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July 27, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company achieves

LEED for Homes

The Owen-Ames-Kimball Company construction team has achieved LEED for Homes Platinum Certification for construction of the Coconut Cove Apartments in Cape Coral, a property of the Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation Inc. The project is one of three recognized by the U. S. Green Building Council in its announcement of its 20,000 LEED for Homes achievement.

LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. To achieve LEED certification, the design team and the construction manager work together to accomplish design and construction practices and guidelines provided by the USGBC. Certain criteria must be met and points are assigned in the following categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design Process. More information about the USGBC and the LEED for Homes milestone projects can be found at

The O-A-K project team was led by Tom Misotti, LEED AP BD & C, project manager, Holly Beach was the job site superintendent and Frank Bell supported the project as general superintendent.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build and construction management services in southwest Florida since 1982.

The company has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Learn more about O-A-K at become a fan on Facebook at OwenAmes-KimballCo and follow us on Twitter at .

Larson Educational Services launches

Larson REsources

Southwest Florida housing prices are steadily rising. Housing construction is picking up. The real estate market seems to be improving overall. In response Larson Educational Services, a Florida real estate school, is extending services to real estate and community association manager (CAM) professionals.

For the first time an education provider is directly providing Realtors and CAMs with access to a database of prescreened, licensed, qualified service professionals able to meet all their real estate business related needs. Larson REsources, in conjunction with Quality Service Pros, is designed to be a "one-stop-shop" with everything from plumbing to remodeling contacts.

Larson Educational Services is a respected, family-owned and run business. With 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, it is considered a premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing and continuing education in Southwest Florida.

The company sees the creation of Larson REsources as a natural continuation of their determination to provide the best and innovative services to their students and community.

Larson Educational Services has assisted more than 500,000 professionals to pass their exams and achieve their career goals in real estate, real estate appraisal, residential construction, insurance and mortgage loan origination. For more information about their complimentary Larson REsources services, visit

Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota and online.

Builders Care receives donation from

local women's group

Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care program received a $500 grant from Women's Montage Group following a presentation at the group's monthly luncheon in May.

Established in April 2010, the mission of the Montage Women's Club is to promote friendship and create lasting relationships through social, cultural and philanthropic activities.

The Women's Montage Club supports numerous local nonprofits through member events. This year, Women's Montage Group has awarded more than $4,500 in grants to nonprofits throughout Southwest Florida.

Donations to Builders Care are used to help purchase materials to provide wheelchair accessible doorways, kitchens and baths, as well as other construction services such as ramps, electrical and plumbing work and more. Builders Care leverages building industry members for heavily discounted or in-kind labor and materials to provide a wide range of services to Lee County homeowners.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association. Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County.

More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.



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