEA Rundberg Phase 2 Classroom Addition

AUSTIN - Founded in 1988 by Wayne and David Lott, Lott Brothers Construction Company LTD (LBCC) has constructed or renovated over 5 million square feet of space. The two brothers entered the construction business quite naturally by following family tradition. Their father, Wayne Lott Sr., worked as a commercial contractor in Austin beginning in the 1950s, and his work ethic, dedication to guiding principles, and core value of “doing things right the first time” were instilled in Wayne and David from a young age. Their father’s efforts inspired the brothers to pursue careers in construction after each obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. LBCC serves their clients with the simple commitment of working tirelessly to make every project absolutely right.

    Although highly experienced in healthcare construction, LBCC has a diverse project history including retail, corporate and commercial offices, educational facilities, institutional, municipal, religious, multi-family and mid-rise condominiums, warehouse distribution and service centers. Their 20-year long history of work with HKS Inc., complimented the relationship between HKS and IDEA Public Schools.
    IDEA Rundberg’s phase 2-classroom addition is a two-story structural steel framed primary classroom building with associated site improvements.  This phase provided the campus with an additional 32,000sf of classrooms and associated spaces.
    With the building site’s expansive clay with fluctuating rock and water tables, the building was built on a pier and beam slab.  The exterior of the building was comprised of metal studs with Hardi Plank siding and metal panels. The project’s interior was
constructed of light gauge metal framing and drywall with VCT tile flooring. 
    Avadek canopy systems were constructed to provide covered structures at the student drop-off lanes.
     A city road extension, set to be completed this summer, completes traffic circulation within and approaching the campus.
    Vice President and Project manager, Mike White, Project Superintendent, Rick Elledge, and Field Engineer, Naomi Ruhe, worked closely with the city of Austin, the Owner’s program manager, Project Management Services, Inc. (PMSI), and the design team led by HKS Inc. to ensure the project was completed on time. 
    Starting in mid-June and completed in mid-May, with no real weather delays, the $6,400,000 project took ten months to complete, start to finish.
    Collaboration efforts by the subcontractors, general contractor, design team and Owner proved effective resulting in this successful project. “Everyone worked very well together as a team from beginning to end. The design team’s dedication to speedy document reviews and quick turnaround times on responses made this project run efficiently,” says Field Engineer, Naomi Ruhe. George Picken of CapStar Electric states, “CapStar Electric had a great experience working on this project with Lott Brothers Construction. Their experience and support staff is second to none.” 
    “The client, organization and the students make this project unique and we are proud to be building for them,” says White. By 2022, IDEA will operate 173 schools in 10 regions educating a hundred thousand students on the road to and through college. This will put them on track to become the largest producer of low-income college graduates in the United States. This growth will increase the number of low-income graduates in the region by 50 percent, (obtained from IDEA Public School’s website.)
    Ranger Excavating, Lobo Excavating, Wolff Construction, SK Commercial Construction, CapStar Electric, Fox & Hearn Inc. Mechanical Contractors, Air Craft Inc., TCM Enterprises, Action Decorating and Texas Fifth Wall Roofing Systems were the main subcontractors involved on project.  Air Craft Inc. Project Manager, Phillip McAllister says this about being a part of this project, “Working with the Lott Brothers team of Barrett Schulz, Naomi Ruhe, and Rick Elledge on the IDEA Primary School project was a pleasure. The ease in which it is to have questions answered, information forwarded and problems solved is an asset on any project, but especially with them!”
    Brian Kiddy, TCM Enterprises stated,  “The IDEA Rundberg Primary School project was one of TCM Enterprises’ most enjoyable projects to date. Rarely does a project progress to its end without a proverbial hitch, but the professionalism and teamwork displayed by Lott Brothers, HKS, and the rest of the trades was unparalleled. We finished on schedule, the construction documents were as clear as one could hope for, and there were a bare minimum of changes to our contracted scope of work.  We at TCM are eager to work with this team again in the very near future!”
    “The positive experience with the owner and architect has gained repeat work with the owner and continued our long-standing relationship with the architect. We are committed to making each building experience a rewarding one,” states White.
    LBCC will be breaking ground soon on a new project for IDEA Public Schools in Pflugerville. The first phase of the 62,000sf project will include a new two-story classroom building, administrative area, gymnasium, cafeteria and kitchen. The project team will include PMSI as the owner’s
program manager and HKS, Inc. as the
    Lott Brothers Construction Company Ltd is a general contractor with over 28 years experience in the construction industry. - cmw

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