In September 2006 the Wachovia Building on Second Street in downtown Fort Myers was purchased for $12,500,000 and then was promptly renamed the Administration East Building. From the time of the acquisition through November 2011 many upgrades and renovations were performed on this building. Some of these upgrades include the replacement of the chiller, major roof repairs, modifications to the elevators and life/safety upgrades, complete renovations to the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th floors. The 2nd and 4th floors will be renovated to a gray box level which means air conditioning and life safety improvements will be installed. No interior finishes will be performed at this time.
The Building and parking lots were purchased for $12,528,607. Major upgrades and renovations were done for a total cost of $12,372,084. The cost to acquire the facility and perform the upgrades and renovations is $24,900,691.
|Stultz, Inc||NA||Various local government departments and agencies||2201 Second Street, Fort Myers|
Parker/ Mudget/Smith Architects, Inc
|First Floor Lobby|
This new 44,500 s.f., two-story regional library is to be constructed in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of First Street and Royal Palm Avenue. This new facility will replace and nearly triple the size of the existing one-story library located at 2050 Central Avenue. The new building will be surrounded by public plazas and multi-purpose site spaces which shall provide a venue for Library-sponsored and other downtown events. The Library will feature extensive use of glass, outdoor seating, free interior and exterior Wireless Access, public access computers, and a Café. The design cost for the facility is $1,376,073. The guarantee maximum price to construct the library is $13,973,320. The total project cost including all soft costs, is anticipated to be less than $20 million.
|Lodge Construction, Inc. ||Bob Taylor||Lee County Library Division||First Street and Royal Palm Avenue, Fort Myers|
Library ad valorem
TLC Engineering for Architecture (MEP), TKW Consulting Engineers (Structural), Johnson Engineering (Civil).
BSSW Architects, Inc.
|Previous Project Aerial Photos||Fort Myers Library Aerial Photos 7/9/2013|
The Fort Myers Beach Pier (AKA Lynn Hall Pier) has undergone major repairs. The repairs included replacing the hand rails, upgrading hardware with stainless steel, replacing starboard, placing conduit under the handrails for water and electrical wiring, ADA aluminum joint covers, and the wrapping of 57 pilings. All work on the pier was performed by local subcontractors.
|Fowler Construction & Development, Inc||Park & Recreation||Fort Myers Beach|
Bed Tax Dollars
TRC Worldwide Engineering
JetBlue Park is a state-of-the-art spring training facility developed for the Boston Red Sox. It is constructed on a 106-acre site located two miles east of I-75 on Daniels Parkway. The park consists of an 11,000-seat ballpark built with the same field configuration as Fenway Park in Boston. Also matching Fenway is a 37-foot-high “green monster” wall in left field giving hitters an opportunity to hit towering home runs over its overwhelming presence. Seating is located within the wall, as well as on top giving an excellent view of the entire facility. Architectural components include an iconic roof line that undulates at various angles, mimicking the tops of the cypress trees surrounding the park.
The stadium structure provides offices for the team’s business operations as well as its baseball operations located within the 50,000 s.f. clubhouse. Three day-suites are available for large groups to watch a game while enjoying an indoor, air-conditioned space. Also provided is ample space for the large press contingent that follows the team.
The stadium offers an array of seating “neighborhoods” that provide varying fan experiences from comfortable box seats to picnic table areas to standing room drink rails. Another feature is an original manual scoreboard that resided in Fenway Park from the 1970s to 2002 and a new electronic video board located in right field.
The ballpark is supported by six practice fields, 10 covered batting cages, four outdoor batting cages, various gang pitching mounds, and a player agility field. At the center of the cloverleaf configuration of fields is a building containing a small concession stand, restrooms, and dressing facilities for umpires. This building and the playing fields will be utilized by amateur tournaments and high school teams when not in use by the Red Sox.
Game day parking for the facility will take place on six lighted athletic fields designed for use as soccer, lacrosse, and other field sports to be programmed by Parks & Recreation for community use.
|Manhattan Construction of Florida, Inc.||Parks & Recreation||11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913 |
Tourist Tax Revenue
|JetBlue Park Construction Timeline||Rendering of Completed Project|
In 2002/03 a master plan was developed for the downtown justice center multi-phased project including renovations and remodeling to the existing justice center (referred to as JCP). The first floor of Pods B, C and D are in the process of being completely demolished and remodeled to house Clerk of Courts Departments. This will allow the relocation of some of the Clerks outlying groups back into the Justice Center complex. This renovation will also relieve overcrowding that currently exists on the second floor of the JCP. Pods B and C will house staff and files. Pod D will be used to accommodate Service Staff as well as service Clerk of Courts customers. The primary use of Pod D will be for customer service and transactions. The total square footage being renovated on the first floor is 37,712.
|Target Builders Construction Management, Inc.||Clerk of Courts||1700 Monroe St. Fort Myers, Florida|
TLC Engineering for Architects
Bus canopy for 8 busses, seating for 64 users with office & restrooms for the public & bus drivers under the canopy.
|Brooks & Freund L.C.C.||Lee Tran||At the rear of the Edison Mall off Solomon Boulevard|
State FDOT & County Funds
TRC Worldwide Engineering & Burgess Engineering, Inc.
Peter M. Wisniewski, Architect, Lee County Construction & Design
The new LeeTran facility will be constructed and will include an Administrative Office of approximately 12,800 sq. ft., Transportation Operations Offices of approximately 20,000 sq. ft. and a Vehicle Maintenance Building of approximately 44,500 sq.ft. The Maintenance Building will have 21 bays with lifts for repair of the buses. The outside parking lot will be able to accommodate over 200 buses. The facility will also include bus fleet fueling and cleaning stations for fleet operations and maintenance, requiring fuel tanks and chemical storage tanks.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Lee County Transit (LeeTran), in cooperation with Lee County Public Works, Lee County Lands Department, and the Florida Department of Transportation will continue working together to construct this new facility. The new facility will serve the expanding needs of LeeTran and will house administrative, service operation, and maintenance functions and facilities. This facility will also accommodate passenger transfers and provide customer service areas.
When the facility is built-out (anticipated to be in 2024), it will accommodate approximately 500 employees, 124 buses, 90 paratransit vehicles, 47 support staff vehicles, and 300 employee parking spaces. The Administrative Offices will serve office and clerical staff, customer service, provide public meeting space, IT and training functions. The Operations Building will house supervisory staff, dispatch, driver check-in and prep area, vehicle inspection and release for both Fixed Route and Paratransit Services. The Maintenance Building will provide for maintenance staff, warehouse functions, route maintenance, facility maintenance, vehicle maintenance and repair, inspection, wash, interior detailing and fueling.
|Mills Gilbane||LeeTran||3251 Evans Avenue, Fort Myers|
100% federally funded
AECOM USA, Inc
A 33,000 sq ft. recreation center will be added to the amenities at the North Fort Myers Community Park. The rec center will include two multi use courts that can be used for basketball, volleyball or badminton games. The center will have a weight room, five multipurpose rooms, one computer/lab room, one game room and a back porch to watch events. The facility will be hardened to withstand 150 mph winds and will be utilized by Lee County Public Safety as an emergency shelter when needed. The design cost for the facility is $454,925. The guarantee maximum price to construct the facility is $8,683,318.
The selection of a consultant to design the recreation center began in November 2008. On December 9, 2008 the Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) awarded the contract to Parker/Mudgett Smith Architects, Inc. Since construction funds were not budgeted until FY 12/13, the design did not begin until January 2010. In September 2011, the BoCC advanced the funding to FY 11/12
|Chris-Tel Construction ||Parks and Recreation||2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers |
$9,098,624 loan, which will be reimbursed with impact fees from the North Fort Myers District.
Parker/ Mudgett/Smith Architects, Inc
|North Fort Myers Rec Center Rendering||August 20, 2012|
The new Estero Community Park is a fifty-five acre facility that adjoins the 10 acre football park constructed in 2001. The new park boasts a 37,000 square foot recreation building complete with a gymnasium that accommodates either three full sized basketball courts, or four tournament quality volleyball courts. The building also has two multi-purpose meeting rooms, computer lab, teen room, art studio, and catering kitchen.
Outside, there is a five acre central lawn that faces the rear of the building and a stage designed to host community events and concerts. The lawn is surrounded by a walking path and benches.
There are also two top quality playgrounds, designed to meet the needs of every age group of children. Three sand volleyball courts are located near the playgrounds and many of the various picnic shelters located throughout the park.
A world-class 5k cross-country trail winds throughout the park. Its design was contributed to by the Estero High School cross-country coach.
Cost for the park was approximately $12 million for construction, and $810,000 for design.
|J.L. Wallace, Inc||NA||Parks & Recreation||9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Estero, FL 33928|
Community Park Impact Fees
TKW Consulting Engineers
Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Inc.
Construction of the Northwest Regional Library was completed in December 2009. This 48,000 square foot building is located between Mariner Middle and High Schools. Some of the special features of this library include:
• Separate areas for children, teens and adults
• Children’s story time room with a puppet stage
• Wireless Internet access
• Four outdoor reading areas
• Large meeting room
• Patron café’ area with vending machines
|Casey Construction ||Lee County Library System||519 Chiquita Blvd, North, Cape Coral|
Library Ad Valorem
The complex is on a 9 acre piece of property and consists of: a) 10,155 square foot Tax Collector’s Office Building. b) 9,610 square foot sheriff’s office building. c) 20,685 square foot Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services building. The total cost of the project was $12,000,000. The cost to design the facilities for the Tax Collector, Sheriff and EMS was approximately $570,000.
|Deangelis Diamond Construction, Inc||Tax Collector, Sheriff, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services||15650 – 15680 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers FL|
Gora McGahey Associates, Inc
In September 2010 the County purchased property on Fort Myers Beach using bed tax funds. Improvements have been made and the name has been changed to Crescent Beach Family Park. The project was designed and managed by Lee County’s Department of Construction and Design. The improvements that have been completed include the installation of street front landscaping, beach side dune vegetation, handicap parking spaces, bathroom facilities and handicap access from the site to the beach. Some of the activities that have been planned for the park include outdoor volleyball and ping pong tournaments.
|County Staff ||Parks and Recreation||1113 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Florida|
In 2002/03 a master plan was developed for the downtown Justice Center multi-phased project including renovations and remodeling to the existing justice center (referred to as JCP). The project included demolition of the existing Heitman Building and the purchase of the SunTrust Bank Building (now known as the Justice Center Annex) in 2004 at the cost of $17,000,000.00. A ten-story Justice Center Tower housing 17 courtrooms with ancillary spaces was constructed between the Justice Center Annex and the existing Justice Center Proper and connected to the JCP at Pod D. Other major components of the expansion of the Justice Center include the construction of the Shipping and Receiving Building and a five-story parking garage. , The project addressed the needs of Court Administration, Clerk of Courts as well as all other judicial entities associated with the 20th circuit seated in the Fort Myers local.
|Balfout Beatty Construction ( formerly Centex)||Court Administration||2075 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Fort Myers, Florida|
TLC Engineering for Architects
The expansion of the Jail began in 2004 and was completed in 2009. The project consisted of constructing an eight story building to the existing core facility. Under the project, 768 new beds were added to the core facility, 384 as indirect supervision beds configured in two person cells and 384 direct supervision beds in dormitory style housing. Additionally, an infirmary cable to house 26 inmates and a high risk supervision unit able to house up to 30 inmates was provided. The structural frame poured concrete and the exterior of the building was clad in precast concrete panels to match the existing facilities. The total expansion cost was $55,600,000. The cost to design the jail was $1,830,000
|Kraft Construction Company||Lee County Sheriff||2501 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers|
Architectural Concepts, Inc
The primary purpose of the facility is to house and maintain evidence in accordance with state and national accreditation standards for the storage and handling evidence. Construction of the 80,633 square foot building began in November 2006 and the project was completed in May of 2008. The total project cost was $11,947,261 and was completed $1,000,000 under budget. The design for the facility cost $566,000.
|Bundschu Kraft, Inc||Sheriff's Office|
Architectural Concepts, Inc
In conjunction with the construction of the ten-story Justice Center Tower, a parking garage was constructed to provide additional parking spaces in Down Town Fort Myers. The parking garage structure is 260,540 square feet and is five stories tall. The garage provides 1,096 covered and surface lot parking spaces. Not only does the garage provide parking for government employees, it also displays artwork on the building’s exterior walls and a parallel park along MLK Boulevard.
|Target Builders Construction Management||Lee County Employees||2122 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Fort Myers, Florida|
TLC Engineering for Architects
This project consists of improving the last 46 acres of the existing Veterans Community Park in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Work includes construction of a 3 acre multi-purpose playfield that will include a cricket pitch. Also included is a 3 acre dog park designed to accommodate both large and small dogs with water and sanitary provisions available. Phase IV will also provide two small and two large picnic shelters and two family restrooms. Additional parking and landscaping will top off the scope of work.
|Lodge Construction, Inc.||Bob Taylor||Parks & Recreation||45 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, Florida|
Community Park Impact Fees
David M. Jones, Jr. and Associates, Inc.
|Previous Project Aerial Photos||Date; 5/24/2013|
1. Removal and disposal of existing concrete sidewalks within the north courtyard area. 2. Installation of Root Barrier to be placed around the existing Banyan and Oak trees. 3. New paver sidewalks to include excavation of 8”-10” for lime rock base, sand bed placement above lime rock, followed by installation of new paver sidewalks. 4. Installation of new 6” thick concrete slab at the base of Old Courthouse Stairs—approximately 2069 SF. 5. Coordination of additional donated landscaping features into designated planter areas.
|Southern Pavers and R. A. Beecroft||Darryl Coulter||2120 Main St. in downtown Fort Myers; north entrance of the Old Courthouse.|
#408889 (Old Courthouse, courtyard maintenance account).
Elizabeth Workman (Lee County Community Development)
Peter Wisniewski and Alex Rodriguez (Construction and Design Department.
|Old Court House Sidewalk Improvement, Model and Photos||native landscaping is being donated to beautify the area around the eagle carving from the old oak tree that was planted in the 1800s|
The $48.5 million renovations to the Lee County Sports Complex and Hammond Stadium will result in a state-of–the art spring training facility for the Minnesota Twins. The seating in this complex, which is also home to the Florida State League Fort Myers Miracle, will expand from 8,000 to 9,300 seats and additional premium amenities will be introduced.
The project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 renovations to be completed by February, 2014, will include a new residential player development academy, renovations to the minor league clubhouse and administrative areas, new Gulf Coast League playing field, new agility field, a 360 degree boardwalk and concourse at Hammond Stadium including new berm seating in left field and additional parking. Phase 2 renovations will be completed by February, 2015, and will include upgraded, expanded concourses, improved concession services, restroom renovations, premium seating improvements, clubhouse expansion and improvements, a new retail store, new areas for group seating and press box renovations.
Total square footage added: 42,000 sf to the boardwalk addition and 57,000 sf expansion in stadium.
|Manhattan Twins A Joint Venture||Bob Taylor||Construction and Design||14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912|
Bed tax collections, state grants, and team rents
|Aerial photo taken 9/30/13|
The creation of this corridor, in the second floor of the Justice Center Complex, will connect Justice Center Proper to Justice Center Tower. The walk through will make it so much more convenient for users to get from one side of the complex to the other.
|Clerk of Courts||1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida|
Justice Center Renovations
Improvements to the Conservation 20/20 property known as Galt Preserve include the construction of a boardwalk, fishing pier, dock, three picnic shelters, composting restroom, handicap accessible trails as well as wilderness trails.
|Casey Construction||Bob Taylor||Parks and Recreation||3661 Stringfellow Road, SAINT JAMES CITY FL 33956|
The County has received $1,491,675 in Florida Communities Trust (FCT) grant funds which will cover the majority of project design and construction costs.
The renovation will enlarge the library's community meeting room from a maximum capacity of 32 people to 100. This larger room will provide sufficient space to accommodate a variety of activities and programs for children, teens and adults as well as community organization meeting room needs. Other improvements include enlarging the restrooms to make them handicap accessible.
|Lee County||Donnie Miles||Libraries||10700 Russell Road NW, Bokeelia, FL 33922|
Library Construction Fund
Manatee Park is designed around the viewing canal between the Orange River and the Caloosahatchee River. Manatees enter this canal to avoid cold water stress from the gulf during the winter months. The viewing area provides park visitors with a unique opportunity to observe manatees in the wild. The bank along the canal has eroded due to the strong currents in the canal. This project will include the installation of 229 linear feet of seawall along the eastern shoreline of Manatee Park from the northern most visitor viewing area to the northern boundary of the canal which ends at State Road 80. The embankment will be re-sodded and fencing along the work area will be repaired or replaced as needed.
|Stokes Marine Inc||Tom Easley||Manatee Park, Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL|
Capital Improvement - Tourist Development Beach Funds