GMA Architects and Planners completes construction of Moore Haven Goodwill Retail and Donation Center

Goodwill Moore HavenGMA Architects and Planners announces the completion of the Moore Haven Goodwill Retail and Donation Center on 1100 US Hwy 27 in Moore Haven, Fla. A grand opening celebration was held on April 29.

The 6,520-square-foot building has a contemporary design, and is located in a very visible area of Moore Haven on US Hwy 27. Natural light illuminates interior spaces dimming the lighting when not required. The store also provides a donation lane drop-off with covered canopy at the east side of the building.  The building includes retail space, a receiving and dispensing area, an administrative office and space for a job-link office to be developed in the near future.

Ramon Acevedo served as senior project architect and Bob Schuerman served as GMA’s Construction Administrator. GCG Construction was the construction management firm.

For more than 33 years, GMA Architects and Planners has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.GMAarchitect.com.

Gora-McGahey Architects rebrands as GMA Architects and Planners

Posted March 28th, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

With a focus on the strengths and talents of its award-winning design team of architects and planners, Gora-McGahey Architects has changed its company name to GMA Architects and Planners. In addition, the company has unveiled a new brand identity to complement the change.

Dan McGahey, president and principal architect with GMA Architects and Planners says the new name reflects the company’s shift in focus from its founding partners to its award-winning design team.

“In refreshing our identity, we wanted to ensure that our brand continues to embrace our heritage and accomplishments, while at the same time, enhances our positioning for further evolution and growth,” said McGahey. “GMA Architects and Planners reflects our greatest strength – our highly talented and qualified team of award-winning architects and planners who consistently focus on exceeding the needs and goals of our clients.”

About GMA Architects and Planners
For more than 30 years, GMA Architects and Planners has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.GMAarchitect.com.

Gora/McGahey Architects to design Chico’s National Store Support Center Corporate Office Building 10

Posted December 14th, 2011 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

To support future company growth, Chico’s is developing  a new office building at their National Store Support Center (NSSC) campus with a strong, graphic building image that speaks to a modernist approach within the environment.

Chico’s has selected Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) to plan and design their new office building. GMA will provide the architectural design, documentation, and construction administration services for Chico’s NSSC Building 10. The 146,000-square-foot office building will be constructed on the 60-acre Chico’s campus located at 11215 Metro Pkwy. in Fort Myers, Fla.

“The conceptual schemes were developed in close collaboration with Chico’s and the plan provides flexible spaces to accommodate Chico’s continued growth as a leading specialty apparel company,” says Dan R. McGahey, AIA of GMA, who serves as principle-in-charge for the project. “We presented three-dimensional computer simulated models throughout the process to ensure that Chico’s was engaged in every stage of the design process, from conception to execution.”

“The interior circulation spines are connected through a glazed light-filled atrium and become focal points for employee interactions and corporate events. The design represents a response to the existing campus, set up by the building orientation,” says Fabian Behague, Sr. Project Designer at GMA.

“We have selected Gora/McGahey Architects for building design for more than a decade because they consistently satisfy our design, timing and budget criteria. GMA is a partner with Chico’s in the master planning of our continually growing campus, working closely with our team on permit compliance and building plans for future expansion,” says Adam Hinds, V.P. of NSSC Operations.

The project is registered for certification with the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) under their newly updated Green Commercial Building Standard. The intent of the FGBC Commercial Standard is to encourage building owners to adopt green and sustainable strategies during the design and construction of their project and to receive recognition for their efforts.  While comparable in scope to numerous similar international standards, the FGBC Commercial Standard addresses the unique challenges and obstacles presented by the Florida environment.
For the past 30 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.gora-mcgahey.com.

Gora/McGahey Architects completes Chico’s fitness facility “Viva Verna”

Posted April 5th, 2011 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has completed design services for a new 8,500-square-foot fitness facility located on the campus of the Chico’s National Store Support Center at 11215 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.

“Viva Verna,” as the fitness facility is called, was created to provide an environment for Chico’s associates to achieve their fitness goals. The space offers rooms for individual and group exercise and training education and includes free weights, cardio machines, strength training machines and an area dedicated for stretching. The facility includes an aerobic room where various classes are taught by certified instructors. A café/lounge area serves sandwiches, soups, salads and other nutritious snacks. In addition, an outside patio overlooks the campus.

Dan R. McGahey, AIA of GMA, served as principle-in-charge. Fabian Behague, Assoc. AIA of GMA, is project manager. The general contractor is Owen-Ames-Kimball.

For the past 30 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.gora-mcgahey.com.

Dan McGahey named to HOPE Clubhouse board of directors

Posted March 21st, 2011 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Dan McGahey, president and principal architect with Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA), has been named to the board of directors for the Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc., a local not for profit dedicated to providing resources and support services to help people with mental illness with access to meaningful work, education, friendships and housing in a supportive, caring, dignified and respectful community setting. The organization was recently given an existing office building on Broadway Avenue in Fort Myers. In addition to serving as a board member, McGahey is donating his time assisting with renovation design and obtaining the necessary permits to adapt the building to best meet the goals of the program and the needs of its participants.  

“HOPE Clubhouse is a great resource to connect people with mental illness with the services they need to help them with their employment, education or personal goals,” says McGahey. “The necessary renovations and facility improvements will allow HOPE Clubhouse to better serve its members in a safe and supportive environment.”   

McGahey, who oversees all facets of office and project management for GMA, joined the firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1986. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota and has served as president of the Florida Southwest Chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects as well as the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

For the past 28 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit http://www.gora-mcgahey.com/.

Gora/McGahey’s Buschle selected for Green School Task Team

Posted November 1st, 2010 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Ken Buschle, head of quality control and specifications for Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA), was named to the Green School Task Team by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

The Green School Task Team is a partnership between the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. In its pilot project,the Task Team will facilitate the renovation of James Marlowe Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Pasco County. Once complete, the project will provide the school with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The project was officially announced by the Rays during an on-field pre-game ceremony on Sept. 26. The Rays have committed $10,000 through the Rays Baseball Foundation to support this initiative.

“We are really excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Rays on Team Up for the Environment,” said Buschle, who is also secretary on the executive board of the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. “This pilot project is a tremendous opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of the students at James Marlowe by providing them with a healthy learning environment.”

The USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter serves a 13-county area on the west coast of Florida extending from Citrus County to Collier County. There are three branches within the chapter, located in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Fort Myers.

Since joining GMA in 1988, Buschle has led the company’s over 20-year pursuit for sustainable design. He has implemented environmentally sound practices for a variety of GMA projects and oversees the firm’s LEED certification education program. In addition to his work on the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Buschle is a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition.

For the past 29 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, The Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit http://www.gora-mcgahey.com/.

Gora/McGahey wins Summit Award for Pine Ridge Government Complex

Posted October 18th, 2010 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA), won a Merit Award for architectural design for a public works facility for the Pine Ridge Government Complex in Fort Myers during the fifth annual Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Commercial Contractors Council Summit Awards event.

“We are proud of the work done on the Pine Ridge Government Complex and honored to be recognized by the BIA and our peers,” said Dan McGahey of Gora/McGahey Architects, who served as the principal in charge on the project. Fabian Behague served as project manager on the project.

The Summit Awards program recognizes BIA members who have obtained an outstanding level of success and demonstrated superior professionalism in the commercial construction industry throughout the year.

A panel of Orlando-area commercial construction professionals judged the projects for originality, quality of design, challenges, timeliness of completion and safety. Charitable events were judged on creativity and coordination of a special event and its impact to the local community.

For the past 29 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, The Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit http://www.gora-mcgahey.com/.

Ramon Acevedo earns architect’s license

Posted September 27th, 2010 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Ramon Acevedo, project manager with Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA), has earned his architect’s license from the Florida Board of Architects and Interior Design.

Acevedo has more than 20 years of experience in programming; site and building design; development of construction documents; and operation of on-site construction administration activities. Acevedo’s past experience with Gora/McGahey includes design-build, fast track and design delivery systems for a variety of project types such as corporate headquarters, commercial buildings, retail stores, medical, industrial facilities and government complexes.

For the past 29 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit http://www.gora-mcgahey.com/.

Gora/McGahey’s Buschle receives USGBC Chapter Member of the Year Award

Posted June 1st, 2010 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Ken Buschle, head of quality control and specifications for Gora/McGahey Architects since 1988, received the Chapter Member of the Year award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Florida Gulf Coast Chapter at the fifth annual Smart Sustainable Conference in St. Petersburg. This was the first “LEEDership Award” program sponsored by the chapter.

The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates dedication to chapter growth and betterment, commitment to educating the members on progressive initiatives and produces enthusiasm about sustainable practices in others.

“I am honored to be recognized by the USGBC and am excited about our work to create a sustainable future for Florida,” said Buschle. Buschle serves as secretary on the executive board of the USGBC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, which serves a 13-county area on the west coast of Florida extending from Citrus County to Collier County. There are three branches within the chapter, located in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Fort Myers.

During his tenure with GMA, Buschle has led the company’s 20-year pursuit of sustainable design. He has implemented environmentally sound practices and oversees the firms LEED certification education program. In addition to the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Buschle is a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition. About Gora/McGahey Associates in Architecture For the past 29 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, The Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.gora-mcgahey.com.

Gora/McGahey Architects design Heritage Palms cart barn expansion and remodeling of existing bag storage area

Posted May 6th, 2010 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has completed the design and construction documents for the expansion of the cart barn and partial remodeling at Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club, a gated community located on 6 Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers.

The cart barn will remain open during the expansion; the remodel/addition includes new employee lounge, expanded kitchen and dining, storage areas as well as a new employee restroom. The addition is expected to be complete by July 1.

Dan McGahey of GMA is the principal in charge of the project; Terry Gilchrist is the project manager; and Bob Schuerman will serve as contract manager. Fowler Construction is the general contractor.

About Gora/McGahey Associates in Architecture
For the past 28 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit http://www.gora-mcgahey.com/.