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ProjectS Multifamily makes a comeback for new construction, but public infrastructure projects continue their prominence on the list of the 30 highest-value projects from Tampa to Naples. The following pages feature the top 10 construction projects by cost in each of the Business Observer’s coverage areas on the Gulf Coast. To be included, projects must have started between June 2012 and June 2013.


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Projects Tampa Bay

1. Interstate 275 Widening NAME: Interstate 275 Widening SITE: a portion of I-75 from State Road 60 to the Hillsborough River, Tampa ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $215.4 million START DATE: July 31, 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Fall 2016 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: State of Florida, Tallahassee GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Joint venture of Skanska, New York City, and Ajax Paving Troy, Mich. DETAILS: The Florida Department of Transportation is rebuilding and

widening Interstate 275 from east of State Road 60 to the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. This project will reconstruct all of the southbound interstate in that area, as well as northbound I-275 from east of State Road 60 to Himes Avenue. Northbound I-275 was previously rebuilt from Himes Avenue to downtown in April 2010. At completion, there will be four through-lanes in each direction, a flatter roadway with no steep humps at bridges, upgrades to interchanges and a wider median to allow for future improvements. Skanska and Ajax Paving Industries designed three traffic shifts to allow traffic to flow during construction, but the project is also requiring night closures.

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3. Varela SITE: 1701 N. Lois Ave., Tampa ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $50 million START DATE: May ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: January 2015 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: NR Varela Property Owner LLC (Northwood Ravin, Charlotte, N.C., and Framework Group LLC, Tampa) GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Northwood Ravin Construction, Charlotte, N.C.

2. Crescent Bayshore ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $68 million START DATE: September 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: July 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Crescent Communities, Charlotte, N.C. GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Moss & Associates, Fort Lauderdale DETAILS: Crescent Communities is developing an eight-story, 367unit Spanish Mediterranean-style apartment community. Located in Hyde Park, the property features

in Florida, the 350-unit Varela. The 400,000-square-foot infill apartment will feature a single building with fourand five-story sections and an attached parking garage with 670 spaces. It will also include 12,000 square feet of retail space. Amenities will include a swimming pool, business center, fitness facility and private courtyards. One of the last developable parcels in the Westshore Business District, the seven-acre site sits on a former landfill and is a designated brownfield site. As a result, the developer is constructing the project on caissons, watertight retaining structures, and installing a rubber liner. The project will also include a gas mitigation to vent any gas that may build up. Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects LP is the architect for the development.

nearly 600 feet of water frontage on Hillsborough Bay. The development will feature studio, and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Amenities include a wine lounge with personal wine lockers, pub room, cyber café, digital dry cleaning and a two-story health club and fitness center overlooking a 7,000-squarefoot waterfront pool deck. Outdoor spaces include two rooftop terraces, three courtyards, an outdoor kitchen, covered dining and a bayside lounging area. MSA Architects of Miami designed the project. Crescent Communities recently completed another multifamily community in the Tampa Bay area, the 344-unit Crescent Crosstown in Brandon.

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SITE: 319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa

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4. The Sol

SITE: 430 Third Ave. S., St Petersburg ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $48 million (total development cost and $33 million construction cost) START DATE: March ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Fall 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: The NRP Group, Cleveland GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: NRP Contractors, Cleveland

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DETAILS: The NRP Group is developing a 326-unit rental community on the former surface parking lot of the Tampa Bay Times. The development, which is tentatively called The Sol, will feature a four-story residential building, with one-, twoand three-bedroom units, wrapped around a concrete parking garage. The project will also include management offices, a two-story fitness center, several clubrooms and lounges and a swimming pool. Slocum Platts Architects of Winter Park and Looney Ricks Kiss Inc. of Baton Rouge, La., designed the project. * temporary name

5. Epicurean Hotel SITE: 1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa

ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $32 million START DATE: October 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: December OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Mainsail Lodging & Development, Tampa, and Bern’s Steak House owner David Laxer GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Beck, Dallas DETAILS: Mainsail Lodging & Development is creating the Epicurean Hotel as a 137-room boutique hotel designed to appeal to foodies. Located in the Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, the

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food-focused hotel will feature a large culinary classroom, a signature restaurant, wine shop, rooftop lounge, full-service spa, pastry shop and ballroom with social catering and meetings services. The theater-style, Viking-equipped culinary classroom will offer culinary instruction, celebrity chef demonstrations and wine and cocktail mixing classes and tastings. The Epicurean is being developed in collaboration with Bern’s Steak House, and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join Marriott International Inc.’s Autograph Collection brand. Urban Studio Architects of Tampa designed the project and Gettys Hospitality Design & Development of Chicago handled the interior design.

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Projects Tampa Bay

6. Modera Prime 235

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SITE: 235 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $32 million START DATE: December 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: October 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Bayway Apartments LLC (Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC), Orlando GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: MCRT South Florida Construction LLC, Boca Raton DETAILS: One of two new Mill Creek Residential apartment projects under development, the Modera Prime 235 will feature 309 residential units in an eightstory apartment building surrounding a seven-level structured parking deck, all within 1.84 acres. The community will offer a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom units with an average rentable square footage of 804. The property will features 9,000 square feet of leasing and amenity space, including a two-story fitness facility, conference space and a clubroom with game area and kitchen. The courtyard will include a swimming pool, sundeck, grilling areas and two rooftop terraces. The garage will house a dedicated dog washing area, electric car charging stations and private storage facilities including for bike storage. Frances Anillo Toledo LLC of Miami is the architecture for the project.

8. Interstate 275 Bridge and Shoulder Widening SITE: a portion of I-275 from Floribraska Avenue to Yukon Street, Tampa ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $30 million

7. Modera Westshore SITE: 4504 W. Spruce St., Tampa ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $32 million START DATE: July 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: September (first units) April 2014 (total project) OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: 4504 West Spruce Street Apartments Investors LLC (Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC), Orlando GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: MCRT South Florida Construction LLC, Boca Raton DETAILS: Apartment developer/ operator Mill Creek Residential is constructing a 300-unit luxury apartment community called Modera Westshore on a three-acre site in the heart of the Westshore Business District. Modera Westshore will consist of a mixture of flats and townhome units in a six-story tunnel-form (a

steel form surrounded by concrete) building surrounding a six-level concrete parking deck. The project will offer 104 onebedroom flats, 147 two-bedroom flats, 21 two-bedroom townhomes and 28 three-bedroom flats. The units will have an average rentable space of 1,028 square feet. Amenities will include a swimming pool, sundeck and grilling areas contained in two landscaped courtyards. The development will also feature a fitness facility, e-lounge, conference space and computer workstations, and a club room. Because of the area’s relatively high water table, stormwater runoff was a particular concern for the project’s engineers and landscape architects. Their answer was to create a large vault within the structured parking deck and interconnected landscaped areas (urban swales) adjacent to the sidewalk. CES Design Group is the architect for the project.

START DATE: June 11, 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Fall 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: State of Florida, Tallahassee GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Prince Contracting LLC, Tampa DETAILS: The Florida Department of Transportation has hired Prince Contracting to widen the bridges and shoulders of Interstate 275 from south Floribraska Avenue north to Yukon Street. The project will increase the shoulder areas to create a more consistent shoulder width for northbound and southbound I-275. Inside shoulders will typically be about 21 feet wide and outside shoulders will be 10 feet wide. The goal of the project is to give drivers room to move their vehicles out of travel lanes for breakdowns and accidents. The major work will be on the median inside shoulders, which will require partial demolition and widening on 13 pairs of bridges (for a total of 26 bridges). These bridges will be widened to connect in the center and four of the bridges will also be widened to the outside. There will also be widening on the roadway (non-bridge) shoulder portions of the highway.

The existing grass and guardrail in the median will be replaced by a concrete barrier wall to tie into and match up with medians to the northern and southern ends of the project. There will also be some drainage, sign and signal work included in the project. Three overhead dynamic message signs will be replaced by improved signs with color displays.


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9. Water Club Snell Isle SITE: 1325 Snell Isle Blvd. N.E., St. Petersburg ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $30 million START DATE: February ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Summer 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: The Kolter Group LLC, West Palm Beach GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Kast Construction, West Palm Beach DETAILS: The Kolter Group LLC has

restarted its post-recession developments along Florida’s west coast, starting with a condominium project on St. Petersburg’s Snell Isle. The Water Club Snell Isle consists of two nine-story towers with 84 condominium units and 11 two-story townhomes with two-car garages. The residential units will offer from 1,863 to 2,108 square feet of living space. Units start in the $500,000’s. Its amenities will include a fitness center, swimming pool, open-air palazzo and dedicated boat slips. Curtis Gaines Hall Jones Architects Inc. of Tampa designed the project.

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SITE: 1101 Ray Charles Blvd., Tampa ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $29 million (total including development costs) START DATE: December 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: March 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Central Park Development Group LLC (Banc of America Community Development Corp. and the Tampa Housing Authority), Tampa GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: CORE Construction, Sarasota

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Projects SarasotaManatee

1. The Mall at University Center SITE: 81 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $315 million START DATE: Oct. 15, 2012 ESTIMATED OPENING DATE: October 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Sarasota Associates A-1 LLC, Sarasota Associates B-II LLC and Sarasota

Associates C-III LLC (Taubman Centers Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Benderson Development Co. LLC, University Park) GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: dck worldwide, Pittsburgh DETAILS: Taubman Centers Inc. and Benderson Development Co. LLC are developing the largest project, retail or otherwise, built in the Sarasota and

Manatee counties region since the real estate market collapse. The enclosed Mall at University Town Center will have two levels and is anchored by an 80,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue, a 180,000-squarefoot Dillard’s and a 160,000-square-foot Macy’s. The new 880,000-square-foot shopping center is moving forward with more than 100 stores and restaurants, of which the developers say

roughly 50% will be new to the market. The developers say it will target upscale fashion and lifestyle stores and will also feature a play area for children. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, The Mall at University Town Center has the national distinction of being only the second traditional enclosed mall to start construction in the United States since 2006.

3. Sarasota High School Renovation and New Construction SITE: 1000 S. School Ave., Sarasota ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $40 million START DATE: April

2. IMG Academy Multi-Sport Complex and Stadium SITE: on the IMG Academy campus, main address 5500 34th St. W., Bradenton ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $40 million START DATE: April COMPLETION DATE: August (Stadium portion only) OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: IMG Academy, Bradenton GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Tandem Construction, Sarasota DETAILS: IMG Academy is developing a 200-acre multi-sport complex addition to its Bradenton campus. The center point of the project is a 5,000-seat stadium, with fully secured access, parking and the ability to double that capacity for certain events. The sports facility will also include an eight-lane, 400-meter track, a broadcast-ready press box

with coach, press and radio rooms, hospitality suites and a collegiatelevel video board. IMG Academy also plans to open a new stadium field for baseball. In a later phase of the project, the private athletic training institute plans to create a 40,000-square-foot field house with multiple locker rooms, meeting spaces and offices. In the third and final phase, IMG Academy has announced plans to create research and development facilities for sports performance companies. It will also create new multi-sport field venues to bring the total sports fields to more than 20 for soccer, lacrosse, baseball and football. The new facilities will serve as the home venue for the IMG Academy football, lacrosse, and soccer programs, as well as the new track and field program. Fawley Bryant of Sarasota is the architect for the project.

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: July 2016 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: School Board of Sarasota County, Sarasota GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Tandem Construction, Sarasota DETAILS: School Board of Sarasota County is completely renovating the aged Paul Rudolph-designed Sarasota High School. The project calls for renovating 79,714 square feet of existing space and constructing 38,000 square feet of new space and a new bus loop. The overarching goal of the project is to to create a more

compact school campus that’s easier to secure and more efficient and modern. In the first phase, the development will create a new bus loop to the north side of the campus and a central energy plant. It also calls for renovating the school’s Building 4 with administrative offices and 12 science labs. The Bahia Vista parking lot will also be improved. In phase two, the project will convert Building 1 into a cafeteria and Global Learning Center. It will partially demolish an addition to Building 5 to construct a new gymnasium building. The third phase will convert Building 5 into classrooms and demolish the east and west cafeteria and portions of an addition to Building 5. The architect for the project is Sarasota’s Harvard Jolly.


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4. Village at Ranch Lake SITE: a portion of Ranch Lake Boulevard south of State Road 70, Bradenton ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $23.5 Million START DATE: Feb. 14 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: March 11, 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: The Residences at River Club LLC (Forest Properties Management Inc.), Cambridge, Mass. GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: CORE Construction, Sarasota

DETAILS: Forest Properties Management has hired CORE Construction to develop a marketrate, multifamily apartment complex on 49 acres in eastern Bradenton. Village at Ranch Lake will consist of 14 three-story apartment buildings with a total of 336 apartment units. Amenities will include 24 five-bay garages, a clubhouse with swimming pool, maintenance building, playground, tennis and basketball courts and a putting green. James S. Carr AIA & Associates LLC of Malvern, Pa., designed the project.

5. Air Products & Chemicals Manufacturing Building SITE: 2525 Inland Transport St., Palmetto ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $22.4 million (building permit) START DATE: December 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: December OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Air Products & Chemicals Inc., Allentown, Pa. GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Clayco Construction, St. Louis DETAILS: Clayco Construction is developing a 326,284-square-foot manufacturing facility expansion on a 32-acre site for Air Products & Chemicals Inc. The 300,000-square-

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Projects SarasotaManatee SITE: 5101 65th St. W., Bradenton

ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $17 million START DATE: August 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: May 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Manatee County Utilities, Bradenton GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Cardinal Contractors Inc., Bradenton DETAILS: Manatee County’s Utilities Department is installing a new filtration system to remove particles from reclaimed water pumped out of storage lakes and into the county’s distribution system. The new system should prevent reclaimed-water irrigation systems from clogging and fouling the distribution system. The project also calls for lining the north lake to meet additional Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulations for the storage of reclaimed water. The Sarasota office of McKim & Creed Inc. designed the project.

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7. Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District SITE: 309 10th St. W., Bradenton ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $16 million START DATE: November 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: November OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Widewaters Group, DeWitt, N.Y. GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Widewaters Construction Inc., DeWitt, N.Y. DETAILS: The Widewaters Group is redeveloping downtown Bradenton’s historic Pink Palace. The DeWitt, N.Y.-based developer is converting the seven-floor vacant assisted-living facility and former hotel into a 115-room Hampton Inn & Suites. The hotel property will feature a breakfast area, fitness center, outdoor pool and business

center. Working with U.S. National Park Service and Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources, Widewaters is using reproductions of the historical windows and trim to keep the 1920s-era look of the property. At the same time, the age of the building requires small but complex construction changes, including drilling through concrete flooring to allow for utilities and expanding the concrete elevator shaft to accommodate a modern elevator. Along with the general construction complexity of working with a historic building, the company discovered and later had to remove soil contaminated by heating oil tanks from the parking lot area. HC Architecture of Atlanta is the primary architecture firm for the hotel, and Tampa’s Atelier Architecture is the historical architect.

8. IMG Academy Student-Athlete Residence Hall SITE: IMG Academy campus, main address 5500 34th St. W., Bradenton ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $15 million START DATE: June 1, 2012 COMPLETION DATE: May 24 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: IMG Academy, Bradenton GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Tandem Construction, Sarasota DETAILS: Faced with growing enrollment, IMG Academy developed a

five-story, 105,480-square-foot residence hall with 500 beds with the flexibility to expand to 1,000 beds for IMG Academy’s summer programs. The building was constructed with cast-in-place concrete and was designed for 130 mph hurricane wind speeds. The building also features a specialized access control and closed-circuit surveillance systems. IMG Academy expects the residence hall to play a big role in allowing it to expand its student body from roughly 800 to 1,300 students over the next several years. Fawley Bryant Architects of Sarasota designed the project.


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9. McKechnie Field Improvements SITE: 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $9.7 million START DATE: August 2012 COMPLETION DATE: February OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: City of Bradenton GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: NDC Construction Co., Bradenton

DETAILS: The city of Bradenton renovated McKechnie Field, the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to improve the amenities and enhance the facility’s appeal as a sports tourism destination. A 19,000-square-foot boardwalk was built enclosing the outfield along with concessions, restrooms and a specialty bar. New, more comfortable seating was installed in place of the existing 4,600 infield seats. Covered outfield bleachers were added to increase the ballpark’s capacity to 8,500 from 6,500.

In addition, NDC Construction created permanent roofing, relocated the bullpens to the outfield and upgraded the concession stands and restrooms in the concourse. The city contributed $7.5 million to the project from the Tourist Development Tax and the Pittsburgh Pirates paid another $2.5 million. Fawley Bryant Architects of Sarasota handled the design. McKechnie Field is now tied for the fourth-largest ballpark in terms of seating capacity in the Grapefruit League, up from 13th last season.

10. Venetian Walk Senior Living Apartments

SITE: 201 Grove St. N., Venice ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $8.06 million START DATE: December 2012

OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Primerica Group One, Tampa and Housing Authority of Venice, Venice GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Brooks & Freund LLC, Fort Myers DETAILS: Housing Authority of Venice and its development partner Primerica Group One are creating affordable senior housing to meet the growing need for senior housing in the region and replace outdated facilities. In the first phase, the development calls for a single four-story Mediterranean-style building with 61 units. The building will feature a call system and specialized access control, a library, TV lounge and exercise room. Laundry and multipurpose rooms are also being built on all four floors. Fort Myers-based Sheeley Architects Inc. designed the development. Brooks & Freund LLC are constructing the building with energy-saving and environmentally sensitive construction techniques and equipment, including a Daikin AC system, to meet at least the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) silver green certification. Plans for the second phase haven’t been finalized, but currently involve two-story four-plexes.

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Projects CharlotteLee-collier

1. Interstate 75 Expansion Project from State Road 80 to State Road 78 SITE: a portion of I-75 from just north of S.R. 80 to just south of S.R. 78, including the Caloosahatchee River Bridge ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $72 million START DATE: January ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Fall 2015 OWNER AND CITY OF

HEADQUARTERS: State of Florida, Tallahassee GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Joint venture of The de Moya Group and Leware Construction Co., both of Miami DETAILS: Faced with growing interstate traffic and congestion, the Florida Department of Transportation is expanding Interstate 75 to six lanes,

including the Caloosahatchee River bridge. The new construction adds two additional travel lanes in each direction, transition lanes and new shoulders to the inside of I-75. The 1.6mile job includes eight bridges and is surrounded by wetlands, waterways, creeks and marsh. Making improvements to the 3,900foot Caloosahatchee River bridge from the top down is being done in a

way in which the contractor hopes to minimize I-75 lane closures and lessen environmental effects. Crews will build bridge sections near the banks of the river using cranes on temporary beams and cranes straddling the original north- and southbound bridges. Additional portions of the bridge will be completed with cranes on barges and additional straddle cranes.

3. Dunbar High School Renovations and Additions SITE: 3800 E. Edison Ave., Fort Myers ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $34.96 million START DATE: May ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: September 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: School District of Lee County, Fort Myers

2. Interstate 75 – Southwest Florida International Airport Direct Connect SITE: I-75 from south of Daniels Parkway to south of Alico Road and east to Southwest Florida International Airport, Lee County ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $54.1 million START DATE: July 27, 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Spring 2015 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: State of Florida, Tallahassee GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Prince Contracting LLC, Tampa

DETAILS: The Florida Department of Transportation is building a roadway for traffic from Interstate 75 to Southwest Florida International Airport. The new roadway system will move traffic from new lanes next to the interstate across two bridges onto Terminal Access Road, the entrance to the airport. The seven miles of new lanes turn east and travel over Treeline Avenue/ Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. The project also calls for additional landscaping and aesthetic features. Coral Gables-based engineering and architecture firm C3TS designed the connector project.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Suffolk Construction Co., Boston DETAILS: District growth and the need to support new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs led the School District of Lee County

to redevelop much of Dunbar High School. The project calls for demolishing eight or nine 1960s-era school buildings to replace them with a twostory 150,000-square-foot building. The new building will feature more than 35 classrooms, administrative offices, a cafeteria, media center and technology, engineering and biomedical labs. In addition, two existing buildings (17 and 18) will be renovated and another two buildings (19 and 20) will undergo cosmetic improvements. To keep the school operating during the construction, all of the demolition work was done during the summer and 36 portable classrooms are being used.


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4. Lee County Transit (LeeTran) Headquarters SITE: 3251 Evans Ave., Fort Myers ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $31.67 million START DATE: March 18 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: December 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Lee County government, Fort Myers GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Mills-Gilbane, Fort Myers DETAILS: Having outgrown its current 4.5-acre site, and leasing additional space for staffing and parking, LeeTran, the public transportation provider for Lee County, purchased a 23-acre new headquarters site in 2010, using grant funds from the Federal

Transit Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation. The new headquarters facility will meet LeeTran’s projected growth needs through at least 2030 by accommodating up to 500 employees and 100 full-size buses. The building will include 30,000 square feet for administration and operations in two wings of the building fronting Evans Avenue, 45,000 square feet for maintenance and two bus washers. The project also calls for parking and circulation areas and a fueling area with underground tanks. Because it required federal funds, LeeTran conducted a year-long environmental assessment. The facility will be built to LEED Silver standards.

5. Discovery Village at The Forum SITE: 2619 Forum Blvd., Fort Myers ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $30 million START DATE: September 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: October OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Discovery Village at the Forum LLC (Discovery Senior Living) Bonita Springs GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: DeAngelis Diamond Construction Inc., Naples DETAILS: Bonita Springs-based Discovery Management Group/ Discovery Senior Living is building an assisted-living facility on a 13-acre site between Colonial Boulevard and

State Road 82. At completion, the 126unit Discovery Village at The Forum will be the first rental senior-living community built in Florida in the past eight years, says Thomas Harrison, CEO of Discovery Management Group. The community will house 66 assisted-living, 30 supervised independent-living and 30 memorycare units. The 116,000-square-foot community will include an indoor therapy pool, wellness center, movie theater and two dining venues. In addition, it will feature an ice cream parlor, coffee shop and legends club. Rick McCormack of Fort Myers’s Gora McGahey designed the project. Discovery Senior Living plans several additional Discovery Village projects across Florida.

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6. State Road 739/Metro Parkway Expansion Project SITE: a portion of Metro Parkway from Winkler Avenue connecting to both Evans Avenue and Fowler Street, Fort Myers ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $22 million START DATE: Jan. 7

7. Interstate 75 Expansion from State Road 78 to Lee/ Charlotte County line

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Summer 2015 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: State of Florida, Tallahassee GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Conalvias U.S.A, Fort Lauderdale DETAILS: The Florida Department of Transportation is building a new segment of Metro Parkway to improve the roadway with a new crossover designed to reduce traffic on both Fowler Street and U.S. 41. The development calls for constructing a new bridge north of Winkler Avenue and the Westwood/Westchase Apartments that will cross over vacant land, the Seminole Gulf Railway railroad tracks and Ten Mile Canal to connect to both Evans Avenue and Fowler Street. At completion, drivers will be able to travel three lanes northbound on the Metro Parkway corridor from Winkler Avenue across the Edison Bridge. In addition to bridge construction, crews are building new roadways, adding lanes to the existing road and also resurfacing additional portions. The Metro Parkway improvements will also add four-foot bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road, traffic signals and street lighting and a drainage system to manage stormwater runoff.

SITE: a portion of I-75 from just south of S.R. 78/Bayshore Road to the Charlotte County line ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $17.3 million START DATE: Aug. 20, 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Spring 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: State of Florida, Tallahassee GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Ajax Paving Industries of Florida LLC, Nokomis DETAILS: Ajax Paving Industries of

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Florida LLC is expanding Interstate 75 from four to six lanes from Bayshore Road in Lee County north to the Charlotte County line. Crews are adding a 12-foot travel lane and a 10foot shoulder to the inside of existing northbound and southbound I-75 in the six-mile project. The job also includes resurfacing the existing four lanes, expanding interstate bridges over State Road 78/Bayshore Road, constructing emergency stopping sites at exit ramps and adding stormwater retention ponds. This project is one of the final segments of the expansion of I-75 to six lanes in Lee County.

DETAILS: Boca Raton-based Promise Healthcare Inc. is developing a nineacre site into a 60-bed long-term acute-care hospital, for patients requiring a hospital stay of more than 25 days. The new hospital received the first certificate of need awarded

by the state for a long-term acutecare hospital to serve the communities south of Sarasota. Arlington, Texas-based Ascension Group designed the 56,000-squarefoot Promise Hospital of Lee based on several existing Promise Healthcare’s facilities in Louisiana and Florida. It will feature private rooms, an intensive care unit, isolation rooms, dialysis stations, a wound care suite, therapy gym, in-house pharmacy, physicians lounge and dictation area, family consulting room for private consultations with physicians, multimedia room and cafeteria. The hospital is expected to generate 300 full- and part-time jobs. Promise already operates a longterm acute-care hospital north of Orlando, Promise Hospital of Florida at The Villages, and is building another in Miami Lakes.


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9. Sierra Grande Apartments SITE: 37050 Sierra Club Circle, Naples ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $15.7 million START DATE: March 2013 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: June 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: 13th Floor Investments, Miami GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Brooks & Freund LLC, Fort Myers DETAILS: In mid-2011, 13th Floor Investments purchased a broken condominium development with one completed building with eight

condominium units, one partially constructed building, a completed clubhouse and pool, eight finished building pads and its community infrastructure. Brooks & Freund LLC was chosen as the general contractor to finish the project. The Sierra Grande Apartments is planned as a 228-unit rental community with detached garage buildings. The 240,108-square-foot development calls for five new fourstory concrete apartment buildings around two existing buildings with a full clubhouse and pool. Amenities will also include a sand volleyball court and tennis court. CES Design Group Inc. of Deerfield Beach is the architect for the project.

10. Adding Lanes and Constructing S.R. 84/ Davis Boulevard SITE: a portion of Davis Boulevard from Santa Barbara to Radio Road, Collier County ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $11 million START DATE: Aug. 2, 2012 ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Early 2014 OWNER AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: State of Florida, Tallahassee GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CITY OF HEADQUARTERS: Guymann Construction of Florida Inc.

DETAILS: The Florida Department of Transportation is expanding Davis Boulevard to six lanes and adding sidewalks, bike lanes and street lights to the roadway. The project connects to a similar Collier County expansion job to the east and continues six-lane improvements along the corridor. Davis Boulevard is an important roadway for travelers wanting a direct route from Interstate 75 into the southern part of the county and to the city of Naples. The additional lanes were needed according to FDOT to ease congestion and to offer a more efficient route.

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