GAITHERSBURG, MD.  —  Time. For some, it is a contractor’s best friend. For others, it is their biggest foe. For Shapiro & Duncan, Rockville, Md., time was a defining factor of the company’s excellence through one of its latest projects, reports NREI's sister publication Contractor.

The new Gaithersburg High School included renovation of an existing 1,000-seat auditorium, construction of a 3rd floor addition to the Performing Arts wing completed in 2005, and complete replacement of the original 1951 school building on the existing 41-acre site, all while the school was in full operation. Through the team’s efforts, Shapiro & Duncan was able to step into a two-year project that was less than 40% complete, and in less than eight months — jumping on the project Jan. 21, 2013 — finish the project in time for the original school start date of Aug. 26, 2013. When the bell rang on opening day, the new $95.8 million, LEED-certified, state-of-the-art Gaithersburg High School was ready for students. Read the full story here.