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Spearfish High School to Receive New School Addition, More Education and Career Opportunities

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SPEARFISH, S.D. – A major addition is on the way to Spearfish High School, but will take some time before fully implemented.

Officials have started construction on a new Career Technical Education Center, which will open in the Spring of 2024. The new facility will give students the opportunity for real-world job experience.

The programs added with the arrival of the new building will be geared towards medical science, building trades and automotive, along with robotics and automation-related areas.

Superintendent Kirk Easton hopes to bring in professionals in those field from whom the students can learn.

The programs added with the arrival of the new building will be geared towards medical science, building trades and automotive, along with robotics and automation-related areas.

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Construction on Spearfish CTE Center Underway

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Read the full article at www.bhpioneer.com.

School officials, students and construction managers marked the start of building the career and technical education center at Spearfish High School Tuesday afternoon.
Pioneer photo by Mark Watson

SPEARFISH — Construction and school officials, and a couple high school students, marked the start of building the new career and technical education center for Spearfish High School Tuesday afternoon during a groundbreaking ceremony.

“We’ve been waiting on this for a long time,” said Kirk Easton, superintendent of the Spearfish School District. “COVID put it on a pause. I’m glad we picked it up and started running with it. I appreciate everyone’s work.”

“This is a momentous day for us. A very exciting project,” said Joe Hockett, business development manager for RCS Construction, the company hired as the construction manager at risk.

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X-Golf Rapid City Grand Opening

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Article and photo taken from Elevate Rapid City

Mike Thibault and his dad had a dream to go in to business together and their love for golf seemed like the perfect fit. After two military tours, and ten years as a police officer, Mike was ready for a change of pace, and the ability to spend more time with his wife and kids. Mike’s dad, who was a healthy guy, passed away last fall after suffering a stroke and a battle with COVID-19.  Even through such a heavy loss, Mike pushed forward to complete the dream he and his father had envisioned, with a heartfelt Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting on April 9th. It was a fitting day with beautiful blue skies and the Masters PGA Championship on in the background while family and friends gathered to celebrate all that Mike and his family had accomplished.

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Spearfish CTE Ground Breaking Ceremony

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This week, we joined the Spearfish School District in breaking ground on the site of the future Career and Technical Education Center.

The RCS Construction CMAR team is honored to celebrate this major milestone as we build a place that will promote the safety and development of the students & staff of the Spearfish School District. 

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CTE Center Bids Come in $1.3M Less Than Expected

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Read the full article at www.bhpioneer.com.

SPEARFISH — Bids for the Spearfish High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center came in more than $1.3 million less than expected, Superintendent Kirk Easton said Monday.

The final bid of $15,855,000 came in from 34 different subcontractors, and includes room for contingency expenses. Easton said district officials opened bids.

“I appreciate everybody bidding on this,” Easton said. “It’s an extremely busy building climate right now across this region. Bids came in very favorable for the school district. We have some local contractors that really stepped up and gave us favorable bids.

Easton thanked Bob Conway, of RCS Construction who is acting as the school district’s construction manager at risk, working to ensure that prices do not exceed district bids or expectations. After doing some homework and visiting with prospective bidders for the job, Conway estimated a $17.2 million total project cost. So, members of the Spearfish School Board were pleasantly surprised with the lower bids.

The final bid of $15,855,000 came in from 34 different subcontractors, and includes room for contingency expenses. Easton said district Read officials opened bids.

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Spearfish Approves $17.2M Max Price for CTE Center

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RCS Construction is honored to be the Construction Manager at Risk contractor for the new Career and Technical Education Center for the Spearfish School District! The CTE building will include classrooms, shop space, office space, and restrooms to support the educational needs within the district.  

Read the full article at www.bhpioneer.com.

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AGC of South Dakota Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter

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INDUSTRY NEWS

RC Scull recently became President of The Associated General Contractors of South Dakota, Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter!

The AGC of South Dakota, Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter, is a voluntary trade association of contractors, suppliers, and service firms. The AGC is a leader in membership services and benefits, in political action and public relations, and in fostering cooperation and communication within South Dakota's construction industry.

We are thrilled to see what RC Scull will do as President!

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‘The Hive’ Sculpture Lands in Spearfish Roundabout

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SPEARFISH — As the work on the Jackson Boulevard improvement project comes to a close, one major finishing touch was added to the roundabout at the intersection at Jackson Boulevard and Ames Street Tuesday.

“I feel real fortunate because I always get to put the frosting on the cake,” said Dale Lamphere, a local artist, who was contracted by Black Hills State University to create “The Hive,” an art installation, which brings the motif of the university front and center to the downtown district.

“The initial call was, perhaps to do the mascot, the Yellow Jacket,” Lamphere said. “But this I think has a more universal appeal to it and certainly represents the Yellow Jackets.”

Lamphere said “The Hive” was designed to be an abstract representation of an actual yellow jacket hive, while remaining a vibrant piece of accessible art for the community at large.

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Prairie Business 50 Best Places to Work

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We are honored to be recognized as one of Prairie Business Magazine's 50 Best Places to Work for THREE consecutive years.

Employees throughout the region nominated their companies, highlighting some of the reasons they believe make their place of business a great place to work. Among the topics were workplace culture, opportunities for employee growth, teamwork and individual responsibility, and employee morale, among others.

RCS Construction would like to add an extra congratulations to fellow South Dakota companies that also made the list:

Architecture Incorporated, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Banner Associates, Brookings, S.D.
Cornerstone Bank, North Dakota & South Dakota
Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.D.
Enertech Global, Mitchell, S.D.
HDR, N.D., S.D. and Minn.
Lloyd Companies, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Marsh & McClennan Agency, Fargo and Sioux Falls
TSP Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Jackson Boulevard Phase 2 Nearing Project Completion

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Pioneer Photo by Alex Portal

SPEARFISH — Now, well underway in Phase 2, the Jackson Boulevard construction project is nearing a substantial completion milestone with much of the work from Exit 12 to 3rd Street all but wrapped up.
https://www.bhpioneer.com

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National Guard Readiness Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Governor Kristi Noem, center, cut the ribbon for the new South Dakota National Guard's Army Aviation Readiness Center on Friday at Rapid City Regional Airport.

The $20 million, 57,000 square foot building features training classrooms, administrative offices, equipment and supply storage and vehicle maintenance bay. The new facility will house over 150 soldiers from eight aviation units and will enhance unit training and readiness requirement for decades to come.

 

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Brad Olson

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We are excited to start the weekend off by introducing Brad Olson! Brad started out as a carpenter and worked his way up to a Building Superintendent and we are so glad he is part of the RCS Construction team.

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New Hire

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RCS Construction is proud to announce that Casey Champine has joined our team as a Concrete Superintendent! We are so glad you’re here!

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Best Contractor Award

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We are proud to announce that we have won the Best Local Contractor and Best Concrete Company by Rapid City Journal and Best Rapid City Contractor by Best Contractor Awards. We have amazing people here, and we look forward to working on your next project. Thank you to every client and our employees who have voted for us to win these awards.

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50 Best Places to Work

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RCS Construction is honored to announce it has been named as one of Prairie Business Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work for the second consecutive year.

Employees nominate their organization with anonymous satisfaction surveys and the magazine uses the survey results to recognize the 50 best. Topics in the survey include employer benefits, workplace culture and employee morale. This year, there were nearly 1,500 nominations.

Winners will be included in the magazine’s September issue.

RCS Construction would like to add an extra congratulations to fellow South Dakota companies that also made the list:

Architecture Incorporated, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Banner Associates, Brookings, S.D.
CornerStone Bank, North Dakota & South Dakota
HDR, offices in N.D., S.D. and Minn.
Lloyd Companies, Sioux Falls, S.D.
MarketBeat, Sioux Falls, S.D.
TSP Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Club for Boys Remodel Project in Rapid City Provides Space and Safety

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The remodel allows the club to add curriculum and activities targeted for older boys

Written By: Joe Hockett / For Prairie Business | https://www.grandforksherald.com/prairie-business

The Club for Boys in Rapid City is excited to announce new growth to include a sports court, office space remodel, and Erickson building remodel in Rapid City.

Douglas Herrmann, executive director, Club for Boys says “the updates give us a significant increase in program space. We can now expand independent living skills in our programs. In addition, the sport court adds a place where we can expand outdoor activities that we used to do off-campus, now we don’t have to bus the boys to another location.”

Funding for this project was raised through a $2 million dollar Capital Campaign in 2019 with partial support awarded to the Club for Boys through the Rapid City Vision Fund and a grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. The rest was raised through donor and community contributions.


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The Best Storage Facility Builders in the US

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Thank you, General Contractors Magazine, for recognizing RCS Construction as one of the BEST Storage Facility Builders in the US! See a picture of the featured article below.
https://www.generalcontractors.org

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Rolling out the Black Plastic

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Project Update: The Spearfish Wastewater Treatment Plant Equalization Basin is nearing completion. RCS crews added the lining to the 170 foot by 250 foot holding tank.

“It’s strips of 60 millimeter thick high density plastic,” said Bob Everidge, plant superintendent. “They roll it out and then they weld it together so it’s impervious.”

The E.Q. basin project started in January, and will soon be ready to bypass up to 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage when the need arises.

To read the full story go to https://www.bhpioneer.com.


Pioneer Photo by Alex Portal

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Vote Yes

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RCAS has a very lengthy and comprehensive plan for future building and remodeling. I would encourage anyone who thinks “there is no plan” to attend one of the informational meetings held throughout our community. Not only has the plan been heavily modified, trimming any fat that would have been present, but also addressing sustainability so that an investment today will be heavily rewarded in the future.

Perhaps most importantly, energy efficiency is addressed. The new schools will have better insulation, windows, and building material. Through heat recovery methods, geothermal design, utilization of wind energy, and updated lighting, the schools will consume much less energy. In addition to saving on energy, the buildings and remodels have been designed with low maintenance material.

The updating of our schools is perhaps one of the most important steps we as a community can take in moving us all forward. Rapid City tomorrow will only be what we create for our youth today. I would much rather build today with the future in mind rather than chance tomorrow. One thing is for sure, costs of construction, material, land, and education will certainly cost more, later.

I’m voting Yes RCAS. There’s a plan, a good one.  

Joe Hockett
RCS Construction Business Development Manager

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Project Update: Youth and Family Services Expansion Project

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