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Federally-funded project awarded to Gainesville contractor

Gainesville-based Foresight Construction Group, Inc., was recently awarded a design-build contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the replacement of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems located onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), Jacksonville, Florida.

Foresight’s contract will consist of the complete replacement of the HVAC central plant and west side HVAC system in FRCSE Building 101U. This is Foresight’s second major project located within FRCSE Building 101U, and largest project awarded on an FRSCE facility. The project value is $8.5 Million.

FRCSE is the largest tenant command onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) and the largest industrial employer in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. In support of its Navy mission, FRCSE operates many industrial processes that present substantial environmental challenges. They are one of eight Fleet Readiness Centers devoted to maintenance, repair and overhaul of naval aircraft, engines and aeronautical components.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to continue our support of the USACE and FRCSE mission,” said Juan Segarra, Foresight Construction Group’s President and CEO. “We look forward to putting our culture of service to work in delivering another successful project for the USACE on base.”

The USACE contract is set to mobilize in early 2017.

About Foresight Construction Group, Inc.

Foresight Construction Group, Inc., based in Gainesville, Fla., was founded in 2008 to provide construction services to government, institutional and commercial clients within Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean. Foresight operates from three offices in Florida – Gainesville, Jacksonville and Tampa.


P.F. Chang’s coming to Butler Town Center

P.F. Chang‘s has signed as the first restaurant anchor at Butler Town Center, the urban-style phase of The Neighborhoods of Butler.

The 5,600 square-foot upscale Asian bistro will join Whole Foods Market in anchoring the mixed-use Butler Town Center. Whole Foods Market is projected to open in winter 2017, while P.F. Chang’s will debut with the rest of the center in 2018.

P.F. Chang’s menu features dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Cecilia’s Dumplings and Mongolian Beef, as well as wine, beer and specialty cocktail offerings.


Scarlett Hotel Group acquires Marriott SpringHill Suites at the University of Florida

Scarlett Hotel Group (SHG) has acquired the Marriott SpringHill Suites in Gainesville at the University of Florida. The upscale 126-room, all-suite hotel is situated in the heart of Gainesville, directly across from Butler Plaza. The hotel is also proximate to Celebration Pointe, a developing lifestyle boutique retail center with Class-A office and multifamily. The recently renovated property includes a pool, breakfast area, fitness center, and an outdoor patio.

“We’re thrilled to have acquired our second Marriott property in Florida in the robust and thriving university driven market of Gainesville,” said Zio Pekovic, a principal with SHG. The acquisition marks SHG’s second Marriott acquisition in Florida in the past 7 months.


Vale Food Co. comes to Archer Road

Vale Food Co. will be opening a new location in Robbinswood Plaza at 3841 SW Archer Road. They will join an existing tenant lineup including Bento Café, Chipotle, Mochi, and Relish. Vale Food Co., a healthy fast casual restaurant that offers catering and meal plan delivery services, was originally founded in 2014 while owner Sunny Ilyas attended Florida State University.

Vale Food Co.’s model allows customers to customize their bowls with high-quality ingredients that are delicious and affordable. Vale Food Co. describes itself as having “Whole Food’s Quality and Chipotle’s Efficiency.”

Offerings at Vale Food Co. will include:

  • Catering
  • Açaí Bowls
  • Poké Bowls
  • Avocado Toast
  • Overnight Oats
  • Local FL Kombucha
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Cold Pressed Juices
  • Fresh Pressed Lemonades and Brewed Tea

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