A special 6-page spotlight on the Girard Junior/Senior High School project appeared in the October issue of Properties Magazine.“It’s probably one of the shortest schedules we’ve had,” says Mike Coates, president of Mike Coates Construction Co., which also recently built the Warren G. Harding High School in nearby Warren. Mike Coates Construction incorporated many “green features” within the building including materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and automatic shutoff lights. The HVAC is geothermal, providing energy efficiency. “It’s the dawn of a new era,” says William Ryser, the high school principal, noting that the new building enhances the learning environment, is energy efficient and has more amenities than the previous building for junior and senior high school. “It’s an unprecedented opportunity for this community, for the kids to have an opportunity to learn in an environment like this.”Joseph Jeswald, school superintendent, a 35-year veteran of the district. is encouraged by the fact that the school has already achieved high marks by the state. He further noted that the high school was recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the nation’s best schools for providing opportunity in secondary education. The project photos in the story say one thing over and over again – quality workmanship. Click here to read the article and see photos. You can see more photos of this project by visiting our gallery.