Palm Beach County non-profit, HomeSafe celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the opening of its brand-new campus in West Palm Beach. The innovative Sylvester Family West Campus will provide a welcoming and safe environment for young victims of child abuse to heal from their trauma and find confidence in their future.

The ribbon-cutting event also included a special announcement from Verdex Construction, the general contractor for the project. Verdex President Rex Kirby announced the company is donating $125,000 to HomeSafe to support its mission.

“As a past president and current member of the HomeSafe Board of Directors, I wanted to do everything we could to let the agency direct its budget to helping these children and not on construction costs,” said Kirby.

“This is truly a transformative time for the agency,” said Matthew Ladika, CEO of HomeSafe. “We are one of only five agencies in the state of Florida that provides a unique level of care in specialized therapeutic group homes for severely traumatized child abuse victims. This new campus, along with future construction projects, will help us continue our mission of creating safer, more productive lives for infants, children, young adults and families.”

The Sylvester Family West Campus consists of two buildings, the Residential Cottage and the Enrichment Center, totaling 15,356 sq. ft. The Residential Cottage offers 12 suites where each child will have their own private room and bathroom. The Cottage also has a large kitchen, living and dining areas, therapy wing and gaming area to create a comfortable home environment. The new Enrichment Center offers music and workout rooms, a multimedia lab, and educational wing and has a strategically designed layout so that staff will have even better supervision of the children. The 3.2 acre site also includes a nature trail, basketball court and gazebo which will provide for many outdoor activities.

About Verdex Construction

Verdex Construction is a privately held building contractor based in West Palm Beach, FL, led by founder and President Rex Kirby, a 35-year veteran in the construction business.  Verdex provides general contracting services to clients including preconstruction, construction management, and design-build.  Verdex is committed to “Building Something Better” through exceptional service, a fundamental focus on safety and quality, and value to owners, customers and the community.  For more information, visit www.verdex.com

Verdex Construction has appointed Alex Smith, a construction industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience to its senior leadership team as Vice President of Operations. He will be based in the company’s West Palm Beach headquarters.

Smith has extensive management experience with some with the largest contractors in South Florida. He will manage operational oversight, establish high-quality training programs for staff, and extend efforts toward operational consistency, among other duties.

“Alex brings extensive experience and very valuable leadership skills to Verdex which is expanding its footprint across Florida,” said Verdex President, Rex Kirby. “His deep experience will bring many layers of added value to our clients around the state.”

Smith started his career as a carpenter and then project engineer while earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction at the University of Florida. He is a member of the Construction Executive Association and a prior board member of the Construction Association of South Florida.

Verdex Construction’s recent projects throughout South Florida include the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown1000 North, an upscale restaurant/club on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter; and Town Lantana Apartments in Lantana. Verdex also has projects underway in both Tampa and Gainesville.

In just over five years, Verdex has earned numerous awards and prestigious industry recognition, including being selected as a finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal, finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Builder of the Year by the AIA Palm Beach, and being selected as a GrowFL “Company to Watch”.

About Verdex Construction

Verdex Construction is a privately held building contractor based in West Palm Beach, FL, led by founder and President Rex Kirby, a 35-year veteran in the construction business.  Verdex provides general contracting services to clients including preconstruction, construction management, and design-build.  Verdex is committed to “Building Something Better” through exceptional service, a fundamental focus on safety and quality, and value to owners, customers and the community.  For more information, visit www.verdex.com

Verdex Construction has broken ground on Deer Creek Senior Housing, an age-restricted affordable housing project in Gainesville to be built by Deer Creek Senior Housing LLLP, a partnership of Neighborhood Housing and Development Corporation of Gainesville and Rural Neighborhoods of Florida City. The project was designed by Hoffman & Facundo Architects of LaBelle, FL and Fetner Engineering of Hawthorne, FL. Completion is expected in spring 2022.

Located at 2166 NW 55th St., Deer Creek consists of five stories with 62 units totaling 67,000 sq. ft. Amenities include a multipurpose entertainment room, game and craft room, fitness center, meeting rooms, computer room and an outside picnic area.

“This is our first project in the Gainesville area following the 2020 launch of our North Florida office, headed by construction industry veteran Joey Mandese,” said Verdex President Rex Kirby. “We look forward to meeting the needs of the growing North Florida economy.”

The project will be built using cast-in-place concrete with precast hollowcore slabs, CMU and metal stud interior partitions, a modern stucco exterior style with exposed structure and rooftop solar panels on a three-acre site. There will also be a walkway path to the neighboring Gainesville Senior Recreation Center.

Verdex Construction’s recent projects throughout Florida include the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach DowntownThe Pointe on West Shore Apartments in Tampa, 1000 North, an upscale restaurant/club on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter; and Town Lantana Apartments in Lantana.

In just over five years, Verdex has earned numerous awards and prestigious industry recognition, including being a 2020 Gator 100 Honoree (fastest growing University of Florida Gator graduate-led companies in the world), being selected as a finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal, finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Builder of the Year by the AIA Palm Beach, and being selected as a GrowFL “Company to Watch”.

About Verdex Construction

Verdex Construction is a privately held building contractor based in West Palm Beach, FL, led by founder and President Rex Kirby, a 35-year veteran in the construction business.  Verdex provides general contracting services to clients including preconstruction, construction management, and design-build.  Verdex is committed to “Building Something Better” through exceptional service, a fundamental focus on safety and quality, and value to owners, customers and the community.  For more information, visit www.verdex.com

 

West Palm Beach-based Verdex Construction has appointed Daniel Lawrence as Business Development Manager in Tampa, FL. Lawrence will be responsible for identifying potential projects and clients as Verdex expands its current footprint as a general contractor and construction manager in the Tampa Bay region.

Lawrence has more than 20 years of experience leading and developing significant projects in Tampa and across the country as part of Caspers Company. Projects included rezoning and restoration of the historic redevelopment of the Stovall House in Tampa; development of The Library Restaurant located within Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg; and renovation of the landmark Alexander Brown Restaurant in downtown Baltimore, MD.

“Daniel knows the Tampa Bay area inside and out and has built deep relationships across the industry,” said Verdex Construction President Rex Kirby. “The Tampa market is primed for significant growth over the next few years and we can bring value and experience to developers looking to address those needs.”

Lawrence is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management. He is a resident of Tampa with his wife and daughter.

Verdex Construction is currently building The Pointe on Westshore multifamily apartment community at 4950 West Prescott Street in Tampa. Other recent projects include the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown; 1000 North, an upscale restaurant/club on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter; and Town Lantana Apartments in Lantana, FL.

In just over five years, Verdex has earned numerous awards and prestigious industry recognition, including being selected as a finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal, finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, as well as being selected as a GrowFL “Company to Watch”.

West Palm Beach-based Verdex Construction was selected by Atlantic Realty Partners to build Park View at Palmetto Bay, a 235-unit multifamily apartment community at 9500 SW 174th St. in Palmetto Bay, FL. Construction is underway with completion expected in May 2022. The project was designed by MSA Architects of Miami.

The five-story community consists of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments totaling 431,000 sq. ft. on a 3.65-acre site. The apartments will wrap around a five-story, 371-space parking deck that will allow residents easy access to their units.  Amenities include a pool, barbecue area, dog spa, fitness club, and clubroom. Parkview will also contain 1,380 sq. ft. of retail space that will serve local residents and visitors.

“As with our recent Canopy Hotel and Watermark Senior Living projects in Downtown West Palm Beach, this project will be built on a very tight site requiring infill expertise, detailed traffic coordination and local neighborhood communication,” said Rex Kirby, President of Verdex Construction. “This is our second project for Atlantic Realty, and our second in Miami-Dade County as we continue to expand our operations across Florida.”

Verdex Construction’s recent projects throughout South Florida include the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown1000 North, an upscale restaurant/club on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter; and Town Lantana Apartments in Lantana.

In just over five years, Verdex has earned numerous awards and prestigious industry recognition, including being selected as a finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal, finalist for 2020 Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and being selected as a GrowFL “Company to Watch”.

About Verdex Construction
Verdex Construction is a privately held building contractor based in West Palm Beach, FL, led by founder and President Rex Kirby, a 40-year veteran in the construction business. Verdex provides general contracting services to clients including preconstruction, construction management, and design-build. Verdex is committed to “Building Something Better” through exceptional service, a fundamental focus on safety and quality, and value to owners, customers and the community. For more information, visit www.verdex.com

West Palm Beach-based Verdex Construction has announced the launch of an additional office in Gainesville to serve the company’s clients located in north Florida. This is Verdex’s second expansion outside of its West Palm Beach headquarters following its expansion to Tampa last year.

The Gainesville office will be led by Joey Mandese, who has been named Vice President and Managing Director of Verdex’s North Florida office. Mandese, a 30-year construction industry veteran who previously owned his own construction company in Gainesville, most recently worked as Senior Project Manager for Planning, Construction and Design at the University of Florida. He is also a graduate of the University of Florida, with a B.S. in Building Construction.

“I worked with Joey at a previous company, and as soon as we decided to expand our operation into north Florida, I knew that his skill set, leadership, relationships and knowledge of the market make him the right person to lead and grow our North Florida office,” said Verdex President Rex Kirby. “Joey embodies our company’s anthem of “Building Something Better.”

Verdex Construction’s recent projects include the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown, the much-acclaimed new hotel opening March 2020; 1000 North, an upscale restaurant/club on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter; Water Tower Commons apartments in the Town of Lantana; Indigo Station apartments in Deerfield Beach, and Westshore Apartments in Tampa.

In just five years, Verdex has earned numerous awards and prestigious industry recognition, including being named by GrowFL as a 2017 Florida “Company to Watch” and 2016 Startup Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal. Verdex also ranked third on South Florida Business Journal’s “Fast 50” for 2019, a list that ranks the fastest growing businesses in the tri-county region.

About Verdex Construction

Verdex Construction is a privately held building contractor based in West Palm Beach, FL, led by founder and President Rex Kirby, a 35-year veteran in the construction business. Verdex provides general contracting services to clients including preconstruction, construction management, and design-build. Verdex is committed to “Building Something Better” through exceptional service, a fundamental focus on safety and quality, and value to owners, customers and the community. For more information, visit www.verdex.com