Interstruct in 2019
It’s been an exciting year of growth and momentum, working with longtime clients and partners whose trust we have earned, and new clients who are embracing Interstruct’s streamlined design-build process. Here’s a recap of Interstruct’s 2019.
Expansion of in-house architectural design team
Interstruct CEO and co-founder Ryan Young, AIA now leads a team of three in-house architects — Carlo Hernandez, Nathan Wallace and Maria Valbuena — to handle not only the projects on which Interstruct is bidding and/or under contract. The A-Team, as Young refers to this group, is also part of the process of envisioning and realizing architectural renderings for urban development projects, primarily within the Orlando neighborhoods including the Hourglass District, the Milk District and Downtown Orlando including its expansion west of I-4. The A-Team also had the opportunity to push boundaries in their interpretation of a pocket park in a hypothetical indoor location as part of the Design Showcase at Coverings 2019 held in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center.
Photo: Chad Baumer
Ongoing partnership with Orlando Health
In spring 2018, Orlando Health put out an RFP in search of an Orlando-based design-build firm to roll out Physicians Associates locations throughout Central Florida. Interstruct’s refined design-build process and experience building dozens of medical and dental offices earned the contract. That engagement built more than trust. “Since then, our process has been fully embraced by Orlando Health’s internal project managers,” says Interstruct CEO Ryan Young, leading to significant new contracts taking Interstruct well into 2020 and beyond.
Adaptive Reuse projects, an Interstruct sweet spot
“We like to do this,” Young says, pointing out his A-team’s drive to transform old, tired spaces into great architectural design work that functions extraordinarily well for clients. Although the design team did not do this project a standout project in 2019 for Interstruct traditional GC services was the completion of Orlando-based internet marketing and analytics company Net Conversion’s world headquarters, located in a 1940s building in downtown Orlando. We also transformed the former Harley Davidson building into the flagship showroom for Paradise Grills, on the west side of I-4, just south of downtown Orlando. You can’t miss the fire-engine red warehouse with its 20-foot tall curtain glass window facing I-4.
Other exciting work has been, and continues, in the Hourglass District where a former car wash will be retail space ideal for Orlando entrepreneurial startups and a former Tony’s Auto will be an exciting new restaurant.
Other adaptive reuse seeds were planted in 2019 for projects in both Orlando and Tampa that will be major focuses for Interstruct in 2020.
Interstruct is also part of the project team for Downtown Orlando’s first food hall on Church Street, in the former Bumby Arcade building.
Interstruct is thrilled to see how the artists at McRae Art Studios and ArtReach Orlando in the Parramore neighborhood have been thriving in their new home.
Photo: Chad Baumer
Capital Improvement Projects
Longtime commercial real estate clients have reinvested in their properties with capital improvement projects with high-end finishes to attract and service top tier tenants. Notable projects included the W.P. Carey lobby renovation in St. Petersburg for CBRE, designed by our frequent partner Ai Collaborative; the One Harbour Place lobby renovation for Highwoods Properties; and Bayside Center 1 & 2 lobby renovations for Cushman and Wakefield. We completed a major lobby renovation for Lincoln Property at South Park Center in Orlando.
Photo: OneWeb Satellites
Entry into the Space Coast market
Much like the tech industry is to Silicon Valley, so is the aerospace engineering industry to Florida’s Space Coast, a region that covers 72 oceanfront miles of Brevard County from Cape Canaveral on Merritt Island, south to Sebastian Inlet. Interstruct, in collaboration with Dirtt Modular Interiors, built the offices of the new OneWeb Satellites, located on Merritt Island in Exploration Park, right outside the gates of Kennedy Space Center. This area is on the verge of massive growth in the coming decade and Interstruct is so pleased to be part of it.
Photo: Chad Baumer
Completed our 25th office for Heartland Dental
Interstruct has been building dental offices throughout Florida for over ten years, both from the ground up as well as from the shell in. Heartland’s are specifically challenging due to their high-end finishes, owner-required coordination and aggressive schedules. Interstruct has completed 25 locations and counting for Heartland since 2012 when the dental company made first made their way into Florida. With the future of the dental industry as bright as the similes our clients create, we look forward to many more successful projects like this one in Mulberry, Florida.
Photo: Marsha Kemp
A focus on childcare centers
Our Tampa office completed multiple childcare facilities in 2019, using Interstruct’s streamlined design-build process to complete projects not only on time and on budget, but often — start to finish — within a 4-6 month time frame. Pictured is Childcare of Brandon, an 11,000 square-foot center we built from the ground up.
On November 21, our 62,000 square-foot project for L3Harris Technologies in St. Petersburg won first place in the Interior Architecture category of the CREW Tampa Bay Excellence Awards. Shout out to the firm to whom it was awarded, Ai Collaborative — with whom we often work. True, Interstruct didn’t win the award but Interstruct DID build out the award-winning project in just 16 weeks.
Photo: Chad Baumer
Notable Interstruct projects in the Tampa area
Health E Systems was a 43,000 square-foot, full-floor tenant build-out in Cypress Center 1, a Class-A Office Building in Tampa. Prepared Insurance was a 20,000 square-foot design-build single story project that included replacement of all major HVAC and plumbing systems as well as high-end finishes and furnishings. City National Bank (pictured) was a 4,000 square-foot tenant build-out with very high-end finishes in Met West, a Class A office building. The project was completed in two months. Interstruct recently completed its third project for WebstaurantStore, the world’s largest online retailer of restaurant products. The 20,000 square-foot expansion of the company’s customer service division included a state-of-the-art fitness center, locker rooms, coffee stations, training auditorium and a full-service break room. Also happy to help fuel the southeast with MADE, canned cold-brew coffee. We built their Tampa Bay offices and production facility. We also completed the 20,000 square-foot offices for Albertelli Law for our client Commercial Florida Management.
Interstruct is also pleased to be part of Tampa’s downtown waterfront development of Sparkman Wharf, by Strategic Property Partners. In addition to site work, Interstruct is also building the innovative wine bar and restaurant, Free the Cork, on the ground floor of the retail, dining and entertainment destination.
Photo: Chad Baumer
Notable Interstruct projects in the Orlando area
A favorite design-built project in 2019 was the new downtown office for Orlando-based personal injury law firm Trial Pro. The client was so pleased with our start-to-finish, single-contract design-build process that he shared his testimony.
As always, we continue doing tenant improvement renovations and build-outs that are the foundation of our company. For instance, an emergency reno of a 9,000 square-foot office in Orlando that had flooded, and a 20,000 square-foot, 8-week rush job for Lincoln Property Company and BlueGreen to end the year with a successful CO on December 27th.
South of Orlando in Haines City, Interstruct has been integral to the development and construction of a new retail plaza, Citrus Crossing.
Interstruct’s community commitment
In 2019, Interstruct sponsored a variety of events, each with the purpose of bettering the lives of Central Floridians. The annual Avrio Foundation PlaceMakers Soirée resulted in seven public art and placemaking projects selected for activation in downtown Orlando. The literacy non-profit organization pg. 15 continues to support kids of all ages as authors and readers. Burrow Press, part of the Urban Think Foundation, is a publisher dedicated to fostering the literary community in Orlando, Florida and beyond. Sarah’s Sporting Clays raises funds for pediatric oncology at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, through the Sarah Szafranski Endowment Fund.