Coastal Construction has been a prominent fixture of Florida’s Miami-Dade County building industry since 1988. Involved with some of the more high-profile projects in the area such as the Bacardi headquarters building, Carol City High School and the St. Regis Bal Harbor hotel, the company boasts an impressive list of commercial, hospitality, education, residential, mixed-use and worship projects. Additionally, residential and historical preservation endeavors and disaster-recovery efforts round out the company’s portfolio. It offers pre-construction, construction management as general contractor or design/builder, post-construction and building information modeling services to its clients.
Through the company’s dedication to quality and on-time delivery, it has earned a reputation for establishing good working relationships with clients as well as subcontractors. Early involvement and proper planning enable Coastal to address each client’s needs and avoid any cost issues or schedule delays. The company claims that “more than 85 percent of its clients represent repeat business.”
As a donor to Camillus House, Coastal was eager to bid on a new campus designed to help the area’s poor and homeless individuals with an array of services as well as temporary and permanent housing. When complete, the center will be able to provide employment, social service and clinical treatment programs for about 3,000 people per year.
The aggressive building plan was more than 25 years in the making. It has come to fruition through generous endowments from both public and private entities, in addition to state, county and federal funds. Coastal is construction manager of phase one of this new campus comprising 245,000 square feet of space in six buildings. Set on a 3.1-acre tract of land, the new buildings are designed to blend into and improve on the surrounding urban area. This phase of the project, which broke ground in May 2010, will house a behavioral health treatment and residential facility, medical and service space, dining hall and café, parking garage, commercial kitchen, offices, educational spaces, auditorium and a chapel. It is expected to be completed by February 2012.
The company is also handling general contracting services for Shepherd’s Court, an 80-unit, mid-rise permanent housing facility for Camillus House residents.
The ambitious project is slated to achieve LEED Gold certification. “We’re incorporating energy- and water-saving products to help achieve a maximum amount of operational savings,” says C.J. Matherne, Camillus House director of new facility development. “Several of the buildings will have photovoltaic panels to augment the electrical usage.”
Coastal also presented value-engineering alternatives to the project. “We offered different lighting and A/C controls to save energy,” Vice President Steve Silverman says. “A white PVC roofing material was added to reduce building cooling costs, as well.” He adds that environmental paint and wood products will help improve indoor air quality.
A central chiller plant in the parking garage will provide cooling and chilled water to the buildings as well as temporary power when needed. “This way, these systems can be monitored from a central location, which will simplify maintenance and control costs,” Silverman notes.
Coastal is hoping to help with phase two of the project which has not yet been awarded. This portion will add medical clinics, additional apartment housing and a church to the complex. “We’re planning on adding a green roof to one of these buildings,” Matherne declares.
“So far Coastal has been very receptive to our needs,” Matherne says. “They’ve stayed on schedule as we’ve dictated and are bringing the project to completion within budget.”
In hiring Coastal, Camillus House stipulated that a certain number of low-income and formerly homeless workers within the Miami-Dade area be hired for the project. “We conducted job fairs to find labor for this project,” Silverman says. “It’s been a great experience for me. I have a newfound appreciation for the people of Camillus House and their clients.” He adds that Coastal’s involvement with this project has presented a new pool of resources that the company can look to for future work.
“Coastal has done an excellent job of meeting this obligation,” says Matherne.
Silverman states that the subcontractors were especially helpful during the job fairs. “Even though they weren’t required to do so, many of the trades have hired people from the area,” Silverman claims. “What’s even better is that we as well as the subcontractors have utilized these people on other projects. We all became a part of the Camillus House family by working on this project.”
Additionally, the subcontractors and vendors have participated in value-engineering sessions for Camillus House. “Their input helped control costs and make this a project the whole community could be proud of,” Silverman asserts. Coastal’s key partners include Suntech Plumbing.