April 10, 2023 – The Highland Group, a premier real estate development and commercial construction firm, has secured a contract from Madison City Schools to build an innovative, state-of-the-art indoor practice facility at James Clemens High School. Throughout the construction process, The Highland Group will collaborate closely with Nola VanPeursem, the leading architect who originally designed the high school in 2012. The cutting-edge practice facility will enable James Clemens’ student-athletes to train year-round in a temperature-controlled environment, complete with indoor batting cages and locker room facilities.
This latest enhancement to the James Clemens campus is part of a series of ongoing renovations and upgrades provided by Madison City Schools in recent years. Their comprehensive project to improve the athletic facilities at James Clemens High School has been underway since the school’s inception in 2012 when it became Madison City Schools’ second upper division institution. To date, the school has seen significant improvements made to its football fields, track area, baseball practice fields, and softball complex as the school system continues to invest in the success of their athletic programs.
Upon completion, the indoor practice facility at James Clemens High School will span an impressive 10,000 square feet, making it one of the largest facilities on campus. The Highland Group has been heavily involved in enhancing Alabama’s school systems in recent years, constructing numerous athletic facilities throughout North Alabama schools, renovating existing Alabama A&M University facilities, and providing significant campus additions to Coastal Alabama Community College.
Michael Barnes, Highland’s VP of North Alabama, expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming James Clemens project. “As a product of the North Alabama School system, I am grateful to work with a team dedicated to strengthening our communities and giving back to our local educational institutions,” said Barnes. “I look forward to contributing to the continuous improvement of these schools and am eager to begin work on the Clemens project.”
James Clemens High school is a public high school in Madison, Alabama and is the second high school to be built as part of Madison City Schools. The school is named after the founder of Madison County, James Clemmens. Established in 2012, the school offers access to over 70 organizations to its student body including their extensive music and athletic programs. Clemmens’ has over 2,100 students in attendance including their marching band consisting of over 150 students, the schools’ JROTC Jet Battalion has over 100 cadets enrolled, and its various athletic programs are filled with award winning student athletes as well as coaches. For more information on their extensive school athletic programs or news visit their athletics page. For more general information on the school, subscribe to their school newsletter here.
The Highland Group is a real estate development and commercial construction firm that specializes in real estate development, preconstruction services, general contracting, construction management, and design-build delivery. Their mission is to develop leaders committed to higher standards who have an impact on their firm and the communities in which they work and live by developing trusting relationships and building quality projects. The Highland Group has offices located in the Gulf Coast Region (501 South McKenzie Street, Suite 2, Foley, Alabama, 36535), the Tennessee Valley Region (415-H Church Street NW, Suite 201, Huntsville, Alabama, 35801), and the Florida Panhandle Region (130 Richard Jackson Blvd., Suite 104A, Panama City Beach, Florida, 32407). They have been proudly serving clients throughout the Southeastern United States since 2005. Learn more at www.HighlandGroup.org