Stevens Construction Co. President Mark Stevens said construction of a new office building for Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. has been completed.
The two-story office building at 11900 E. Terry St. in Bonita Springs will house administrative and support staff, including the finance, engineering and information technology departments, a news release on the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce website said. It also features conference rooms. Once the staff has moved into the new 19,000-square- foot building, the original staff support building will be demolished. The old building was part of the original water plant and office.
“Having the administrative staff under one roof will improve efficiency,” BSU Executive Director John Jenkins said when construction began. “We also expect a boost in morale. Over the years, the utility did as much as it could with the old building, but it was never intended for offices and morphed into an inefficient maze that outlived its useful life some time ago. Office expansion plans began several years ago and later were put on hold during the economic downturn. The economy has improved, we have hired additional staff, and the time is right for construction."
Planning for the new building began in 2008. Construction commenced in early 2016. GMA Architects and Planners provided the architectural services.
Project manager Mark Battaglia, administrator Terri Sobeck and superintendent Jamie Butdorf oversaw and coordinated the Stevens Construction team during the project.