July 2014 Newsletter

Topics: Occupied interior renovations, Ed Taylor completing new YMCA, Coolest Office Spaces

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.