Ben Franklin 1 building

Pictured is the front of Ben Franklin Academy’s newly renovated main building, with the structure’s new addition on the right.

Emery & Associates, the Doraville-based construction company that handled the redevelopment project for Ben Franklin Academy in DeKalb County, June 9 was honored with an award from the Associated General Contractors’ Georgia chapter at its annual convention in Destin, Florida.

Emery & Associates took home first place in the Build Georgia Awards’ Design/Build category for projects under $5 million for its addition and remodeling work for Ben Franklin’s main building, a 1931 former private mansion.

To win a Build Georgia Award, a project must meet the following five criteria: exceptional project safety performance, overcoming the challenges of a difficult project, innovation in construction techniques and materials, excellence in project management and scheduling and dedication to client service and customer care.

The Ben Franklin project had its own challenges and uniqueness:

o It included building a new three-story, 2,550-square-foot addition with an elevator onto the school’s existing 9,500-square-foot building and making it look like it was always there, as well as renovating about 40 percent of the existing building.

o The school, open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., is located in a mixed-use area with sound ordinances that restrict construction to weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Therefore all work was done during three school breaks (one week each during the winter and spring breaks, plus a 9.5-week summer break) and eight weekends in between. Work began in early March 2017 and was completed for the fall term as scheduled Aug. 3, 2017.

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