Lotus School For Excellence
Expansion Project

Plans & Details

The project consists of constructing the third addition to The Lotus School for Excellence which was originally a church, “The First Assembly of God”. This newest addition is a two-story steel structure bearing on a structural slab on caissons. The exterior façade will match the existing school with brick veneer and stucco. Curtain walls and storefront windows provide natural light. Eight classrooms and one office including a science lab will be added. As part of the addition the existing Fire Alarm system will be upgraded with new devices and a new Fire Alarm Control Panel. A vestibule is also being added on the opposite side of the existing school, the vestibule will provide better access control for the Kindergarten area.

Project Milestones:
Fire alarm upgrade complete 11/26
Roof Dry-in Complete 12/11/18
Sheetrock complete 1/15/19
JHL Punch to start 2/13/19
TCO 3/20/19
CO 3/27/19

Project Team

Adragna Architecture

Ryan Adragna


Kristine Wille-Matney

Owner's Representative

Site Safety

Safety is our top priority! JHL fully understands that your campus is an active learning environment first and foremost, not a construction jobsite. JHL will work with Jefferson Academy to plan construction activities in a manner that limits disruptions, maintains the learning environment, and keeps students, staff members, and parents safe.

On all occupied school projects, JHL utilizes Raptorware for all subcontractors on site, an access and tracking system that scans identification cards (drivers licenses, alien registration cards, green cards, and passports) and immediately conducts a background check with current information. Any person that is flagged by Raptorware will be refused entry to the site. Prior to subcontractor selection, companies are required to sign JHL’s project specific guidelines contract. A requirement of this includes drug testing and background checks for all employees who will be on campus.

Our innovative safety program begins with our safety committee and extends to each and every person who sets foot on a JHL jobsite. We realize that, especially in the construction industry, there has been a discrepancy between practice and policy with regard to on the job safety. Our approach to reconciling that discrepancy is to instill each of our employees with a personal devotion to safety and the dedication to insure that each of our jobsites remains an accident free environment. Our continued success in this endeavor is evidenced by our exceptional Experience Modification Rate average of 0.67 over the past five years and the fact that we recently received the Platinum level national Safety Training and Evaluation Process award from the Associated Builders and Contractors.

JHL’s safety record is one of the best in the industry and we are committed to keeping it that way. JHL has never once had an incident or accident with a student, staff member, or community member on any of our projects.

Construction Notices & Updates

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Student Involvement

Student Projects, Tours, and More!

More Than Just Construction – An Experience

On school projects, our goal is to involve students, staff, and the community throughout design and construction. We want this to be an exceptional experience for everyone involved and would love to inspire students for future careers in our industry! Check back soon for Construction 101 classes, project tours, job shadowing and internship opportunities, and student projects.