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“We partner with Horst Construction for major capital expansions on our campus for several reasons. They help us value engineer each project. Like many clients, we want a Taj Mahal built on a very small budget. Horst Construction has been able to build the beautiful structures we envision to coincide with out budget. They always come in on time–they finish when they say they are going to finish. And what I like most, as a College President, is that they always come on budget!”

Dr. Peter Teague, President
Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Bible College, Teague Learning Commons

Owner: Lancaster Bible College
Location: Lancaster, PA
Architect: Cornerstone Design Architects
Engineer: Providence Engineering Corporation

Lancaster Bible College and Horst Construction have partnered on many of this client’s campus projects over the last 40 years. As the Design-Build expert for the Teague Learning Commons, Horst was involved from the initial planning stages–providing critical budgeting and constructability expertise–through project completion. The 41,500 sf three-story, five-level building includes a library, bistro, meeting rooms, classrooms, administrative offices, music media lab, children’s library, archive/special collections room, and collaborative technology suites.

Project Type: New Construction
Services:
  • Preconstruction
  • Value Engineering
  • Cost Management
  • Project Management
  • Construction
Size: 41,500 square feet
Challenges/Features:
  • Extreme Building Condition #1: Record rainfall of 20 inches over a four-month period became a major challenge requiring the deep basement, foundations, elevator shaft drilling, and 30 geothermal wells (each 415′ deep) to be completed in the midst of extreme conditions.
  • Extreme Building Condition #2: Construction activity uncovered multiple large and many small sinkholes which required remediation. Sinkhole development within the geothermal well field required relocation of several wells.
  • Creativity & Craftsmanship: The visual clouds and associated support structure featured in the cafe were designed by Horst, fabricated on-site, and erected by Horst craftsman. Coordination between the structural joists and the mechanical/electrical utilities was particularly challenging.
  • Code Requirements: A cable handrail system for the atrium was designed, fabricated, and installed at the end of construction to accommodate a new code requirement–just weeks prior to the ribbon cutting.
Awards:
  • ABC Keystone Excellence in Construction, Award of Excellence