LORETTO, MN: Shingobee Builders’ work on the Four Winds Alternative & Career Technology Education High School in Fort Totten, North Dakota, has earned a National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The project also received a special recognition, a Greener Tomorrow Award, for its utilization of sustainability best practices. Shingobee Vice President Tony Godlewski and Superintendent Eric George received the top honor March 27 during ABC’s 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California.
Shingobee completed the Four Winds Alternative / CTE School in August 2017 for the Fort Totten School District, a public-school district located on the Spirit Lake Reservation in Fort Totten, North Dakota. Shingobee’s team worked closely with the project’s designers to deliver the 12,500 square foot educational facility within a stringent budget, funded by an emergency construction grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Impact Aid Discretionary Program. The school’s Alternative / CTE program expands the educational experience for Four Winds students by offering alternative programs in science, math, English, and social studies along with career technology programs. The building includes classrooms, lab space, offices, and support areas.
The building was designed and built to be net-zero energy, the first school of its kind on tribal land. The features of the building that contribute to its energy efficiency include specially insulated, high R-value walls and roof; triple-pane, Low-E glass windows; an 80 Kw array of photovoltaic (solar) panels; geothermal heating and cooling system with high-efficiency water-to-air heat pumps, variable-speed fans and pumps, and energy recovery system; occupancy sensors for lighting; and solar tubes for day-lighting. A net-zero facility is an energy-efficient building that produces more energy than it consumes each year. The building has been registered for Zero Energy Certification with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). ABC’s Greener Tomorrow Award recognizes Shingobee’s involvement in obtaining a net-zero energy building by researching and evaluating different building components that contributed to energy reduction.
Key project partners included Fort Totten Public School District, the Spirit Lake Tribe, DSGW Architects, Obermiller Nelson Engineering, Bergstrom Electric, Concrete Inc., and Klemetsrud Plumbing.
“We are proud to honor Shingobee Builders with a National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award,” said 2019 ABC National Chair Tony Rader, telecom vice president of National Roofing Partners, Coppell, Texas. “The Four Winds Alternative / CTE School shows not only the exceptional talent in our industry, but the overall commitment to building safely, on time and on budget. Shingobee Builders’ breadth of skills and craftmanship greatly benefits the merit shop construction industry.”
The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.
A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Smithsonian Facilities Construction Division, the Construction Management Association of America, Engineering News-Record, Design-Build Institute of America, and various construction-related firms nationwide.