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Institutional | RUCON INC.
Shortly after completing the school, Russo was retained by Penn
Hills School District in Pittsburgh to oversee both an elementary
school and high school project that were already in progress. When
the company took over as owner's representative on the $90 million,
300,000-square-foot Penn Hills High School in August 2012, the
school was $5 million over budget and six months behind schedule.
Rucon applied value-engineering and project organization methods
to ultimately complete the school in January 2013 on time and on
budget, Russo says. The company also worked on a football stadium
and athletic field project on the high school campus.
The $48 million, 200,000-square-foot Penn Hills Elementary
School was also six months behind schedule when Rucon began its
work there in August 2012. The project was completed on time and
under budget in June 2014.
The company returned to Plum Borough School District
in December 2013, when it started work on the $16 million,
75,000-square-foot Holiday Park Elementary School. The project
was completed last August.
Rucon recently completed work on Freeport Middle School for
the Freeport Area School District in Pennsylvania. The $32 million, 135,000-square-foot building broke ground in June 2014 and
opened to students in August 2015. The company also managed
work on a $4 million stadium on the same campus as the middle
school and an adjacent high school, Russo says.
The company's current projects include renovating a junior high
company retains the
services of several firms to
complete its jobs.
school into a middle school for Plum Borough School District. Rucon
is also overseeing renovation work on schools in the Jefferson-Morgan School District in Jefferson, Penn. The company in November
will begin work on two $5.5 million renovation projects in Wilkinsburg School District in Pittsburgh.
"We find ways to save people money," Russo says of the company's
success on school projects. "We're always open to value-engineering,
alternative products and other ways for the contractors and school
districts to keep costs under control."
All of Rucon's projects are made possible through its relationships
with not only school districts, but also architects and engineers. The
company retains the services of companies including civil engineer
PA Soil and Rock; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering
firm Tower Engineering; and architectural firm VEBH. "I bring to the
table 35 MEP engineers, 22 civil engineers and a stable of architects
with me to projects," Russo says.
The company keeps its own operations small to reduce its overhead. In addition to Dennis Russo, Rucon's staff includes his sons
Michael, its vice president and senior site manager; and Nicholas, a
site manager. Site superintendent Kevin Benzehoefer rounds out the
company. "We keep our operations as tight to the vest as possible,"
Dennis Russo says.
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