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Strong Foundations | Fall 2015


A message from Randall Redding

As a life-long sports fan, I understand the passion that communities have for their local school’s teams. In today’s environment, it’s important to have top-notch facilities that provide teams the best chance to succeed, as well as serve as a gathering place to hold community-wide events.

This edition of Strong Foundations focuses on the role sports plays in the prestige of an institution, as well as how one community improved its morale through a new gymnasium.

I would also like to recognize the entire RKR team’s effort for receiving the prestigious national Leadership in Safety Award from CNA, the seventh largest U.S. commercial insurance carrier.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends. We are truly a blessed people.

Thanks for your friendship and support.

Respectfully,


Randall K. Redding, President & CEO

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High Schools Sports Facilities Changing the Landscape

ESPN Game of the Week. Stadium Naming Rights. Community Pride.

High school athletics have become big business. That’s why principals and athletic directors are seeking ways to either build new or remodel existing athletic venues. With funds limited in the school districts, the best return on investment oftentimes can run through the athletic program.

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Project Spotlight: Alexander High School Competition Gymnasium Unites Community

Alexander High School Principal Nathan Hand laughingly said recently that the school has been in need of a new gym for the past 20 years.

This is similar situation that many schools find themselves in these days. About 10 years after the school was first built, the areas growth had far surpassed all expectation. The school was built to handle 1,200 students, but that number has swelled to 1,700. While additional classrooms had been built, the gym still looked like it was built in the 1980’s… which it had.


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