8/2018 Consolidated Construction Helps Pass Bond Referendum, Breaks Ground on Unique Educational Project in Parshall, North Dakota

Consolidated Construction Co. Inc., a full-service construction management and design/build firm located in Bismarck, North Dakota, put shovels in the dirt recently on an exciting and unique public school project in Parshall that will benefit students, faculty, and the community at large.

In Parshall, a new high school is under construction, with renovations also on tap for the elementary school property. Both facilities were built in the 1960s and have safety and security issues, capital maintenance needs, as well as structural and asbestos concerns. As a result, there was significant urgency to project move forward in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the first bond referendum to help fund the project was turned down by voters in 2017.

With the guidance of Consolidated Construction and Eng-Tech Architects/Engineers, school representatives regrouped and proactively reached out to voters to help them gain a better understanding of school needs and funding sources. The 2018 bond referendum received an impressive 74 percent approval and the project is on track for completion in Fall, 2019.

All told, the project will encompass roughly $15.2 million in new construction and renovations. One of the most unique aspects of the project is the school district received a generous matching grant from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation, located on the Fort Berthold Reservation, to fund 50% of the effort.

“MHA Nation graciously granted us $3.5 million before the referendum even happened,” said District superintendent Beth Schwarz. “I think that helped some folks who were maybe on the fence.”

According to MHA Chairman Mark Fox, new school buildings on the reservation are a high priority for the tribes. A key tenant in the mission statement of the MHA is to provide tribal members with maximum quality services that incorporate the traditional values of their elders and ancestors, and providing educational opportunities is central to that mission.

As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, T.J. Plentychief, a member of the MHA, performed a traditional native ceremony to bless the ground where the project is being built as well as the people working on the project and those who will benefit from the new school facility.

These new facilities will be built while school is in session for the year, another unique aspect. Fortunately, Consolidated Construction brings expertise to this type of project to help ensure the safety of students and faculty without disrupting the learning environments in the existing schools.


Figure 1: The architect’s rendering of the high school and elementary school project in being built by Consolidated Construction Company in Parshall, North Dakota.

About Consolidated Construction
Consolidated Construction Co., Inc. consolidates funding assistance, architecture, construction, and capital maintenance planning into a single source to provide streamlined building services to educational, commercial, hospitality, industrial, senior living, and food industry clients throughout the nation. Company offices are located in Bismarck, North Dakota, Appleton, Wisconsin, and Rapid City, South Dakota.. The company’s delivery model has resulted in national awards for design/build ingenuity and cost reduction. Project information and company history can be viewed at www.1call2build.com.