Stevens Construction Inc. named to fastest-growing companies list
by Inc. Magazine
Stevens Construction, a healthcare and commercial construction management and design build firm, has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, earning a position on the exclusive Inc. 5,000 list.
Stevens Construction reported a 57 percent growth in revenue over the past three years. The Inc. 500/5000 2013 list ranks companies according to percentage of revenue growth between 2009 and 2012. To qualify, companies must also be U.S.-based, privately-held, for-profit and independent firms with minimum revenue of $2 million in 2012.
Named Contractor of the Year in 2012 and 2011 by the Lee Building Industry Association, Stevens Construction was founded in 2003 in Fort Myers by Mark Stevens. The company employs 38 professionals, and is currently working on its largest project to date, a multi-phase transformation of Florida Hospital in Tampa.
With offices in Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers, 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 www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.
Sales of existing homes climb across county in July
Existing single family home sales across Lee County increased by 6.8 percent in July with 1,005 units sold compared to 941 in July 2012, according to the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and The Beach. Versus the prior month, sales decreased by 47 units or 4.5 percent. For the past five months, existing home sales have topped 1,000 homes a month, reflecting the growing demand for residential properties due to a limited supply, along with rising prices and interest rates.
Distressed properties (made up of foreclosure and short sales) represent 25.4 percent of existing homes sold in July, whereas in July 2012 distressed properties were over 33 percent of properties sold. While traditional properties dominated sales in July (74.6 percent), the median price softened to $163,000. This is 20.7 percent above the July 2012 median price of $135,000 but a drop of $22,000 or 11.9 percent from June 2013.
New pending sales of existing single family homes those under contract and awaiting closing - remained strong with 1,149 units going under contract in July, which is 24.6 percent above the 922 units that went pending in July 2012. Active listings the number of existing homes available for purchase in Lee County is 13.1 percent below July 2012 with 4,924 properties available for purchase compared to 5,668 a year ago.
Single family homes of all types spent a median 49 days on the market before coming under contract in July. This is the same number of days on market as reported in July 2012; however, from June 2013, this is a drop of 8 days or a change of 14.0 percent. Based on the pace of current sales, the months supply of inventory in Lee County is 5.0 months. This is 8.9 percent below July 2012, when the months supply of inventory was 5.5 months.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company breaks ground on Alico Family Golf Center
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has begun construction of Alico Family Golf Center, a new 30-acre, state-of-the-art golf center that will include a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, a sports cafe, 18 skillful holes of miniature golf, a PGA teaching school, 72 grass tee boxes, shaded practice areas and an extensive short game area, all coupled with cooling misting machines throughout the property.
Located at 16300 Lee Road in Fort Myers, the Alico Family Golf center is designed for all ages, and will include programs and practice areas for serious golfers, as well as new and returning players.
"Alico Family Golf Center will be a great asset to Southwest Florida as a family-friendly destination for tourists as well as for golfers," said David J. Dale, president of Owen-Ames-Kimball Company. "The center's location within Lee County makes it very accessible from I-75 and 41, as well as nearby communities, schools, businesses and hotels. O-A-K is pleased to be part of this exciting venture that will bring new jobs, dollars and recreation into our community."
Local PGA professionals Jim St. Germain and Kraig Feighery paired up with investors to create the region's first PGA golf learning center. The center will utilize the Start New at Golf or S.N.A.G. program to teach both young children and adults how to play, or how to return to the game of golf. In addition, Alico Family Golf Center will offer a unique location for corporate gatherings, summer and after-school camps and other special events and activities.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. Its Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about OAK at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.
Easterbrook joins Town and River Realty
Town and River Realty LLC recently added Realtor Lauren Easterbrook to its sales team.
"Adding Lauren to our company will give homeowners an agent with over 13 years of local knowledge. Her outgoing personality and commitment to staying on top of the market provides an asset to our customers." said Tim Wipf, owner/broker of Town and River Realty LLC, located in Royal Palm Square, at 1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 257, Fort Myers. For information, call 239-851-3177.