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November 22, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Stevens Construction earns Contractor of the Year for seventh year

Stevens Construction Inc. earned four awards at the Lee Building Industry Association Industry Awards event on Nov. 17, including the highest honor of Contractor of the Year.

A panel of nationwide judges named Stevens Construction Contractor of the Year based on criteria such as the company's achievement of goals, client relations, professional certifications and community responsibilities.

This is the seventh year Stevens Construction has received this honor, the company won in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2007.

In 2016, Stevens Construction completed The Cottage at Cypress Cove, a 45,000-square-foot memory care facility for Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida.

Stevens Construction won a Summit Award for the best restaurant project in the $0-$1.9 million-plus division for The French. Located in Naples, Stevens Construction transformed a vacated retail space situated on the ground floor of a three-story building, into an authentic French restaurant.

Stevens Construction also won a Summit Award for the best clubhouse within $2-$4.9 million for the Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel. Stevens Construction completed the 6,000-square-foot fitness center and renovation of the 50,000-square-foot clubhouse in multiple phases to ensure minimal disruption.

In the best health care $5-$8 million category, Stevens Construction earned a Summit Award for The Cottage at Cypress Cove, a state-of-the-art memory care facility.

Stevens Construction has earned 46 Summit Awards since the program began in 2006.

With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting, and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and warranty service. The company builds commercial, healthcare and hospitality facilities. For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.

Kagan joins SRMA as executive director

The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association recently announced industry veteran Neil Kagan has accepted a position as executive director. Kagan has nearly 30 years experience in the field, 20 of those in the Southwest Florida market. Furthering economic development gains for manufacturers in the region and reinforcing a robust workforce are among his top priorities.

Starting with a degree in industrial engineering from California State College-Long Beach, Kagan has worked in capacities such as director of quality assurance and operations manager. In 2007, he joined the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and became an efficiency expert working with small, medium and large companies in a variety of industries.

The SRMA will provide on-going informational workshops, seminars and other activities to increase the engagement of its members and enhance the benefits they receive from the organization. An abiding principle of the SRMA is that manufacturing sector success will result in a more vibrant, diversified economy for Southwest Florida.

For any questions or comments, or to get involved, please contact Neil Kagan at 239-560-0052.

The purpose and objective of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association is to bring together manufacturers to encourage the economic development of Southwest Florida through manufacturing, and to act as a forum for the expression and exchange of ideas and information among its members.

Visit for additional information.

GATES Construction completes stores for national retailers

GATES Construction has completed construction on two new retail stores at Coconut Point Mall, Total Wine & More and Tuesday Morning. Located at 8012 Mediterranean Drive, Suites A & B, in Estero, the project consisted of splitting the former Sports Authority building into two separate tenant spaces. Total Wine & More is approximately 19,620 square feet and Tuesday Morning is approximately 17,697 square feet.

Total Wine & More has a wine education room, beer and wine demonstration area, and a walk in humidor. The exterior facade and entrances were remodeled and the interior was completely demolished and renovated to accommodate the new tenants. GATES previously constructed multiple phases at the mall that included the original Sports Authority.

GATES Construction serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs and Sarasota as a full-service general contracting firm providing construction management and design-build services with a diversified project portfolio in all types of commercial, institutional, industrial, healthcare and multi-family construction projects. For more information on GATES, call 239-593-3777 or visit the website at

October sales strong for Neal Communities

In Lee and Collier counties, private homebuilder Neal Commu-nities saw 28 sales in October, bringing its 2017 total to 219 sales in its south region.

Neal Communities' south region notched seven sales at Avalon of Naples, a multifamily community featuring luxury carriage home buildings, and four sales at Daniels Place, a master-planned community in Fort Myers with 85 single-family homes.

The builder's other neighborhoods include Coastal Key, Coconut Cove, Cypress Walk, Oaks of Estero and Watermark.

New home sites were recently released at Cypress Walk, a gated community of 114 single-family homes with lake and preserve views in Fort Myers. Only 55 home sites remain in the community, with 14 of those recently released. Cypress Walk offers potential homebuyers a myriad of floor plans and home designs, with several flexible options for space. Its one-story and two-story plans range from 1,772 to 2,577 square feet.

In North Naples, the homebuilder opened pre-sales at its new community Richmond Park featuring its popular luxury carriage homes. Two of Neal Communities' neighborhoods are also nearing complete sell out at Canopy and Estero Place, a private, gated community in Estero. Reflection Lakes in Naples is now sold out.

With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communi-ties has over 70 successful communities throughout Southwest Florida. To date, Neal has built over 13,000 homes in Southwest Florida. For more information, please visit

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company welcomes McPherson as project manager

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has welcomed Stephanie McPherson to its team as a new project manager for the company.

McPherson brings more than 23 years of related experience to her role as O-A-K project manager. Prior to joining the O-A-K team, Mc-Pherson led her own architectural design company and held past positions throughout Florida and South Carolina, in-cluding Mustang Engin-eering, Florida Power & Light, BRPH, K4 Architecture and Reynolds Smith & Hills. She earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from The Ohio State University, and her master's in architecture from the University of Miami.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. O-A-K's Florida operation is an affiliate of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Its Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about O-A-K at



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