Building Dreams From the Ground Up
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.