New Preparatory School Opens At The United States Military Academy At West Point Campus

STV and J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc. Provided Design/Build Services for the New Facility

May 15, 2012, 16:16 ET from STV

NEW YORK, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) at West Point officially opened April 23. STV provided full architectural-engineering design services for the new campus as part of a design/build contract. J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc., contracted with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the $103 million project.

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The opening of the new campus was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by military officials, and concluded with tours of the new campus. Cadet candidates have been attending classes at USMAPS since August 2011 and will graduate next month. The school is a post-high school facility providing an additional year of schooling to prepare cadet candidates to enter West Point.

"STV's outstanding relationship with J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc. and the use of building information modeling software enabled this project to be completed under a tight schedule while meeting all of the client's specifications," noted STV President and Chief Executive Officer Milo E. Riverso, Ph.D., P.E.  "This is a state-of-the-art facility that the United States Military Academy can be proud to use as the first step in preparing cadets for a rigorous education at West Point."

The 20-acre campus consists of three linked buildings: a 69,000-square-foot, three-story co-educational barracks; an 81,880-square-foot, four-story academic building; and a 69,968-square-foot indoor athletic facility with an adjacent 35,152-square-foot covered practice field. Each building connects to the two-story lobby on the first and second floors of the academic building. Construction on the campus started in April 2010.

Revit Building Information Modeling software was used to coordinate the design and construction disciplines. The USMAPS earned LEED® (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.

The former prep school in Fort Monmouth, NJ, was closed as part of the U.S. Army's Base Realignment and Closure Program.

STV previously served as the engineer and architect-of-record for the Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center, the first new building on the United States Military Academy's West Point campus in more than 30 years. J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc. was the contractor on the project. The building earned a Platinum Award from the 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards in the Building/Technology Systems category from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, and a 2008 Best of New York Merit Award from New York Construction magazine. The project also took first place in the 2009 Prism/Spectrum Awards honoring outstanding achievements in the use of ceramic tile and stone.

About STV

STV is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012. Since its earliest predecessor firm opened its doors in 1912, the firm has grown to become a leader in providing architectural, engineering, planning, environmental and construction management services for buildings and facilities, transportation systems, and infrastructure. STV is ranked 32nd in Engineering News-Record's Top 500 Design Firms survey. STV is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, visit our website at or follow @STVGroup on Twitter.

About J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc.

With main offices in Bohemia, NY, and Tampa, FL, J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc. has been providing general contractor services in the federal forum for 40 years. The firm has constructed and renovated more than $1 billion worth of exclusively public projects including airports, courthouses, and educational and health care facilities.

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