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William Allen Construction Company Dugout Dedication

William Allen Construction Company Dugout Dedication
Posted on 05/03/2019
The William Allen Construction Company, a student-run organization that combines education and career development, held a ceremony to dedicate the recently completed new dugouts for the William Allen High School baseball and softball teams.

Attendees were welcomed by Lee Butz, Chairman of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. who then introduced the 2018-2019 William Allen Construction Company CEO, Isaiah Albert-Stein and Project Manager, Lisa Espiritusanto who explained the project. 
The William Allen Construction Company, working under the mentorship of employees from Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and faculty advisors from William Allen High School have been working on the design, planning and fundraising for the dugouts for five years.  The project was brought to fruition through donations of materials, labor, skills and funds from the following subcontractors and organizations.
Anchor Fence Co.
Bean, Inc. Contractors
Charles Dectis Painting, Inc.
Ebinger Iron Works
Eshbach Brothers
ATAS International, Inc.
Panzitta Enterprises
Alan Kunsman Roofing and Siding, Inc.
Glen-Gery Masonry Supply
The Century Fund
Rider-Pool Trust
Allentown School District Facilities
Roberson Butz Architects
Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
Leskosky & Friends of Allen High School Baseball

“It took a long time to secure the financing, but it was worth the wait. The WAHS baseball and softball teams now have facilities that are the equal of their competitors,” said Lee Butz, Chairman of Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

Improvements to the existing baseball and softball facilities included constructing new dugouts at both fields consisting of concrete masonry walls, corrugated metal roofing, built-in aluminum benches and concrete slab floors.  Improvements also included new fencing for player and spectator protection and relocation of existing bleachers to improve visibility.  Renovations to the baseball playing field will be completed through a grant secured by the baseball team.

The ceremony was concluded with words of thanks and appreciation from a baseball and softball player. Plaques listing the names of the donors and contributors were created and displayed near the baseball dugouts.

“The students from William Allen Construction Company are a shining example of how our students can rise above expectations through the active support of our community,” said Thomas Parker, Superintendent of the Allentown School District. “Partnerships with local businesses give our students the opportunity to access real world work experiences before graduation, and those experiences can help guide their future plans towards college or a career pathway.” 

ABOUT WILLIAM ALLEN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY:  The William Allen Construction Company is a student-run, simulated fully-operating construction company, comprised of William Allen High School students under the mentorship of Alvin H. Butz, Inc.  The organization is dedicated to improvement: Improvement in the physical condition and appearance of William Allen High School, improvement in students’ understanding of the benefits of working together, improvement in students’ pride of ownership in their school building, and improvement in the relationships between the school and the business community.   
ABOUT ALVIN H. BUTZ, INC. AND THE BUTZ FAMILY OF COMPANIES:  The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., provides exceptional, comprehensive construction management and design/build services, led by a strong commitment to complete customer satisfaction with special attention to safety, quality and value.  The firm possesses significant experience in the construction of healthcare facilities, colleges/universities, corporate office buildings, manufacturing facilities, sports and entertainment venues, government buildings, K-12 schools and retail buildings serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northern Delaware. 
ABOUT ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT:  The Allentown School District serves nearly 17,000 students in a network of 25 early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools throughout the city of Allentown, PA. The Allentown School District is the third largest urban school district out of 500 districts in the Commonwealth. The District’s Mission states that each and every student will graduate college and career ready by having their individual needs met through active engagement in a rigorous, safe and nurturing learning environment. Our core values reflect a commitment to excellence, partnership and equity.  The Allentown School District employs approximately 2,400 teachers, staff and administrators. Founded in 1866, ASD serves students from 51 countries speaking 26 languages.