One of the region’s largest construction companies moves downtown after four decades | Business Observer

Creative Contractors, one of the area’s largest commercial construction companies, has moved into new space after spending the past 40 years in downtown Clearwater.

The company’s new location is a 14,200 square foot building on a 5.5 acre site that Creative Contractors built for itself.

The building sits off Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, Clearwater’s main commercial thoroughfare, approximately half a mile from the Bayside Bridge. Creative President Josh Bomstein said the new location gives the company better access to where it does its work.

“This more central location brings us closer to the area’s transportation network and major highways, improving our access to our projects which are concentrated in Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Manatee counties, in addition to Pinellas County,” says -he.

The Business Observer ranked Creative Contractors No. 10 on its 2022 list of the region’s top 50 contractors, based on revenue. It reported $155 million in revenue in 2021.

The company, which has been in business for 48 years, has worked on a long list of well-known projects, including the Ruth Eckerd Hall experiment; expansion of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium; expansion of Terminal F at Tampa International Airport; the head office of Embarc Collective; and several projects on the campuses of Saint Leo University, University of South Florida, and St. Petersburg College.

Creative has also worked with several school districts, including those in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Manatee counties.

As for its own building, designed by Ed Hoffman Jr. of WJ Architects/Hoffman Studio in Tarpon Springs, it is “contemporary, yet evocative of vernacular Florida architecture,” according to a statement.

Clearwater Creative Entrepreneurs relocate from downtown Clearwater to a new home that pays homage to the area’s natural habitat and industry. (Courtesy picture)

Vernacular architecture is “a type of local or regional construction, using materials and resources traditional to the region where the building is located,” according to the ArchDaily website.

To that end, Creative Construction says that several trees that were removed due to code were turned into furniture for the building and that the company’s 15-foot conference room table in its meeting room was made from from a monkey pod tree. And to bring in more natural light and create exterior views, some of the building’s glass reaches a height of 28 feet.

The building also “showcases the art of the structure,” which includes every piece of exposed, white-painted structural steel and every column used as a design element. According to Creative Contractors, this was done to pay homage to its industry.

Creative Contractors did not immediately respond to an email asking for the cost of the project.

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