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Sustainable Florida announces 2016 Best Practice Award nominees and finalists

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Sustainable Florida has announced the 2016 Best Practice Award nominees and finalists, including a couple new categories this year, including recognition for health care and universities and colleges. There are also awards for green building partnership and leadership.

Finalists are in bold.

Large Business

Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Gator Dining – Aramark / Pepsi
Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
The Hertz Corporation
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Small Business

MGBBuilt
Tembo Education
First GREEN Bank Ormond Beach
Nuovo Salon Group

Government

City of Coconut Creek
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Conservation Crew
Pasco County Utilities
City of Orlando
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
City of West Palm Beach
Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Leadership

Waste Management Inc. of Florida
UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Program
Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Conservation Crew
City of Orlando
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
Jason Bell
Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Brevard’s Green Team

Partnership

Gator Dining – Aramark / Pepsi
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Conservation Crew
Pasco County Utilities
City of Orlando
Tropical Ridge Fitness Park
Sustainable Tallahassee and LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
Central Florida Regional Planning Council
How Low Can You Go Challenge(Energy Reduction)
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Non-Profit

UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Program
Sustainable Tallahassee and LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival
Sustainable Tallahassee
Florida Gulf Coast University
How Low Can You Go Challenge(Energy Reduction)
Fleet Farming by IDEAS For Us
Brevard’s Green Team Org
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Green Building

MGBBuilt
Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
First GREEN Bank Ormond Beach
Castle Creek Elementary School
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
Green Dwellings,LLC, Karen Adams, CEO
Brevard’s Green Team Solar Shack

Universities and Colleges

Gator Dining – Aramark/Pepsi
UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Program
Pasco County Utilities
Florida Gulf Coast University

Health Care

Jason Bell
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

The awards will be presented at the 2016 Working on the Green Sustainability Summit on Sept. 15 in Fort Lauderdale.

PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC to lead construction of 420,373 Sq. Ft. Hialeah Gardens project

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Bridge Development Partners, LLC has selected PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC  to construct a 420,373 sq. ft. industrial facility featuring two new, state-of-the-art warehouses.

The new facility will be located in Hialeah Gardens on approximately 30 acres of land. Upon project completion, tenants will move into this strategically located speculative facility that can be easily accessed via US 27, Florida’s Turnpike, SR 826 and I-75.

Tenants will also benefit from the convenience and proximity of nearby sea and airports. Once PREMIER has completed construction, a local labor pool can be drawn from Hialeah Gardens and surrounding South Florida towns.

The state-of-the-art warehouses will feature Class A flexible warehouse configurations of up to 420,373 sq. ft. and leasing sizes from 20,770 sq. ft. One warehouse will provide 209,034 sq. ft. of rental space while the other will feature 211,339 sq. ft.

Building envelope materials will consist of concrete tilt-up wall panels, steel roof structures and glazing in anodized aluminum frames, and will feature a 45 mil, mechanically fastened, TPO roofing system. Storm water will be carried out via an onsite storm system and exfiltration trenches.

Each warehouse will feature 32 ft. clear-height warehouse spaces, approximately 75 truck dock positions, two drive-in doors, an ESFR fire protection sprinkler system and 1600 amp, 277/480 volt, 3-phase, 4 wire electrical service. A new parking lot with 449 stalls will be installed to accommodate both buildings.

Project completion is expected in the fourth quarter of 2016. Kirk Conners of PREMIER is the senior project manager overseeing construction and Ed Lebak is the superintendent. Bridge Development Partners is the developer. Wayne Ramoski and Gian Rodriguez of Cushman & Wakefield are representing tenants.

PREMIER has recently completed construction of Crossroads West and will also construct Crossroads South, which will mark the completion of the new and modern industrial park complex.

Kirk Conners brings energy, experience to PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC as new senior project manager

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PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC has welcomed Kirk Conners as a senior project manager at the company’s Florida office. Clients will benefit from his more than 25 years of construction and project management experience as he helps them meet their business goals.

Conners’ extensive education began with his Bachelor of Science at the Florida Institute of Technology, followed by the completion of a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Finally, he earned a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati – also in engineering.

“I’m bringing my best to PREMIER clients in Florida,” says Conners. “I’m excited about working with a great team in the state that I call home.”

Conners began his career in Ohio as a construction manager, but soon moved to the sunnier climes of southern Florida and embraced the role of project manager. He has been responsible for a host of industrial and commercial projects—one involved the development of a 26,000 sq. ft. major auto dealership for a major international auto brand. He also built a center for a world-renowned nonprofit organization. That project earned his team four Excellence in Construction Awards from the Construction Association of South Florida (CASF).

More project highlights include the construction of a telecomm facility built to withstand Category 5 hurricane-force winds; he also was responsible for the building of a university’s Graduate School of Business complex that was awarded another six CASF awards. Most recently, Conners helped design and build a state-of-the-art 3,100 sq. ft. addition to a medical research building in Miami.

“Kirk has years of successful projects to his name and our Florida clients will certainly appreciate his local knowledge,” says PREMIER vice-president Michael Pacini. “More than that, his decision making and leadership skills are a perfect fit for PREMIER standards. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Conners has extensive experience with P&L management, site development, civil engineering/infrastructure planning and installation, management and enforcement. He prides himself in being a problem solver who is inquisitive, adaptive and readily champions change. He also enjoys giving back to communities in South Florida.