The Optimism Continues… but for How Long?

uli meetingFor the 37th year in a row, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), in conjunction with PwC, released its Emerging Trends in Real Estate publication. Local ULI chapters then hosted luncheons where a speaker from either PwC or ULI discussed the findings and their local impact with a panel from the market. The report and sentiments shared at the events gave a good foundation for the attendees to make decisions in 2016. This year, the common feeling was one of cautious optimism. However, is our optimism blinding us from a coming downturn or are we still simply gun-shy from the recession?


Scherer Ranks #32

Gator100-scherer (3) - webScherer Construction of North Florida was an honoree in the University of Florida’s 2016 Gator100 Ceremony held February 19th at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.

Celebrating 20 Years

Monte LewisFebruary 12, 2016 marks a special day for both Scherer Construction and our Superintendent Monte Lewis. Today we celebrate Monte’s 20th year anniversary as a Scherer employee. Monte, aka the Big Red Machine, has been a large contributor to the overall success of Scherer Construction with his strong work ethic, his drive for quality work, and always wanting to learn how to do the job better. With over 54 years of construction experience under his belt, Monte is deemed a landmark here at Scherer.

To shine the light further on his success, Marketing Director Sara Emmanuel interviewed Monte. To read the interview, click on Read More.

Residential Amenities: Creating a Lifestyle

site layout2 imageResidential developments follow the old adage: “location, location, location!” Originally homes were developed around economic centers such as a downtown business district. Others would choose to live away from city centers and gather around unique properties adjacent to oceans, rivers, or key natural geological features. Today, developers are finding ways to create the “location” that you will want to live through feature-rich amenity centers.

What’s Old is New Again: Commercial Development

old-new-plansSince the middle of the 20th century, the construction and development industry, as a whole, has grown inefficient. In the 1960’s, savvy owners realized that they could often enjoy a cost savings by breaking the design and construction practices into segments, much like Ford’s process driven “assembly line” approach that revolutionized the manufacturing industry 50 years before. Breaking up a project into insulated disciplines allowed the owners to save by introducing competition at multiple phases, instead of only at the onset. These changes also drove the architecture, engineering, prime contractor, and subcontractor trades to become even more compartmentalized in their respective disciplines, often losing the perspective of other team members working toward the same goal. This new segmented model created divisiveness and conflict among project participants.

Boy Scout Camp Gets a New Makeover

Aquatic VRL webThe Boy Scouts Camp Shands located on 600 plus  acres in Melrose, FL is getting a major upgrade. The 60-year old camp has been upgraded throughout its history, but nothing to the scale of this project. 10 new 1050 sf screened pavilion buildings will be added to the campsites and a 2500 sf staff housing building featuring 6 suites with facilities, sleeping up to 30. For the main aquatic center, an 8 lane Olympic sized pool will be constructed, featuring 2 large amenity style twisting slides, a shallow area for instruction, and an ADA lift. Around the pool, plans call for 5 troop shelters.

121 Financial Middleburg Branch Grand Opening

121 Financial Grand Opening ribbon cutOur team members Doug Wilcox, David Wilson, and Josh Dixon joined 121 Financial in the Grand Opening Celebration of their new Middleburg branch.  Josh was the Project Manager for the project and David Wilson was the Superintendent. This project was a new 3,830 square foot branch facility complete with a lounge type lobby, offices, teller area inside, conference room, and four drive thru lanes.

20 Oversights Modern Churches Make in Design & Construction

wcog_3We are proud members of the National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB) and have devoted time to educating ourselves on helping churches grow as well as networking with others across the US who do the same. We use our membership to stay up-to-date on current trends and issues facing modern churches. Ahead of the NACDB unEarth Conference being held on April 20th, we decided to put together a list of 20 common oversights churches make in the planning, designing, and construction of their projects. While most of these depend on the type and denomination of your church, these should help you when thinking about your project!