This list features contractors who, no matter the size of the project, are capable of delivering the best for the client. Some are known for craftsmanship, while others are praised and remembered for exceptional customer service. These contractors have also been recognized with rankings in publications like the Jacksonville Business Journal and Inc. One of these firms had its principal featured in Home and Garden TV, where he discussed the process of design-build and what it does for the client. Some of these firms have also been featured in U.S. Builders Review and Engineering News-Record (ENR), while others have been given awards such as the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)’s Excellence in Construction Awards’ Eagle and Pyramid awards, and Awards of Excellence.
Aside from recognition from publications and awards, some of these firms also have memberships within industry organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
8) J Lane Construction
1301 Riverplace Blvd. Suite #800, Jacksonville, FL
Established in 2014, J Lane Construction is a commercial construction company most known for its honesty, dependability, and the highest level of communication with its customers. This can mostly be seen in the firm’s use of its cloud-based construction app, where clients can view daily vlogs, photos, videos, make payments, sign documents, and monitor the construction schedule while easily communicating with the team.
President Jesse Lane leads a firm known for new constructions, tenant improvements, restaurants, and large renovations that usually carry price ranges from $100,000 to $20 million and more. These services have performed for various project types, including retail shops and stores, veterinary clinics, office buildings, medical offices, fitness centers, dental offices, restaurants, and warehouses. One of these notable projects is a large renovation project for a signature flight private jet facility that exudes a modern and chic air. This goes hand in hand with the business’s exclusivity.
7) Interior Build Outs Inc.
4735 Empire Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207
Established in 2007, Interior Build Outs Inc. focuses on interior renovation within tenant spaces. One of the firm’s most notable projects is its build-out work on Bank United’s Jacksonville office. A 2,400 square foot space, this build-out required the removal of an old kitchen, as well as interior partitions of neighboring offices that help assemble a space for the necessary offices and cubicles. Eight offices were included, along with a conference room, an IT closet, a copy room, and break room. Giving the reception and cubicle area an open and spacious feel, the perimeter offices and conference room allow natural light into the center cubical area through sidelights and floor to ceiling glass windows for the conference rooms.
Interior Build Outs was founded by its current firm president Joseph Hodgins. A graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in building construction, Hodgins carries over 30 years of experience, with major strengths lying in his attention to detail and the ability to incorporate all of his client’s needs into each project. He also possesses a deep understanding of the Jacksonville market.
6) Live Oak Contracting
100 North Laura St. Suite #900, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Live Oak was only established in 2014, but Inc. recognized it as the fastest growing construction company in the nation in 2018. It also took the 34th place in Inc.’s 5000 list. A full-service general contracting firm, Live Oak specializes in multifamily and commercial construction, including development, design build, renovation, rehabilitation, and tenant improvement projects. One of these notable tenant improvement projects is its own office space. Built about a year ago, this 14,000 square foot project made use of oak wood at the firm’s entrance to come hand in hand with the company’s logo.
Live Oak contracting was founded by current firm president Paul Bertozzi. Licensed in nine states, Bertozzi was included in Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2017 Top 40 under 40 list and was named one of American City Business Journal’s 100 most influential commercial real-estate executives. He is currently on the Board of Governors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors for NEFL Urban Land Institute.
5) Emerald C’s Development inc
8400 Baymeadows Way. Suite #1, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Incorporated in 2010, Emerald C’s Development Inc. started truly growing in 2013 when firm principals Brittany and Jesse Culbreth focused on turning their firm into one of Jacksonville’s prominent companies. Over time, this firm specializing in interior build-out projects has developed relationships with numerous clients like Brooks Rehabilitation, Turner Pest Control, and Velocity Air Sports, among many other local and national clients. By 2017, Emerald C’s Development was recognized by Jacksonville Business Journal as 2017 and 2018’s fastest growing company. One great example of the firm’s ability is its work on the 6,200 square foot office of On Ideas. An open office space conducive to creativity, its renovations included the open office area with collaboration spaces throughout, private offices, break room, conference rooms, and restrooms.
Aside from the principals’ full attention, the firm’s progress can also be the result of the Culbreths’ experience and ability. Brittany Culbreth earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida’s construction management program before building ground-up military base projects. With military projects having a technical nature and a quick-pace that requires precise scheduling and deadlines, she honed her skills in project management, estimating, and scheduling. Jesse Culbreth started with a career in residential construction. He soon developed an intimate knowledge for interior build-out projects, and now possesses 10 years of construction experience.
415 Pablo Ave. Suite #200, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
FaverGray is a specialized general contracting firm headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Established in 2005, by industry veterans, FaverGray has consistently delivered high-quality service to real estate owners, developers and investors to build an array of commercial housing projects including student housing, multi-family housing, senior living communities, and other commercial construction projects. So far, the company has completed projects in 18 states where clients have witnessed first-hand the company’s reputation for delivering high-quality projects, on-time and on budget. A great example of the firm’s capability is its work on the Tovey Surgical Center in Jacksonville Beach. A tenant build-out approximately 1,000 square feet in size, it included mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services alongside the placement of high-end finishes featuring curved glass and stained maple casework and running trim.
With projects like these, the firm was able to earn recognition from U.S. Builders review, ENR, and the Jacksonville Business Journal, where it has been ranked as one of the Top 10 General Contractors by Area Revenue, Best Places to Work, Ultimate CEO, and Fastest 50 Growing Companies. The firm has won various regional and national awards from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. including the Safety Training and Evaluation (STEP), Pyramid, and Eagle Awards. In addition to winning eight Eagle Awards for Excellence in both student housing and multi-family housing projects, the firm also won renovations on its Jacksonville Beach office. The $2.5 million project included a complete interior and exterior renovation that transformed the building into a historically inspired space with an old-brick facade, ironwork, and interiors decorated with wood and brick surfaces, high ceilings, and ornate French doors.
FaverGray’s success can be attributed to the combined 100-year construction management experience of its division leaders, John Kitchens and Adam Tveras, Executive Vice President, Ben Hinson, as well as co-founders Jim Gray and Keith Faver.
3) Elkins Construction LLC
6104 South Gazebo Park Pl., Jacksonville, FL 32257
Established in 1955 by Martin Elkins, Elkins Construction has a team committed to completing projects on time while still maintaining the high quality work it is known for delivering. One notable example of its quality projects is the Waterview Office Complex. A job completed for Waterview’s building I—one of the complex’s duo of three-story, 85,000 square foot, tilt-wall office buildings. Waterview I received a complete build-out for the second and third floors in addition to the construction of the building shell, related site work, and parking to support the building. Like Waterview II, Waterview I also has high-performance glass and a curtain wall system with class A finishes in the lobby and common areas.
Another great example of the firm’s impressive work is the 18,000 square foot build-out for LRK Architects’ Jacksonville office. This build-out included high-end finishes, custom millwork, high-end drywall simulated marble finish, magnetic paneled walls in the workspaces, and custom light fixtures. Since the client was paying rent for four different branch offices, the project was completed in 92 days—a month earlier than scheduled. The firm’s ability for quality construction may be credited to CEO Wayne McCall. A graduate from the University of California’s BS Building Construction course, McCall has 30 years of construction experience and a resume that extends to multi-million dollar commercial projects.
In addition to the firm’s experienced personnel, it also has memberships within numerous organizations, including the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).
2) Shaycore Enterprises
11235 St. Johns Industrial Pkwy. Suite #4, Jacksonville, FL 32246
A commercial construction firm guided by compassion, service, and excellence, Shaycore Enterprises is an 11-year-old company that was ranked by Jacksonville Business Journal as 2013’s fourth fastest growing company in Northeast Florida. Shaycore was also recognized by the Florida Business Journal as the sixth fastest growing company in Florida’s Fast 100. Along with a spot in the Fast 100, the firm has won awards such as ABC’s Excellence in Construction awards’ Eagle and Pyramid Awards. With a team composed of construction managers and office staff that excel in delivering projects on time and under budget, Shaycore is known for new construction, site selection, design/build, tenant improvement, build outs, construction management, and owner representation. Among its many projects is the build-out of a real-estate company’s 5,000 square foot, single story office space.
Carrying a $350,000 budget, the job included demolition of the interior building and all general construction of the building’s interior. This included HVAC and plumbing work for all areas, and finishes for the space highlights that cover the lobby area, office suites, and executive offices. The success of these projects is rooted in experience and skills passed on by founders Bill Kilgannon, Sr. and Bill Kilgannon, Jr. Kilgannnon Jr., in particular, was recognized by Jacksonville Business Journal with a spot in the Top 40 Under 40 list and Buzz Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30. The firm is currently guided by David Monk. Serving as president, Monk has 16 years of construction experience in commercial, industrial, and residential construction on a national scale. He carries a diverse set of knowledge, including building standards and engineering best practices.
1) Auld and White
4168 Southpoint Pkwy. Suite #101, Jacksonville, FL 32216
At Auld and White, communication, experience, and trust are at the core of every project. These values have helped the firm become one of Jacksonville’s top-ranked general contractors. In 2016, the firm won three of the ABC’s Eagle awards. In the following year, it once again took home two of these awards while it was simultaneously included in ENR’s Top Contractors list. By 2018, it won the Pyramid Award and two Awards of Excellence.
Prioritizing quality and integrity, this 32-year-old firm takes note of its client’s needs and properly utilizes its resources to create sustainable buildings, healthcare, and public facilities in Northeast Florida. Along with these projects, the firm’s Interiors Division specializes in tenant improvement and renovation typically under $1 million. One of these projects is 1-2-1 Financial Credit Union’s headquarters renovation. A three-story building, this project includes an exercise room, training rooms, a cafe, multiple team and collaborative spaces, a boardroom, and executive suites on the second and third floors. Over the past few years, Auld and White has done great work that justifies the 78% repeat rate of its clientele.
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