Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Elementary School and High School for Big Walnut Local School District

New elementary school and high school with athletic improvements provide modern learning environment

Sunbury, Ohio – May 7, 2019 – Officials from Big Walnut Local School District, Gilbane Building Company, VSWC Architects and the school community recently came together to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the new elementary school and new high school with athletic improvements.

Gilbane is serving as construction manager for the new 60,000 SF elementary school and new 305,000 SF high school with athletic improvements. The elementary facility will accommodate 500 K-4 students and includes classrooms, a STEM lab, a media center, a gym, and a dining area with a stage, a music room and other support spaces. The high school will accommodate 1,851 students and includes classrooms, academic commons, a multi-function auditorium, music, band and drama rooms, a dining commons and career education labs. Athletic improvements will include a competition gym and auxiliary gym with locker rooms, a wrestling room and an indoor elevated running track. Additional athletic facilities will include a football stadium featuring a turf field, track and concession stand facility. The site master plan also includes tennis courts, baseball and softball fields and multiple practice fields. Both buildings and the athletic facilities will be located on a 104-acre greenfield site located on the north side of Sunbury, Ohio.

Gilbane is extremely excited to be a part of the Big Walnut Local School District project team,” said Bob Sewell, Gilbane Building Company Vice President. “We have a vested interest in the success of the project and will remain dedicated to the Central Ohio community for years to come! We are excited to build in the community we live in and look forward to getting this project started and continuing our engagement with the District and in the community.

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Gilbane is one of the most experienced builders in the Central/Midwest market and is currently one of the largest construction managers in the Columbus market. Our established relationships with area subcontractors/suppliers, local and state authorities, M/WBE contractors and top design and engineering professionals have resulted in satisfied clients and repeat business throughout the state. With more than 60 years of success in the highly competitive construction market, Gilbane is committed to continuing the strong tradition of excellence in the Ohio construction industry.