Stevens Construction completes Unity of Fort Myers

Stevens Construction has completed construction of a new addition to the campus of Unity of Fort Myers, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

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Stevens Construction added a 7,060-square-foot building, which houses a 400-seat sanctuary, a dais, bridal suite, restrooms and lobby. Construction occurred while the church remained in operation.

The construction team included project manager, Mark Battaglia; superintendent, Brian Oliver, and project administrator, April Kelley. The design services were provided by Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc.

With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, 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 healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest ranks fourth highest-grossing charity auction by Wine Spectator

Cheryl and Dave Copham cheering by Michael Shapiro PhotographyWine Spectator has released its top 10 U.S. Charity Auctions of 2015, and the 2015 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest ranked fourth highest in the nation. Held at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, last year’s Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raised $2.2 million through ticket sales and auction lots and brought in an additional $1.1 million through fund-a-need donations, bringing the total raised and donated to $3.3 million.

 

“We are honored that Wine Spectator has ranked the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest among the top-grossing wine fests in the country,” said Elaine Hawkins, board president of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “This was all possible due to the $350,000 contributed by generous trustees and sponsors to underwrite the cost of the event so that every dollar raised at the two-day festival serves our region’s children and students. To achieve this highly regarded ranking is a truly reflection of the generosity of the Southwest Florida community.”

 

The SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised $15.6 million over the past seven years. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports pediatric health care programs and provides scholarships for students at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raises more than $2.8 million and counting to benefit pediatric health care

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Photo 1SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest has raised more than $2.8 million and counting, with 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefitting pediatric health care in Southwest Florida. Made possible by title sponsor Pitbladdo Holdings, LLC, the two-day signature fundraising event featured Chef Vintner Dinners on Feb. 26 and The Grand Tasting & Live Auction on Feb. 27, where more than 300 came together at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club to raise money for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s beneficiaries, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and pediatric programs and scholarships at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College. Following The Grand Tasting & Live Auction, festivities concluded with a Relax & Re-Wine After Party at SS Hookers Waterfront Restaurant, hosted by the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest co-chairs Sandy Stilwell and Andie Vogt, which featured a live performance from award-winning country music entertainer and singer songwriter Billy Dean & Steel Horses.

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The highlight of the event was the Live Auction, which featured a selection of more than 40 exclusive domestic and international getaways, delectable wine and culinary offerings, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be auctioned off to the highest bidders, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s beneficiaries.

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“We are blown away by the generosity and kindness of the many guests, donors, sponsors, vintners, chefs and volunteers that participated in the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, and we are so grateful for all who came together to show their support of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., our beneficiaries and the countless children that will be impacted by the funds raised during this event,” said Sandy Stilwell, co-chair of the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. “The success of this year’s event is all thanks to the wonderful supporters who have shared their time and resources to support this cause, and simple words cannot express our gratitude for the many amazing individuals within our Southwest Florida community,” added event co-chair Andie Vogt.

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The most anticipated item up for bid during the Live Auction was the Cliff Williams and Mark Loren auction lot, featuring a signed bass guitar played by Cliff Williams, AC/DC bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry of an AC/DC guitar pick pendant adorned with diamonds and gems, suspended from an original Williams’ bass guitar string, created by international award-winning custom jewelry designer, Mark Loren. This highly coveted lot went for a total of $140,000 at the Wine & Food Fest, the highest single bid of the afternoon.

The once-in-a-lifetime package that received the most attention from auction-goers was an exclusive four-night trip for four people to the Bahamas, where the winning bidder will have the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf and day of fishing with Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open Champion and current #7 world-ranked professional golfer. After an intense competition amongst bidders, the auction closed with a winning bid of $100,000. Multiple international travel packages were also among the most popular auction lots. A classic African safari featuring 13 days in Kenya and Tanzania went for $55,000.

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The Southwest Florida recreation of the James Beard House-style gourmet dining experience was a popular item amongst auction-goers, raising $100,000. With bids of $5,000 per couple, 20 couples reserved their seats at Sea Salt Restaurant in Naples on Oct. 30, 2016, where they will enjoy an exclusive evening of culinary distinction, hosted by Southwest Florida’s award-winning chefs, Chef Fabrizio Aielli of Sea Salt, Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s, Chef Todd Johnson of Rumrunners and Chef Norman Love of Norman Love Confections.

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Generous vintner donors doubled their original donations to the Live Auction, allowing additional bidders to compete for an exclusive experience. A trip to Napa Valley for a five-night stay for eight at Gamble Family Vineyards was donated a second time, bringing in a total of $80,000 between the two bids. Honored Signature Vintner, Williams Selyem Winery, also donated another trip for guests to become winemakers for a day, with a three-night trip for four to Williams Selyem Winery, which raised a total of $40,000. In addition, Carter Cellars doubled their donation of a three-night wine country journey in Napa Valley and Humboldt County for four people including dinners, tours and tastings at Hotel Carter in Eurkea and Envy Wines, as well as original artwork by Sherri Carter. Sold twice, the Carter Cellars “Art of Wine” package went for a total of $40,000.

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In addition to the fun and excitement of the afternoon, the Live Auction also featured heartfelt examples of the event’s impact on children in Southwest Florida. As a young patient of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, 2016 Child Artist Avery McCaskill’s touching story brought the room to tears, as her mother shared their unique experience with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s child artist program. Young Avery’s one-of-a-kind painting of an owl raised $150,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Her work of art will be put on display at the hospital for patients and visitors to enjoy.

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Dozens of enthusiastic attendees also raised their paddles to show their support for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida through SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s “Fund-a-Cause” initiative, “A Million Reasons to Give.”  To date, a record-setting total of more than $800,000 has been raised to help Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida provide the special surgical instruments and communication and monitoring technology that a state-of-the-art children’s hospital needs to effectively serve its patients. Donations of $100 and more continue to be accepted online, at swflwinefest.org/give-to-give/.

Dr. Amy Stanfill, pediatric surgeon at Golisano Children’s Hospital, shared her appreciation for the support of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and the local community:

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“I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, and I am honored to represent Golisano Children’s Hospital at such an inspirational event,” Dr. Stanfill said. “As a mother and a pediatric surgeon, I’m grateful to the many passionate and generous bidders. Thanks to the continued support of our community, we are better able to perform lifesaving surgeries on children in our community. This generously donated equipment can provide invaluable care and service to future generations for years to come.”

The afternoon concluded with the Pass the Hat portion of the Live Auction, where auction-goers generously added a variety of donations to the top hat, including cash, jewelry and college scholarships to FSW and FGCU, donated by the foundations of both institutions. The unique auction lot brought in a total of $60,000 at the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

For more information about SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. or its annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

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The SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised $15.6 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports pediatric health care programs and provides scholarships for students at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces vintners and chefs for The Grand Tasting at 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, tickets still available

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Renowned vintners and Southwest Florida chefs have come together to support the mission of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. through their involvement in The Grand Tasting at the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, taking place Saturday, Feb. 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Vintners and chefs participating in The Grand Tasting will offer delectable wines and special bite-sized dishes for guests to enjoy as they mingle prior to the Live Auction. Tickets to the Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 26 and to The Grand Tasting & Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 27 are still available and can be purchased by calling 239-433-4260 or visit www.swflwinefest.org.

During The Grand Tasting & Live Auction, guests will sip and savor luxurious wines poured by vintners hailing from Northern California’s wine country. Participating vintners include Williams Selyem Winery as the Honored Signature Vintner, Benovia Winery, Dakota Shy, Gamble Family Vineyards, Carter Cellars, Checkerboard Vineyards, Husic Vineyards, Saint Helena Winery, Revana, V Madrone Cellars and BRAND Napa Valley.

Guests will also indulge in extraordinary culinary creations from Southwest Florida’s premier chefs. Chefs participating in 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest include Nico Bogert, Monkey Bar Steak & Seafood; Ryan Cook, The Veranda; Cristof Danzi, Cristof’s on McGregor; Tim Duque, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village; John Feagans, SS Hookers; Jason Grasty, Roy’s; Andrew Hunter, The Bayhouse; Andy Hyde, Chef Hyde Gourmet; Julian Lancrerot, Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club; Billy Mak, Blu Sushi; Keith Meyer, Trabue; Keith Nickerson, South Seas Island Resort; Brian Roland, Crave Culinaire; Thomas Sisson, South Seas Island Resort; Melissa Talmage, Sweet Melissa’s Café; and Anna Toole, Saboram.

“The 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will feature phenomenal wine and culinary masterpieces that will create a fabulous afternoon for guests to enjoy, all thanks to the many generous vintners and chefs that are donating their time, talents and resources to making this year’s event a success,” said Art Cherry, trustee and wine committee chair for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “We are very excited to offer such a unique selection of wines from the heart of wine country, while showcasing the best of our hometown’s flair for gastronomy, and we look forward to making a difference in the lives of the many young ones within our community.”

Following the Grand Tasting, guests will participate in the Live Auction, competing for the winning bid on a selection of 40 auction lots including exclusive getaways, delectable wine and culinary offerings and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with all proceeds to benefit SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s beneficiaries, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University.

The SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised and donated $12.8 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports pediatric health care programs at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. reveals auction lots up for bid at 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

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SAMSUNG CSCSWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has revealed the selection of exclusive getaways, delectable wine and culinary offerings, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be auctioned off to the highest bidders during its annual signature event, the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. At the Live Auction, held Saturday, Feb. 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, guests will have the opportunity to raise their paddles for a chance to acquire phenomenal offerings, made possible through donations by trustees and friends of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, as well as through the travel services of Preferred Travel of Naples, Inc. Nearly every lot will feature a selection of fine wine, generously provided by the organization’s trustees, donors and distinguished vintners.

One hundred percent of the live auction proceeds go directly to support SWFLChildren’s Charities, Inc. beneficiaries including Golisano Children’s Hospital and pediatric education programs at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For a list of the auction lots that will be available for bid, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

With this year’s auction lots, bidders will have the opportunity to compete for a wide variety of experiences and opportunities as they enjoy Pass the Hatgourmet food and wine. Amongst the 40 auction lots up for bid, await a selection of luxurious travel packages that will allow the highest bidders to explore a handful of the most popular destinations in Australia, take a two-day sport fishing charter on the bright blue Costa Rican ocean waters or go on an adventurous Kenya and Tanzania safari through the wilderness, enjoying unparalleled views of the region’s most regal animals.

Those looking for once-in-a-lifetime experiences will encounter a variety of opportunities including the chance to own a piece of rock legend history, a signed bass guitar from AC/DC musician, Cliff Williams, one of his five working bases, serial number BOO8629, that was recently played in Australia as part of the band’s ongoing “Rock or Bust” tour. Adding to this rock star lot is a one-of-a-kind, custom AC/DC guitar pick pendant adorned with diamonds and gems, suspended from an original Williams’ bass guitar string that was played on tour, from international award-winning custom jewelry designer, Mark Loren. Auction-goers can also place a bid for the opportunity to experience greatness with tickets to the 2016 Ryder Cup golf tournament, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 or a LuKenya & Tanzaniake Bryan concert with meet-and-greet passes to meet the award-winning country music singer.

A testament to its name, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will offer auction lots featuring exclusive wines from the nation’s most celebrated wineries and vineyards. During the Live Auction, bidders will have the opportunity to vie for some of the world’s finest wines, including the Fabulous Fifteen, a collection of wines that hold the coveted 100-point rating of international wine critic, Robert Parker. Wine lovers can also bid on the opportunity to expand their personal wine selection, or start a new collection with 96 bottles of fine wines paired with a custom wine closet designed just for the winning bidder. A variety of travel packages to renowned winery and vineyard destinations will be available, including a trip to Sonoma County for a stay at Benovia Winery, featuring wine tastings, dinner with renowned winemakers, a chance to golf with celebrities at the Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic and take a flight in a DC-3 airplane.2016 Child Artist - Avery McCaskill

Auction-goers interested in enjoying an exclusive evening of culinary distinction can bid on a James Beard House-style gourmet dining experience for 40 guests at Sea Salt Restaurant in Naples on Oct. 30, 2016, hosted by award-winning chefs. Additionally, with options for in-restaurant or in-home dining, bidders can compete for one-of-a-kind gastronomic experiences that will feature Southwest Florida’s talented chefs.

Every year, bidders give graciously to support pediatric health care in Southwest Florida. The “Child Artist” lot will allow guests to bid on a one-of-a-kind work of art created by 2016 Child Artist, Avery McCaskill, who is also a young patient of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “A Million Reasons to Give” will provide auction-goers the opportunity to help stock the new Golisano Children’s Hospital with tiny tools that enable pediatric surgeons to provide the highest level of surgical care for children, as well as important technology and equipment needed to ensure top quality care. During “Pass the Hat,” a top hat will be passed around the room, gathering unique and special items from guests in attendance. The contents will be donated to SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. beneficiaries as well.

The two-day 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest includes private Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 26 and The Grand Tasting and Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

The SWFL ChildrCosta Rica - Penny Perfecten’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised and donated $12.8 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports pediatric health care programs at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces 2015-2016 trustees of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. introduces its 2015-2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest trustees, a group of community members who have dedicated their time and resources in support of the organization’s mission to benefit area children. Trustees include Liz and Jeff Allbritten, Dwayne Bergmann and Luis Insignares, Wilson Bradshaw, Bev and Art Cherry, Cheryl and Dave Copham, Dorothy and Ron Fitzgerald, Pat and David Gibbons, Elaine and Fred Hawkins, Rose O’Dell and Gary King, Vicki and Richard Pitbladdo, Sandra Stilwell, Debbie and Bill Toler, Ute and Franz Rosinus, Andie and Don Vogt and Maria and Wayne Wiles.

These individuals profoundly impact the lives and health of children in Southwest Florida through their support of the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and its annual signature event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, to be held Feb. 26 and 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club.

“The trustees are loyal and passionate supporters of the organization’s mission and are instrumental in the growing success of the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and its signature event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest,” said Elaine Hawkins, president of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “The trustees are charged with supporting the event in many ways, including hosting vintner dinners for the event, donating wine, serving on committees for various aspects of the two day event as well as underwriting the cost of the event. They are one of the many reasons that the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest has received accolades as the top fundraising event in our community. Most importantly, they are among the greatest champions of children’s causes in our community and we are grateful for their continued support.”

For many trustees, the cause is personal. Trustees Maria and Wayne Wiles both have grandchildren that have benefitted from receiving pediatric care close to home.

“At just two weeks old, my grandson was diagnosed with liver disease at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida,” said Wayne Wiles, trustee for the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and founder of Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings.

“And my granddaughter was born with a heart condition,” added Wayne’s wife, Maria Wiles. “Both Wayne and I appreciate the value of having quality care for children and families in Southwest Florida, so that families can stay close to home while receiving the care they need. It helps keep a family together during a difficult time. So in honor of our grandchildren and families, we’re proud to support the advancement of pediatric healthcare in Southwest Florida.”

The SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the SWFL Children’s Charities supports healthcare programs at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

The Offices at Pelican Bay welcomes Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

PrintThe Offices at Pelican Bay welcomes new tenants Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, an award-winning, full-service law firm with eight offices nationally, and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Maryland-based pharmaceutical company. Both companies have completed long-term lease agreements, including complete office space redesign and rebuild. Major renovations were recently completed at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, and are now underway at Lupin Pharmaceuticals.

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP recently signed a new long-term lease at the newly renovated office building to occupy more than 17,000 square feet of office space, which has undergone complete redesign to create a state-of-the-art environment for its clients, attorneys and staff. Renovations were made to the fifth floor office space to create attorney offices, paralegal offices and administrative support work stations. In addition to its offices, Hahn Loeser & Parks utilizes space on the sixth floor for a reception area and also offers a state-of-the-art conference center suitable for large and small groups. The features of the space have been specifically designed to attract the best intellectual and human resource talent that will support the firm’s dedication to high-quality service. Hahn Loeser & Parks, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has been in Southwest Florida for more than a decade.

“The completion of the Hahn Loeser & Parks space has truly been a testament to what can be achieved inside The Offices at Pelican Bay,” said Ray Sandelli, Managing Partner of CRE Consultants. “The new office space is simply beautiful – very clean and contemporary. The creative planning and quality finishes have made for one of the finest office environments in Naples.”

Jeanne Seewald, Managing Partner of the Southwest Florida practice for Hahn Loeser & Parks including its Naples office, where Seewald works, commented, “Our lawyers and clients truly appreciate the design of our new space and its emphasis on our ability to deliver client services in an extremely efficient manner from a contemporary and comfortable environment.”

The law firm’s decision to move forward with renovations at The Offices at Pelican Bay was inspired by its confidence in the new institutional ownership of the office park, which was purchased by Steelbridge Capital in 2014. The firm’s previous experience with the on-site property management company, CRE Consultants, was also a contributing factor that motivated Hahn Loeser & Parks to call The Offices at Pelican Bay its home.

“The redesign of the Hahn Loeser & Parks office space resulted in a stunning environment that will perfectly fit all of this firm’s business needs,” said Michael Manno, Managing Principal, Steelbridge Real Estate Services. “We are excited to have this outstanding law firm at The Offices at Pelican Bay. We are looking forward to building upon our relationships with the talented attorneys and staff of Hahn Loeser & Parks for many years to come.”

The Hahn Loeser & Parks office space is located on the fifth and sixth floor of the Class-A office building, which features world-class Gulf of Mexico views, prominent visibility and signage opportunities, Pelican Bay’s only parking garage, an on-site café, on-site conference center, on-site property management and is just walking distance to the upscale dining amenities and retail conveniences located at the Waterside Shops, all conveniently located within the renowned Pelican Bay community in the heart of North Naples.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s expansion into the Southwest Florida market initiated the search for premier office space in Naples, and after careful consideration, the company has chosen to call The Offices at Pelican Bay its new home. The company recently signed a 10-year lease with The Offices at Pelican Bay. The Offices at Pelican Bay is renovating the new office for Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in order to meet the needs of the company’s employees to include the creation of private offices, cubicles and meeting space. The initial phase of renovations will provide roughly 6,000 square feet of office space for approximately 18 employees, and the second phase of renovations will add another 3,500 square feet, increasing office capacity to more than 25 employees.

“The Naples community provides a competitive market for potential office leasing, and we are pleased that Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. appreciated the many stunning amenities and beneficial features provided by The Offices at Pelican Bay.” said Ray Sandelli, Managing Partner of CRE Consultants. “We are excited to have this company join The Offices at Pelican Bay and we are looking forward to developing a long-lasting relationship with this talented team of professionals.”

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s decision to select The Offices of Pelican Bay was influenced by a variety of advantages provided by this location. The beautiful Naples setting provides stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from the company’s fifth-floor office space, and its close proximity to upscale residential developments, dining and retail at the Waterside Shops and the Artis-Naples visual and performing arts hall all contributed to the company’s selection. Furthermore, the office park offers access to Pelican Bay’s only parking garage, which offers three levels of covered parking for its tenants. In addition to these features, The Offices at Pelican Bay also provides prominent visibility and signage opportunities, an on-site café and on-site conference center, all conveniently located within the renowned Pelican Bay community in North Naples.

“The office’s location to hotels, access to Interstate 75 and local restaurants within walking distance is beneficial to employees and traveling guests,” said Vinita Gupta, CEO of Lupin Limited, Inc. “We anticipate it will provide convenience and comfort to all involved.”

The stability provided by Steelbridge Capital’s recent acquisition of the office park, partnered with the presence of on-site property management provided by CRE Consultants, affirmed Lupin Pharmaceutical, Inc.’s selection of this office space.

Steelbridge Capital recently completed renovations to the two, six-story Class-A office buildings, which offer a total of 171,926-square-feet of rentable office space, including a wide array of interior upgrades and exterior improvements. Twelve office spaces within the first-class office buildings are currently available for lease ranging from 957 square feet to 12,637 square feet.

Steelbridge Capital, LLC is a privately held, value-focused real estate investor and real estate services provider based in Florida and Chicago. The company is dedicated to acquiring real estate – either through debt or equity – whose values have been temporarily discounted due to supply/demand imbalances in real estate capital, space or information markets and whose values can be significantly enhanced through redevelopment and repositioning. For more information on Steelbridge Capital, visit www.steelbridgecapital.com.  For more information on The Offices at Pelican Bay, visit http://theofficesatpelicanbay.com or contact CRE Consultants at 239-659-1447.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company’s Jan Prindle appointed to Board of Directors

Posted January 22nd, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

JanPrindleOwen-Ames-Kimball (O-A-K) Company announces the appointment of Jan Prindle to the O-A-K Florida, Inc., Board of Directors. Born and raised in Colorado, Jan moved to Southwest Florida in 1981 and attended Edison State College. She joined O-A-Ks accounting department in 2000 and in January 2013 was promoted to manager of accounting services and human resources.

An employee-owned company, O-A-K Florida, Inc.’s Board of Directors is comprised of members from the company’s Florida operations.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. OAK’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 OAK at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.

Owen-Ames-Kimball wins ABC Excellence in Construction Award

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) was presented with a 2011 Excellence in Construction Award for the East Elementary School project by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC) at their awards banquet held on April 8, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. These awards are given biennially to recognized general contractors and subcontractors for their finest work completed over the past 24 months.

East Elementary School in Punta Gorda, Fla. won in its category of Institutional Projects, $10-$20 million. The school was damaged beyond repair after Hurricane Charley and the rebuilding process afforded the Charlotte County School District the opportunity to incorporate many energy-saving and environmentally friendly features into the school construction. The school was recognized for its energy-saving, clean-building efforts with a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® for Schools Silver level certification.

The O-A-K construction team consisted of Frank Mullins as project manager, Abel Natali as assistant project manager, Frank Bell as general superintendent and Tim Harkins and Holly Beach as job site superintendents.

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 http://www.owen-ames-kimball.com/, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OwenAmesKimballCo and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/builder1891 .

Stevens Construction Inc. Begins Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida

Stevens Construction Inc. has started construction on the Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida medical office for Drs. Edward Humbert, Dennis Sagini, Jon Kimball and John Fenning, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Located at 7331 College Parkway, the 14,158-square-foot office is slated for completion in late summer. Joint Implant is an orthopedic medical practice specializing in hip and knee replacement, upper extremity, hand, spine and general orthopedics.

The Stevens Construction team includes Dan Adams as project manager and Terri Sobeck as project administrator.  Bruce Lampitt of Sheeley Architects, Inc. is the architect of record.  Stephanie Kluesner of Burt Hill/Pollock Krieg Architects, Inc. is providing the interior design services.

With offices in Fort Myers and Maitland, 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 healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit http://www.stevensconstructioninc.com/ or call 239-936-9006. For information on Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida, visit http://www.jointimplant.com/ or call 239-337-2003.