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October 2014 Newsletter

Ed Taylor building a new tasting room for Coppertail Brewery

Tampa Bay is a hot spot for craft beer, and Ed Taylor Construction has been tapped to build a tasting room for Coppertail Brewing Co. in Ybor City, one of the area’s newest breweries.

The two-story tasting room is part of the second phase of construction at the 35,000-square-foot brewery, originally built in the 1920s as a Hellman’s mayonnaise factory. The facility also includes a brewing room, warehouse space and corporate offices.

One of the coolest features of the tasting room will be a series of windows lining the wall behind the bar, providing a view into the brewery and bottling line. An outdoor patio will provide additional seating, with visits from food trucks.

“Our tasting room will be different in that we will offer a peek inside a fully operational packaging facility,” said Coppertail president Kent Bailey, who discovered his passion for craft beer as a home brewer.

Free Dive IPA, Night Swim Porter, and other Coppertail brews are expected to be on tap in the new tasting room by early 2015. In the meantime, a temporary tasting room is open at the brewery, located at 2601 E 2nd Ave.

Ed Taylor Construction’s Katie Gower among Business Observer’s 40 under 40

Katie Gower, Director of Business Development at Ed Taylor Construction, has been named one of the Business Observer’s “40 under 40.”

Now in its 15th year, the popular “40 under 40” annual issue recognizes bright, young business leaders along the west coast of Florida.

In her profile, Katie explains how she didn’t picture herself going into construction, but she’s glad she ended up in a field that isn’t typical for a woman. She hopes to encourage other young women to also step outside the norm.

“I’d like to change the way people see construction,” Katie says. “Not a lot of women are in the industry. I want to pave the way.” 

Three steps to take before you start an office renovation 

There are several reasons why a company decides to renovate an office: it needs more space, less space or to reconfigure its space. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is the company needs its office space to function differently.

Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction, advises that once you understand the new functionality you need, there are three steps to take before a renovation can begin.

  1. Talk to your landlord. The first step is to talk with your landlord to see if they can accommodate your needs, especially if you’re looking to reduce or expand your current space. If you are looking to expand, you don’t want to assume a space next to you is available – even if it’s vacant – because the landlord could already be in negotiations with another prospective tenant.
  2. Engage the professionals. Once you and your landlord are on the same page, it’s time to start planning for the renovation.
    • Meet with an architect. An architect or designer will ask the right questions to come up with a design to meet your needs.
    • Consult with a general contractor. Once you have the designs, a general contractor can provide preliminary budget numbers and a schedule. The contractor can also offer advice on how the renovation might impact the business and its employees, particularly if it is an occupied remodel.
  3. Sit down with employees. Once the deal moves forward, Ed Taylor recommends going through the plans with employees. Show them exactly what the new space will look like, where their desks will be located and review the timeframe and plan of action with them. This is also a good time to remind employees that while construction is underway, there could be some inconvenience, and to ask for their patience during that time.

July 2014 Newsletter

How do you have an interior renovation done without leaving the space?

Conducting an interior renovation while an office is fully occupied is one of the most challenging types of projects for a general contractor.

Ed Taylor faces these challenges quite often, most recently while completing a renovation of a Florida Department of Environmental Protection facility in Temple Terrace. This project was particularly challenging due to the building’s layout, which required moving around large groups of people, furniture and equipment in four different phases.

Here are four keys from Ed Taylor for how to keep a renovation going smoothly, while ensuring that a company can function as usual:

  • Planning. Before a project starts, it’s important for the general contractor and client to work together to sort out details like a work schedule and how to best move employees around with as little disruption as possible.
  • Communication. Talk to employees and explain to them how the project is going to work and how it will benefit them in the long run. Get their buy-in before the work starts. And the more notice you can give them, the better.
  • Coordination. After planning with the client, the next step for the contractor is to coordinate the plan with movers, subcontractors and outside vendors.
  • Flexibility. Some projects may require working at nights or on the weekends. It’s important to have a team that is flexible and able to do that if needed.

“We pride ourselves in being able to overcome any challenge,” said Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor. “Success with any occupied renovation is a direct result of all the parties working well together to minimize disruptions. Our ultimate goal is to always provide a safe and clean environment for employees and guests throughout the construction process.”

Ed Taylor completing new 36,000-square-foot YMCA facility in Largo

With everything from an early learning preschool center to a full-size gymnasium to a Tropical Smoothie café, the new Bardmoor YMCA in Largo will have a wide range of activities and features.

Ed Taylor is currently finishing construction of the new 36,000-square-foot facility, which marks a major expansion from the YMCA’s previous 12,000-square-foot space in the Baycare Outpatient Center Hospital.

Ed Taylor built the exterior using the tilt-wall method, and used concrete block instead of dry wall for the interior walls. “The combination of a tilt-wall exterior and a concrete block interior is a little unusual, but not unheard of,” said Matt Jackson, Project Manager with Ed Taylor. “The concrete block is sturdier than drywall, which was important for the YMCA.”

Other amenities at the new YMCA include group exercise and spin rooms, locker rooms, full-length basketball courts, a Kids Zone, and a health and wellness center.

“We were honored to work with the YMCA on this new facility, which is going to have a significant positive impact on the Largo community,” Jackson said.

Three facilities built by Ed Taylor named “Coolest Office Spaces”

Congratulations to three of our clients – MicroLumen, Triad Retail Media and USAmeriBank – for being recognized on Tampa Bay Business Journal’s annual list of Coolest Office Spaces.

  • MicroLumen’s 56,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oldsmar was constructed three years ago. Creating a building that would help in recruiting and retaining top talent, the project included construction of employee amenities such as a basketball court, locker rooms and a cafeteria.
  • Triad Retail Media’s new 65,000-square-foot headquarters in Carillon was completed earlier this year. The comprehensive buildout created a vibrant work environment focused on efficiency and collaboration for the fast-growing online ad agency.
  • For USAmeriBank’s Westshore branch, Ed Taylor conducted extensive structural renovations and performed an interior remodel of a building previously home to Continental Jewelers. The result was a sleek space with innovative details like artistic replicas of coins set in Italian porcelain tile floors.

May 2014 Newsletter

As hurricane season approaches, now is the time to review your disaster plan

As Florida’s hurricane season begins, it’s time to take a fresh look at your company’s disaster plan.

Here are five tips to keep in mind as you formulate or refresh your disaster plan, based on our own experience in creating a plan:

  1. Figure out internal roles and responsibilities early in the process. Form a disaster planning committee, and determine what roles each individual will fill when a disaster occurs.
  2. Ensure that your employees can stay up-to-date if a storm is approaching. Establish a toll-free land-line number for them to call to hear recorded messages. Make sure you have a complete and current list of employee e-mail addresses and phone numbers. And create a “phone tree” where certain employees are tasked with calling others as needed.
  3. In advance, let your employees know what’s expected of them if a hurricane or natural disaster is threatening. For example, are they expected to check in with their supervisors? Under what conditions are they expected to show up to work? Certainly, it’s hard to create a policy for every scenario, but some general rules will help.
  4. Create a plan that is thorough, but isn’t too thick. No one will take the time to read a 50-page manual if a hurricane is on its way. Create a plan that answers questions and establishes protocols, but keep it short and simple.
  5. Make sure your business insurance is up-to-date. It’s common for a business to grow without making sure its insurance coverage is keeping up. Make sure your policies match your company’s assets, and make sure you have a relationship with your insurer where you’re confident you’ll be able to get answers quickly if needed.

Dealing with heavy rain requires advance planning and some resourceful thinking

As we head into the rainy season, we know Florida’s weather can cause havoc on construction schedules.

That’s why Ed Taylor makes plans specifically with the rain in mind, and that certainly came into play last fall and winter. In building the Wendover Art Group office/manufacturing building in Largo, Ed Taylor dealt with a record-breaking 59 inches of rain and still met a tight five-month deadline.

The company compensates for weather in part by starting early in the day to beat the afternoon thunderstorms and intense heat. “And we have excellent relationships with our subcontractors, who understand when we have to make up time on the weekend due to weather,” said Ben Jackson, Project Manager with Ed Taylor.

Dealing with weather challenges calls for resourcefulness and swift problem solving. In the case of Wendover, Ed Taylor had to place rock on the ground in certain areas and bring in industrial-sized fans to help address the wet and muddy conditions.

“Anticipating there will be challenges and handling them efficiently is what keeps a project on time and on budget,” said Jackson.

Wendover Art Group creates and manufactures wall décor for the retail, interior design, hospitality and healthcare industries. All of its products are made in the company’s 104,000-square-foot Largo facility, which Ed Taylor finished in January.

Ed Taylor sends team to Go Fish!

Earlier this month a team from Ed Taylor Construction participated in CREW Tampa Bay’s annual Go Fish! Tournament – a popular daylong networking and fishing event that raises money for educational scholarships.

Katie Gower Waldridge, Director of Business Development with Ed Taylor, is a board member with CREW Tampa Bay and served on the committee for this year’s Go Fish!, which was the most successful one to date.

Despite rainy weather, the Ed Taylor team enjoyed the time and furthered connections with leaders of the commercial real estate industry. And Katie was named “master angler” after catching more than 80 inches of red fish, snook, mackerel, and jack fish.

CREW Tampa Bay is the local chapter of CREW Network, the industry’s premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate.

March 2014 Newsletter

Some construction companies face a workforce challenge as industry rebounds

With Florida’s construction industry on an upswing, there are reports that some construction companies face a challenge finding the skilled workers they need.

At its peak in 2006, the state’s construction industry employed more than 682,000 people, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. But by 2009, that number had fallen to less than 397,000.

During the recession, many construction workers left Florida or found another line of work.

Now, with projects popping up all over Florida, some construction companies are scrambling to find experienced help. But Ed Taylor is not having such issues, thanks to the longstanding relationships the company has kept with its subcontractors.

“We were able to keep our subcontractors busy during the downturn,” said Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor. “So now, as more projects are coming through the pipeline, we’re not out there having to find new subcontractors.”

As construction continues to heat up, Weaver advises owners and developers to make sure a construction company’s subs are a match with the project in terms of skill and experience. This is critical in keeping a project on schedule and within budget.

Two Projects Built by Ed Taylor Recognized at NAIOP Awards

Ed Taylor Construction’s work continues to receive industry recognition, with two of its recent projects honored last month at the NAIOP Best of the Best Awards.

The Wendover Art Group Corporate Headquarters won for Best Industrial Building, while The Birchwood won for Best Rehab Project. Also, Ed Taylor was a finalist for Construction Company of the Year.

The 104,000-square-foot Wendover Art Group building in Largo was a ground-up project constructed using the “tilt-wall” method. The Birchwood was a renovation of a historic 1920s structure that now houses a boutique hotel, upscale restaurant, event space, and a rooftop bar on vibrant Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.

NAIOP’s Best of the Best Awards are given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the commercial real estate industry in Tampa Bay.

January 2014 Newsletter

Ed Taylor completes new headquarters for Triad Retail Media, designed to enhance collaboration for fast-growing team

With literally hundreds of new hires, Triad Retail Media, a national online advertising agency that works with such retailers as Walmart and eBay, was quickly outgrowing its 30,000-square-foot office in Tampa.

So Ed Taylor was tapped to do a comprehensive interior build-out for Triad’s new 65,000-square-foot global headquarters in St. Petersburg.

At the new headquarters in St. Pete’s Carillon area, Ed Taylor created a vibrant environment focused on efficiency and collaboration. Highlights include a 5,000-square-foot dividable conference room, a full video production studio, a high-tech mission control room, digital touch screens throughout, color codes that signify company departments, and carpeting that marks collaborative areas.

Ed Taylor worked to complete the project in an aggressive 10-week timeframe so Triad could be moved in before Cyber Monday, an important event for the retail agency. Ed Taylor made the deadline, and the new space is getting rave reviews.

“The Triad space is one of the more innovative interior offices we have seen in the area,” said Greg Walbrun, Senior Project Manager for Ed Taylor, who ran the Triad project. “With such a collaborative company, it was rewarding to foster that type of atmosphere with its new space.”

Ed Taylor breaks ground on new YMCA facility in Largo

From a full gymnasium to a preschool center, a new YMCA in the Bardmoor area of Largo will have something for everyone.

Ed Taylor broke ground for the 36,000-square-foot facility in mid-January, and construction is expected to be complete by August. The new Y will include a health and wellness center, group exercise and spin rooms, an outdoor sports field, a café, and a Kid’s Zone.

This freestanding facility will replace a smaller Y facility that’s housed in a 12,000-square-foot space in the nearby Morton Plant Mease Bardmoor Outpatient Center.

“We are honored to be a part of such a noteworthy project, which is going to have a tremendous impact in the Largo community,” said Matt Jackson, Project Manager with Ed Taylor.

November 2013 Newsletter

If you’re considering a renovation, where do you start?

An office renovation certainly has the potential to turn into a major headache. But with foresight and planning, you can ensure that your employees aren’t overly bothered by the experience, while having confidence that the project will meet your budget.

Here are five tips to consider as you start thinking about a renovation, from Larry Meckley, a Senior Project Manager with Ed Taylor.

1. A good way to start is to create a “space plan.” This will ensure that the renovated space will work for everyone. And if the contractor is involved with the architect at this initial stage, the contractor can help “value-engineer” the work from the outset.

2. Make sure the architect and the contractor know exactly what you want. Any changes late in a project could cost you significantly both in time and cost.

3. Ask questions to make sure you understand if and how a renovation may disrupt your day-to-day business, so you can minimize that as much as possible.

4. Get your staff to buy into the project. Explain in detail what’s going to happen, and emphasize how any short-term hassles will be worth it when the project is completed.

5. The more information you can provide up front to the contractor, the more accurate the estimated cost and timeframe for the project will be.

Ed Taylor wins AIA “Contractor’s Award”

Citing the company’s skill and patience in building The Birchwood in downtown St. Petersburg, AIA Tampa Bay gave Ed Taylor its annual Contractor’s Award earlier this month.

The award from AIA, the American Institute of Architects, recognizes a contractor that has done an outstanding job in making the architectural vision of a structure a reality.

The Birchwood, one of the most talked-about new buildings in the Tampa Bay area, features a boutique hotel, restaurant, meeting space and rooftop lounge, all built within exterior walls dating to the 1920s.

The project required flexibility and ingenuity, along with constant dialogue among Birchwood owner Chuck Prather and the architects involved in the project.

Ed Taylor’s Mark Weaver and Greg Walbrun accepted the award on behalf of the company.

There’s power in rebranding, Business Journal story says

The rebranding of a company can carry a true business impact, as Ed Taylor has discovered since launching its new graphic identity and website last year.

Ed Taylor, which has found that its new website and newsletter have helped in landing business and in communicating a vibrant corporate culture, was recently featured in a Tampa Bay Business Journal story about the power of rebranding.

Click here to read the story, which also featured the rebranding of Tampa Theatre.

September 2013 Newsletter

Is tilt-wall construction right for your project?

As we work with clients to plan new construction, we often recommend the “tilt-wall” method. Instead of using masonry block, we form and pour concrete for walls horizontally on a casting bed or the slab. Then, the walls are “tilted” to a vertical position with a crane, providing load-bearing support for the structure.

We have used this method on many projects, such as the 83,000-square-foot Parallon Business Solutions building, the 104,000-square-foot Wendover Art Group building in Largo (pictured here), and the 50,000-square-foot MicroLumen building in Oldsmar.

That said, this method isn’t optimal for every project. Here are tips from Ed Taylor President Brian Jackson on deciding if tilt-wall construction is your best option:

  • For tilt-wall construction to be cost-effective, a structure should be at least 25,000 square feet in size and more than 22 feet tall.
  • If your building needs to stand up to stormy weather like Florida’s, tilt-wall may be a good option. As an example, we see a need from government agencies that are required to have structures able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and are looking at tilt-wall construction as a solution.
  • If your building is being constructed on a tight/constricted piece of land, tilt-wall construction may not be applicable for your building.
  • If you decide to use tilt-wall, make sure that you work with a company that has experience. We have in-house capabilities, a longstanding track record, and complete quality control.

Of course, one of the main considerations is cost. For some buildings, tilt-wall makes sense economically; for others, it won’t, so a well-done cost analysis is a key in making the decision.

Ed Taylor overcomes challenges in Orange Business Services buildout

Finishing an interior buildout for Orange Business Services called for Ed Taylor Construction to overcome a couple of interesting challenges, involving coordinating with outside vendors as well as dealing with Florida’s weather.

Ed Taylor demoed the interior of the 19,288-square-foot building, creating an open office space for cubicles and furniture, as well as private offices and a server room requiring 24/7 air conditioning.

Furniture for the company’s new office space in Clearwater was set to be delivered two weeks before completion. Ed Taylor’s superintendent had to coordinate the subcontractors’ scopes of work to free up enough floor space to store and then build 112 work stations.

One week before the completion date, a leaky roof (not included in the original scope of work) caused flooding after a severe rainstorm. Ed Taylor’s team was able to swiftly coordinate remediation of the water, clean up the space, replace drywall, ceiling tiles, doors and some cabinetry, in addition to working with the furniture vendor to complete the project.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to be flexible,” said Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction. “Challenges can come up in any project, and it’s important to handle issues efficiently, so work can continue as planned.”

Orange Business Services, a France-based company specializing in IT and telecom solutions for businesses, relocated 110 employees from Largo to the new location in June.

July 2013 Newsletter

As stormy season ramps up, disaster plan is a good idea

Another active hurricane season is forecast for this year: A computer simulation by Florida State University scientists calls for a 70 percent probability of 12 to 17 named storms, with five to 10 becoming hurricanes.

And though west-central Florida typically doesn’t see the activity of, say, South Florida or the Panhandle, it’s a good idea to think about disaster planning for your business now.

At Ed Taylor, we have a comprehensive crisis plan in place in case our facilities are affected, including specific plans for how we would communicate with employees, subcontractor partners or anyone else affected by a certain situation.

As we look toward the brunt of hurricane season, we are getting questions about how companies would make repairs if supplies are short, and for some companies, whether their facilities are prepared to withstand a storm.

If you have questions about whether your building might need some work to be hurricane-ready, or if you’d like to talk about storm planning in general, contact Mark Weaver at 813-623-3724 or

Renovating research facility for USF

Ed Taylor is currently completing the renovation of a 40,000-square-foot facility for USF’s Office of Research and Innovation in Tampa.

The first phase of the project needed to be complete in approximately 90 days. And much of the work had to be done in an area where employees were on the job.

Successfully working through the challenges, Ed Taylor Construction’s scope has included enclosing the building’s loading dock and essentially modernizing the entire space. Also, the building’s server room required 35 tons of new air-conditioning equipment, in addition to the 18 new air-conditioning units needed for the rest of the facility.

The USF Research Foundation works to bring inventions and discoveries by USF’s university community from the laboratory to the public. In turn, funds from these activities go toward paying for future research.

Q&A: Larry Meckley

Q: Often, a building renovation takes place while business continues onsite. What are some tips for companies undertaking such a project?

A: It’s important that a company gets buy-in from the employees, so everyone can work together to keep obstacles and frustrations to a minimum. In some cases, there may need to be significant workarounds, such as temporarily moving part of a production line.

Pre-planning for any project is essential. Many business leaders may not be aware of how construction can impact their business.

Involving key personnel prior to project commencement and communicating throughout the process will help ensure a more enjoyable construction experience.

June 2013 Newsletter

Ed Taylor completes renovation of The Historic Birchwood Hotel

Ed Taylor recently completed its work on The Historic Birchwood Hotel, rebuilding a historic and popular local attraction in downtown St. Petersburg on vibrant Beach Drive. The historic 1920s structure now houses a boutique hotel, upscale restaurant, event space, and a rooftop bar.

Like many historic preservations, The Birchwood project was not without surprises. As one example, in maintaining the original perimeter walls, engineers encountered a potential stability issue. So Ed Taylor built support structures with steel poles running through the walls of the existing building. During the process, the company discovered human hair in the stucco (a practice from the 1920s, added for elasticity).

The building was restored to a style that honors the past, but with modern styles and amenities throughout. For example, a decorative panel in the restaurant features glass doorknobs from the original building, while the hallways to the 18 hotel rooms include small secondary doors that were once used to deliver milk and other essentials when the building was an apartment house in the 1920s.

“Ed Taylor embraces accountability, coordinates the various teams effectively, and is both proactive and responsive in their client service,” said Birchwood Hotel owner Chuck Prather.

Commercial construction in the area is gaining some momentum

As the Tampa Bay area economy improves, you may have noticed that commercial construction is gaining some momentum. It’s a good time to build, since labor costs remain flat and contractors continue to offer competitive bids.

In our business, we are seeing an uptick in construction of grocery stores and bank branches, while we are also seeing more companies looking to build to accommodate their growth.

A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times quoting Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction, discussed the state of commercial construction in the Tampa Bay area. Click here to read the article.

Commercial construction in the area is gaining some momentum

As the Tampa Bay area economy improves, you may have noticed that commercial construction is gaining some momentum. It’s a good time to build, since labor costs remain flat and contractors continue to offer competitive bids.

In our business, we are seeing an uptick in construction of grocery stores and bank branches, while we are also seeing more companies looking to build to accommodate their growth.

A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times quoting Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction, discussed the state of commercial construction in the Tampa Bay area. Click here to read the article.

Q & A: Mark Weaver

Q: With the economy improving, are commercial construction costs starting to rise?

A: We are seeing costs for labor staying relatively flat, but there are definitely some rising costs in materials, particularly materials that are petroleum-based, or require shipping, due to the higher cost of gas.

For some materials, such as metal studs and door-frames, we have seen prices increase as much as 5 to 10 percent over the past year.

When customers ask us about these increases, we recommend that they release us to order materials quickly, so that we can lock in prices to ensure the lowest possible cost for each project.

May 2013 Newsletter

Ed Taylor finishes USAmeriBank Westshore branch, featuring artistic replicas of coins in the floor

Walking into the new USAmeriBank branch on Westshore Boulevard in Tampa, your eye is immediately drawn to the floor. Set in the imported Italian porcelain tile are large, raised representations of coins. The tin coin replicas are scaled from actual sizes – for example, the quarter is 11 inches in diameter while the penny, pictured at right, is 8 inches in diameter.

It was no easy task for Ed Taylor Construction to place the coins in the tile. First, it took more than a month to grind down the floor to a level where tile could be placed. Then, they had to laser cut holes in each tile where the coin replicas would be placed and then set.

Ed Taylor began work in November, gutting the interior of an existing building previously home to Continental Jewelers. They renovated interior and exterior walls, which now feature Italian paneling and teak wood accents. Another innovative detail of the branch (which opened last month): an all-glass conference room facing Westshore Boulevard and featuring a backlit USAmeriBank logo.

“The accent materials take the look-and-feel of the branch to another level,” said Rick Milton, superintendent for Ed Taylor and lead on the project. “This branch took a lot of meticulous work, which has resulted in a standout presence on Westshore for USAmeriBank.”

Renovation of office for The Edwards Group is done in 3 ½ weeks, working around employees

Ed Taylor Construction recently completed renovations for The Edwards Group headquarters, located at 150 2nd Ave N in St. Petersburg (the Wells Fargo building downtown). The 13,299-square-foot space had been vacant for four years and was sorely in need of updating.

Renovations included creation of executive offices for former St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker, now President of the Edwards Group, and Bill Edwards, Owner of the company. As part of the renovation, Ed Taylor also built a break room for employees, and handled flooring and painting.

The Edwards Group has quickly become one of the most high-profile companies in the Tampa Bay area: It owns The Club at Treasure Island, manages the Mahaffey Theater, and is planning renovations and new tenants for the former BayWalk shopping complex, which it purchased last year. The renovations to its offices were completed in just 3 ½ weeks, and the office is now fully operational.

“We are proud to specialize in ‘occupied renovation,’ doing our work even as a company’s employees continue to occupy the space,” said Greg Walbrun, a Senior Project Manager with Ed Taylor Construction, and lead on the Edwards Group project. “It makes things easier for clients when they can continue to go about their workday even while space is under construction.”

Freshening up five of the Rays’ luxury suites

Ed Taylor Construction teamed up with the Tampa Bay Rays to renovate five of the team’s luxury home plate suites at Tropicana Field.

The company gutted and rebuilt two of the suites, replacing the floors and wallpaper, installing new tile and renovating the bathrooms. The work also included painting the suites and refinishing woodwork, and all five suites received new leather seating. The project was completed by opening day, April 2.

Ed Taylor’s relationship with the Rays started with work done to prepare for the 2012 Republican National Convention, when the company built a customized data room at Tropicana Field to ensure adequate cell phone reception for attendees of the RNC Welcome Event.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with the Rays,” said Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction, and lead on the project. “The renovations to the suites look great now that they’re completed, and we can’t wait for fans to see the improvements.”

Q&A: Ben Jackson 

Q: How does a construction company work most effectively with an architect in making plans a reality?

A: Many construction companies are taking a proactive role, partnering with the architect to ensure that every aspect of the architect’s plans will work in the actual building. This way, costly rework can be avoided.

The ability to spot potential issues is a key, as the construction company checks everything from how an air conditioning duct system fits in a crawl space to whether a certain building material will hold up as expected.

And if plans change, there can be a domino effect. For example, if it’s decided that the client wants larger windows, it could require changes to the air-conditioning system, which in turn could impact electrical needs and the structure of the unit’s supports.

With architects often being stretched from a time and manpower perspective, we find that they appreciate the collaboration and help that we can offer.

April 2013 Newsletter

Extensive coordination helps Ed Taylor meet tight deadlines for Parallon Business Solutions

Building one of the more significant projects underway in Pinellas County, Ed Taylor Construction is completing an 82,000-square-foot office and training facility in Largo for Parallon Business Solutions, an HCA healthcare affiliate that’s headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

Ed Taylor built the facility from the ground up, and Parallon will be relocating its staff from a local office to the new location in April. One of the biggest challenges Ed Taylor faced with the project was Parallon’s need for an expedited timeframe. A project of this magnitude normally would take eight to nine months to complete, but Ed Taylor is completing the job in about half that time.

To meet the expedited deadline for move-in, more than a mile of underground conduit was completed at the same time the tilt panels for the walls were being poured. During most projects, this work would not be going on simultaneously.

“We had tremendous cooperation and coordination from our subcontractors,” said Andrew Ladig, the project superintendent for Ed Taylor, “and that was critical for us to complete the project so quickly without sacrificing quality.”

Harrod Properties is the developer behind this new building located in Largo, just south of Ulmerton Road and west of U.S. 19. Parallon Business Solutions provides business and operational services for the healthcare industry.

Ed Taylor builds new distribution facility for Coca-Cola

 Creating an office/warehouse that’s used to distribute Coca-Cola products throughout the region, Ed Taylor Construction has built-out a facility in North Tampa that consolidates three distribution centers into one.

The 200,000-square-foot facility, an empty warehouse when the company began work, now includes 8,500 square feet of office space, as well as charging and cleaning stations for equipment.

Working on an expedited schedule, Ed Taylor began work in early October and was able to move the tenant into the space the first week of December. Since Coca-Cola moved into the space, work has continued on the exterior of the building, as well as creating a two-acre lighted parking facility.

One of the more challenging aspects of the project was coordinating the installation of a supplemental transformer required for the facility. Coordination with Tampa Electric involved designing the space for the transformer and planning the installation process.

“Coordination can become complicated when numerous parties are involved,” said Tim Nalls, project manager for Ed Taylor. “We take pride in our ability to coordinate with all the parties involved in a project, even when things get complicated.”

The facility is owned by Madison Industrial Partners LLC and managed by Trammell Crow Co.

Katie Waldridge joins company as Director of Business Development

Katie Waldridge, pictured above, recently joined Ed Taylor Construction as Director of Business Development. Katie is responsible for contributing to the growth and development of Ed Taylor Construction by actively prospecting new business, developing and maintaining key relationships, and creating new marketing programs.

Katie, who previously worked with LEMA Construction in St. Petersburg, is well versed in the commercial construction industry.

“We are excited to welcome Katie and her unique background to the team,” said Brian Jackson, President. “She will be instrumental as we continue to grow, seek out new business opportunities and expand our marketing.”

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