Tru-Built Construction Honored With 2017 Build Nebraska Award
The Association of General Contractors (AGC), Nebraska Building Chapter recently announced the 2017 Build Nebraska Awards winners. Tru-Built Construction (tru-built.net) was honored to be among them, recognized for The National Willa Cather Center project in Red Cloud, NE.
It took years of planning and fundraising to make the Willa Cather Foundation’s vision a reality. The project was officially underway in October of 2015 and completed in December of 2016. Led by Superintendent Steve Powell and Project Manager Tucker Lange, Tru-Built Construction transformed a nearly block-long structure dating back to 1886 into a destination location celebrating the life and work of world-renowned author Willa Cather. Much of the $3.65 million project involved historical preservation to restore and incorporate original building components into the new design. In total, it encompassed 22,700 square feet of renovated space and the addition of 2,200 square feet of space at the site. Powell and Lange managed a team of specialized subcontractors and suppliers, many from Red Cloud but also extending statewide and into Kansas.
The National Willa Cather Center is composed of mixed-use spaces including additional museum space, state-of-the-art climate-controlled archive storage, research/office space, commercial storefronts, greenroom connected to the Red Cloud Opera House, and apartments. Tru-Built Construction was proud to be a part of a project that honors the enduring legacy of one of Nebraska most famous residents in her hometown and that has revitalized the downtown area, restoring it to its original glory.
The 2017 Build Nebraska Awards were presented at the Fall Social, Dinner, and Awards Program held November 16 at the Champions Club in Lincoln.