Coastal Com­merce

Build­ing Dreams From the Ground Up

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Some people would let ob­sta­cles stop them dead in their tracks, but Mark Stevens is more of a bring it on kind of guy.

“The projects I love the most are the ones that come with the most chal­lenges,” he ex­plains.

It’s a good thing Stevens en­joys a good chal­lenge. As founder of Stevens Con­struc­tion, he’s def­i­nitely en­coun­tered his fair share since he cre­ated the com­pany in 2003.

“Al­most ev­ery project comes with a chal­lenge or mul­ti­ple chal­lenges,’’ Stevens says. “It could be time con­straints the owner is un­der, budget con­straints or many times own­ers come to us with a need, but they don’t even know where to start. To walk those own­ers through the de­vel­op­ment process from pur­chas­ing a piece of land or ex­ist­ing build­ing to re­model and see­ing the fi­nal com­ple­tion is what ex­cites me.”

"MARK IS THE KIND OF PER­SON THAT WHEN HE COM­MITS TO SOME­THING, YOU CAN CON­SIDER IT DONE."

— HEIDI TAULMAN

Stevens has even more rea­son to be ex­cited. In just his first three years, he was able to grow his com­pany’s gross rev­enue to $ 30 mil­lion. Inquiring minds are dy­ing to know what his recipe for suc­cess is, but Stevens in­sists it’s a sim­ple one.

This growth has been fu­eled by its [ the com­pany’s] rep­u­ta­tion of eth­i­cal busi­ness prac­tices, su­pe­rior man­age­ment and proven track record of con­stantly de­liv­er­ing projects on budget, on sched­ule and with un­sur­passed qual­ity.”

Speak­ing of projects, Stevens and his com­pany are be­hind the con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tion of dozens of health­care build­ings across South­west Florida and the rest of the state. You’ve prob­a­bly passed many of his build­ings, but didn’t know he was the man be­hind them. As a mat­ter of fact, Stevens Con­struc­tion is re­spon­si­ble for more than $ 100 mil­lion in health­care con­struc­tion across Florida.

Stevens Con­struc­tion has also taken the helm on projects for Florida Hospi­tal, in­clud­ing a multi- phase ren­o­va­tion of more than 200,000 square feet for Florida Hospi­tal in Tampa. He’s also helped more than a hun­dred doc­tors across the state make their dream of­fices be­come a re­al­ity.

Stevens can add con­struc­tion man­ager cred­its to his re­sume for a num­ber of lo­cal projects, in­clud­ing The Cen­ter for Spe­cial­ized Surgery, which is the op­er­at­ing fa­cil­ity for Or­tho­pe­dic Spe­cial­ists of South­west Florida. It’s lo­cated off Cleve­land Av­enue in Fort My­ers, just north of Lee Me­mo­rial.

Re­cently, Stevens and his com­pany fin­ished a new of­fice for Pe­di­atric Den­tistry of Fort My­ers.

Stevens, along with ar­chi­tect Ra­mon Acevedo of GMA Ar­chi­tects and De­signs from Imag­i­na­tion Den­tal So­lu­tions, was able to cre­ate a truly one- of- a- kind de­sign and set- up that brings un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­tures to dry land. The nearly 8,000- square- foot of­fice in­cludes a gi­ant whale rid­ing a jeep and an en­tire un­der­wa­ter scene in­side the den­tal bay.

“Par­ents and pa­tients love it,” says Dr. Tim Ver­west, owner of Pe­di­atric Den­tistry. Ver­west ex­plains he out­grew his old lo­ca­tion and needed more space. Over­all, he’s very happy.

“It’s beau­ti­ful. They are ex­cited to be here. It’s a won­der­ful of­fice.”

"STEVENS CON­STRUC­TION BE­LIEVES IN EN­HANC­ING THE COM­MU­NITY WE BUILD. AS SUCH, WE SUP­PORT MANY LO­CAL CHAR­I­TIES."

— MARK STEVENS

But Stevens Con­struc­tion isn’t stop­ping there. The com­pany is also gear­ing up for its Land­mark Hos­pi­tals project in Naples. When fin­ished, the hospi­tal will have 87,000 square feet of space, 50 beds and will serve as a long- term acute care cen­ter.

Stevens Con­struc­tion also has satel­lite of­fices in Tampa and Or­lando, which man­age to stay just as busy as the South­west Florida head­quar­ters.

But for Stevens, build­ing a strong com­mu­nity goes way be­yond con­crete slabs and two- by- fours.

Stevens Con­struc­tion be­lieves in en­hanc­ing the com­mu­nity we build. As such, we sup­port many lo­cal char­i­ties,” Stevens ex­plains.

Some of Stevens Con­struc­tion’s phil­an­thropic en­deav­ors in­clude be­ing the cor­po­rate chair for the JDRF Walk to Cure Di­a­betes. In 2012 and 2013, his firm was the num­ber one cor­po­rate team in Lee County, rais­ing more than $ 12,000.

Stevens also likes to lend his ex­per­tise to people in need. He helped fin­ish one of the largest home makeover projects ever with Builders Care. Stevens do­nated la­bor and other ser­vices to fix up the home of an 87- year- old Lee County res­i­dent. An elec­tri­cal fire ru­ined much of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture, which also needed to be hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble.

“Mark is the kind of per­son that when he com­mits to some­thing, you can con­sider it done,” says Heidi Taulman, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Lee Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion Chap­ter of Builders Care. “We are so very thank­ful for him and his sup­port.”

Stevens and his team are also ac­tive with Toys for Tots, Lee Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion, Ju­nior League of Fort My­ers, Dress for Suc­cess, Hori­zon Coun­cil, Ro­tary Club of Fort My­ers, Greater Fort My­ers Cham­ber of Com­merce, and Good­will In­dus­tries.

Fort My­ers’ mayor, Randy Hen­der­son, Jr. ( left), with Mark Stevens, founder of Stevens Con­struc­tion, at the ground­break­ing for the Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care fa­cil­ity. Be­low: One of Stevens’ big­gest

un­der­tak­ings was the ren­o­va­tion of the 200,000- square- foot Florida Hospi­tal Tampa.

Stevens knows that looks mat­ter for plas­tic surgeons, even when it comes to of­fice space. The sleek Gar­ra­mone

Plas­tic Surgery build­ing, with its min­i­mal­ist lobby ( above), is one of Stevens Con­struc­tion’s projects.

To build this out­ra­geously de­signed, kid- friendly build­ing for Pe­di­atric Den­tistry of Fort My­ers, Stevens worked with ar­chi­tect Ra­mon Acevedo of GMA.

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