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.

Recently Awarded: ADB Legal in Jacksonville

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Our team was recently awarded the design/build project for the new 5,200 square foot law office for Alexander, Degance, & Barnett. The new home for ADB Legal will be on Riverside Ave. located between the revitalized Brooklyn area and historic 5 Points.

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!

Urban Land Institute: 2015 National & Local Emerging Real Estate Trends

scherer uli eventEach year, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) works jointly with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to provide an outlook on real estate investment and development. ULI chapters across the country then bring in a PwC spokesperson to review the findings and then pair them with a panel of local experts to see how national and local trends differ. In Florida, Trends events have been held in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Tampa, and soon to be in Tallahassee. This combination of national and local perspectives gives the attendees a blend of expert opinions that they can then apply to their business decisions.

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