DeAngelis Diamond announces today that Robert Lewis, Executive Project Manager, and Scott Currens, Director of Preconstruction, have both been promoted to Division Managers of the Birmingham, Alabama office, and the Sarasota, Florida office. Co-Founder David Diamond thanks both Robert and Scott for stepping up and leading. He also acknowledges them as influencers and leaders worth following within the construction industry.
Robert Lewis, previously Executive Project Manager, has been with DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group for 4 years and has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare construction field. Robert has worked on projects all over the United States and graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Building Science. Robert is now the Division Manager and responsible for the overall management and performance of the Birmingham, Alabama office. He states, “I am humbled to be given the opportunity to lead such a talented group of associates. Assisting them in strengthening our corporate image within our market sector while maintaining profitable growth is an honor for me.”
Scott Currens, previously Director of Sarasota Operations, has also been with DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group for 4 years and has 18 years of experience in the healthcare construction field. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technical University, and is ASHE Healthcare Construction certified. Scott has been involved with healthcare projects nationally. He also held the role of Project Manager for the 106,000 sq.ft., 140-bed acute care hospital located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Scott is now the Division Manager and responsible for the overall management and performance of the Sarasota, Florida office. He states, “I am very thankful and privileged to be involved in leading such a passionate and talented team of people that has made our Sarasota office a success in the past. The team is excited to continue the success of the Healthcare Division while expanding into new markets of construction in the upcoming year. Our primary focus is to continue improving to better fit our current client needs, while reaching out and extending our services to new clients throughout the surrounding areas.”
DeAngelis Diamond Construction successfully completes Island Walk clubhouse, after 9 short months. Project includes clubhouse, gazebo, mail kiosk, and maintenance building.
The new clubhouse is approximately 12,000 sq.ft. and consists of 3 activity rooms, a game room, catering kitchen, foyer and covered veranda, a fire pit, and outdoor kitchen. The Gazebo, a 650 sq.ft., open air structure, overlooks the lake and the main event lawn. Island Walk plans to use this structure for weddings, concerts, and other social events. The 3,365 sq.ft. mail kiosk is used for a more centralized location for residents to retrieve their mail, the structure holds about 2,000 mail slots. A 1,000 sq.ft. maintenance building was also built to assist community care takers needs and to lodge equipment used on a daily basis.
Island Walk at the West Villages, owned by Pulte Homes, is located in Venice, Florida, and is the second Island Walk community after the Naples location.
DeAngelis Diamond Construction has been selected as the construction manager/general contractor for the new Southwest Florida International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower and Tracon Building. The project will replace the 31-year old structure that is currently in the wrong location to serve the airport.
The new tower, expected to cost approximately $50 Million (total), is a prerequisite to adding a second runway and the new terminal expansion which has already been master planned. At 215 feet, the new tower will be almost twice the height of the one it will replace and at 17,000 square feet (Tracon Building and Tower), will double the size of the existing tower and Tracon facility, which was built before the airport opened in 1983. The new tower also will bring the airport up to speed on the latest FAA standards for towers as well as building and hurricane codes.
For DeAngelis Diamond, this will mean nearly a 4-year involvement at the airport and should start in 4-6 months. AECOM is the Program Manager for this project. POND is the national architect, SchenkelShultz is the local architect and J. Kokolakis Contracting is the tower subconsultant. Pictured below is the DeAngelis Diamond and J.Kokolakis team that presented on the project.
Jason Sain, Vice President/Principal of DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group (DDHG), Eric Brackin, Project Manager of DDHG and David Brown, Principal of JJCA Architecture, traveled to Auburn University, to teach the Building Science Department, about Lean Construction.
Lean is a practice that continues to grow interest for healthcare industry owners and users. The principle is based on continuous improvement through innovation, planning work for the next trade, craft, or designer, and respect for others working on the project. Lean promotes a culture for collaboration and fosters lasting relationships. With this process, there are less punch-list items and less warranty calls, an important factor when completing a project. Lean delivery method is becoming a standard in the construction and design industry for new graduates.
DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group enjoys partnering with universities and colleges, both for educating and future employment opportunities. DeAngelis Diamond recently hired interns from Auburn University, University of Florida, University of North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University. In May, students will start their jobs at construction sites located all over the country. DDHG recognizes that our future is in the hands of the upcoming graduates.
Safety Week was held at The Arlington of Naples project, an annual event that DeAngelis Diamond and Archer Western set up to promote work site safety while involving onsite workers. Each day focuses on a specific topic and raffle tickets are handed out throughout the week to those who are complying with safety standards. Safety Week proved to be a fun incentive to improve work site safety, our #1 priority!
DeAngelis Diamond Construction has been awarded the Vi at Bentley Village Senior Living Project. The 72-unit independent living facility will be built on an active campus in multiple phases. Phase I will commence February 1st, 2015, and phase II is expected to begin April, 2015. The project will include two new clubhouses, one featuring dining venues, a library, card room, and multi-purpose area, the other will feature a fitness center, spa, and casual dining venue. New independent living apartments will be connected to one of the clubhouses, enabling residents to go from one to the other without having to go outside. DeAngelis Diamond Construction also recently completed the Vi at Bentley Village sales center, and the maintenance building in 2014.
Vi at Bentley Village is a continuing care retirement community located off Tamiami Trail, in Naples, FL. The impressive 156-acre campus features; manicured grounds, 18-hole executive golf course, 12 miles of walking trails, cart paths, swimming pools, driving range, tennis courts, and bocce courts.
The Arlington of Naples held it’s topping off party December 3rd, marking the last beam being placed on top of the structure. All of the subcontractors and team members retreated for a barbecue at the job site to celebrate this event.
The Arlington of Naples will feature 132 Independent living Units, 37 memory supported Assisted Living Units and 44 Skilled Nursing Units. AON is a continuing care retirement community that consists of 39 acres, 487,000 sq.ft in the Lely Resort in Naples, FL.
Grace Place of Naples, an educational program designed to provide pathways out of poverty by educating children and families, has contracted DeAngelis Diamond Construction for the new construction. The project consists of a 6,500 sq.ft., 2 story classroom building and associated sitework. Groundbreaking takes place November 18th, 2014 on site, located at 4300 21st Ave. Naples, Florida 34116. A VIP reception will start at 3:00 pm and groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 4:15 pm.
The Lee Building Industry Association’s Annual Summit & Pinnacle Awards were held at the Quail West Country Club on October 11th. DeAngelis Diamond Construction and DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group were presented with the awards for:
• Best Commercial Contractor Project Clubhouse —Treviso Bay Championship Club
• Best Commercial Contractor Project Restaurant – Avenue5
• Best Commercial Contractor Project Healthcare – NCH Gulfview Suites
• Best Brochure – DeAngelis Diamond’s Firm Profile
This Summit Awards program is the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida. The goal of this event is to celebrate success and professionalism within the commercial construction and remodeling industry. Created by the Commercial Contractors Council of the Lee BIA, the Summit Awards provide an opportunity to recognize excellence in this effort. Judging takes place outside of the local area by experienced industry professionals.