making (in the real world)

ACE Series – Ep.3
by: Adam Gillett, AIA, LEED AP

One tenet of the ACE national mentoring program mission is Construction: the art & science of making in the real world. Our Lexington chapter hosts two job site field trips per year for students to see construction in-progress and up-close. We were fortunate enough this Spring to visit the Fayette County High School designed by  the team of Tate Hill Jacobs Architects, Poage Engineers & Associates (structural), CMTA Consulting Engineers (MPE), Carman (site/civil) and being constructed by D.W. Wilburn, Inc.

Because this is a public high school project it benefits the students in several ways: illustrating the effort and detail involved in a building type they’re very familiar with, perspective on the evolving design strategies of public schools, and insight into the students’ current year-long project which just happens to be a Lexington public high school. It was a great privilege to have access to this large, interesting and important local building project. It was also a lot of fun – did I mention it was our limo driver’s first time navigating a job site with his not-ready-for-off-road vehicle? Maybe I should have started with that.

With respect and appreciation to the Fayette County High School design and construction team.