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Turner Construction Company Announces Completion of New Jacksonville State University Recreation and Fitness Center

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Turner Construction Company’s Huntsville office has announced the completion of the 102,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center at Jacksonville State University (JSU). The facility is on the southeast corner of the campus, next to Kennamer Hall and Pelham Road. Turner collaborated on the project with architect Moody Nolan and civil engineer 4Site.

Construction on the $32 million project began at an accelerated pace in October 2017. In the midst of construction, a devastating E-3 tornado struck the JSU campus in March 2018, severely damaging 23 buildings and affecting 50 more. Turner continued work on the project as cleanup efforts took place across the campus, ultimately completing the facility ahead of schedule while managing various changes on the project.

Turner provided construction management-at-risk services, taking on all organizational responsibilities and project risk. This delivery method allowed Turner to ensure that the project was delivered on time and within the guaranteed maximum price. The project’s early completion enabled Turner to return a portion of the contingency to JSU Foundation.

“Turner has a long history of managing similarly complex, time-sensitive projects, but this is a great example of how our organizational expertise can overcome even unexpected hurdles,” said project executive Lee Holland of Turner Construction Company in Huntsville. “All the parties involved contributed to the success of this project, providing invaluable input as we made key decisions through the construction process. As a result of this coordinated team approach, we’ve been able to return savings from the project back to the university.”

The facility, featuring a mostly glass exterior, includes four gymnasiums, a weight and fitness area, a wellness center, an elevated walking track, racquetball courts, a small leisure pool and whirlpool, a 40-plus-foot climbing wall, group exercise studios and locker rooms, as well as a lounge area where students can congregate between classes.

“This project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget amid extraordinarily challenging circumstances, which is a testament to Turner’s methodical and efficient workflow,” said Dr. Charles Lewis of the JSU Foundation. “We’re thrilled for our students to begin taking advantage of this modern facility, which will be a cornerstone of our revitalized campus.”

A grand opening for the center was recently held for students and faculty. The project’s key organizers spoke at the ceremony, including Dr. John M. Beehler, president of Jacksonville State University; Kasey Gamble, president of the JSU Student Government Association; and Ronnie Smith, JSU Board of Trustees Chairmen.

“We’re elated with the completion of this facility,” said Dr. John M. Beehler. “This recreation and fitness center is a huge step forward for our campus and will be instrumental for improving the JSU student experience by allowing us to offer a range of student development programs.”

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