Location: Forest, Virginia
Type/Category: K-12 Schools, Renovations
Construction Type: Renovation
J.E. Jamerson and Sons built the original high school in the 1970s. We were contracted 30 years later to renovate and enlarge the existing structure to create a modern, efficient high school that could accommodate 1,400 students. This Virginia Public-Private Education Act (PPEA) project allowed us to create a partnership that included the Klemt Group, and Southern Air (JSK, LLC) for the design-build process. JSK, LLC was awarded this project after an extensive process that required the partnership to provide a guaranteed maximum price and 35% drawings 12 months prior to construction.
The existing facility was built on a sloping site, requiring four levels. The construction schedule was difficult as it was divided and completed in three phases to work around summer vacations. Our team rearranged the site the first summer for parking and traffic flow to accommodate the subsequent construction phases. J.E. Jamerson and Sons constructed a 2,000 seat gymnasium, a math/science wing, and a 900 seat state-of-the art auditorium.
The second summer our team renovated one wing of the existing school and transformed the existing gym into a dance room, weight room, and administrative rooms. The final phase of construction transformed the library into a dining facility with a new kitchen and servery. The lower level was converted into a new media center. The entire school is serviced by new mechanical and electrical systems, including up-to-date technology.
This project came in 2 million dollars under budget and was completed six months ahead of schedule.
" As a leader in the construction industry, Jamerson-Lewis is known for their highly skilled workforce. We have always found their workmanship to be above industry standards. Their willingness to go the extra mile has always produced a quality and very reliable product.....Southern Air, Inc regards Jamerson-Lewis as one of the best general contractors in the Southeast".
Ronald G. Kidd, Jr.
Southern Air, Inc.
I want to formally thank you both for the work of Ricky Overstreet and his team this year on the BWXT Security Training Facility. This was an important project for BWXT NOG-L, and Ricky and his team knocked it out of the park. Working with a tight schedule is never easy, and layering security requirements only complicates things further. Ricky did an excellent job juggling priorities while moving the project along. The entire JL team surprised many BWXT employees who were closely monitoring the project. You guys see projects such as these succeed all of the time, but do not underestimate the effort that goes into the achievement.
During year end reflection and performance evaluation periods, I want to be clear that Ricky and his team’s level of effort and performance surpassed my expectations in regards to the support provided for the project this year.
"Our Department has been very pleased with the professional performance of Jamerson-Lewis Construction, Inc. during the completion of the alterations and additions to Midlothian High School....The project design was phased, unique and complex. The time for completion was compressed. The project team was proactive in their scheduling and phase completions. The owner and the users were amazed with the smooth transition into these new and renovated spaces. Jamerson-Lewis met every time sensitive issue and moved to the completion dates with ease. I would highly recommend this company to any other architect, engineer or owner."
Everett A. Minton, Jr.
Chesterfield County Public Schools
I have worked with William Cook of Jamerson Lewis Construction, Inc. on several construction projects since 2008 where I served as the Project Architect. Throughout the time I’ve known him, he has shown me time and again that he has excellent project management skills (very thorough, a team player and has a positive attitude). In summary, due to his ability to coordinate closely and effectively with the owner, architect, and subcontractors I highly recommend William as a Project Manager for your projects.
Alan Burchette, AIA Senior Associate Dewberry Engineers Inc. Architecture Department Manager
"William Cook and I worked together on the Livestock Road Region 2000. Regional Landfill Facilities Project in 2011-2012. The project consisted of constructing a new Office Building, Maintenance Building, Scale House, Convenience Station and general site development. William helped deliver this project on schedule while coordinating Jamerson Lewis' work with several other contractors working for Region 2000. William's professionalism, organization and commitment to meeting the project schedule were integral to the project's success. As an Owner, I highly recommend William Cook as a Construction Project Manager."
Clarke W. Gibson, P.E.
Region 2000 Services Authority
"Fred Shafer was a dream to work with on the Parking Deck project at the Lynchburg Community Market. This project was time sensitive, continually complicated, and had an extraordinary amount of public exposure and yet Fred handled this all with both ease and urgency. He was both knowledgeable and thorough and went to great lengths to ensure excellent communication throughout the project. Though a variety of factors that were out of his control made our project particularly stressful, I always had great confidence that Fred would get the job done and that it would be done right. Fred is a superior project manager and I cannot recommend him enough."
Jennifer Kennedy Market Manager 1219 Main Street Lynchburg, Va 24504 (434) 401-8320
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you both for all your time and effort on the RAHC project. I know you guys look at these things as “sometimes you win one and sometimes you lose one”. Even with that said, I know not winning one still stings. But I wanted to say that we really do appreciate all of your help. Personally, I believed you guys would be the ones to get it all along. I even noted in the bid meeting that the final selection would also be based off the add alternates and not just the base cost. But even the alternates tracked very close.
William, I wanted to say a special thank you for all your work and suggestions as we developed the project. I am certain that the overall quality of the job and the fact that it was within budget was a direct result of your help. This makes two projects that you have aided us on that have met the budget. You have a better track record than the professional cost estimating firms that we hire to give us estimates.
Many times after we get to milestones in a project, we simply move onto the next one. I just wanted to pause and tell you both that I appreciate your efforts and your friendship.
Gary Harvey, Principal, Senior Architect Architectural Partners
“I would like to sincerely thank you for your help on Banks-Gannaway! You helped us be very good stewards of VES’s hard-earned funds. Your work, friendship, professionalism and honesty is greatly appreciated! It was a pleasure!“
Board of Trustees
Virginia Episcopal School
“As construction has progressed, each obstacle we have encountered has been met with a spirit of ‘can-do’ and a willingness to talk through the options with us. You have also been very accommodating as we have made changes along the way. It’s exciting to look out my window each day and see the progress. Thank you again for Jamerson-Lewis’ support to date.“
Scott C. Shank
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Sweet Briar College
“I have to say that the process of working with you throughout the history of Phelps Road has been nothing less than spectacular, and for me, a true gift. …This project is really very well done and your whole firm is the reason why. Top to bottom. You guys really are pros. I very much appreciate what you are doing for me. Double underline ‘appreciate’.“
Ron L. Mittelman
Shareholder/Managing Member, Phelps Road Partners, LP
Locust Hill Consulting Services, LLC
“Thank you for your incredible patience and your willingness to work with us… It is inconceivable where this project would be right now with a different contractor. We can’t sing your praises loud enough.“
Gary W. Lee, CPA
Yount, Hyde & Barbour, P.C.
“I want to thank you on behalf of Centra for your professionalism, attention to detail, and your steadfastness to meet the completion date on time. You helped make difficult decisions an easy process to manage and you worked with me to accomplish changes that Centra requested quickly and efficiently. This made the project turn out even better than expected.”
Richard T. Mosby
Centra Health, Inc.
“Jamerson-Lewis Construction, Inc. is 5 stars. From their quality work, to their attention to detail, to their effort to remain on schedule and great customer service, I would highly recommend talking with them. I do not think that the construction of the State Theatre would have gone as smoothly without their professional team of contractors and management.”
Ed Bednarczyk, Executive Director
Culpeper State Theatre
The State Theatre Foundation, Inc.
“The original goal was to pursue Silver [LEED] certification. They [City of Lynchburg] really wanted it. It was to the City’s benefit to have them on this project. Jamerson-Lewis’ efforts pushed the project over the top and got it in the Gold.”
City of Lynchburg Project Manager
Daily News Record, January 10, 2012
“…The goal of Jamerson-Lewis always seems to be making sure the client is satisfied. We have worked with other contractors with goals of making a profit over making happy customers. This makes working with Jamerson-Lewis a positive experience, not just a job.”
“Jamerson-Lewis Construction, Inc. completed a major restoration and rehabilitation project at the Old Court House in 2005. The project required that the historic fabric and character of the 1855 building be restored to high standards while adding systems to protect the building and artifacts preserved here. We are very pleased with the end result and receive many compliments from our visitors who often tell us they love the restored building environment as well as the exhibits.”
Douglas K. Harvey
The Lynchburg Museum System
“Luck is the random result of circumstances and situations void of directed influences. Luck had nothing to do with our accomplishment. It is the result of highly skilled and dedicated professionals working together safely to an expected and defined goal. Without these men and women and their amazing contributions to this endeavor, none of this would be possible.”
John W. Compher, PE, CPE
Manager, Industrial Engineering
Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group
“I recommend Jamerson-Lewis Construction as a highly motivated and experienced builder in the design/build arena. Their abilities were irreplaceable in our success in this building endeavor. We would not hesitate to contract with them again in the future.”
Douglas A. Cooper
Liberty Construction Services, Inc.
“The recent renovation and build out of additional space done by your company through our property manager was excellent. We appreciated the professionalism of your people and in particular the fine communication system used by your company to assure us along the way that the job met our specifications.”
Michael E. Watson & R. Gregory Porter, III
Flippin, Bruce & Porter, Inc.
“…What a great group of people you have assembled. From Mrs. Brooks [C.L. Lewis & Company secretary for 45 years], whose dedication and loyalty are inspirational, to a group of Superintendents that I am sure your competitors envy, you have something special. Good people are the difference!”
John M. Jordan, III
“I would like to express my appreciation to you and your staff on behalf of the City of Lynchburg for a job well done. … The level of pride shown by your employees in their work is a real testament to their commitment to provide quality services. … I am pleased to say this has been a wonderful experience for all of us and I highly recommend Jamerson-Lewis Construction, Inc. to others in need of a quality job accomplished.”
D’Anna Conner, PE
City of Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace
“Your ability to actually estimate the construction project costs, to orchestrate the construction timelines and your willingness to work with us to minimize the number of change orders enabled us to complete a successful project that was under budget and on time… Again, thank you for your professionalism, attention to construction detail and to the project’s bottom line.”
W. J. Thomas
Valley Community Services Board
“Your creativity and goodwill during the negotiating phase was most welcomed, and your leadership, fairness and judgment on the jobsite made the construction process enjoyable from beginning to end. Thanks, too, for your determined effort at completing the last few items of work, and insuring the Owner’s long-term satisfaction.”
“From line carpenter to the foreman to the subcontractors, everyone was skilled and professional, and the job was ably managed from your office… Regular site meetings and your personal involvement assured that the project stayed on schedule, and I always felt I was treated fairly in change order negotiations.”
Nelson County Community Development Foundation
“From my viewpoint, the team at Jamerson-Lewis Construction uniquely possesses the skill set and initiative to meet the challenges of modern construction. Whether restoring an 1855 courthouse or building the City of Lynchburg’s first LEED building, Jamerson-Lewis Construction delivers repeat performances of ‘a job well done.’”
Amanda G. Adams, LEED AP (BD+C)
“I appreciate their strong leadership and customer service. Their project managers and superintendents are well-versed and experienced with the complexities of healthcare renovation work such as interim life safety measures, infection control measures, medical gas systems, fire safety systems, fire-stopping, emergency power, and complex phasing. I have a high regard for Jamerson-Lewis Construction, Inc…”
Joe Archambeault, PE, CHFM
Managing Director of Facilities
Centra Health, Inc.
“…I am deeply indebted to all who worked in planning the science building at Sweet Briar. It is a magnificent, functional laboratory. Last but not least, it all culminated in the joyful, happy celebration of dedication in April. It has convinced me that wherever a group joins together to work a miracle it will succeed. You all did work a miracle! Thanks and thanks!”
Connie M. Guion, M.D.
Sweet Briar College Professor 1908-1913
In a letter to C.L. Lewis dated June 7, 1966
I want to also thank the entire team for the planning and construction for this project, completing all phases on time and within budget. It’s hard to believe the project is complete after many years of planning. Kevin/Jason….. thank you for putting up with me at times and having to work under occupied conditions. Great job and this is why I pushed as hard as I did to use you and J-L for this project. Mark Layne , Project Manager Centra Health Planning and Construction 1901 Tate Springs Road Lynchburg , Virginia 24501 Phone: 434-200-6074 Mobile: 434-942-8152