San Jacinto College facility earns prestigious APEX Award

09.12.2014 | By Rob Vanya

San Jacinto College was recognized at the September Board of Trustees meeting for receiving the APEX Award. Those attending the presentation include, from left (standing): Mr. Bryan Jones, San Jacinto College Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities and Construction; Mr. Frank Rizzo, co-owner, Rizzo & Associates; Mr. John Moon, Jr., Secretary, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Ms. Marie Flickinger, Member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Mr. Brad Hance, Member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Mr. Larry Wilson, Vice Chairman, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Ruede Wheeler, Member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Mr. Keith Sinor, Assistant Secretary, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; and Dr. Ron Rucker, co-owner, Rizzo & Associates; (seated): Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Mr. Dan Mims, Chairman, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; and Mr. Terry Hargus, Project Executive, Tellepsen Builders. Photo credit: Amanda L. Booren, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


Award recognizes construction excellence, contribution to the community


The San Jacinto College North Campus Science and Allied Health Building has earned the prestigious Associated General Contractors APEX Award based on meeting or exceeding stringent and comprehensive criteria.

“The APEX Award is the most significant commendation a construction company can receive in the Houston market,” commented Terry Hargus, project executive for Tellepsen Builders, the company that built the facility. “The award recognizes both construction excellence and contribution to the community.”

Hargus said the field of entries for the APEX Award was “one of the most competitive this year.” Other projects included the University of Houston Classroom and Business Building, Jean E. Stewart Elementary School, Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center Renovation, and the San Jacinto College South Campus Science and Allied Health Building.

The APEX Award includes nine criteria categories, including quality of workmanship in construction, contribution to the community and/or environment, quality of the management process, safety records, timely completion, completion within budget, difficulty in construction, new technology or work processes used on the job, and what uniquely qualifies the project for the award.

The three-story, 130,500-square-foot North Campus Science and Allied Health building was completed in spring 2013. The spacious, high-tech facility enables San Jacinto College to provide training for students pursuing allied health and science careers, which are high demand fields in the Houston area. Faculty and administrators were actively involved in planning the building, which is designed to be interdisciplinary to enable science and allied health students to collaborate for in-depth research across fields of study. All classrooms and labs are equipped with the most advanced technology available to optimize learning.

The building also houses all of the North Campus science courses, which includes biology, chemistry, geology, and physics, in addition to the allied health programs such as emergency medical technology, health information management, mental health services, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, and nursing. The new campus addition enables San Jacinto College to offer additional courses as needed to help meet future health care demands.

The facility stands out as a model of environmental best practices. “The building was built to LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), meaning that it meets stringent environmental standards,” commented Frank Rizzo, co-owner of Rizzo and Associates, which served as consultants throughout planning and construction of the facility. “Not only is the building environmentally friendly, there are some unique features designed into it, such as a rainwater collection system that is used for irrigation, a daylighting system that makes efficient use of natural lighting, and fume-capturing hoods in the labs.”

Bryan Jones, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor of facilities and construction, said that earning the APEX Award is particularly significant because judging is “peer based,” meaning the criteria is determined by high standards set by the construction industry. “Earning such a prestigious award illustrates how San Jacinto College strives to be the leader in educational excellence,” Jones commented. “The building is a physical manifestation of San Jacinto College’s commitment to STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math). State-of-the-art classrooms and labs enable professors to actuate innovative teaching strategies to prepare students for the workforce, while students are able to emulate actual environments they will face after graduation.”

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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