GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Vennitta Campbell as Staff Accountant. Campbell will be in charge of preparation and analytical review of financial statements for the firm, variance reporting, budgeting, and bank reconciliations. Campbell has over 22 years of diversified accounting experience. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
GATES Construction has completed the new RaceTrac located on the southwest corner of Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Collier Boulevard in Naples. This project, which adds to the growing portfolio of RaceTracs constructed by GATES, includes a new state-of-the-art RaceTrac fuel station with 16 pumps, a 6,182 SF market and convenience store, and a 30+ space parking lot. The project also included site work to accommodate future development. Design services were provided by Hill, Foley, Rossi & Associates.
GATES has broken ground on the new fitness center at Herons Glen Golf and Country Club in North Fort Myers. The project consists of a 5,000-square-foot fitness center with cardio and weight areas and professional-grade workout equipment. The new facility will also feature massage and physical therapy suites. Design services are provided by LOTUS Architecture.
Harwick Homes has announced construction on a private residence in Bonita Springs.The transitional style estate features architecture by Visionary Residential Designs with interior design by Janet Bilotti Interior Design in Naples. The home will sit on a pie shaped lot overlooking a lake in Bonita Bay. The 5,865 total square foot home with 3,770 square feet of Air-conditioned space consists of three bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a study or optional fourth bedroom space.
Leading club builder GATES, has broken ground on the new fitness center at Herons Glen Golf and Country Club, located in North Fort Myers. The project consists of a new 5,000+ square foot state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and weight areas and professional grade workout equipment. The new facility will also feature massage and physical therapy suites. Design services are provided by LOTUS Architecture.
More than a dozen team members with Suffolk’s Florida Gulf Coast operations recently spent a day painting a Habitat for Humanity home in Lehigh Acres. The three-bedroom, two-bath home will become a new residence for a family of four that were displaced by Hurricane Irma. Over the course of fiscal year 2018, 491 Suffolk employees volunteered more than 4,730 hours of their time and contributed $537,000 to families through The Giving Circle, an employee-driven program at Suffolk that offers support to individuals faced with life-changing hardships. Suffolk Cares, the company’s charitable giving arm, also provided $12 million to 149 organizations over the course of this past year.
Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful privately held building contractors in the country, announced the launch of a new student loan repayment program as a benefit for employees. Suffolk partnered with Gradifi, a student loan repayment company, to launch its pilot program in 2019. Beginning January 1, 2019, Suffolk will contribute $100 per month toward qualified student loans for eligible employees. According to data from the Institute for College Access & Success, the average college graduate with a bachelor’s degree left school with $28,446 in student debt in 2016. Suffolk implemented the loan repayment program to help its employees reduce their financial stress, meet personal and professional goals, and focus on long-term career growth in the future rather than paying down debt from the past.
Diamond Custom Homes announces construction on a complete home remodeling project at 500 Yucca Road in Coquina Sands in Old Naples. This is the second project for these clients with Diamond Custom Homes. This significant whole home remodel will be designed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based firm DLA+ Architecture, with landscape architecture by Christian Andrea with Architectural Land Design and interior design by Naples-based Sandra Walsh.
GATES has been selected as the construction manager for The Hamilton at Lakeside, a new multi-family complex. Located on N. John Young Parkway in Kissimmee, The Hamilton at Lakeside will consist of two 4-story multi-family buildings with a total of 108 units. The buildings will feature one and two bedroom floorplans and have exterior covered carports. A new 16,293 SF clubhouse will offer amenities such as a pool, hot tub and sauna. The surrounding gardens will have multiple benches throughout, with water fountains and a dog park. Construction is slated to begin later this month. Architectural design services will be provided by GLA-ATL, LLC.
Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has captured Silver Award Honors in The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards from the National Association of Home Builders. One of South Naples’ fastest-selling communities, Naples Reserve secured Silver Awards for both “Best Landscape Design for a Master Planned Community” and for the second consecutive year “Best Sales/Welcome Center. We are honored to be the only Florida community recognized in both categories,” said Heather Thompson, marketing manager for Naples Reserve. “These awards reinforce why Naples Reserve is unique to Southwest Florida and our residents.”
Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chairman W. Theodore Etzel, III presented at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Service Leadership conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 8th. The session on “Company Culture and the Leader’s Influence Factor” provided real life examples and discussions around leadership style and why company culture is so critical.The Service Leadership conference began 11 years ago and has been one of the most successful annual contractor conferences of its kind. More than 300 attendees heard from business owners, service leaders and other industry experts on how to beat competition.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chairman W. Theodore Etzel, III presented at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Service Leadership conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 8th. The session on “Company Culture and the Leader’s Influence Factor” provided real life examples and discussions around leadership style and why company culture is so critical.The Service Leadership conference began 11 years ago and has been one of the most successful annual contractor conferences of its kind. More than 300 attendees heard from business owners, service leaders and other industry experts on how to beat competition.
Diamond Custom Homes has broken ground on construction of an 8,593 total square foot estate home in Pine Ridge Estates at 100 North Street. The West Indies inspired home is designed by Weber Design Group, with landscaping by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. Sitting on a two acre wooded lot, the estate will have four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half baths, a study and two garages with space to fit five cars.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Roy Beck as Senior Superintendent. Beck is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Beck has over 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types such as multi-family, hospitality, casino renovation, office construction and much more. Beck will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Peninsula, Treviso Bay’s newest neighborhood, has named Naples-based Wilson Creative Group (WCG) their agency of record. Peninsula Treviso Bay selected WCG with the desire to market the luxurious private golf community as the epitome of Florida living. “Peninsula’s coastal contemporary design makes it unique to the Treviso Bay community, so we knew we needed a unique marketing agency to achieve our desired outcome,” said Peninsula Treviso Bay’s Development Manager, Curtis Gunther.
GATES Construction has completed a full renovation of the main lobby at Broken Sound Club, one of South Florida’s most prestigious private clubs, located in Boca Raton. The project involved renovations and improvements to the lobby and bar which include upgrades to interior finishes as well as new countertops, electrical lighting fixtures, and millwork. The construction took place in an active community while keeping the Club fully operational. This is the first of two GATES projects at the Broken Sound Club. Design services for both projects are provided by Peacock + Lewis Architects LLC.
Diamond Custom Homes has announced the construction of Lauréne, the 8,485 total square foot model home in Quail West at 13961 Williston Way. Lauréne prioritizes privacy with the entire left wing of the house dedicated to the vast master suite, while the right wing hosts two bedrooms and VIP guest suite. The master suite will have a private sitting area with unobstructed views of the lake and golf course beyond. The luxurious master bathroom is designed with his and hers closets and sinks, a dual entry shower, and a freestanding bathtub to maximize relaxation. Lauréne is scheduled to be completed by January 2019 and will be sold furnished.
GATES Construction, has been awarded a new clubhouse / recreation project at the Artistry at Palm Beach by Kolter Homes. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, the Artistry at Palm Beach Clubhouse / Recreation Center will consist of an outdoor pool deck, heated pool, cabanas, basketball court, and children’s playground. Inside, the Artistry will have a fitness facility with state of the art exercise equipment, aerobics center and a community room for those looking to host special events.
Talis Park is pleased to partner with Seagate Development Group LLC to create Isola Bella, Talis Park’s newest neighborhood. This exclusive island enclave is limited to only 17 single-family waterfront home sites adjacent to the Grand Piazza that showcases the Great Lawn and Vyne House. Home sites in Isola Bella (Italian for “beautiful island”) offer water and golf course views, and will accommodate estate homes ranging from 3,500 to more than 5,000 square feet.
PBS Contractors of Naples received the 2018 Business Ethics Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation at its annual Uncommon Evening gala, held on Nov. 8 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. Russell Budd, CEO and owner of PBS Contractors, represented the company, along with Bart Zino, Kimberly Ortegon and Mark Simmons. Brian Rist, president and CEO of title sponsor Storm Smart, presented the award. Gray Davis, agency executive/senior vice president of McGriff Insurance Services, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of service to the Uncommon Friends Foundation, including serving seven years as chairman of the board of directors.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Jay Wolfe as Senior Project Manager. Wolfe is responsible for overall project coordination from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. Wolfe has 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in healthcare, government, and commercial construction. Wolfe received his degree in Construction Management and Architectural Technology from Indiana State University. Wolfe will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters office in Bonita Springs.
Conditioned Air Co. of Naples received the Southern Business Unit (SBU) Outstanding Achievement Award on Oct. 29 at the at the Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The company was one of three Florida firms to earn the honor and the only one from Naples to Sarasota. The SBU Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes Conditioned Air as the largest heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company in its market, utilizing state-of-the-art inverter-driven intelligent systems as the future of the industry and home automation.
Stevens Construction, a health care and commercial construction management firm, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The company’s current projects include Gulf Coast Skilled Nursing Unit, a 75-bed post-acute facility for Lee Health; Performance Health Surgery Center; Bonita Springs Utilities Customer Service Building; and an assisted living facility renovation for Village on the Isle in Venice.
Wilson Creative Group has added seasoned web developer Karen Garcia to the team. Garcia graduated from Nueva Esparta University in Caracas, Venezuela, where she focused her studies on Graphic Design Business Administration. Garcia specializes in helping individuals and companies increase target-market visibility by creating eye-catching artwork. At Wilson Creative Group, Garcia has been instrumental in numerous website creations and updates.
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) has been named as an INSIDE Public Accounting Top 400 Firm. This recognition was earned by MNMW based on the 2018 annual INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) Survey and Analysis of Firms. IPA 400 firms are ranked by U.S. net revenues and are compiled by analyzing the more than 550 responses received this year for IPA’s Survey and Analysis of Firms. For close to 30 years, IPA has ranked the largest accounting firms in the nation, but this is the first year of naming the Top 400 firms. For the most recent fiscal year, IPA 400 firms range in size from $4.55 million to $9.9 million, and from 20 to 80 staff members. These firms employ more than 4,000 total staff across the nation.
Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been named one of Business Observer’s 40 under 40 recipients for 2018. Winners were chosen for their businesses community leadership, success and future potential. Benson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University in Miami. He has been in the construction industry for over 15 years, and was a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders Young Professional’s Award. In 2017 Benson was named as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients. Benson is involved in a number of building organizations, including serving as President of the Collier Building Industry Association, a delegate on both the Board of Directors of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders for 2018 and as Vice-Chairman of FHBA’s Local President’s Council. Additionally, Benson is a Trustee for Canterbury School, past president of Naples Gulfshore Rotary, and vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County.
Diamond Custom Homes has announced the construction of Sandy Lane, a 9,523 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf and Country Club on Highcroft Drive. The luxury model home features an open floor plan with a great room and parlor, expansive outdoor living space, full bar with chilled wine room, and infinity edge pool.
Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning custom division of Stock Development, has won a Silver Aurora award in the Best Interior Design of a Home in the over $2 million category from the Florida Home Builders Association for their Aqualane estate in Wellington, Fla.Two new sales associates have joined the New Home Sales Team in the communities of Naples Reserve, Naples Club Estates and Seagate Villas. Collin Johnson is a native of Muskego, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He moved to Naples in June 2016, and a short time later he earned his real estate license. Mollie Osborne was raised outside Philadelphia, studied at the University of London in the U.K. and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Prior to starting her career in real estate, Osborne spent more than 20 years in marketing, hospitality and private-aviation sales.Southwest Florida homebuilder Frey & Son Homes announced that Sherri Knafo has joined the team as the selections coordinator. Knafo’s experience stems from experience in both sales and interior design in new home construction. She has helped manage one of the largest real estate firms in Southwest Florida, Premiere Plus Realty. Originally from Philadelphia, Knafo attended college in Florida and has been a resident of the state for more than 20 years.
Diamond Custom Homes has announced the construction of Sandy Lane, a 9,523 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf and Country Club on Highcroft Drive. The five bedroom, five full and one half-bathroom estate is designed by architect Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs, with interior design by Faith Fix and Deana Skelly of Freestyle Interiors and landscape design by Christian Andrea of Architectural Landscape Design, Inc.This Florida-Bahamian vernacular style exterior architecture features unique designs such as interior courtyard spaces, a detached motor coach garage, and an indoor-outdoor sports bar cabana. The luxury model home features an open floor plan with a great room and parlor, expansive outdoor living space, full bar with chilled wine room, and infinity edge pool.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Cora Harkins as Director of Business Development and Marketing. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Harkins has over 30 years of experience in business development and marketing, working for general contractors and national manufacturers of architectural products. As Director of Business Development and Marketing, Harkins is responsible for overseeing the business development and marketing support staff, developing corporate strategies, company promotion, GATES’ company-wide networking plan, expanding territories including Palm Beach Gardens and Sarasota as well as increasing market-share overall. Harkins will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
GATES Construction has been awarded a new project at Chris-Craft located in Sarasota. To accommodate the rise in demand for their watercraft sales and service, GATES will expand the Chris-Craft manufacturing facility with a pre-engineered metal building to increase production area. The building is to be constructed as part of a multi-phased expansion plan at this location. This project is slated for completion in the winter of 2019. Design services are provided by Gregory K. Wall AIA, P.A.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Melvin as Senior Superintendent. Melvin is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Melvin has over 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types including clubhouse & hospitality, education, recreation, office, industrial, commercial, and health care. Melvin will be based out of GATES Construction’s Pam Beach Gardens Office.
GATES Construction has begun construction of the Overlook Bar & Grill at The Isles of Collier Preserve, a new waterfront and preserve community of single and multi-family homes located in Naples. The Old Florida styled building will be a concrete structure with wood siding and an aluminum roof over a main dining area and two screened in porch dining areas, along with a decorative bar overlooking the Cypress Waterway. The interior will be finished with cypress ceilings and beams, and beautiful ceramic wood style tiling. Members and their guests will have access to the sundeck and pool areas at The Isle Club adjacent to Overlook. Kayaks are available for the members’ use, so residents can explore the community’s waterways and wave to friends and family as they pass the new Overlook Bar & Grill. This project is slated for completion early 2019. Design Services will be provided by Humphrey-Rosal Architects.
KTS Homes To Offer Remodeled Villas In Prestigious City of Naples. What was once a charming villa project called West Lake Villas, located on Seagate Drive in Naples, will soon have a new name — Seagate Villas — as well as five completely remodeled villa homes.The architect and general contractor for the ground-breaking project is KTS Homes. The company was awarded the task of working within the villas’ existing footprints, transforming the homes into larger, more spacious and open floor plans, all wrapped within coastal-inspired architecture.
Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, announced it earned top honors in four categories during the 2018 Sand Dollar Awards Gala hosted at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on September 22, 2018. Presented by the Collier Building Industry Association – Sales and Marketing Council, the Sand Dollar Awards annually honor excellence in building, design and marketing in the homebuilding industry in Collier County. Ashton Woods garnered awards in a variety of categories: Best Brochure, Best Website, Best Special Event/Promotion, Best Social Media Marketing.
B-Squared Advertising of Naples has hired Quintino “Tino” De Sousa as an art director. De Sousa attended Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College), Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Florida (UF) College of Journalism & Communications, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising and innovation and graduated magna cum laude. De Sousa was also accepted to the Golden Key International Honour Society and is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Prior to joining B-Squared Advertising, De Sousa, who has 14 years of experience in the industry, was a freelance graphic designer, the creative director for Branovations, and creative director for Pinnacle Promo Print, all based in Naples.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Darryl Piearcy as Superintendent. Piearcy will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. He has over 20 years construction experience in multifamily, hospitals, government facilities, hotels, and commercial retail centers. Piearcy will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.
Diamond Custom Homes president Michael Diamond today announced the luxury homebuilder is transforming an existing 6,686 square foot estate home, located in the prestigious Quail West Golf & Country Club, with the construction of a 1,256 square foot under air home addition, whole house remodel and a new outdoor landscape design. Built in 2007, two-story, French chateau-designed single-family home sits on an oversized lot with glorious views of the 18th green at Quail West’s championship Lakes Golf Course. When completed, the renovated estate will present 8,120 square feet under air and 11,73 total square feet featuring seven bedrooms plus study.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Vincent Varallo as Marketing Assistant. Varallo is responsible for assisting in social media outreach, website updates, event planning, creating and updating marketing materials and writing and distributing press releases. Varallo recently received his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. Varallo will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been elected as vice chairman of the Florida Home Builders Association’s (FHBA) Local President’s Council. The Local President’s Council is made up of the presidents of each of the 22 associations across the state operating under the FHBA umbrella. Established in 1949, FHBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Florida’s local/regional homebuilder associations. Benson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University. He has been in the construction industry for nearly 20 years and was a finalist for the NAHB Young Professional’s Award. In 2017, Benson was named as one of Gulfshore Business magazine’s 40-under-40 recipients. Benson also serves as president of the Collier Building Industry Association, a delegate on both the board of directors of the Florida Home Builders Association and NAHB for 2018. Additionally, Benson is a trustee for Canterbury School, past president of Naples Gulfshore Rotary, and vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County.
DIVCO Custom Homes Ranks in Top Half of Business Observer’s 2018 Top 500. The number 500 has long been associated with the top. The cream of the crop. The powerful. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that we have been ranked #221 in The Business Observer’s 2018 Top 500 list which ranks the Top 500 companies from Tampa/Lakeland to Naples by revenue. “DIVCO has always prided itself on staying at the cutting edge of design and construction,” continued Foster, “We are known as a Progressive DESIGN-BUILD Leader for a reason: home buyers are attracted to the quality, value and design they see in our beautifully-furnished homes, and our revenue figures reflect it. We are honored to be recognized in the top half of the Business Observer’s 2018 Top 500 index.”
Minto Communities announces that Stock Signature Homes, the homebuilding division of Stock Development, is purchasing an additional 180 home sites at The Isles of Collier Preserve. Stock is introducing its new Cottonwood Collection of classic coastal homes on 24 of the 76’ home sites, and is building four models from the collection: the Burlington, Covington, Livia and Madison II. The Isles of Collier Preserve is Minto’s award-winning master planned community located just minutes from downtown Naples, Florida.
Christopher T. Spiro, CEO & chief creative officer of Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture, has been appointed to the University of Florida Fan Advisory Council for the 2018-19 season. The council assists the university’s athletic association in the evaluation and enhancement of the fan experience at football games, while representing broader interests of the Gator Nation. Meeting with administrators and staff three times annually, council members provide suggestions concerning the overall game-day experience. Comprised of 12 to 15 season-ticket holders, council members represent a cross section of fans and serve one to two athletic years. As an alumnus, Spiro has supported many university efforts and is very active in the local alumni association, known as the Southwest Florida Gator Club. As a member, he served six years as the director of public relations and attended multiple University of Florida Alumni Association Leaders’ weekend. Spiro created the single largest fundraising event, Tour De Chomp, benefitting the Southwest Florida Gator Club Scholarship Program.
EECON Construction Services of Naples has been selected by Kensington Golf & Country Club to provide general contracting services for its multi-million-dollar club expansion. The project is anticipated to be completed in conjunction with the club’s 25th anniversary during 2019. The $3.5-million construction project includes the addition of several new member amenities as well as a complete refurbishment of certain existing facilities. Current clubhouse dining, outside events and golf course operations will not be affected during the construction of the new outdoor Patio Café, bocce ball courts and pickleball courts.
GATES Construction has started construction on the new Naples Estates clubhouse in south Naples. Being one of the hardest hit communities by Hurricane Irma, Naples Estates was visited by President Trump when touring the area to assess the destruction. As part of the rebuilding, GATES has demolished the existing hurricane damaged clubhouse and is now constructing the new 31,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. The clubhouse will feature multi-purpose rooms, art room, ballroom with a stage, kitchen, dining area, new shuffleboard courts, bocce courts, a mini golf course, billiard room, card rooms, fitness center, and new pool. Design services are provided by JVB Architect. The project is slated for completion late 2018.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Rife as Senior Estimator. Rice’s responsibilities include comprehensive estimating, material take-offs and labor estimates as well as developing subcontractor scopes and bidding criteria. He collaborates with executive staff and the project team in all preconstruction services including sequencing, design review, constructability and life cycle analysis, value engineering, cost/budget analysis, and strategic planning for all aspects of the projects. Rife has over 30 years of experience in estimating and project management along with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Rife will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, recently acquired 42 luxury townhomes at Hammock Cove, an existing gated community located just half a mile north of Daniels Parkway, three miles east of I-75, in the master-planned community of Gateway in Fort Myers. Richard McCormick, President of Pulte Homes in Southwest Florida, said the furnished model at Hammock Cove will open in early 2019. Pulte’s two-story townhomes will come in two separate Life Tested® floor plans, the Adirondack and Leland, both with 1,895 square feet of living area, three-bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage. Priced from the mid-$200’s, Pulte’s townhomes at Hammock Cove offer consumer-inspired features like the open concept layouts, spacious owner’s suite with two walk-in closets, expansive kitchen islands, and an abundance of storage space.
The Lykos Group announced the custom homebuilder has signed a record-breaking16 single family home and condominium remodeling projects in Southwest Florida in the first half of 2018. “Our remodeling activity is being driven by solid gains in employment and rising home values, factors that are giving homeowners the confidence to invest in their homes,” says Tom Lykos, founder of local custom homebuilding firm The Lykos Group “Homeowners are not only undertaking a greater number of remodeling projects, but larger and more complex ones. And as a reflection of the long, slow economic expansion that we have been in, many more owners are just now initiating replacement-type projects that had been deferred during the recovery,” he believes.
Diamond Custom Homes announced the start of construction of Ladera, a new 7,854 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf & Country Club on Williston Way. The four bedroom, five full and two one-half bath estate is architecturally designed by John Cooney, AIA, Stofft Cooney Architects with interior design by Lou Shafran and Mark Vanagas of Pacifica Interior Designs, and architectural landscape design by Pat Trefz of Outside Productions International.
Dolly Smith has joined Naples luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes as controller announced president Michael Diamond. As company controller, Smith is responsible for direct supervision of all accounting and financial functions. Her primary responsibilities are focused upon managing accounts payable, accounts receivable and bank reconciliations, ensuring budgets remain on track, and overseeing all communications with outside vendors. She is also responsible for maximizing return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems.Born and raised in New Port Richey, FL, Smith moved to Naples in 2008. Before beginning her career in finance, she worked for a Florida disaster relief company in Florida. After that, she returned to college and earned a degree in accounting from Hodges University. Smith also holds all of the educational and work-study requirements to sit for the CPA Exam, and a Community Association Manager’s (CAM) license in the State of Florida.
GATES Construction has begun building a new Animal Hospital at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Named the “Glass Animal Hospital” in honor of its primary benefactors, Denny and Tanya Glass, the new 1-story, 9,144 SF animal hospital will feature a surgical suite, treatment room, hospitalization rooms, necropsy room, diagnostic lab, pharmacy, ICU and hospitalization holding areas, outdoor run area, and administrative rooms. Construction has begun and is slated for completion winter 2019. Design services are provided by Architects Unlimited.
BUILD Carolina has been chosen as a featured builder in The Ramble Biltmore Forest in Asheville, North Carolina. The Ramble Biltmore Forest is a Biltmore Farms Community that is situated on 1,000 acres of curated forest. Once fully completed, the private master-planned luxury community will include more than 500 homes, with much of the area devoted to an inviting network of parks, trails and common areas. The featured builders in The Ramble are some of Western North Carolina’s most talented professionals. BUILD is proud to be a part of this remarkable community. Information on the community can be found at www.ramblebiltmoreforest.com.
Diamond Custom Homes announced the addition of Peter Brochin as a job superintendent. Brochin’s primary responsibilities include establishing orderly workflow on the jobsite to ensure satisfactory and on-time completion, collaborating with all subcontractors and vendors, and managing the jobsite from pre-construction through delivery to the customer. Brochin joined the Naples-based Diamond Custom Homes in May 2018 and currently manages three new estate home construction projects and a $2 million luxury home remodel. Brochin graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg with a degree in business management and a minor in real estate investment.
Suffolk has promoted three executives to lead its southeast region and expand the company’s presence throughout the state. Pete Tuffo has been tapped as president and general manager of the southeast region, while Josh Christensen and Joe Fernandez have both been promoted to chief operating officer. The leadership promotions coincide with the region’s continued geographic expansion and growth. This past year, the region’s revenue exceeded $800 million, and it will see another steady increase moving into 2019, according to a press release. Tuffo will oversee Suffolk’s southeast region, which includes offices in Tampa, Estero, West Palm Beach and Miami. Christensen will be responsible for Gulf coast operations, while Fernandez will be responsible for Florida’s east coast operations. Suffolk has added more than 200 employees in the last three years, including 60 professionals along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
BCB Homes is celebrating its 25-year anniversary of home building in Southwest Florida. The Naples-based company was founded by a group of second-generation homebuilders. Beginning solely as a new construction services provider, the company has expanded to offer remodeling and estate management services, as well as other construction and remediation services. With a staff of more than 120 employees, BCB Homes has built and remodeled more than 350 homes throughout Southwest Florida.
DeAngelis Diamond /J. Kokolakis Construction Management team invites interested, qualified subcontractors to attend an Informational Project Workshop for the new construction of the RSW Control Tower and TRACON project, for the Lee County Port Authority. Project Workshop is scheduled for 9:00am – 3:00pm, August 23, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Ballroom:
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GATES Construction has broken ground on a new RaceTrac located on the southwest corner of Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Collier Boulevard in Naples, across from Publix. This project will include a new RaceTrac fuel station with 16 pumps and a 6,182-square-foot market and convenience store. Slated for completion this winter, the project also involves site work to accommodate future development. Design services will be provided by Hill, Foley, Rossi & Associates.
DeAngelis Diamond has completed the Babcock Neighborhood School at Babcock Ranch. Totaling 48,000 square feet, the K-8 charter school will hold 500 students and was finished in seven months. It features flexible classrooms, work areas for project-based learning, movable desks for easier collaboration and a large outdoor space complete with a playground, gardening space and half-court basketball. DeAngelis Diamond built this project using Green Globes and in partnership with the Florida Green Building Coalition to maximize sustainability.
Seasons in Bonita Springs to open this fall.Homes surrounded by a host of amenities will soon be available in Bonita Springs. D.R. Horton Southwest Florida has announced the addition of Seasons to its list of communities offering “attractively priced homes.” Seasons is scheduled to open this fall and will offer a variety of single-family home designs, with living spaces ranging from approximately 1,500 to more than 3,000 square feet. All floor plans will feature open-concept designs. Amenities will include a resort-style pool with beach entry, lap lanes and a sun-deck, as well as a fitness center and exercise studio. Seasons is located on Bonita Beach Road, approximately 4 miles east of Interstate 75.
Gulfshore Life magazine was named the Magazine of the Year at the 2018 Florida Magazine Association’s (FMA) annual conference on Saturday at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. This year, Gulfshore Life also won FMA Charlie Awards (first place) for best overall magazine in its category, best photo essay, and best feature writing. The Florida Magazine Association received more than 500 entries into this year’s contest. A panel of 13 judges from across the United States selected Gulfshore Life to receive the top award. Gulfshore Life Inc., owned by Open Sky Media, produces Gulfshore Life, Gulfshore Business, At Home, Healthy Life, Health Source and the Southwest Florida Guide to the Arts, in addition to custom publications Naples Health, Naples REALTOR, Naples on the Gulf, Summer Guide, Celebrate, Connect and Downtown Naples. Open Sky Media publishes city and regional magazines in Oklahoma City; Austin,
Frank R Jenkins Custom Homes has completed construction of its spec home in Gulf Harbour. The custom single-family residence is located at 11411 Longwater Chase Court in Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Encompassing a total of 5,630 square feet, the four bedroom, five bathroom home is impeccably decorated and furnished by Clive Daniel Home and is for sale for $2.3 million.“We are very excited to have completed construction on this custom home located in one of Fort Myers’ finest neighborhoods,” said firm principal Frank Jenkins.The spec home features crown molding and wood flooring, Thermador appliances, granite counter-tops, a walk-in pantry with built-in shelving, an integrated bar in the kitchen with wine refrigerator and ice maker, 10 foot sliders, eight foot interior doors, high ceilings throughout and an iron front door. Exterior features include a pool and spa, fireplace, bar with grill, vent, sink and refrigerator and electric roll down hurricane screens for on the lanai.
Suffolk, a $3 billion national construction management firm, has promoted Ben Wilson to vice president of operations. In his new role, Wilson will work closely with Suffolk’s Gulf Coast Chief Operating Officer, Josh Christensen, to provide leadership for Florida’s Gulf Coast region which extends from Southwest Florida to Tampa. Wilson joined Suffolk in 2015 as a project manager. With a keen eye for details, outstanding problem solving skills and an exceptional work ethic, he has quickly risen through the ranks to project executive and his new role as vice president of operations, where he will oversee over $200 million in projects in diverse market sectors from Naples to Tampa. Suffolk is currently underway with several projects in the region including Moorings Park Grande Lake. At age 33, Wilson is one of the youngest vice presidents at Suffolk. He is a 13-year veteran of the construction industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Management from the University of Florida. He is LEED® accredited, OSHA certified and a Certified Building Contractor with the State of Florida. Ben serves on the Board of Directors of Tampa’s Friends of the Riverwalk, is a former education committee member of the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange in Sarasota and Manatee counties, and is active with Urban Land Institute and the Association of Builders and Contractors.
Several Southwest Florida firms were honored recently with Aurora Awards by the Southeast Building Conference. They are: Clive Daniel Home (seven awards); Romanza Interior Design (four awards); London Bay Homes (six awards); and Naples Reserve (three awards). Now in its 39th year, the Aurora Awards are bestowed by the Florida Home Builders Association and Southeast Building Conference. This year, the organizations received nearly 400 entries, which were narrowed down to a list of Silver Award Honorees by category. Grand Aurora Honorees will be chosen from each group of Silver Award Honorees and will be announced at the Aurora Awards Gala on Aug. 17 at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando.
|Conditioned Air Co. of Naples employee William “Shorty” Sander, a field supervisor, celebrated his 50th anniversary with the firm this week. When Sander started his career in the service department at Conditioned Air on July 24, 1968, he earned $1.75 per hour and was one of only a dozen employees. Today, Conditioned Air is the area’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with nearly 350 employees throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Born in 1947 in Fort Myers, Sander is a descendant of the pioneering Hendry family. Sander was a part of the U.S. Navy before joining Conditioned Air as an apprentice. Sander now oen spends time teaching younger employees. It is estimated that Sander has handled more than 100,000 customer calls during his tenure. In many cases, those customers are the sons and daughters of original property owners. Sander has earned honors and recognitions over the years, including the Pioneer Award from the Southwest Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association.|
Bryan Wild has been appointed business development manager for Southwest Florida’s Tri-Town Construction. Wild brings more than 25 years of sales and community relations experience to his new position, based in both Florida and Michigan. He serves as Tri-Town’s ambassador throughout region’s building and real estate industries, working with architects, building managers, homeowners’ associations, and interior designers. In addition to his community involvement with business and civic organizations, he assists the company in its charitable work with nonprofits, especially those serving children’s needs.
Guest Services Senior Living, LLC and its partners will be breaking ground at a premiere invite-only event in Naples, Florida for the most innovative senior living rental community in Southwest Florida, The Pineapple House at Sapphire Lakes. Set for a Fall 2019 grand opening, this new state-of-the-art property will offer its valued assisted living and memory care residents progressive levels of exceptional service in a resort-style environment. “When looking for a senior living community, future residents are searching more than ever for the highest levels of service and highest levels of quality care, and we are ecstatic about offering the marketplace a community that exceeds those demands and expectations,” says John Gonzales, President of Guest Services Senior Living, LLC. “Equipped with the latest in medical technologies as well as highly-advanced health and wellness programs, our passionate group of devoted and thoroughly committed team members will provide an environment optimized to deliver the care, service, and needs of today’s seniors.” This beautifully designed community will feature 127 world-class living quarters, an open-air courtyard for residents’ relaxation, an industry-leading wellness center that will include fitness and massage areas, a hydrotherapy room, a beauty salon, and swimming pool. Residents will also be treated to numerous avenues for life enrichment and entertainment via the ultramodern theater room, library, chapel, and crafts room. Other service offerings will include an on-site medical director and a team of trained health and wellness professionals, chef-inspired menus and culinary programs, a life-enrichment director and full calendar of events, as well as concierge and transportation services.
PulteGroup: Virtual reality is no longer just for computer games, it is now the newest tool to help consumers select a new home from PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM), one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. Homebuyers now have the chance to take a virtual tour of their potential future home at Orange Blossom Ranch, a gated community located East of I-75 off of Oil Well Road, two miles east of Immokalee Road in Naples. “With the new user-friendly feature, homebuyers can now virtually walk through and visualize living in a home before it’s built. The in-depth look helps make buying decisions easier when an actual model is not available,” said Josh Graeve, Vice President of Sales for Pulte Homes in Southwest Florida. For the past few months, visitors to Orange Blossom Ranch have been able to virtually tour Pulte’s Marina model, a three bedroom, two bath, single-story home with a two-car garage, priced from $282,990. “The response to the virtual reality tours has been excellent. It is a really engaging way for homebuyers to interact with a new home design beyond a two-dimensional floorplan,” said Graeve. “We have seen great success in home sales at Orange Blossom Ranch thanks to the addition of this tool and the ease it provides in the homebuying experience.” Upon visiting the Orange Blossom Ranch sales center, consumers can take themselves through a self-guided tour using a gaming controller to view the home’s floorplan on a large flat screen TV. The system is easy to use and navigate through each room of the home. With the simple press of a button, you can even open doors and cabinetry. “‘Super realistic,’ ‘Like real life!’ and ‘Very impressive,’ are some of the comments that our sales consultants are hearing from homebuyers who have experienced the virtual reality tour at Orange Blossom Ranch,” says Graeve. “If consumers can experience how the home design feels when inside walking room to room, there’s often an emotional connection, and a decision to buy comes much easier.” Pulte offers nine one- and two-story Life Tested® home designs at Orange Blossom Ranch, with open gathering and dining areas, flexible living spaces, and stylish kitchens, ranging from 1,674 square feet of living area to over 3,811 square feet.
Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, LLC received 2 awards at the 2018 annual Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association Staircraft Awards Ceremony. Their dedicated efforts to build architectural master pieces and attention to detail, won them the Best Straight Stair-Traditional and Best Ships Ladder. These award winning staircases are featured by two of the premier area builders, Aubuchon Homes in Lee County and BCB Homes in Collier County. The SMA Staircraft Awards recognizes the best staircase projects of the industry. So, it is truly an accomplishment to win these awards and shows their team’s dedication to producing an excellent product. Their designers, stair builders, and installers take great pride in their work and craftsmanship and these awards are a culmination of their hard work. There is no higher honor in this industry.
GATES Construction has broken ground at The Shoppes at Estero Grande, a new retail center located on the west side of U.S. 41 and Estero Parkway. The new retail center will feature multiple store fronts, including Zoom Tan and Starbucks. The project consists of site work for the retail center as well as the entire Estero Grande site which includes a lake that was constructed to provide storm water retention as well as a source for landscape irrigation. New water, fire lines, sanitary sewer and storm piping will be provided to all areas of the property to allow future development, which includes the future home of Parkside, a multifamily condominium complex. Architectural design for The Shoppes at Estero Grande is provided by Gersdorf & Gersdorf and is slated for completion this Fall.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Davis as Senior Superintendent. Davis is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Davis has over 30 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types. With experience in high security, government, and federal projects. Steve’s additional works include multi-family, hospitality, healthcare construction and much more. Davis will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
|Atilus has developed a web application connecting boat dealers to Boat Trader’s listing API, saving time and streamlining web-based administrative tasks faced by all dealers throughout the country. Atilus partnered with Boat Trader and Fish Tale Boats to create a programmed system to dynamically pull and display boat listings from Boat Trader’s listing API utilizing WordPress and a WordPress-based listing system. The tool connects Fish Tale’s website directly to the Boat Trader system and pulls listings from Fish Tale’s account. The development team at Atilus also built several custom widgets and functions in WordPress to display the data seamlessly within the site’s original design. Since Boat Trader is a national boat listing tool, the boat-listing application developed by Atilus will be utilized by boat dealers nationwide. Any boat dealers utilizing Boat Trader & WordPress can immediately integrate the new tool to save in administrative costs.|
Forge Engineering Announces an expansion of their professional staff with a new Principal Engineer joining our ranks. Thomas E. Conrecode, P.E. joined the FORGE team in April. Mr. Conrecode brings over thirty years of experience in Southwest Florida to the firm. That experience includes serving as the Public Works Administrator for Collier County, serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Transportation Commission, serving on Governor Rick Scott’s Transition Team as well as decades of private development and engineering work. Mr. Conrecode earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He is also a veteran, having served in the United States Army. This expansion of our engineering services is a result of the continued repositioning and growth of the firm. Mr. Matt Nolton, P.E., C.B.I.E. & CEO of Forge Engineering stated that this strategic addition is following the company’s strategic plan for growth and expansion of service lines in the growing Southwest Florida marketplace and will position the company to be responsive to the market needs.
Suffolk has been chosen to oversee demolition and new construction of Vi at Bentley Village’s newest phase of redevelopment. Vi at Bentley Village, the North Naples senior living community plans to replace three of its older independent living buildings to make way for a new 51-unit building.Vi at Bentley Village is located off U.S. 41 at 850 Retreat Drive and provides luxury retirement living. The community includes 156 acres, with more than 12 miles of walking trails and an 18-hole golf course private to residents.The new independent living units will feature seven floor plans ranging from 1,500 square feet to 2,500 square feet, all over open-air parking and adjacent to their golf pro shop. This redevelopment will kick off the fifth phase of the community’s evolution. A groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer with completion targeted for late 2019.
BCB Homes has launched Innovative Construction Solutions, LLC. The new company specializes in diagnosing and implementing corrective actions to eliminate building failures caused by faulty construction. Innovative Construction Solutions develops and implements systems that correct deficiencies and identify and solve problems to prevent re-occurrence. Considering failures such as inferior processes, materials, system installation and design, the new company provides more than 20 years of building science expertise and offers a range of construction and remediation services. The company came to fruition due to repeated requests from homeowners needing their homes properly repaired or updated.
Wegman Design Group has promoted designer Amber Caton to senior designer. A member of the design team for more than three years, Caton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Florida.
DeAngelis Diamond is celebrating its 22nd anniversary. In 1996, co-founders John DeAngelis and David Diamond had the idea to start a construction company that was distinctly different, one that was values led, with the intent to build lasting relationships. Today, it is an award-winning construction management firm recognized nationwide for its growth and leadership within the industry. It specializes in commercial, multi-family and healthcare construction with more than 20 years of general contracting experience across the United States and in the Caribbean Islands. DeAngelis Diamond has built more than 20 multi-family facilities. It’s one of America’s fastest growing companies, according to Inc. 5000, with a tremendous growth rate over the past three years.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC today announced the promotion of Tim Dupre to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Dupre will assume the CEO responsibilities from long-time Conditioned Air CEO and Partner Theo Etzel, III, who will provide continued leadership to the company as Chairman. “This announcement is the culmination of several years of discussion, strategic planning, leadership development and execution,” Etzel said. “Tim is a partner in Conditioned Air and is the perfect person to take over the helm. He shares our dedication to ethical business practices and employee empowerment and will do a wonderful job in continuing to grow this organization. Tim actually has been handling the responsibilities of the role of CEO for the past two years. He is a young man who truly has earned this promotion.”Conditioned Air is the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 345 employees across Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Tapping into Pro-Tec Plumbing’s experience and the growing needs of our community, we have found a need from our customers who face the challenge of ﬁnding a dependable company to provide water treatment and gas services. This is the continued evolution of what our customers are asking for and there are more growth plans in the future. Welcome to Pro-Tec Plumbing, Water & Gas. We are proud to ofﬁcially announce our newly created Pro-Tec Water LLC., a division of Pro-Tec Plumbing, Inc. Richard & Brandon Hume have partnered with James Wind to grow their already thriving company, Pro-Tec Plumbing, to a complete water solution organization. Why are we doing this? It is a natural extension of what we do best, PLUMBING. By uniting as Pro-Tec Plumbing, Water & Gas, we are combining all of our considerable strengths enabling us to provide an even broader range of capabilities, resources and expertise to all of our customers. Pro-Tec Water will be offering under-the-counter services in water ﬁltration systems on well, city and county water, whole house reverse osmosis systems, water softeners, carbon ﬁlters and under-counter ﬁltration systems. In addition, Pro-Tec Plumbing is now licensed to install natural gas and propane plumbing systems. We are also working towards ﬁnalizing the licensing to perform gas tank burials. Furthermore, we will continue to provide the highest level of service, quality, and ﬁnished product that our customers are familiar with presently, and will constantly strive to exceed their expectations in the future.
GATES Construction has been awarded the Make Space addition at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Located at 15080 Livingston Road in Naples, the addition will include a 2-story glass wall, designed so visitors may view activities in the learning area and new mezzanine loft. A new display wall will highlight recent projects completed by children. The renovation of the existing classrooms will make way for a collaborative work space for creating, making, learning and problem solving. This new exhibit will provide hands on learning, build critical thinking skills and foster the imagination of children of all ages. The Make Space is slated to start construction this summer.
Marcie Charles has joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.’s estate planning and trust administration department. She will be based out of Henderson Franklin’s Naples office. Charles prepares appropriate estate plans, wills, revocable trusts, beneficiary designations and marital agreements for clients, and also assists in the preparation of estate, gift and income tax returns. She is experienced in corporate tax planning, having previously served as an attorney adviser with the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) in Washington, D.C. She also worked for the national offices of two Big Four public accounting firms. Charles serves on the board of directors for the Parkinson Association of SWFL and Books for Collier Kids. She is a member of the Planned Giving Committee for the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Estate Planning Council of Naples, NextGen Committee for The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, and Professional Advisor Council for the Community Foundation of Collier County. Charles received her undergraduate degree from Providence College, law degree from the New England School of Law, and graduate degree from Georgetown University Law Center
Gulfshore Insurance client advisor, Leroy Christiansen, was recently named a 2018 Top Producer by Insurance Business America (IBA) Magazine. The publication’s Top Producers list for 2018 is made up of 80 elite leading performers in the insurance industry. To be eligible for inclusion, nominees had to meet certain criteria including a book of business exceeding $750,000 in 2017. “We are proud of Leroy’s recognition by Insurance Business America. He is a hardworking and passionate individual that knows how to navigate through the complex and ever changing industry.” said John Keller, Vice President of Commercial Sales. Keller noted that this is Christiansen’s second year in a row being named a Top Producer by IBA. Christiansen joined Gulfshore Insurance in 2013 and services general construction and government contracting clients, delivering commercial property & casualty solutions as well as strategic risk management. He holds an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation in addition to the Registered Workers Compensation Specialist (RWCS) designation. Christiansen earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Saint John’s University and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Collier Building Industry Association.
GATES Construction has begun construction on The Lock Up Self Storage facility, located at 2295 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The Lock Up Self Storage will consist of two buildings; a 3-story, 86,642 SF climate controlled storage building and a 1-story, 4,464 SF non-climate controlled storage building. The project is slated for completion fall 2018. Design services will be provided by Partners In Design Architects.
GATES Construction has been selected to build a new Animal Hospital at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Named the “Glass Animal Hospital” in honor of its primary benefactors, Denny and Tanya Glass, the new 1-story, 9,144 SF animal hospital will feature a surgical suite, treatment room, hospitalization rooms, necropsy room, diagnostic lab, pharmacy, ICU and hospitalization holding areas, outdoor run area, and administrative rooms. A Ground Breaking Ceremony was recently held and construction will begin early summer 2018.
GATES Construction has begun construction on Carl’s White Glove Personal Storage & Wine Vault at 11201 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples across from Treviso Bay. The project will consist of a three-story, 90,972-square-foot climate-controlled building. Three-thousand square feet of the building will be dedicated to wine storage and be fully equipped with emergency back-up power to maintain temperature and humidity during any power outage. The project is slated for completion late 2018. Design services are being provided by MHK Architecture & Planning.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced the appointment of Jon Kunz as Director of Construction Services. In this role, Kunz oversees and directs new construction activities, provides training to the construction team, manages project budgets, and maintains quality service standards for residential and commercial clients. A native of Park Forest, Illinois, Kunz has more than 35 years of industry experience. He attended air conditioning trade school while in high school and later obtained his Florida State Class “A” Air Conditioning Contractor’s license. Kunz moved to Fort Myers in 1997 to take a general manager’s position with a large publicly traded company. Kunz then managed several air conditioning firms prior to starting his own business in 2001.Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is the area’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with over 345 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.
GATES Construction, has started construction for the new amenities center at The Dunes of Naples. The project consists of the complete demolition of the existing clubhouse followed by the re-construction of a 2-story, 25,857 square foot amenities center. The new state-of-the-art amenities center will feature a covered outdoor dining area, a private dining room for special occasions, a dedicated indoor dining area, and a bar that will include inside and outside seating. The club room will be a flexible indoor/outdoor space with food service and will host events such as fashion shows, bridge, Mah-Jongg, trivia night, and holiday events. The kitchen will encompass a much larger space than the previous kitchen for food prep, food storage and chef’s office. The wellness/fitness center will consist of cutting-edge workout equipment, two group exercise/yoga rooms, two small rooms for massage /physical therapy (PT), tennis office and pro shop. The new lagoon pool area will feature more seating, conversation areas around fire tables, and an expanded tiki bar. The upper level will feature space for activities, community meetings, and offices. Design services are provided by LOTUS Architecture.
Diamond Custom Homes is expanding to Fort Myers. According to founder Michael Diamond the Southwest Florida luxury homebuilder recently began construction of its first custom estate home in Fort Myers, Florida in the Devonwood Estates equestrian community. Designed by award-winning architect John Cooney of Sofft Cooney, the one-story 10,652 total square foot private residence on Wedgewood Court is a five bedroom, six-bathroom and five-car garage estate, situated on over two acres, with impressive views of the wetlands conservation areas. The new Diamond features an oversized master bedroom with his and her walk-in closets and luxurious master bath adjacent to an outdoor garden, four additional guest bedrooms en-suite, a covered entry with a large foyer opening into a Great Room with fireplace featuring floor-to-ceiling glass sliders overlooking the outdoors. Additional indoor living areas include a formal dining room with nearby butler’s pantry, gourmet kitchen with double islands, a library/office, an exercise room, two children’s playrooms and a mudroom. Outdoor living spaces focus on entertaining family and friends with a gourmet kitchen with BBQ, several sitting and dining areas, and a wooden sundeck surrounding the pool and spa.
DeAngelis Diamond ranked No. 225 in Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 2018 Top 400 Contractors list, a 63-spot jump from last year’s No. 288 ranking. Every year, ENR ranks the top U.S. construction companies by their revenue from the previous year. This year’s top 400 earned a cumulative contracting revenue of $373.98 billion in 2017, a 2.1 percent increase from 2016. A study from ENR found that the domestic market is strong and growing with a 4.9 percent increase in contracting revenue, while revenue from projects outside the U.S. decreased 18.4 percent. DeAngelis Diamond has continued to grow into new markets and market segments having recently added a program management division and will open a Detroit office this summer. For more information, visit www.deangelisdiamond.com.
Diamond Custom Homes continues to expand with the addition of Tim Scarsella as a new project manager. He is a licensed general contractor with the state of Florida and brings more than 30 years home building experience to the luxury custom homebuilder. Prior to joining Diamond, Scarsella was a project manager with a luxury homebuilder where he helped establish both entry level and estate series custom home product lines. Both models were recognized with Aurora Awards for custom home building excellence. Before that, he was a superintendent with a custom home division of national real estate builder D. R. Horton. He began his career as a field manager with Centex Homes, spending 14 years with the Fortune 500 company as project manager, area construction manager, president of building services and a member of senior management team. Scarsella attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, majoring in criminal justice before relocating to Bonita Springs, Florida where he volunteers for Wounded Warriors of America and Habitat for Humanity.
GATES Construction and ASHMARK Construction have completed renovations on a new Burlington, a national department store retailer. Located at 1810 NE Pine Island Road, in Cape Coral, the former Sports Authority building underwent a complete interior demolition and replacement of walls, lighting, HVAC, plumbing, and flooring. The 40,178 SF retail space features a larger stock area, new store front entrance, offices and break room.
Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has added Katherine Jones as account manager. In her new role with WCG, Jones will be primarily responsible for supervising the production of ad campaigns and act as the liaison between the agency and its clients on a daily basis to ensure advertising projects are completed on time and on budget. Jones will also write creative briefs for the creative department, formulate advertising and marketing strategies, define advertising budgets for the client, present findings of client meetings to the agency, and present creative work to the client, including new business pitches. Prior to joining WCG, Jones spent one year as a project support specialist with a local construction firm after relocating to Naples. Before that, she worked as an account executive with numerous New York City-based Omnicom advertising agencies. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing at Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence-certified volunteer and member of the Next Generation committee for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples.
GATES Construction has expanded its Florida presence with the opening of its newest office in Palm Beach Gardens. Located at 3801 PGA Blvd., Suite 600, the new office will allow the firm to better serve the Southeast area. Headquartered in Bonita Springs, GATES Construction has been constructing landmark projects throughout Florida for 25 years. As a full service general contracting firm providing construction management and design-build services, GATES offers a diversified project portfolio with expertise in commercial, hospitality, club, institutional, industrial and multi-family construction projects. In addition to Bonita Springs and Palm Beach Gardens, GATES also has an office in Sarasota and operates throughout the Southeastern United States and the Republic of Panama. Kim Bragg, Project Executive, oversees the Palm Beach Gardens office. He has over 30 year experience in the construction industry.
Toll Brothers has promoted Ron Haislip to project manager at Azure at Hacienda Lakes in Naples. Haislip joined Toll Brothers’ West Florida Division in 2007 as a construction manager and was awarded Construction Manager of the Year in 2008. He played a key role in the development of an earlier West Florida community, Bonita Lakes, and now helps manage construction, new home sales, and customer relations at Azure at Hacienda Lakes. Azure at Hacienda Lakes will soon feature indoor and outdoor amenities at its private residents’ clubhouse. Scheduled to open in late 2018, the clubhouse will include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, a flex room, and a social room with a catering kitchen.
Diamond Custom Homes has added Tim Scarsella as a new project manager. He is a licensed general contractor with the state of Florida and brings more than 30 years of home building experience to the luxury custom homebuilder. Prior to joining Diamond, Scarsella was a project manager with a luxury homebuilder, where he helped establish both entry-level and estate-series custom-home product lines. Scarsella attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, majoring in criminal justice.
Pulte Homes continues to grow its presence in the greater Ft. Myers market with acquisition of approximately 220 acres located in Estero. Pulte’s Wild Blue community will feature 256 homesites comprised of luxury single-family homes.
With an 88-acre lake, Wild Blue residents will enjoy expansive water views and select lakefront homesites in the gated community, while remaining close to everyday conveniences, amenities, and beaches.
“Wild Blue offers an exceptional location on Corkscrew Road, 2.5 miles from I-75, with beautiful lake views and excellent schools,” said Richard McCormick, Division President of PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. “This is one of the most sought-after areas in Southwest Florida, and we see a great opportunity to expand our presence with the growing demand.”
Wild Blue will offer consumer-inspired floorplans and luxury designs, including large open gathering and dining areas, integrated outdoor living spaces, personalized designer finishes and gourmet kitchens. The community will also feature resort-style amenities with a clubhouse, resort pool, fitness center, tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, and robust lifestyle programming. Wild Blue is set to open in early 2019. For more information go to pulte.com/wildblue.
Diamond Custom Homes is expanding to Fort Myers. The Southwest Florida luxury homebuilder recently began construction of its first custom-estate home in Fort Myers, in the Devonwood Estates equestrian community. Designed by award-winning architect John Cooney of Sofft Cooney, the one-story, 10,652-total-square-foot private residence on Wedgewood Court is a five-bedroom, six-bathroom and five-car garage estate, situated on more than 2 acres, with views of the wetlands conservation areas. For more than 25 years, the Diamond Custom Homes brand has been crafting homes for communities in Southwest Florida.
Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services contract for Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. Stevens Construction is demolishing the existing customer-service building at 11900 E. Terry St., Bonita Springs, and constructing a new 6,450-square-foot facility, slated for completion at the end of 2018. Since there are temporary facilities on-site, there will be no disruption in customer service during construction. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager Dan Adams, project administrator Rebeccah Hamilton and superintendent Jeff Hollis. Architectural services were provided by MHK Architecture & Planning.
Donovan, LLC, Estero Bay Marine LLC, and Sugar Mountain Development LLC sold a 30.51-acre waterfront property to LB Estero Bay Investments LLC for $12.75 million. The property is located adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa at 23149 Weeks Fish Camp Road, Bonita Springs, and provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico from Estero Bay. The deal was brokered by Randy Thibaut, Justin Thibaut, and Doug Meschko of Land Solutions, Inc. Land Solutions specializes in all aspects of site development, current market and valuation issues, acquisition and disposition services, due diligence evaluation, permitting status and compliance, work-out projects, asset management and zoning, and permitting for commercial properties. For more information, visit www.landsolutions.net.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced it has earned the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the fourth year. The Dave Lennox Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer recognizing the top 25 dealers in the United States and Canada.
“We are honored to once again receive the Dave Lennox Award,” said Tim Dupre, President and COO for Conditioned Air. “This award recognizes our firm’s commitment to honesty, integrity and respect in providing the highest possible standard of service.”
Lennox Industries is a worldwide leader in home comfort and markets its air conditioning and heating products through a network of over 7,000 dealers throughout North America.
Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 345 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit www.conditionedair.com.
Divco Homes introduces their new furnished home, The Baywood Idea Center, in the Pine Ridge Estates neighborhood.The Baywood is on a waterfront site and is now for sale and will be available for viewing soon. The floor plan includes 4 bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths with 4,703 square feet under air and a total of 7,057 square feet. The Baywood is from DIVCO’s Signature Collection, one of six home collections offered by DIVCO. Each DIVCO Custom Home Collection home is tailored to meet the discerning requirements of home buyers in Southwest Florida’s varied luxury home market.
GATES Construction, has been selected as the construction manager for the new amenities center at The Dunes of Naples. The project consists of the complete demolition of the existing clubhouse and then the re-construction of a new free standing, 2-story, 25,857square foot amenities center. Designed by LOTUS Architecture, the new state-of-the-art amenities center will feature a covered outdoor dining area, a private dining room for special occasions, a dedicated indoor dining area, and a bar that will include inside and outside seating.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Koger as Accounting Coordinator. Koger will ensure timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers, manage collection activities from customers, and maintain accurate records and control reports. Koger has over 15 years of diversified Accounting experience. Koger will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
DeAngelis Diamond recently broke ground on Marco Island Fire Station No. 51. BSSW Architects designed a facility that will accommodate Marco Island’s first responders. This 8,785-square-foot marine-based station will feature two stories and two boat bays and will house an ALS engine and a transport rescue.
Stevens Construction has completed an expansion of Specialized Veterinary Services, a two-story, 13,589-square-foot addition and remodel of the existing 5,000-square-foot, 24-hour emergency animal hospital. The project included construction of 10 exam rooms, three surgical suites, physical therapy space, a conference room, a lobby, locker rooms, offices and an expanded treatment area. Stevens Construction also added diagnostic services such as MRI and CT scan and a generator, allowing the hospital to remain completely operational in the event of a power loss. Located at 9500 Marketplace Road in Fort Myers, Specialized Veterinary Services remained in operation while construction occurred. The Stevens Construction team included Dan Adams as project executive, Jamie Butdorf as superintendent and Angie Sugg as project administrator. Specialized Veterinary Services was designed by GMA Architects.
Florida Lifestyle Homes is marking its 25th anniversary year with the opening of three new furnished models and the expansion of the company’s “tear down and build new” program. With an in-house architectural designer, a team with expertise in estimating and purchasing, and project managers with years of experience in the industry, the company builds its clients’ dream homes from concept to completion. Florida Lifestyle Homes is active in Southwest Florida’s newest luxury communities, including Naples Reserve and Quail West in Naples and Babcock Reserve in Charlotte County, as well as in building custom homes on buyers’ lots. The company’s primary focus is custom homes typically priced over $500,000.
Waste Management Inc. of Florida has invested $3 million in the construction of the new WM Recycling Naples facility located at 4475 Exchange Avenue. The 14,000 square-foot building and site feature automated technologies to improve safety and efficiency in the management of Collier County’s 3,500 tons of single-stream recycling and 4,000 tons of construction demolition and debris generated each month in the county. WM Recycling Naples was built with safety, speed and efficiency in mind. With a self-service weigh station and multiple bays, both Waste Management trucks and local contractors will be able to offload their materials faster and more efficiently. The site’s layout has been configured to streamline the drive pattern to minimize turns and increase safety for the drivers. Additionally, there are multiple loaders to manage the recycling and construction and demolition material, which speeds processing and provides redundancy in equipment to ensure streamlined operations. By building a permanent structure, Waste Management is also reducing the amount of moisture and other contaminated materials in the recycling stream. Conventional recycling transfer stations are typically a canvas-styled enclosure which allows for rain intrusion that compromises the quality of recyclable materials and can result in materials being diverted to the landfill. The combination of the permanent structure, sloping floors and protected facilities ensures that more materials will be recycled.
DeAngelis Diamond announced the promotion of Nick Pairfrom project manager to director of field operations. Pair will utilize his experience with both commercial and health care construction to assist Vice President of Field Operations Brian Hood in managing all field teams nationwide. Pair began his career with DeAngelis Diamond six years ago as a project superintendent. He later changed roles in 2016 to project manager. Pair attended Auburn University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in building science.
Naples Reserve has surpassed the $125 million mark in home sales. Naples Reserve offers 13 fully decorated models available for viewing, built by Southwest Florida’s premier home builders, including Ashton Woods, D.R. Horton, Florida Lifestyle Homes, KTS Homes, Lundstrom Development, Marvin Development, McGarvey Custom Homes and Stock Signature Homes. Homes are priced from the high $200,000s to more than $1 million. Naples Reserve is located off U.S. 41, 2 miles southeast of the Collier Boulevard/CR 951 intersection and 10 minutes from I-75, Exit 101. Visit the community at14885 Naples Reserve Circle or online at naplesreserve.com.
Kristin Stroh, a real estate industry veteran with more than a decade of experience in Collier County, has been named realtor liaison for Clive Daniel Home. Stroh will lead the company’s Realtor Rewards Program. Stroh was most recently a sales associate at Stock Realty, and prior to that with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Naples.
UMI the Source invites CBIA members to: “Burgers, Beers & Builders” with a little bit of music too! April 26, 4-7p.m. Enjoy fine craft beers, delicious burger sliders, to meet the team and make new friends. RSVP to email@example.com.
BUILD has completed the construction of a new structural steel observation tower for Florida Power & Light at the Babcock Ranch Solar Field. The 20’ x 20’ platform structure features a pavilion below with a cistern built for fire protection. This is the second project BUILD has completed with Florida Power & Light. In 2009, BUILD also built Florida’s first ever solar energy center in Desoto with 90,500 solar panels. This facility continues to serve customers using photovoltaic technology.
A grand opening celebration at Orange Blossom Ranch set for Saturday March 24 will be jointly hosted by Pulte Homes and Lennar. Pulte will be showcasing two new models at the gated community being developed by The Ronto Group located off of Oil Well Road two miles east of Immokalee Road in Naples. Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division, said Pulte will have two newly completed and professionally decorated models open to the public for touring along with entertainment and refreshments from 1 to 3 p.m. The Dockside and the Canopy models are two of Pulte’s most popular Life Tested® single-family homes.
Luxury homebuilder president Michael Diamond of Naples-based Diamond Custom Homes today announced the sale of Basseterre, an estate model home in the prestigious Quail West Golf & Country Club. Named for its West Indies contemporary style and listed at $4.595 million, the fully furnished Basseterre is a four bedroom, four full and two half bath estate home architecturally designed by RG Designs with interior design by Lou Shafran, principal designer/CEO of Pacifica Interior Designs.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chief Executive Officer and Owner W. Theodore Etzel III was one of a dozen top company executives from across Florida to serve on a panel of judges for the Templeton Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition held on Feb. 22-23 at Stetson University. A native Floridian, Etzel graduated from Stetson University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from the university’s School of Business. He has been Chief Executive Officer and an owner of Conditioned Air since 1995, helping to guide the company into the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 340 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit www.conditionedair.com.
London Bay Homes (www.LondonBay.com) has 15 luxury single-family model homes now open for viewing in Old Naples, the Estuary at Grey Oaks, Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club and Mediterra. The custom, estate and maintenance-free villa homes feature open floor plans and outdoor living areas with pools, spas and outdoor kitchens. The homes offer three, four and five bedrooms and one- and two-story designs and span 2,800 to 5,900 square feet of living space. Prices start around $1 million.
Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ) magazine announced its Fifth Annual Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March 2018 issue of the magazine, with an expanded section profiling notable winners for the year. Forge Engineering earned the Diamond Award for 2018, voted by the company’s clients and service providers. The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards are presented to service providers that demonstrate through their commitment to the community associations they serve an exemplary level of proficiency, reliability, fairness, and integrity. Since being founded in 2013, the awards have grown every year, with more than 390 service providers nominated for the 2018 awards and 7,500 votes cast. For more information, visit fcapgroup.com.
DeAngelis Diamondhas promoted Nick Pair from project manager to director of field operations. In his new role, Pair will utilize his experience with both commercial and healthcare construction to assist Brian Hood, vice president of field operations, in managing all field teams nationwide. Pair began his career with DeAngelis Diamond six years ago as a project superintendent. He later changed roles in 2016 to project manager. Pair attended Auburn University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in building science.
Neal Communities purchased approximately 40 acres for the future site of Marquesa Isles, a gated, island-themed community in Naples. The premier community will comprise of 156 villas with Coastal and British West Indies influences. The neighborhood will also feature an amenity building with a kitchen gathering space, restrooms, outdoor grills, a resort-style pool and spa and a dog park. Located off County Bar Road, Marquesa Isles is bordered by Seacrest Country Day School and preserve areas. Construction on Marquesa Isles is slated to begin in fall, with an anticipated fall 2018 opening.
Wilson Creative Group (WCG) announced today Erik Vilnius has joined the award-winning branding and creative ad agency as senior graphic designer. In his newly created position, Vilnius will be a visual communicator for ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers for the benefit of clients. He will be responsible for the development of the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures and magazines from conceptualization to graphic finished product. Vilnius brings more than 15 years of experience to the agency and will lead design and creative content strategy through the use of layout, composition, typography, color theory and photography. Vilnius will also contribute his expertise and technical skills to help WCG solve messaging challenges.
BUILD has begun construction on an expansive traditional style custom home in Talis Park. Designed by South Florida Design, Inc., this two-story single-family residence will boast an open floorplan with views of the spacious kitchen, dining and great room upon entry. This bespoke home features over 11,000 square feet of lavish living.
GATES Construction has been selected as the construction manager for the Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida expansion. It is located at 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers. Designed by GMA Architects & Planners, the new addition will feature 6,000 square feet of space for a teen center, an enlarged kitchen and a multipurpose room. For more than 27 years, Quality Life Center has been instilling values of discipline, integrity and self-sufficiency by developing the potential of underserved populations in Southwest Florida with after-school, early learning and teen leadership programs.
Palm Island Resort, a unique 130-acre vacation hideaway on Florida’s West Coast, between Sarasota and Fort Myers, has awarded agency-of-record duties for its advertising account to Naples-based Wilson Creative Group (WCG). WCG picked up the account after a formal review of several agencies according to Palm Island Resort general manager and tourism veteran Rick Brunette.
GATES Construction, has completed a major renovation at Pelican Isle Yacht Club. Located at Wiggins Pass, Pelican Isle Yacht Club is Naples’ only private island club. The improvements include a complete interior renovation bringing a more modern and open, airy feel. The expansive use of light ash wood, gives the bar it’s nautical theme. The expansion of the main dining room, grill room and bar, all include brand new build outs, with additional seating. The newly expanded outdoor seating areas provide open-air waterside dining for those looking to enjoy the gorgeous scenic views and magnificent SWFL sunsets. The breathtaking views of the Cocohatchee River and Wiggins Pass enhance the beauty of the clubs surrounding scenery. Interior design by Wegman Design Group.
Fiddler’s Creek announces that the village of Lagomar by D.R. Horton has sold out. Located within the Veneta section of the luxury master-planned community, Lagomar includes 42 single-family homes priced from the $600,000s. Lagomar features three spacious floor plans that range from 2,583 to 3,246 air-conditioned square feet and offer three bedrooms and a den.
Stock Custom Homes, a unit of Stock Development founded last year, sold 12 homes in 2017, surpassing $43 million in total volume. Stock Custom Homes builds in Marco Island, Pine Ridge Estates, Olde Naples and in the Wellington area of Palm Beach, the release adds. Some of the most notable sales include a nearly 7,000 square foot estate in Wellington that sold for $7.39 million and a customized Sophia II model in Quail West that was listed for $3.97 million, the release states. “Our Stock Custom Homes team is proud to continue Stock Development’s legacy of excellence and sophistication,” says Stock Custom Homes President Matt Sellick in the statement. “We have seen tremendous success in 2017, and enthusiastically look forward to bringing more dream homes to life in 2018.” Stock Development has completed more than 4,000 homes in Southwest Florida since 2001.
Brian Tinney has joined IBERIABANK as senior vice president, commercial relationship manager for Collier County. Tinney, who has nearly 25 years of financial industry experience, will be responsible for working with professional firms and middle-market companies to provide working capital, owner-occupied mortgage loans and trade-related lines of credit. Tinney has been lending in the Southwest Florida market since 2004 and is an active member of the community. He currently serves as treasurer for the board of directors for Collier County Junior Deputies and treasurer for the Collier County 100 Club.
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) has hired Nancy O. Gaffney as a forensic accountant to the firm’s litigation, forensic accountin, and mediation services team. Gaffney provides financial analysis and forensic examination services in matters involving fraud investigation, shareholder/partner disputes, personal injury and wrongful death damages, and family law litigation support, among others. Gaffney has 15 years of experience with family law litigation support and, prior to that, she worked in the private sector for 20 years, after starting her career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as Master of Management degree in accounting and finance from Northwestern University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced an expansion of its northern region headquarters and employment base to accommodate the air-conditioning contracting and service firm’s strong growth in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Conditioned Air, headquartered in Naples, expanded into Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in June 2011, mostly to serve existing clients in those markets. The company has since experienced tremendous growth, boosting its local employment to the current 56 people. Last year alone, the company saw sales growth of 14 to 16 percent. To accommodate further growth in the northern region, the company is moving into the remaining flex space in its northern headquarters building on Knight’s Trail Road in North Venice, growing from approximately 5,000 square feet up to 15,000 square feet. The company also anticipates hiring an additional 12 to 15 people over the next year.
PulteGroup Inc. has broken ground on an 850-home, age-restricted development within the Bexley master-planned community in Land O’Lakes. Del Webb Bexley — the company’s most ambitious project in 2018 — will be built in four phases on 489 acres that PulteGroup’s Tampa division acquired last year. “We feel the Tampa area is underserved for baby boomers looking to live in a place that is designed specifically for them,” states Sean Strickler, PulteGroup’s west Florida division president. “At Del Webb Bexley, they can live near their children and grandchildren, but in a low maintenance, gated community that caters to their lifestyle.”
Del Webb has been a pioneer in active-adult communities targeted toward the 55 and up demographic, and the Bexley development represents the first Del Webb community to be built from the ground up in the Tampa Bay area since 1960. Home prices will start in the low $200,000s. Del Webb will be one of the largest builders within Bexley, a 1,825-acre master-planned community developed by Newland Communities approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Tampa.
Storm Smart CFO and Executive Vice President Joseph Francioni has been selected as the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral chairman for 2018. He began his duties on Jan. 26. Francioni, along with the rest of the 2018 Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral Board of Directors, were sworn in during the organization’s annual gala ceremony held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Francioni has also assumed the role of chairman of Cape Coral’s Council for Progress and served as the president for the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association in 2015. Francioni is a graduate of Mariner High School in Cape Coral.
DeAngelis Diamond was named to the University of Florida’s 2018 Gator100 during a ceremony Feb. 2 at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compound annual growth rate over the past three years to generate the ranking. DeAngelis Diamond was ranked No. 38 with a growth rate of 49.17 percent. This was a 34-spot jump from last year’s No. 72 ranking.
Stevens Construction has completed an expansion and renovation of Estero United Methodist Church. Located at 8088 Lord’s Way in Estero, the project included extensive site improvements with new and reconfigured parking to accommodate 202 paved spaces and enhanced landscaping. Stevens Construction added 14,522 square feet to the existing church, which houses new classrooms, a nursery, administrative offices, meeting rooms, multi-purpose room and break area. Stevens Construction also remodeled the existing administrative and classroom area. Designed by Disney & Associates, PA, the project was completed in 10 months while the church remained in operation.
Bay Colony Golf Club completed a multi-million-dollar renovation, re-opening the clubhouse to members and their guests. Elements of the newly redesigned 32,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expanded Grille Room, a new Board Room and a new Wine Room for private dining and meetings. Additionally, the club added two bocce ball courts with an outdoor pavilion, as well as a new outdoor kitchen and bar for casual patio dining with views overlooking the lake and 18th green. Improvements also included a renovated ladies lounge. The project started in April 2017, and was overseen by BCBE Construction LLC. Peacock + Lewis Architecture & Interior Design created the contemporary coastal design that is featured throughout the clubhouse.
GATES Construction has completed renovations at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples. The project entailed renovation of the chancel, sanctuary and narthex, with an addition at the main entrance. The renovation provides new energy efficient mechanical, electrical, and audio/visual components, as well as accommodating the new multi-million dollar pipe organ that was built specifically for the Church. Architectural design was provided by PK Studios.
Ann Del Pero, an interior designer at Clive Daniel Home, was recently named a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS). Del Pero will combine her international interior design experience with her CAPS training to help her clients modify their homes and changing lifestyles for aging in place. Del Pero holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master’s certificate in industrial design and design management from the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and a Masters in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Working as an interior designer and design journalist, Del Pero has lived and worked in Milan, Italy for more than 25 years with her Italian husband, holds dual U.S. and Italian citizenships, and is fluent in Italian. The couple has lived part time in Naples for 15 years.
Gates Construction will build the three-story structure, built over covered parking, according to a statement. The building will feature 24 luxurious studio, one- and two-bedroom residences with private balconies that overlook the Raptor Bay Golf Course. The Hyatt Residence Club Bonita Springs offers a wide variety of amenities, including four pools, a 1,000-foot lazy river pool, close proximity to beaches on a private island and more, the release adds. Zabala Erickson is handling architectural design, according to the release. The new building is scheduled to be completed this fall.
Feldman Cos. is developing a new 970-unit self-storage facility in Miami, with Naples-based DeAngelis Diamond on board as the project’s general contractor. The contractor intends to break ground on the 112,500-square-foot project, to be called Sunnybrook Storage, next month. The $9.5 million project, slated for completion in April 2019, is being built from a design by Blue Projects USA
Heatherwood Construction has completed the $2 million-plus renovation of the Monterey Clubhouse located in Naples. The project included an addition to the clubhouse for a new fitness center. The clubhouse renovations included a separate billiards room, library, pool restrooms as well as upgrades to the social and dining rooms. Also included were a new maintenance facility, pool pavilion, playground and basketball court. Denise Rosemeyer led the project team as senior project manager. Bob Sutherin, senior superintendent, supervised the daily operations. The project was designed by Jonathan L. Titus Architect and Heather Grey of G2 Studios.
Kitson & Partners has named real estate industry professional Laura Johnston Keller as senior vice president of marketing and sales for Babcock Ranch, located just northeast of Fort Myers on State Road 31. Keller is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic marketing plan for Babcock Ranch, promoting sales for the town’s homebuilders and managing parcel sales for future neighborhoods. Keller joins Babcock Ranch with 25 years in marketing, public relations and publishing, including executive positions with both publicly traded and privately owned homebuilding and development companies. An Iowa native, Keller is a graduate of Barry University
GATES Construction announced the addition of Parker Matson as assistant project manager at the firm’s Bonita Springs office. Matson supports efforts across a wide range of construction capacities, from estimating and permitting through to owner occupancy. Matson recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in business management.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) has welcomed Randy Kapellusch to its team as a new project manager. Kapellusch brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial and residential construction to his role as project manager. Prior to joining the O-A-K team, Kapellusch worked for custom homebuilders in Southeastern Wisconsin and later worked on a variety of large-scale commercial projects in Wisconsin and Illinois, including the first urban Target stores in downtown Chicago and a complete renovation of a Federal Government building in Chicago.
Weber Design Group has been awarded Best of Design on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community, from among more than one million active building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Weber Design Group has been recognized with the award seven times since 2013.
BUILD LLC has been awarded “Best of Design” on Houzz, a platform for home remodeling and design. The 11-year-old construction management firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
PBS Contractors has promotes Process Manager Mark Simmons to vice president of construction operations. Simmons has 20 years of experience in the construction industry and has been with PBS for almost 10 years. Several promotions during that time include from superintendent to project manager, then to process manager. In his career, Simmons has completed new development, construction and remodeling projects in both the commercial and residential areas ranging in value up to $20 million.
FrontDoor Communities: Construction has begun on our newest collection of condominiums. One of the first buildings with a water view, these homes are a unique opportunity to enjoy resort-style luxury and a fun Florida lifestyle within minutes of every amenity in this award-winning community. With three homes sold in December, including our designer model, now is the time to come take a look at Corsica in Talis Park and enjoy the Naples lifestyle!
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Pason Gaddis, co-founder and CEO of Florida Media Group LLC, into the 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, during a dinner and awards ceremony beginning with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. on April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Gaddis will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1999.
John Stischok, an estimator at Conditioned Air Company of Naples, has earned the Professional Engineer (PE) license from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence. To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a PE for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state’s licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers. Stischok joined Conditioned Air in 2013. He began his degree program at Florida Gulf Coast University and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Stischok is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, where he has served as the Southwest Florida chapter refrigeration chair.
Weber Design Group welcomed Thomas Jones to the firm in the role of director of design and planning. Jones brings more than 23 years of diverse architectural experience that includes mostly large-scale commercial, institutional, civic-community-club, mixed-use and residential projects. He has also been the principal designer for various complex commercial, civic, and multifamily residential master plans in the states of New Jersey and Florida. Jones’ professional experience includes various commercial interior projects, most of which are within the buildings he has designed.
BUILD, LLC has been awarded “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 11-year-old construction management firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. A “Best of Houzz 2018” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Parker Matson as Assistant Project Manager, at the firms Bonita Springs office. Matson supports efforts across a wide range of construction capacities from estimating and permitting, through to Owner occupancy. Matson recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Business Management.
Kitson & Partners has named real estate industry professional Laura Johnston Keller as senior vice president of marketing and sales for Babcock Ranch, the world’s first solar-powered town, located just northeast of Fort Myers on State Road 31. Keller is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic marketing plan for Babcock Ranch, promoting sales for the town’s homebuilders, and managing parcel sales for future neighborhoods. Keller joins Babcock Ranch with 25 years in marketing, public relations and publishing, including executive positions with both publicly traded and privately owned homebuilding and development companies. An Iowa native, Keller is a graduate of Barry University.
CBIA Members Appointed to National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors: Ryan Benson, A Vernon Allen and incoming CBIA President, 2018 Chair: CBIA Government Affairs Committee. Bob Imig, Stock Development, Former CBIA President and Builder of the Year. William Varian, William J.Varion Construction Co., Former CBIA President, Current Chair Collier County Development Services Advisory Committee.
Aqua opened its second 32-unit tower in May 2017. Only five residences, including a palatial penthouse and two furnished models open daily for viewing, remain available for sale. Prices range from $1.995 million to $4.85 million. The penthouse suite offers 6,500 square feet interior living area, and features a grand terrace and private balconies with an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor living area spanning across the entire residence maximizing both sunrise and sunset views. Those seeking a more refined lifestyle—one where sophistication, luxury and the water interact on a daily basis—should act now on the few remaining residences at AQUA’s Tower II and discover why it is Paradise Coast’s chosen address.
Weber Design Group welcomes Thomas Jones to the firm in the role of Director of Design & Planning. Jones brings with him over 23 years of diverse architectural experience that includes mostly large-scale commercial, institutional, civic-community-club, mixed-use, and residential projects. He has also been the principal designer for various complex commercial, civic, and multi-family residential master plans in the states of New Jersey and Florida. Mr. Jones’ professional experience includes various commercial interior projects, most of which are within the buildings he has designed. Throughout his career, Mr. Jones has had the opportunity to work on various waterfront projects in the coastal areas of New Jersey, Florida, and the Bahamas. These projects have included master planning, civic-community-recreational, and custom single-family residential architecture.
Local homebuilder Frey & Son Homes announced the launch of its new productivity software, Builder Trend. Through this interactive software, clients can view photos of their home’s construction, get updated schedules and view and change plans. Frey & Son has built more than 5,000 homes across Southwest Florida, making them one of the oldest homebuilders in the area.
Pulte Homes will host a grand opening Saturday, Feb. 3 to showcase a new, multi-million dollar resort-style amenity center at Greyhawk at Golf Club of the Everglades its gated community off Vanderbilt Beach Rd., nine miles east of US-41 and Mercato. Rich McCormick, president of PulteGroup in Southwest Florida, said admission to the Grand Opening with refreshments and entertainment in the elegant clubhouse is free and the public is invited from 1 to 3 p.m. The much anticipated, newly completed 9,000 square foot clubhouse features a restaurant, a full bar, gathering lounge, card room, and a fitness center and movement studio. The innovative and modern clubhouse was designed by MHK Architecture and Planning, and built by Deangelis Diamond Construction of Naples.
Shula’s Steak House inside the Hilton Naples announced Nelson Rosado as its new sous chef. Rosado brings 28 years of culinary experience to Shula’s Naples. Previously, Rosado served as executive sous chef of the Sugarbay Hotel Resort and Spa in the Virgin Islands. Prior to that, he held positions in Puerto Rico at the Caribe Hilton San Juan, Gran Melia Golf Club Beach Resort, Westin Rio Mar Resort & Golf Club and two Wyndham properties. He attended the University of El Sagrado Corazon Puerto Rico and is certified by the American Culinary Institute. A former member of the Puerto Rico National Culinary Team, Rosado is an active member and 13-time medalist of the American Culinary Federation.
Pulte Homes started sales of its Life Tested® single-family homes and construction of two models is also underway at Orange Blossom Ranch the gated community located off of Oil Well Road, two miles east of Immokalee Road, being developed by The Ronto Group. The homebuilder will open the Dockside new home design in early March and the Canopy will be ready for viewing by the end of March according to Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. The Dockside offers up to six bedrooms, from two-and-a-half to five bathrooms and a three-car tandem garage. Two flex rooms and a multi-use loft are distinct design features of the Dockside which is priced starting from $349,990.The Canopy offers three or four bedrooms and up to three full bathrooms with a two-car garage. Priced starting from $297,990, the Canopy features an open kitchen that serves a café, gathering room and outdoor living area.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Louis Primavera as Senior Superintendent. Primavera will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Primavera has over 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in Assisted Living facilities, commercial, retail, multi-family, banks, and condominiums. Primavera will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Designer Monique Chicvak and procurement assistant Ashlee Bartow have joined the staff at Wegman Design Group in Naples. Chicvak is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota where she earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Chicvak’s experience includes both commercial and residential design, and she is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). A key member of the procurement team, Bartow attended Indiana State University where she majored in electronic media. Her previous experience includes procurement and administrative processes, and she also completed an internship at Walt Disney World.
Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has surpassed the $100 million mark in home sales as one of South Naples’ fastest-selling master-planned communities.Naples Reserve reported the sale of 212 homes to date within six of its distinctive neighborhoods.
A select number of move-in ready lakefront homes are still available within Sparrow Cay, Savannah Lakes, Egret Landing and Mallard Point.
BCBE Construction LLC was named the general contractor of BLVD Sarasota, an 18-story building to be constructed in the Rosemary District adjacent to downtown Sarasota. BLVD Sarasota will have 49 residences ranging from 3,550 square feet to 5,500 square feet. Residences will start at $1.7 million.
BCBE Construction is based in Naples and specializes in custom home building. BLVD residents will be able to customize their homes through changes in floor plans and finishes. The construction firm has built and remodeled custom residences in south Florida, including the high rises Aqua at Pelican Isle and Echelon on Palm in Sarasota.
D.R. Horton acquired 657 residential lots in Lee and Charlotte counties for $14 million. The deal spans three communities: Calusa Creek, River Club and The Grove, and consists of 299 single-family lots; 118 townhome lots; 178 Twin villa lots; and 62 undeveloped single-family lots, the release adds.
Rehmann Opens New Naples Office, Combines With Other Firms: Financial services firm Rehmann has opened a new office in Naples, as well as combined with Bonita Springs-based Wiebel, Hennells and Carufe, PLLC and Naples-based Jana Knudson of Lutz & Knudson, PA. Knudson, CPA, brings more than 30 years of tax and accounting experience to the firm, including operating her own firm. Along with the business combinations, Rehmann’s Naples office has moved to 6609 Willow Park.
Goia Architecture, LLC is a newly opened architecture business in Collier County. The company offers design and planning services for Collier and Lee Counties. Liviu Goia, architect/owner has over thirteen years of experience and is a licensed architect in the state of Florida. Goia Architecture, LLC offers residential and commercial designs and planning. Remodels are, also, welcome at this time. For any additional information feel free to visit the website www.goiaarchitecture.com.
The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) announced the 2017 Associate and Builder of the Year Awards. Jimmy Martin, vice president of operations for Raymond Building Supply, was presented the CBIA 2017 Associate of the Year award, recognizing more than 20 years experience in the local business industry. The 2017 CBIA Builder of the Year honor was presented to Dave Dunnavant, who has worked with CBIA in several leadership roles over the past three years, including serving on the board of directors and two officer positions.
IBERIABANK is hosting a lecture featuring Barbara Bonn Powell, federal security director at Southwest Florida International Airport and Punta Gorda Airport, at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at 605 Bald Eagle Drive in Marco Island. A welcome reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Powell will join IBERIABANK to discuss the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) screening technology, the TSA Pre-Check Program, international security measures, upcoming TSA rules and regulations and more. Powell previously served as TSA director of field operations overseeing and supporting 440 airports across seven regions led by 85 federal security directors. Powell has also served as director of operational performance with the TSA, and as federal security director at Newark Liberty International and Reagan National. Powell holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was admitted to the bar associations of New York and Pennsylvania. The event is open to the public, however, seating is limited. Call (239) 393-2400 to make a reservation. Admission is $3 per person.
D.R. Horton purchased 657 residential lots for $14 million in Lee and Charlotte counties from Brookwood Calusa Creek, LLC, Brookwood River Club 1, LLC, Brookwood River Club II, LLC, and Brookwood Groves, LLC. The deal spans three communities—Calusa Creek, River Club and The Grove—and consists of 299 single-family lots, 118 townhome lots, 178 twin villa lots, and 62 undeveloped single-family lots. Justin Thibaut, William Rollins and Randy Thibaut of Land Solutions Inc. brokered the deal.
GATES Construction has been selected to build The Lock Up Self Storage at 2295 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples. The project will consist of two buildings: one three-story, 86,642 square-foot climate-controlled storage building; and a one-story, 4,464 square-foot non-climate controlled storage building. The Lock Up Self Storage will hold a total of 736 locker units. The project is slated for completion late summer 2018. Design services will be provided by Partners In Design Architects.
Stevens Construction has completed construction management services for a 41,432-square-foot, multi-specialty medical office for Lee Health at 13340 Metro Parkway. Developed by Summit Management Group of Naples, Lee Health is leasing the four-story medical facility, which houses a convenient care on the first floor, cardiology on the second and third floors, infectious disease services on the third floor and pulmonary on the top floor.
PBS Contractors announced the addition of Blaine East as project manager and Matt Betz as project superintendent. East brings 36 years of experience in construction, architecture and real estate. He has developed projects of large scale, including a 1,000-acre Golf Course Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and 30 retail strip centers in Florida. Betz has seven years of residential construction industry experience.
GATES Construction has completed renovations at CinéBistro, located at 3450 Northwest 83rd Avenue in Doral. As part of the renovation, the entry walls were reconfigured and tile was added to the main façade of the theater entry walls for a more enhanced look. This is one of the many upscale movie theater projects GATES Construction has had the pleasure of completing. RLS Design Group, Inc. provided the architectural design services.
For the 13th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country. Additionally, in Golfweek’s newly introduced residential statewide ranking, The Creek Course was named 12th Best Residential Golf Course in Florida.
The signature 18-hole, par-72 Creek Course, designed by acclaimed course designer Arthur Hills, is woven into the community’s lush natural surroundings and features a series of strategic and challenging holes. The course offers seven tee placements to accommodate golf enthusiasts of all skill levels and includes 7,157 yards, broad fairways and elevated greens.
Naples Reserve is hosting the Collier Building Industry Association’s single-site Parade of Homes on Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16-18. More than a dozen decorated models by eight of Southwest Florida’s top builders will be open to the public during the two-weekend event. Priced from the high $200,000s to more than $1 million, Naples Reserve’s attached villas, single-family homes and custom estate homes offer up to four bedrooms, 1,519 to more than 3,500 square feet of air-conditioned space, flexible great room designs, studies, private master suites and large outdoor living areas. Naples Reserve’s Parade of Homes models are open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $5 donation per visitor is suggested to benefit the CBIA’s scholarship fund. Learn more about Naples Reserve’s Parade of Homes at naplesreserve.com/2018-parade-of-homes.
MIROMAR LAKES — Miromar Development recently announced a new waterfront neighborhood in Miromar Lakes, north of Naples that will expand the community north along Lake Como. The new neighborhood, Cortona, lies between two winding inlets and will feature 19 luxury waterfront villas with custom floor plans, each set on a private white sand beach, according to a statement. Each residence in Cortona will feature a shared boat dock with direct access to Miromar’s 700-acre aquamarine lake, the release adds. Cortona offers a distinct luxurious style and personality in a very unique setting,” says Miromar Development President and CEO Margaret Antonier in a statement. “We have hand-picked some of the region’s most prestigious builders to showcase their craftsmanship in Cortona.” our of Miromar Lakes’ preferred builders — Arthur Rutenberg/Lyons Housing, DIVCO Custom Homes, Fox Custom Builders and Harbourside Custom Homes — are constructing three- and four-bedroom model homes in Cortona. The models range in size from 2,742 to 3,026 square feet under air and 4,077 to 4,412 total square feet.
The national law firm ofQuarles & Brady LLP announced that the firm’s Naples office has received the 2017 “Family-Friendly Business” designation from Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. The Naples office has received this honor every year since the awards program was incepted 19 years ago to celebrate local businesses with family supportive policies and practices. The annual Family Friendly Business Awards acknowledge those local employers who have workplace policies and programs that assist employees to take an active part in raising their children. Any business can apply for the ‘Family Friendly Award’ designation. Businesses also can be named “Employers of the Year” in the categories of small (under 50 employees) and large business (more than 50 employees.) or the past 18 years, the Naples Alliance for Children (NAFC) has conducted the Family Friendly Business Awards program. When the NAFC was dissolved this past year, after three decades of advocacy for the children in the local community, it passed this prestigious honor of choosing deserving businesses on to Collier Child Care Resources. This year, 45 local businesses, including Quarles & Brady, were honored at the Annual Celebration Dinner held on November 28, 2017 at the Hilton Naples.
BUILD has completed the interior renovation to the Collier County Tax Collector’s Office located on the main government campus at 3291 Tamiami Trail East. The renovation of the existing 20,725 SF one-story structure designed by Disney & Associates, P.A. consisted of demolition and reconstruction of steel stud and gypsum board interior partitions, suspended gypsum board and acoustical ceilings, new electrical services, restroom, cabinetry and air conditioning throughout.The space transitioned from a hallway layout to an open lobby area. The following services are offered at this branch: Property Tax, Vessels, Motor Vehicle Registration, Hunting & Fishing, and Tourist Tax.
Final-phase construction is beginning at Creekside Preserve, as several carriage homes remain available for quick move in. Tours are now available for two model homes, with 1,402 and 1,661 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, two baths, a den and a one-car garage. Community amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, pool and social room. D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division expects remaining homes to sell out by early 2018.
Lennar Homes, LLC sold a commercially zoned 9.07-acre property to Shadi of Naples Inc. for $2.93 million. Located at 9004 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples, the site is approved for up to 85,000 square feet of commercial property under the Wentworth Estates PUD (Treviso Bay). Doug Meschko and Randy Thibaut of Land Solutions Inc. represented the seller.
GATES Construction has completed renovations of the the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples, which is located at 12200 Tamiami Trail N. and owned and operated by Guest Services Inc. The project entailed a complete overhaul and modernization of the reception area, including architectural design improvements provided by Thomas Hamilton & Associates.
DeAngelis Diamond broke ground on the Lee County Public Library at North Fort Myers. Designed by BSSW Architects, the single-story, 26,390-square-foot building will feature an open floor plan, exposed structural supports, a chilled water AC system, clerestory windows, a standing seam roof, stone exterior wall cladding, copper cladding and stucco.
Stock Development has welcomed Richard Cowgill director of construction operations for the company’s newest division, Stock Custom Homes. In this position, Cowgill will develop the division’s internal systems and create and manage procedures. Prior to joining Stock Development in 2013, Cowgill served as president of Vision Design and Build Inc. and Cowgill Builders Inc. in Illinois. He holds a holds a Certified Remodeler and a Green Certified Professional designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist certification, and has 30 years of industry experience in all.
Fiddler’s Creek announces that two fully furnished model residences from Stock Signature Homes are now completed in the village of Marsh Cove within the luxury master-planned community. Stock Signature Homes is offering 50 single-family estate residences in the exclusive Marsh Cove enclave in Fiddler’s Creek, with seven floor plans that feature expansive outdoor living areas that overlook the lakes and fairways of the award-winning Arthur Hills-designed Creek Course.
Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has captured Silver Award honors in The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards from the National Association of Home Builders. One of South Naples fastest-selling communities, Naples Reserve secured Silver Awards for both “Best Lifestyle Program for a Community” and “Best Sales/Welcome Center.” Both the Naples Reserve logo and its direct mail program were also recognized with Silver Awards.
Ross A. Dickmann has been named vice president of operations and executive director for Moorings Park. Dickmann is a retired United States Coast Guard veteran with 21 years of service, holding both command and executive officer level positions. Prior to joining Moorings Park, Dickmann served at executive Director of five continuing care retirement communities across the country, including in the states of Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Texas.
BUILD has completed construction on a custom spec home in Aqualane Shores. This bespoke design by Don Stevenson Design and Lotus Architecture, features a coastal-inspired four-bedroom, five bath, 7,000 square foot two-story pool home.This home has numerous distinct features starting with the exterior that includes an aluminum roof, three open air covered balconies, an entryway that features staggered stone lighted columns and a trellis lined three-car garage.
The Gold Coast Builders Association held the 2017 Prism Awards at the Boca Dunes Golf and Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The awards are presented to professionals and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the building industry throughout South Florida. A panel of independent industry experts selected the 2017 winners.
Architecture and planning firm Weber Design Group, with offices in Naples and Palm Beach, received five Gold Prism awards for the following projects:Endless Gulf Vistas – Isles of Capri, FL; Waterfront Wonderland – Royal Harbor, Naples, FL; Coastal Coquina – Downtown Naples, FL; Old Florida Breeze – Naples, FL; WeberDesignGroup.com.
GATES Construction announced the addition of Ron Richter as superintendent. Richter will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Richter has more than 25 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in multifamily, retail, and hospitality construction. Richter previously served the United States Army. Richter will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Stevens Construction Inc. earned four awards at the Lee Building Industry Association Industry Awards event on Nov. 17, including the highest honor of Contractor of the Year. A panel of nationwide judges named Stevens Construction Contractor of the Year based on criteria such as the company’s achievement of goals, client relations, professional certifications and community responsibilities.
Stock Development and Stock Signature Homes will host a company-wide open house event this weekend. The Open House, Open Hearts event will benefit the 2017 Toys and Joys Holiday Toy Drive, an initiative of the Collier Building Industry Association for more than ten years. The event brings holiday joy to 2,000 girls and boys in Southwest Florida each year. Share an unwrapped gift as you visit dozens of model residences and move-in ready homes in Stock’s communities and neighborhoods. The Open House, Open Hearts event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and continues through Dec. 10. For more information, visit www.stockdevelopment.com.
Sales and marketing veteran Kristian Lodge has joined Wilson Creative Group (WCG) in the newly created position of director of client development. Lodge will be responsible for providing a high level of customer service and offering support and guidance to both new and existing clients. Born and raised in London, England, Lodge is the only son of bass guitarist, vocalist and songwriter John Lodge of the legendary rock group The Moody Blues. A graduate of The Oxford Business College with a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the United Kingdom Institute of Marketing, Lodge began his marketing career working with his father’s record label where he promoted special events, produced albums and toured with the band. Before joining WCG, he spent several years in radio and television advertising sales in Southwest Florida.
New buildings have been released for sale at Avalon of Naples, a multifamily community featuring carriage home buildings by private homebuilder Neal Communities. Boasting preserve and water views, four new buildings are now available to potential homebuyers. With Coastal elevations, floor plans range from 1,339 to 1,725 square feet of living space, with two to three bedrooms and a one-car or two-car garage. The 17-acre neighborhood has nearly six acres of natural preserve area and a large center lake, and residents can also access the community’s clubhouse and resort-style pool.
Elizabeth Lombardo, account manager at Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has been named to Business Observer’s “40 Under 40” rising stars according to Peggy Wilson, CEO and founder of the award-winning Naples-based advertising and public relations agency.
Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. announced that Sara Hanley of Hanley Law Group has joined the firm in an of-counsel relationship this month. Hanley has practiced in the areas of securities and commodities arbitration and litigation for the last 10 years. Hanley has focused her practice on representing investors nationwide who have lost their savings and retirement funds as a result of their brokerage accounts being mishandled. She represents investors in claims against their brokers, broker dealers, investment advisors, financial advisors, and insurance companies. Hanley graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and attended law school at Nova Southeastern University, Shephard Broad School of Law.
Naples Reserve’s VIP Island Social was attended by more than 250 Southwest Florida Realtors to tour the community’s lakefront Island Club and resort-inspired amenities.
Created amongst 22 lakes and sweeping open water views, the 688-acre community emphasizes lakefront living with Southern Coastal-inspired homes and amenities along the water’s edge. Lakes provide prime opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding, and scenic vistas. The community’s centerpiece 125-acre Eagle Lake features a large tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island and also offers a mile-long stretch of lakefront nestled against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.
Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder in Naples has been named a National Association of Home Builders Region A finalist for the 2017 NAHB Young Professional Award. NAHB Young Professional Awards recognizes young building industry professionals under the age of 45 who propel their careers forward; advance in all three levels of the NAHB Federation; advocate for the home building industry; engage with their peers; and establish themselves as exceptional members of their communities.Benson will join 15 other finalists at NAHB’s Young Professional Committee meeting during the 2018 International Builders Show in Orlando where they will recognize all finalists and award winners for each region during the meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University in Miami. He has been in the construction industry for 16 years and in 2017 was named as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients. Benson is involved in a number of organizations, including serving as a board member and chairman of government affairs for the Collier Building Industry Association, past president of Naples Gulfshore Sunset Rotary, vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County and a past trustee for Canterbury School. In 1951, A Vernon Allen established the company, which became one of the first homebuilders in Port Royal and is the largest builder in the Port Royal Community today, as well as one of the most established and finest custom homebuilders in Naples. Benson and his business partner, Andy Bringardner, completed their acquisition of the firm in 2015 after almost a decade working as managers of the firm.
Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has completed five custom estates in the highly sought-after Pine Ridge community. Despite this being Stock’s first foray into the area, they have sold more than $20 million in real estate via five custom estates and have now purchased two additional lots to continue construction on custom estate homes. With spacious lots and close proximity to the Gulf, Stock’s Pine Ridge homes are luxuriously furnished and available starting from $3 million.
Gulfshore Business and Gulfshore Life magazines have welcomed Shannon Quinn as director of marketing and events. She will oversee the marketing, special events, public relations, branding and sponsorships for both publications. Quinn recently held the position of special events manager at Hilton Naples, where she managed the sales and executions of weddings and social and special events. She is a Florida Gulf Coast University alumna, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and Master of Business Administration degree. She also holds the position of treasurer for the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and treasurer for the Naples Chapter of National Association of Wedding Professionals.
GATES Construction has completed construction on two new retail stores at Coconut Point Mall: Total Wine & More and Tuesday Morning. Located at 8012 Mediterranean Drive, Suites A & B, in Estero, the project consisted of splitting the former Sports Authority building into two separate tenant spaces. Total Wine & More is approximately 19,620 square feet and Tuesday Morning is approximately 17,697 square feet.
Stevens Construction has started construction of a 57,000-square-foot, post-acute care skilled nursing unit for Lee Health. Developed by Aquila Healthcare Development, Lee Health is leasing the three-story, 75-bed medical facility, which will provide post-acute services for patients needing short-term medical recovery and rehabilitation after their hospital stays. With architectural services provided by Studio+, Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit is designed with a homelike approach with three separate units, each housing an open-concept living room, kitchen, nurse station and 25 private patient beds with convenient access to the occupational and physical therapy rooms. Located at 13960 Plantation Road, Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit is slated for completion in 2019.
Hilton Naples announced that it has received a 2018 Four Diamond rating from AAA. Its inspectors review an extensive list of attributes to determine the appropriate rating level, on a scale of one to five diamonds, based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities. According to AAA data, fewer than 6 percent of the nearly 28,000 properties approved by AAA achieve the prestigious Four Diamond Award distinction.
The Naples Design District is hosting a Thanksgiving Drive to benefit the community of Immokalee on Tuesday, November 14th from 5:30-7:30PM at Ferguson’s showroom off of Goodlette-Frank Road. Many of the businesses in the Naples Design District have come together to support the community with this event, we are asking attendees to provide a cash, credit or gift card (Publix, Walmart or Target) donation. Networking, appetizers, libations and live music will be featured in the showroom on the 14th.
South Florida Architecture is pleased to announce their affiliation with the School of Resort & Hospitality Management in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Bonita Springs based architectural firm has been commissioned to design a 2-story wine vault and wine tasting room to be added to the lobby area at Sugden Hall on the FGCU campus. Funding for this project is pending donor support.
The addition of this state-of-the-art wine vault will accelerate Resort & Hospitality Management candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of procurement, inventory control, retailing and distributorship logistics.
Siesta Pebble was named the 23rd annual Blue Chip Community Business Award winner during a luncheon Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. The award is presented annually by BB&T-Oswald-Trippe and Co. Chosen by a panel judges from 14 applicants, owner Michelle Graham has overcome personal and professional challenges to foster a successful pool resurfacing company that has and continues to show incredible growth. Servicing Marco Island to the greater Bradenton area, Siesta Pebble was the only woman-owned company among all the 65 licensed and certified Pebble Tec installers throughout the country. Though this can be a challenge at times, it’s not the biggest, per owner Michelle Graham. Michelle became responsible for the entire enterprise when her mom passed away suddenly in 2012. Her mother had been listed as the only officer of the corporation, requiring Michelle to open a new one. Since their humble beginnings in 2012, Siesta Pebble has now doubled its workforce, grown its fleet from 6 to 15 trucks, added a prep crew and two pebble crews while doubling its renovation business. The Blue Chip Community Business Award is given to for-profit businesses in Southwest Florida who have overcome adversity to achieve success. The finalists are determined through an application process that is reviewed by an impartial panel of judges. This year the five finalists were: Adventures in Paradise, Davidson Irrigation, Misty’s Sunshine Cleaning, Siesta Pebble and Sunshine Workforce.
Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) announced it has relocated its headquarters to an expanded office space located at 6835 International Center Blvd., Suite 4, in Fort Myers. The new office provides adequate space for Lee BIA Builders Care and BIA staff, allowing both organizations to work simultaneously to better serve communities throughout Southwest Florida.
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) has welcomed Renee Kolbeck as a tax accountant for the firm. She works with clients to prepare individual and business tax returns and provides supportive accounting services. Kolbeck earned her BA in Accountancy in 2015 from Ave Maria University. She is in the process of sitting for the CPA exam and plans to pursue a master’s in accountancy following that certification.
Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has surpassed the $90 million mark in home sales to date. As one of south Naples’ fastest-selling master-planned communities, Naples Reserve reported the sale of 186 homes within six of its distinctive neighborhoods.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chief Executive Officer and Owner W. Theodore Etzel III and his wife, Kim, have received the prestigious Doyle E. Carlton Award from Stetson University. The award was presented at the 2017 Alumni and University Awards Ceremony on November 4th at the university.
The Doyle E. Carlton Award is one of Stetson University’s highest honors and is presented annually to an alum or friend of the university in recognition of devotion to Christian higher education and in appreciation for his/her extraordinary contribution to the life and development of the university, City of DeLand and State of Florida. It is named for Doyle E. Carlton Sr., a former Florida governor and Stetson alumnus and trustee.
Moore earned her law degree earlier this year from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Moore spent this past summer as a Summer Associate at Quarles & Brady. Before that, she spent two summers, first as an intern and then as a Law Clerk, with the law office of Rohe Twyman in Central Florida.
South Florida Architecture is pleased to announce their affiliation with the School of Resort & Hospitality Management in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Bonita Springs based architectural firm has been commissioned to design a 2-story wine vault and wine tasting room to be added to the lobby area at Sugden Hall on the FGCU campus. Funding for this project is pending donor support.
The addition of this state-of-the-art wine vault will accelerate Resort & Hospitality Management candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of procurement, inventory control, retailing and distributorship logistics.
“As the architect of record, our goal is to design a space that inspires students to further their career in this field,” states Director of Architecture, Jeff Scott. Adds Corporate Executives Greg Weber and Adnan Ahmedic, “The design process will be in two phases and the preliminary design work is now underway.”
South Florida Architecture is located in The Brooks Executive Suites on Coconut Road in Bonita Springs and can be contacted at (239)777-0616 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Elizabeth Lewis has satisfied the educational requirements of the American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters to earn the AINS designation. Elizabeth Lewis is an Underwriter in their Business Insurance Division. Mrs. Lewis has worked at IRMS for 11 years and has 12 years of experience in the insurance industry.
Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) has announced the sponsors for its inaugural Charity Clay Shoot, a tournament that will aid the organization in providing emergency repairs and construction services at no cost to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged homeowners in Lee County. The Charity Clay Shoot is presented by Land Solutions Inc. Other sponsors include Barraco & Associates as the beverage sponsor and Raymond Building Supply as the lunch sponsor. Supporting big shot sponsors include Cal Atlantic Homes, Cape Coral Plumping, Pulte Homes, Babcock Home Realty, Stock Development, Better Buildings, Inc., R.D. Johnson Construction, Minto Communities, Modern Tile & Carpet and Lennar. The Charity Clay Shoot will take place on Dec. 8 at Bermont Shooting Club, located at 40571 Bermont Road in Punta Gorda. For more information on the event, contact Lee BIA Builders Care by calling (239) 938-0056 or emailing executive director Christi Pritchett at Christi@BIA.net.
IBERIABANK announced that Carl Pukin has been hired as vice president, business banking relationship manager for Lee County. In this new role, Pukin will work closely with small to medium-sized business owners to provide integrated financial solutions for their credit and deposit needs. For the past 15 years, Pukin has worked with clients in the commercial and industrial, SBA, manufacturing and distribution, and medical industries. Pukin earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University.
Naples Reserve has appointed Heather Thompson as marketing manager and Carri Adam as lifestyle and fitness director and clubhouse manager, and promoted Courtney Shearer to marketing assistant. Thompson will oversee the community’s marketing and advertising efforts, including cultivating industry and client relationships and referrals, enhancing branding efforts, and managing outreach communications and events. A University of Florida graduate, she most recently worked as a marketing and content strategist for a Naples real estate agency. Adam will create, organize and execute all association activities, events and fitness programs. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Adam has 19 years of hospitality and sales experience, including event management and planning. Shearer began her Naples Reserve career in the welcome center. As marketing assistant, she will coordinate communication with Naples Reserve’s builder teams and maintain the community’s website. She is a member of the Collier Building Industry Association
Land Solutions Inc. has welcomed Jared Fischer as its newest, licensed sales associate. Fischer will focus on commercial development and overall company growth. Fischer is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies.
DeAngelis Diamond has been awarded phases two and three of the newly constructed Boys and Girls Club Bolch Campus in Immokalee. The construction management firm built phase one of the campus last year, a 27,786 square-foot project that is now the campus Youth Center. DeAngelis Diamond has been hired as the design builder for the latest additions to the Youth Center Campus, which will include a 14,000 square-foot gymnasium and outdoor pavilion, a 5,000 square-foot swimming pool, a weight room and an athletic field.
DeAngelis Diamond announced that Brian Hood has been promoted to vice president of field operations. Hood has 24 years of construction experience and started as a superintendent with the company 17 years ago. Two years ago, he was promoted to director of field operations and has been responsible for supervising all field teams ever since. He has overseen multiple projects for corporations such as Arthrex and completed half a billion dollars’ worth of construction throughout his career. In his new role, Hood will continue to utilize his knowledge and expertise in furthering the efforts of DeAngelis Diamond’s construction services.
Law firm Quarles & Brady, LLP announced that Jonathan D. Bonello has joined the firm’s Naples office as a Junior Associate in the Business Law Group. Prior to joining the firm, Bonello served as a judicial extern for Chief Justice Jorge Labarga at the Supreme Court of Florida. A native of Naples, Bonello received his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of both the Law Review and Business Review. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University.
IBERIABANK Corp. has completed the operational conversion and name change of Sabadell United Bank, N.A. to IBERIABANK. On July 31, IBERIABANK Corporation acquired Sabadell United Bank, N.A. from Banco de Sabadell, S.A. Over the weekend of Oct. 13, IBERIABANK successfully consolidated operating systems and updated branch signage to open all former Sabadell United Bank locations as IBERIABANK branches on Oct. 16. IBERIABANK now operates 32 branch locations in South Florida. On the west coast of Florida, the former Sabadell United Bank location in Naples at Mercato is now a part of the IBERIABANK branch network in Collier County.
Pulte Homes will build new single-family homes in the Orange Blossom Ranch community located off of Oil Well Road, two miles east of Immokalee Road in Naples. Construction on two new models and a sales center will get underway by the end of October and sales are expected to begin in February 2018, according to Rich McCormick, president of PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division.Pulte plans to build their popular Classic and Estate Series homes at Orange Blossom Ranch. The one- and two-story single-family homes range in size from 1,674 to 4,262 square feet with 3-6 bedrooms and open, flexible living spaces. Home prices will start in the low $300,000s.
BUILD will be constructing a new structural steel observation tower for Florida Power & Light at the Babcock Ranch Solar Field. The 20’ x 20’ platform will also feature a pavilion below.
This is the second project BUILD has completed with Florida Power & Light. BUILD also built Florida’s first ever solar energy center with 90,500 solar panels in 2009. This facility continues to serve customers using photovoltaic technology.
Architectural and planning firm Weber Design Group has announced they would like to help homeowners rebuild after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey or Maria by providing 50% off stock house plans. Those with a documented loss can visit www.weberdesigngroup.com to browse over 270 house plans, and call Weber Design Group at 239-594-9778 for further details.
Fiddler’s Creek has added Pulte Homes as an approved builder within the Naples community. The national homebuilder has acquired 71 single-family home sites in the village of Amaranda. Pulte Homes’ residential offerings will include three single-family home designs ranging from 1,671 to 3,077 square feet and featuring open layouts. Construction of the Summerwood model residence is expected to begin in October, with sales expected to commence in January 2018. Pulte Homes’ residences in Fiddler’s Creek will be priced from the $500,000s.
DeAngelis Diamond has been awarded Cypress Parkway Apartments on Six Mile Cypress in Fort Myers. The 593,556 square-foot project will consist of six four-story buildings, a clubhouse and thirteen seven-bay tenant garages. Amenities will include a fitness center, car wash, two dog parks, playground, sports area and a 4,410 square-foot pool. The exterior design will feature stone and stucco, Bahama shutters, accent rails and standing seam roof accents. DeAngelis Diamond will tentatively break ground February 2018.
41 West, LLC leased 5,043 square feet of commercial space from Cedar Ridge of Bonita, LLC located at 25270 Bernwood Drive, Unit 5 and 6, in Bonita Springs. Christine McManus, CCIM, SIOR, of Investment Properties Corp. represented the lessor, and Jonathan Kepple of Diversified Real Estate Group represented the lessee in this transaction.
GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Debbie Weicht as Project Coordinator. Weicht will be responsible for preparing, organizing, maintaining and monitoring project documentation. She will work closely with Superintendents and Project Managers, assisting them in jobsite set-up, subcontractor meeting management, safety meetings and project close-out. Weicht has over 12 years of experience with expertise in permitting, submittals, drawings, contracts, purchase order processes and direct material purchase procedures. Weicht received her degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Pulte Homes has purchased 71 homesites in the village of Amaranda in Fiddler’s Creek, the master planned community located off of Collier Boulevard, three miles south of U.S. 41 in Naples.bConstruction on a new model will start in this month and sales are expected to begin in January 2018, according to Rich McCormick, president of PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. “Pulte has experienced great success in Collier County and this purchase is another opportunity to bring our Life Tested® home designs to this beautiful, amenity-rich community,” McCormick said. “Fiddler’s Creek, with its natural Florida beauty and close proximity to Marco Island and downtown Naples, is an attractive location for buyers.”
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) announced four new partners to the firm: Tami Cindrich, Angela Cooley, Kelsey Griffin and Victoria Loyola. Each team member went through an extensive three-year leadership program and joins the current partners Gail Markham, Joni Norton, Karen Mosteller and Randy Wright. Cindrich, who has been with the firm since 1998, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and her Master of Accountancy from the University of South Florida. Cooley, who joined MNMW in 2002, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of South Florida. Griffin, who began with MNMW in 2006, earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and management from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in accounting and taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University. Loyola, who has been with MNMW since 2005, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and her master’s degree in accounting and taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Bill Turner has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture in Fort Myers as chief operating officer (COO). His responsibilities include overseeing daily operations of the firm, its clients, and staff, evaluating investments in infrastructure and talent, coordinating the development of key performance goals, collaborating on plans for growth and evolution, and analyzing existing programs and policies, as well as ensuring all program initiatives align with the agency’s core values and culture. A University of Florida graduate, Turner comes to Spiro & Associates with more than 19 years of banking experience. Most recently, he spent two years at Encore Bank as vice president of branch administration.
Raymond Building Supply, PGT Industries partner to provide hurricane supplies to Southwest Florida community, first responders. As Southwest Florida begins to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Raymond Building Supply partnered with PGT Industries to provide much-needed supplies to first responders and members of the community in order to aid in their efforts to rebuild. On Sept. 14-15, Raymond Building Supply and PGT Industries handed out free food, 1,000 cases of water, 47,000 pounds of ice, 20 generators and 40 chainsaws, as well as an array of supplies including extension cords, gas cans, flashlights, air beds with pumps, camper stoves, tarps, duct tape, bleach, paper towels, trash bags, batteries and Gatorade to first responders and community members in need. First responders, including the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, received supplies, and in turn, many first responders stayed to help Raymond Building Supply and PGT Industries in handing out hurricane supplies to other community members in need. Once first responders and residents received their fill of ice, the remaining ice supply was delivered to the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District Station 21 and the Collier County Emergency Operations Center.
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Fiddler’s Creek has added Pulte Homes as an approved builder within the luxury, master-planned community in Naples. The national homebuilder has acquired 71 single-family homesites in the village of Amaranda. “We are pleased to welcome such a well-known homebuilder to Fiddler’s Creek,” said Aubrey J. Ferrao, CEO of Fiddler’s Creek Community LLC. “The homes to be constructed by Pulte will complement the residential offerings currently available and provide buyers with a high-quality product in a distinctive neighborhood.” Pulte Homes’ residential offerings in Fiddler’s Creek will include three single-family home designs ranging from 1,671 to 3,077 square feet and featuring open layouts perfectly suited for entertaining. Construction of the Summerwood model residence is expected to begin in October, with sales expected to commence in January 2018. Pulte Homes’ residences in Fiddler’s Creek will be priced from the $500s.
Weber Design Group, Inc., an architectural and design firm has relocated their Naples office to the Galleria at Vanderbilt after sustaining severe water damage at their former Naples office location during Hurricane Irma. The new address is 8970 Fontana Del Sol Way #2, Naples, FL 34109, and the telephone number 239-594-9778 remains the same. They are pleased to announce they are open for business in their new location.
Leading clubhouse builder GATES has started phase 2 of continuing major clubhouse renovations at Quail West Golf and Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s most exclusive golf clubs, located in Naples. Phase 2 will include a new 2-story terrace and grille room. The dining will be expanded with modifications and upgrades to the existing upper and lower level eating areas. The existing lower kitchen will go through a complete demolition and renovation and will be integrated with a new 2 – story storage building while the west side of the clubhouse will receive a new pro shop and café. This past winter and spring, GATES completed a new two story Fitness & Wellness Center, demolition and addition of 4 new tennis courts, completely renovated Upper Floor Kitchen, Gathering Room, and Main Lobby. Phase 2 is scheduled for completion by winter of 2017.
LOTUS Architecture of Naples and Fort Myers has established a Site & Building Assessment Team to offer onsite building inspections of hurricane-related damage to the community. Its team of licensed architects and structural designers are ready to conduct safety and damage inspections. The company will also partner with itsr team of extended consultants in structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil engineers as well as landscape architects to provide quick-response assessments and professional services for recovery/rebuilding efforts.
Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes has surpassed the $50 million mark in year-to-date home sales.
AERCON AAC is not only the name of a building product, but the name of a central Florida-based company that is revolutionizing the future of residential development in Naples. As the leading manufacturer of AAC (autoclaved aeratedconcrete), Sunwest Custom Homes is showcasing the value of Aercon’s fully integrated building system to the Naples market in the home at 1111 14th Avenue North as well as in their new development, The Peninsula at Treviso Bay, where they will be constructing 55 custom homes with Aercon AAC.
Vernon Allen Builder recently won three Grand and one Silver Auroras at the 36th annual Aurora Awards held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando.
This year’s design competition of the Southeast Building Conference drew 400 entries in 55 categories including commercial, office space, renovated projects, mixed-use, affordable, multi-family projects, site planning, single-family production and custom homes.
Established in 1979, the Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals.
- Vernon Allen won Grand Auroras for:
Best Single Family Detached Home 4,000 to 5,000 square feet: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design
Best Kithen $1,000,000 to $2,000,000: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design
Best Bath $1,000,000 to $2,000,000: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design
The Naples custom home builder also won a Silver Aurora for Best Interior Merchandising of a Home $1,000,000 to $2,000,000: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design.
In 1951, A. Vernon Allen established the company, which became one of the first homebuilders in Port Royal and is the largest builder in the Port Royal Community today, as well as one of the most established and finest custom homebuilders in Naples. Ryan Benson and his business partner, Andy Bringardner, completed their acquisition of the firm in 2015 after almost a decade working as managers of the firm. For more information about A. Vernon Allen Builder, call 239-261-5300 or email email@example.com.
Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced the promotion of Jimey Moad to Estimating Manager for the Southern Region, covering Collier and Lee counties. In this role, Moad is responsible for leading a team of estimators through the design phase to the client’s or engineer’s specifications. Moad’s team handles all types of commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).