Biltmore Construction’s rich history in government service begins with our founder Edward A. Parker, Sr. Having served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 22 years where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander, onto serving as Mayor of the Town of Belleair from 1973-1977, Ed Parker, Sr. was actively involved and supportive of government concerns. In fact, in the early years, Biltmore Construction was heavily involved in constructing many of the buildings at MacDill Air Force Base including the original Strike Command Headquarters. Other government clients that Biltmore Construction has served and continues to serve include:
- Corp of Engineers
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Corrections
- Department of Environmental Protection
- Department of Health
- Department of Juvenile Justice
- Department of Management Services
- Department of Military Affairs
- Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
- Tampa Bay Water
- United States Navy
- United States Postal Service
- Veterans Administration
“Biltmore Construction constructed our BSL-3 lab suite for the Florida Department of Agriculture facility in Kissimmee. The Biltmore staff was responsive to our needs and quick to offer suggestions and assistance to design issues and site concerns. This responsiveness was at the heart of the progress in this project.”
“I completed two hurricane recovery projects with Biltmore Construction: the Wauchula State Farmers’ Market, with a value of $3.1 million and the Ft. Pierce State Farmers’ Market, with a value of $16.5 million. Biltmore Construction has served as our Construction Manager at Risk on both of these projects.
These were very complex projects dealing with hurricane damage recovery requiring total building replacement, major building repairs and infrastructure code corrections. These projects were also FEMA reimbursement projects, requiring very detailed billing and documentation. Biltmore has been there every step of the way, including numerous meetings with FEMA.
Biltmore has gone above and beyond expectations and has worked tirelessly with us as we worked to resolve issues with FEMA and our tenants. As unusual as these projects were, given the nature of storm damage repairs and government red tape, Biltmore has remained on schedule and well within budget.
I look forward to working with Biltmore in the future and I would highly recommend them for any construction needs. They have really been a pleasure to work with on very complex projects.”
Bronson Diagnostic Lab Complex, Kissimmee, Florida
One of two laboratories in the Florida Diagnostic Laboratory System, the Kissimmee facility is a full-service, all-species laboratory receiving domestic and exotic animal species with the exception of primates, capable of tests ranging from full necropsy/anatomical pathology services to clinical pathology, histopathology, and immunohistochemistry are offered.
Phase 1 was a new 1,898 SF BSL-3 Lab suite building that included 3 BSL-3 laboratories with biosafety cabinets; 1 BSL-3+ lab with a work room, negative air and secondary containment barriers & systems; anteroom, kill tanks; autoclave; maximum security and surveillance systems. The USDA designated the Kissimmee Laboratory as part of a pilot system, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), which was developed to provide increased homeland and domestic security both in Florida and the nation. An accredited, all-species, full service lab system, the Kissimmee lab houses one of the Southeast’s most comprehensive diagnostic programs performing about 1,000,000 procedures each year. In addition to monitoring animal diseases, the lab also conducts thousands of test each year for public health threats, such as anthrax, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
The Phase 2 facility includes two new structures housing a Necropsy Laboratory and Incineration Facility plus a Shipping & Receiving Facility. The Necropsy Lab is 20′ high, floor to ceiling, to accommodate handling of large animal carcasses and includes a high performance monorail system with motorized & manual hoists able to accommodate loads to 6,000 pounds. The facility also houses a 20′ x 10′ x 20’H Environmental Cold Room; a 2,400 pound incinerator; Bio-safety Cabinets and Wet Labs; and emergency generator system for both buildings. The project included complete site development & improvements, clearing, grading, pavement, fencing, storm-water retention; sanitary & potable water systems extensions and data/telecommunications systems conduit extensions.