Owen-Ames-Kimball Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK), a preeminent general contractor with a long-standing presence in Southwest Florida, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Lehigh Acres Elementary School on Wednesday, April 20. Amanecer (meaning sunrise in Spanish) Elementary School will be located on Sunrise Boulevard next to Lehigh Acres Middle School. Construction began in April and the school will be open for the first day of school in August 2023. OAK is the main contractor for the project.

Attendees included members of the Lee County School Board, Lee County Schools Administration, elected officials and construction crew representatives, architects and engineers.

“Amanecer Elementary School will help us serve the rapidly expanding population here in the East Zone and prepare our children to reach their highest potential, said Lee County School Board member Gwynetta S. Gittens. “This is an exciting time for our community.”

“We are thrilled to be part of this project that will accommodate the rapid growth of students in Lee County,” said Matthew Zwack, president of OAK Florida. “We are proud to once again partner with the Lee County School District.”

The two-story building is a 127,745 square foot facility on 36 acres shared with Lehigh Acres Middle School. The schools will have a common access road, a bus loop and a power plant. The campus will have 984 student positions and serve as kindergarten through fifth grade. The one-story construction area is also designed to serve as a community hurricane shelter. The campus includes an indoor playground and sports fields. In addition, it will have updated security measures, including single entry point access control and upgraded hardware on all classroom doors.

The OAK Project Manager is Alesha Watchowski and the Site Superintendent is Tim Harkins. Ryan Propp is the Director of Field Operations. Abel Natali is the preconstruction director. The project architect is ADG Architecture, LLC. Johnson Engineering is the civil engineer and TLC Engineering Solutions is the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer. The structural engineer is TRC Worldwide Engineering.

An employee-owned company, OAK Florida, Inc.’s Board of Directors includes members from the company’s Florida operations. Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has been providing premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982.

OA-K’s Florida operation is a subsidiary of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier and Lee counties. Its Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about OAK at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.

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