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Futures begin at an early age

image Mansfield ISD’s Dr. Sarah Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Since 1959, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors (BCGC) has been on the cutting edge of construction. Founded by Bartlett Cocke, Jr., they have grown from a single-person owner/operator construction company to become one of the largest, most respected and trusted employee-owned general contractors in Texas. With five regional offices throughout the state, BCGC focuses on producing higher purpose facilities that deliver the greatest possible value to the communities they serve.

    With nearly six decades of satisfied clients that can attest to their successful track record of safety, timely completion, cost savings and quality, their commitment to building lasting relationships with their clients remains a top priority.
    While BCGC has a large following of private clients, the majority of their work is in the public sector. Because BCGC has worked with more than 60 independent school districts across the state, Mansfield Independent School District had no hesitation in selecting Bartlett Cocke General Contractors to build the new Dr. Sarah Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners.
    The 54,000sf new facility took 12 months to complete at a cost of $17 million. Structural steel, precast concrete, masonry, insulated concrete formwork (ICF), storefront glazing and drywall were the primary construction materials used for the Early Literacy Center for children 3 to 4 years of age.
    Project Manager Katie Hill and Superintendent Justin Ashcraft faced several challenges during the construction process. The 2018 weather in North Texas posed a conundrum for every new construction project across the Metroplex.  The unprecedented rains shortened the timeframe for almost every project that was in progress.  In addition to overcoming the weather challenge, the construction team had to manage, track, inspect and insure delivery of a tremendous amount of custom-made props, materials and one-of-a-kind items that could not easily be replaced.
    Centered around research, the Academy takes learning beyond the four walls of a classroom and promotes literacy and numeracy development in an active, exploratory, engaging and open environment. Huckabee Architects created a unique project for the BCGC team. The Academy was modeled to function like a children’s museum. The Jandrucko Academy provides an interactive, engaging and highly visual learning experience for its young students.
    “Over the last 20 years, BCGC and Huckabee have partnered together on
30 educational projects totaling over $500M. Our two firm’s values align well and our experience together has spanned across 12 districts across Texas. When our firm was selected as the CM-at-Risk for the Academy for early Learners, it was our hope to forge a lasting relationship with Mansfield ISD and continue to expand our 20-plus year relationship with Huckabee – two relationships built on trust, interdependence and a firm resolution to deliver only the best educational facilities for the Mansfield community,” says Brandon Patton, BCGC North Texas Regional Manager.
    Bartlett Cocke General Contractors is a full-service San Antonio-based general contractor with offices in Austin, Baytown, Houston and Fort Worth. –cmw

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