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Quesenberry’s Construction, a general contractor and construction manager in Big Stone Gap, VA, has received the 2016 Project of the Year Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of TN Tri-Cities Branch. The Division II award, for projects of $5 million construction costs and up, was presented at an awards banquet on March 28 in Johnson City, TN. The company received the award for the new library at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, located in Wise, VA. Cannon Design, the lead architect on the project, received the 2016 Architect of the Project of the Year award.
The AGC awards are given to companies who have earned the respect of their peers for their skills, professionalism, and integrity. Quesenberry’s Construction also won the AGC branch’s project of the year award in 2015.
“Quesenberry’s Construction is honored to receive the AGC Tri-Cities Branch 2016 Project of the Year award,” said President Abran Quesenberry, PE. “It was our privilege to serve as construction manager for the UVa-Wise Library. The design and construction team, our skilled employees, and the subcontractors and suppliers worked collaboratively to build the best product possible for the university. This prestigious award is a testament to everyone’s hard work and we thank the AGC for the recognition of our team’s efforts.”
The new six-story, 66,000 square foot UVa-Wise Library is poised on a steep embankment at the intersection of the academic and residential precincts. Besides abundant shelving for 300,000 volumes, the building includes group learning areas, multi-media space, lounge seating, a café and a tiered outdoor seating area. The library also provides critical 24 hour ADA compliant access between the upper and lower portions of campus.
Key challenges included the verticality of the site and the need for a delegated design earth retention system. Vice President and Project Manager Spencer Quesenberry, PE, noted “The retention system allowed for the excavation and installation of the foundations 73’ below adjacent grade, while being located was less than 25’ from a neighboring building on the busy campus.”
As construction manager, Quesenberry’s Construction’s contract for the library was $27.5 million.
The design team included:
Architecture & Structural Design: Cannon Design, Arlington, VA Office
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP): Thompson & Litton, Wise, VA
Landscape Design: Hill Studio, Roanoke, VA
Lighting Design: La Fleur Associates, Chesterton, MD