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The new Sylvester Family West Campus of HomeSafe, located on Lyons Road just east of Wellington, provides a safe and state-of-the-art home for 12 children. It includes many amenities.

“We are definitely involved in other things in the community. We’ve had a group that gave their time to Habitat for Humanity.We have given time and money to the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.We try to give back to the communities we work in,” Kirby said. He put together a list of core values before launching the company. One of those pillars is, “We value our communities.” A Florida native, Kirby is very proud of the growth and quality of the people and projects that Verdex Construction is involved with. Kirby has worked in the industry for 40 years and brought more than just experience to his new company. “Honestly, after working and growing Rex Kirby of Verdex goes over plans with HomeSafe’s Matt Ladika.

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other companies, being able to start my own company makes me proud.When I started Verdex, it was more than a tagline of ‘Building Something Better.’ I wanted to build a better company throughout,” Kirby explained. “We’ll grow again this year. It is consistent growth because we don’t just grab bodies to fill a slot. We are very particular about the people we bring on board and build the company around people who fit that culture.” Taking care to adapt intelligently during a pandemic has also been an important part of Verdex’s success. “We were incredibly fortunate that construction was deemed an essential business, and we incorporated a lot of different practices to make sure we didn’t take it for granted,” Kirby said. From temperature checks and mandatory face masks to increased wash stations and distancing as feasible, Verdex continued to operate as safely as possible. “We quit having packed meetings and became very good at Zoom,” he said. “We spent money on enhanced video equipment and project management software, and we accommodated those who wanted or needed to work from home.” Keeping a solid reputation with both clients and subcontractors is pivotal to Kirby’s success. “We have a group of subcontractors and design professionals working with us, and we approach it as at the end of the day, it’s our job to make sure everybody is successful,” Kirby said. “We are not successful at someone else’s ex-

pense, and we approach the business that way. Some simple principles we put in place since the beginning — like we pay our subcontractors promptly and treat them with respect — then you get a good following and the better pricing because they know you are going to do business the right way.” Verdex Construction works on a variety of projects, including multi-family housing and hotels to government buildings. Some recent projects include the Town Southern luxury apartments in Royal Palm Beach and the Canopy Hotel in West Palm Beach. “We won our first Palm Beach County school; a remodel/update for Banyan Creek Elementary,” Kirby said. “And we won a Palm Beach County project for the mosquito control compound. We have a lot of projects from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, up to this area, and over to Tampa as well.” Despite finding success, new challenges remain. “Right now, the market is booming, but it is one of those plus-minus things. Material costs are also soaring,” Kirby said. “We have an incredible amount of opportunity on our plate, but we are spending a lot of time navigating through the material increases and working with our clients to keep these projects within a budget they can afford.” To learn more about Verdex Construction, visit www.verdex.com or call (561) 440-1600. For more information about HomeSafe, visit www. helphomesafe.org.

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WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – June 2021  

June 2021 | ON THE COVER Verdex Construction President Rex Kirby at HomeSafe’s new Sylvester Family West Campus near Wellington. Photography...

WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – June 2021  

June 2021 | ON THE COVER Verdex Construction President Rex Kirby at HomeSafe’s new Sylvester Family West Campus near Wellington. Photography...

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