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Flora Elementary School, Flora, Holland Construction Services

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Flora Elementary School, Flora, Holland Construction Services

IBJ Apr14 Page 15 Image 0010By KATE GENO
    In March, Flora Community Unit School District 35 marked the ground-breaking of its new elementary school. Holland Construction Services will serve as construction manager for the $30 million project.
    The 126,000-square-foot school will house students from pre-K through fifth grade. The district currently has three separate elementary schools, which will be combined into one new school. This will enable all elementary school staff in the district to work together under one roof.
    “Holland Construction Services is appreciative of the opportunity to work with the Flora school board and Superintendent Joel Hackney on the construction of their new elementary school,” said Project Manager Corey Noder. “The district has been waiting since 2003 for state funding to help make this project a reality, and we are happy to have been a partner working and waiting with the district for this day.”
  The school will consist of 38 classrooms that will be organized by grade level. First- through third-graders will be located in a different section from the fourth- and fifth-graders. There will also be separate drop-off sites for both pre-K and kindergarten students at the school.
    All students will be able to utilize a gymnasium, stage, multi-purpose room, library, computer lab, and cafeteria with kitchen. Science, band, music and art classes will have dedicated spaces. The floor plan, designed by EWR Architects of Fairview Heights, also includes administration offices and a conference room.
    The main hallway of the school is designed to look like an actual Main Street. Four large skylights in the ceiling will bring in natural light along the walkway.
    Safety is a priority for the new school, so the main entrance will feature vestibule doors with controlled locks. A check-in area and nurse’s station will be located inside the entrance. An intercom and security system will be installed throughout the school.
    The building will be constructed with a structural steel frame, brick and EIFS exterior veneer, and a sloped roof.
    Holland Construction Services, of Swansea, began work in March and will complete the school by August 2015 to open for the 2015-16 school year.

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Holland nominated for General Contractor of Year

    SWANSEA — Holland Construction Services has been nominated for the 2014 General Contractor of the Year award by the American Subcontractors Association.
    General contractors were nominated by member subcontractors based on bid ethics, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, safety practices, payment practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, subcontractor/vendor relations and administrative procedures.
    Holland was nominated in the “A” Category of contractors with volume over $50 million, along with Alberici Constructors, Inc., BSI Constructors, Inc., L. Keeley Construction, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and Tarlton Corp.
    The awards will be presented April 26 at the ASA Midwest Council Awards Gala in St. Louis.

Holland president receives SIUE alumnus award

    SWANSEA – Holland Construction Services President Mike Marchal has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus by the Department of Construction at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
    He was recognized at the Annual School of Engineering Awards Banquet in February. His plaque reflects his achievements in the field of construction management.
    Marchal has worked in the construction industry for 20 years and has served as president of Holland Construction Services since 2011.
    He serves on the boards of SIUE Construction Leadership Institute, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, McKendree University, AGC and the Sept. 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois. He is a mentor for the Regional Business Council Mentor Network Program as well as the Southwestern Illinois College Career Mentor Program.
    In 2012, Marchal was named to the St. Louis Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and was also a recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award.

Hospital Spring Gala to be held April 25

    HIGHLAND — The Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital Spring Gala will be held at the Lindendale Ballroom in Highland on Friday, April 25. This year’s guests will be entertained by Spectrum Band.
    The evening’s schedule will begin with a complimentary cocktail and appetizer reception, followed by dinner catered by Popeye’s Chop House.
    During the past eight years, the Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital Spring Gala has raised more than $500,000. Money buys equipment including diagnostic technology for cancer and women’s health.
    For sponsorship details and ticket information, visit or contact Amy Stephan, director of philanthropy at St. Joseph’s Hospital, at (618) 651-2589 or


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