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Fort Smith Public Schools Facilities Earn “Excellence in Design and Construction” Awards

Fort Smith Public Schools Executive Director of Facilities Operations Shawn Shaffer and Construction Project Manager Joe Velasquez received four industry awards for their professional design and construction work on the high school campuses.

The American School and University (ASU) awarded Shaffer and Velasquez the Outstanding Design Award for the additions and renovations to Southside High School. The ASU organization ensures school facility professionals stay up-to-date on the latest trends, technologies, and strategies that drive the education facilities and business market.

The Associated Builders & Contractors of Arkansas (ABC) awarded Shaffer and Velasquez the Award of Excellence for construction work on the Southside High School Arena, the Award of Excellence for the additions and renovations to Southside High School, and the Award of Excellence for additions and renovations at Northside High School. ABC is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 22,000 members nationwide. After assessing submitted projects, ABC selects winning buildings with outstanding characteristics such as design attractiveness, positive community effect, complexity, quality, innovation, unusual challenges, and efficient use of funds and resources are all considered for winning buildings. 

"It took a dedicated team with a collaborative mindset to make these awards come to fruition. I was impressed with the commitment that each team member gave to ensure the success of this project and provide the students and staff something they can take pride in for generations to come", said Shawn Shaffer.  These improvements align with the district's Continuous Improvement Plan's goal of providing the students and staff with administrative buildings that are safe, welcoming environments where authentic, productive relationships are valued.