JK2 Construction completes work at new Universal Orlando Resort restaurant

Guests can now enjoy Bigfire at Universal CityWalk

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 29, 2019) – Campfire food just got a gourmet update with Universal Orlando Resort’s latest restaurant, Bigfire—and a leading Central Florida contractor helped bring the look to life.

Bigfire, located in the heart of Universal CityWalk, brings guests back to lakeside family vacations, with the emphasis on open flame cooking. A new exhibition kitchen allows guests to watch their meals being cooked on a custom-built grill over an open flame within view of the main dining area.

JK2 Construction saw the project through from demolition of the existing venue to completion of the new dining experience. The company was charged with demolition of all interior components, all existing electrical and mechanical systems, many exterior walls and storefront. JK2 then built out the new space, including a complete state-of-the-art kitchen, additional seating areas, balcony seating and exhibition grill.  Structurally, JK2 expanded the balcony area seating and the waterfront dining area. The firm also constructed essential operational aspects for the full-service kitchen and modern bar.

All of the handcrafted custom seating, banquettes and wood interior finishes were made of reclaimed barn wood. Other finishing touches included new flooring throughout, floor to ceiling storefronts and a private dining area.  All work, deliveries, and equipment had to be scheduled during non-park hours of 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. and cleaned before guest arrival.

“Universal Orlando is always on the cutting edge of attractions, restaurants and other experiences,” said Paul Holmes, president and founder of JK2. “We are proud of our work helping to bring these big visions to life.”

JK2 Construction has been a proud partner of Universal Orlando Resort for many years. Other memorable projects the company has completed include: TODAY Café, Voodoo Doughnut, NBC Media Lab and the Hello Kitty store.

For more information about JK2 Construction, visit jk2construction.com.

About JK2 Construction

JK2 Construction, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has become a leader in the construction industry. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects.  JK2 Construction has completed projects throughout the nation, including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. The company is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit jk2construction.com.

JK2 Construction Receives 2019 Gator100 honors

JK2 Construction Receives 2019 Gator100 honors

Company acknowledged among innovative businesses led by University of Florida alumni

APOPKA, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2019) – The JK2 family of companies is ready for a celebratory Gator Chomp. Both JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic were named to the elite Gator100 list for the third time based on their impressive growth.

The award recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses worldwide that are owned or led by alumni of the University of Florida. The list, which is presented by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, is in its fifth year.

To qualify, companies must have been in business for at least five years and had revenues of $250,000 or more every year since 2015, or for the past three full fiscal years. From January 2015 to September 2018, a UF alumnus or group of alumni must have owned 50 percent or more of the company, or have served as chief executive, or have founded the company and served on the senior management team.

The honorees of the Gator100 list are chosen based on a company’s compounded annual growth rate, or CAGR, over a three-year period. The JK2 family of companies made the list out of hundreds of companies that applied.

“The University of Florida was an integral part in preparing several of our team members, myself included, to do the work we do in the construction industry,” said Paul Holmes, founder of JK2. “To be recognized for that work by our alma mater is an incredible honor.”

This is JK2’s third time making the prestigious list. Since JK2 Scenic was spun off into a separate company last year, this is the first year both companies made the list on their own. JK2 Construction was ranked No. 85 with a CAGR of 29.46 percent, while JK2 Scenic was ranked No. 70 with a CAGR of 34.34 percent.

As a combined company, JK2 was ranked No. 45 in 2017 and No. 72 in 2016.

Both companies have experienced an extraordinary amount of growth over the last few years. JK2 Construction has completed several notable projects at Universal Orlando Resort, the Orlando Science Center and several amenity centers for national home builders. JK2 Scenic has seen a growth in revenue by over 1,000 percent, and completed work at Universal Orlando Resort, Disney Springs and the Margaritaville Resort Orlando.

The JK2 family of companies has five UF graduates currently in leadership roles: JK2 Founder Paul Holmes; JK2 Construction leaders Rick Amundson, Vice President, David Ressler, Director of Operations, and Dan Shaffer, Pre-Construction Manager; and JK2 Scenic President Julie Holmes.

Paul Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in business, followed by graduate studies at the School of Building Construction. Rick Amundson received a Bachelor of Building Construction. David Ressler received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture. Dan Shaffer received a Bachelor of Finance. Julie Holmes was a Cum Laude graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and is a three-year letter winner of the University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team.

For more information about JK2 Construction, visit jk2construction.com. For more information about JK2 Scenic, visit jk2scenic.com.

For more information about the Gator100, visit gator100.ufl.edu.

About JK2 Construction

JK2 Construction, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has become a leader in the construction industry. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects.  JK2 Construction has completed projects throughout the nation, including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. The company is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit jk2construction.com.

JK2 Awarded 4 Eagle Awards for Excellence in Construction

JK2 Awarded 4 Eagle Awards for Excellence in Construction

Both teams honored by Associated Builders and Contractors

APOPKA, Fla. (October 22, 2018) —JK2 has been recognized once again for Excellence in Construction by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

JK2 Scenic won three Eagle Awards for its work on the retail store at Universal Orlando’s Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, for work on the retail store at Universal Orlando’s Fast & Furious—Supercharged, and for its work on Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. The company brought each of these notable projects to life with custom millwork and theming to fit each unique space.

JK2 Construction also earned an Eagle Award this year for its work on Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter Christmas Show. The company worked around the clock and fabricated new towers, strategically located for show projector accuracy, for the nighttime light show, which drew major attention to the park and attracted Harry Potter fans from around the world.

“Both JK2 Scenic and JK2 Construction have built an impeccable reputation by delivering on each and every project,” said Paul Holmes, founder of JK2. “It’s always an incredible honor to be recognized for that work, and it’s even more meaningful among our peers.”

Each year, ABC Central Florida honors the best projects built by its members with the Eagle Award. The annual awards competition aims to raise the level of construction standards by recognizing top workmanship.

JK2 has an exemplary track record with the Eagle Awards. JK2 Scenic received three honors in 2017, and JK2 Construction earned an honor in 2016.

In addition to the Eagle Awards, JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic have been recognized among the largest general contractors and largest specialty contractors by the Orlando Business Journal two years in a row. The companies have been named to the elite Gator100 list twice and were named to the 2017 Fast 50 list for their growth.

For more information about JK2 Construction, visit jk2construction.com.  For more information about JK2 Scenic, visit jk2scenic.com.

About JK2 Construction

JK2 Construction, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has become a leader in the construction industry. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects.  JK2 Construction has completed projects throughout the nation, including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. The company is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit jk2construction.com.

About JK2 Scenic

JK2 Scenic focuses on building dreams and bringing unique construction visions to life in a creative way. The company specializes in themed architectural millwork, custom props and specialty items for retail, attraction, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant clients. Founded in 2008 as part of the JK2 family of companies, JK2 Scenic became its own company in 2017. Led by President Julie Holmes, the company has seen amazing growth and has been honored numerous times, receiving multiple Associated Builders and Contractors Eagle Awards and making the Orlando Business Journal’s Fast 50 list. JK2 Scenic provides creative solutions to uncommon ideas and has worked with world-class theme parks and national brands. For more information about JK2 Scenic, visit jk2scenic.com or call (407) 880-8400.

Taylor Morrison’s Canyons at Highland Ranch

JK2 Construction’s work on Taylor Morrison’s Canyons at Highland Ranch development was featured in the ABC Central Florida Chapter’s Building Central Florida magazine. Read the article in the September/October issue on page 12 here.

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InPark Magazine announces work on Orlando Science Center exhibit

InPark Magazine shared the news about JK2 Scenic and JK2 Construction’s work on The Hive: A Makerspace, Orlando Science Center’s new exhibit. Read the article here or continue reading below.

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JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic complete work on Orlando Science Center’s Makerspace

JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic came together to complete a new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center.

The Hive: A Makerspace is over 3,000 square feet of collaborative work space in which children can use high-tech tools and real materials to design and build their own projects.

JK2 Construction was brought on to manage the complete design and renovation of the construction project. The company worked closely with the architect and Science Center team to come up with a vision for the space and make it blend seamlessly with the existing design of the building. JK2 Construction completed the demolition of the existing space and managed the build-out of new framing, drywall, carpet, and painting of the newly created Makerspace. In addition, the company worked to safely and effectively relocate mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire safety elements while working around guests and operational constraints of the facility.

After JK2 Construction completed the interior build-out, JK2 Scenic turned the project into a functional, inviting space for children to create in. JK2 Scenic manufactured all the custom millwork for the project, including the cabinets used for storing building materials, supplies and tools. The unique hexagonal shelves, storage bins and wall art JK2 Scenic constructed for the project not only bring The Hive to life, but will also serve as inspiration to those who use the space for years to come.

The Hive, presented by the Isaacs Family, allows children 8 and up to turn their creative ideas into reality. The exhibit is now open on Level 3 of the Orlando Science Center.

“It’s appropriate that a space dedicated to creation and collaboration was completed through the cooperation of JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic,” said Paul Holmes, JK2 Construction president and founder.

“This project was a perfect fit for us at JK2 Scenic,” said Julie Holmes, JK2 Scenic president. “The Hive is all about helping kids turn their dreams into a reality through creativity and construction, something we strive to do every day.”

JK2 Construction has spent the past 30 years working to build perfection in every project it completes. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects.

JK2 Scenic builds dreams through custom theming, architectural millwork and specialty themed items. The company has worked with national brands in the retail, attraction, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries.

JK2 Construction Completes Work on Orlando Science Center Exhibit

JK2 Construction, JK2 Scenic Complete Work on New Orlando Science Center Exhibit

Collaborative work space for children now open

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 31, 2018) — JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic, leaders in the Central Florida construction industry, came together to complete a new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center.

The Hive: A Makerspace is over 3,000 square feet of collaborative work space in which children can use high-tech tools and real materials to design and build their own projects.

JK2 Construction was brought on to manage the complete design and renovation of the construction project. The company worked closely with the architect and Science Center team to come up with a vision for the space and make it blend seamlessly with the existing design of the building. JK2 Construction completed the demolition of the existing space and managed the build-out of new framing, drywall, carpet, and painting of the newly created Makerspace.  In addition, the company worked to safely and effectively relocate mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire safety elements while working around guests and operational constraints of the facility.

After JK2 Construction completed the interior build-out, JK2 Scenic turned the project into a functional, inviting space for children to create in. JK2 Scenic manufactured all the custom millwork for the project, including the cabinets used for storing building materials, supplies and tools. The unique hexagonal shelves, storage bins and wall art JK2 Scenic constructed for the project not only bring The Hive to life, but will also serve as inspiration to those who use the space for years to come.

The Hive, presented by the Isaacs Family, allows children 8 and up to turn their creative ideas into reality. The exhibit is now open on Level 3 of the Orlando Science Center.

“It’s appropriate that a space dedicated to creation and collaboration was completed through the cooperation of JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic,” said Paul Holmes, JK2 Construction president and founder.

“This project was a perfect fit for us at JK2 Scenic,” said Julie Holmes, JK2 Scenic president. “The Hive is all about helping kids turn their dreams into a reality through creativity and construction, something we strive to do every day.”

JK2 Construction has spent the past 30 years working to build perfection in every project it completes. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects.

JK2 Scenic builds dreams through custom theming, architectural millwork and specialty themed items. The company has worked with national brands in the retail, attraction, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries.

For high resolution photos of this project, click here.

For more information about JK2 Construction, visit jk2construction.com. For more information about JK2 Scenic, visit jk2scenic.com.

About JK2 Construction

JK2 Construction, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has become a leader in the construction industry. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. JK2 Construction has completed projects throughout the nation, including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. The company is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit jk2construction.com.

About JK2 Scenic

Started in 2008 as part of the family-owned JK2, JK2 Scenic has grown and developed a niche in the construction industry. The company designs and builds themed architectural millwork and custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, attraction, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. The company’s mission is to build dreams. JK2 Scenic serves as a trusted, respected and valued partner that builds with a creative approach and has principal-level involvement on every project. This mission has led to a roster of client partners, including major theme parks, themed restaurants and national brands. For more information, visit jk2scenic.com.

JK2 Construction Completes Work on Voodoo Doughnut

JK2 Construction, JK2 Scenic Complete Work on Voodoo Doughnut

Local construction leaders partner on popular Universal CityWalk shop

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 31, 2018) — JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic, leaders in the Central Florida construction industry, came together to complete the delightfully weird and sinfully delicious Voodoo Doughnut shop at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando.

For this 2,418-square-foot project, JK2 Construction completed everything from demolition of interior components, exterior walls and storefront to constructing a fully operational kitchen. JK2 Construction was charged with building a chef’s office, viewing kitchen, a display line and POS stations, both fixed and mobile. The construction company also added a new lighting and dimming package, A/C distribution, automatic opening entry doors and elevator access to the restaurant. In addition, JK2 Construction added flooring, storefront windows, architectural aluminum finish, built-in banquettes, custom seating and multiple specialty finishes.

After JK2 Construction completed the interior build-out, JK2 Scenic added the “wow factor” with the final touches that brought the signature style of Voodoo Doughnut to life. JK2 Scenic fabricated decorative props, the POS service station and display line, custom display shelves, and the famous rotating doughnut cabinet, which showcases the crazy-flavored doughnuts in the center of the sales floor.  All of the eclectic art and show pieces, bringing the creatively weird and edgy space to life, were coordinated, purchased and installed by the JK2 Scenic team.

“I’m proud that both JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic have been able to work on the Voodoo Doughnut shop at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando,” said Paul Holmes, JK2 Construction president and founder. “Together, we’ve created something iconic that is both a complement to the other outstanding venues at CityWalk and a showpiece visitors will enjoy for years to come.”

Both companies were able to overcome the logistical challenges of working inside a small retail footprint within a high-traffic tourist destination, completing the project in the allotted timeframe.  JK2 collaborated with Universal Creative and the interior designer to ensure the look and feel of the space was delivered with perfection.

For more information about JK2, visit www.jk2.com.

About JK2 Construction

JK2 Construction, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has become a leader in the construction industry. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects.  JK2 Construction has completed projects throughout the nation, including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. The company is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit jk2construction.com.

About JK2 Scenic

Started in 2008 as part of the family-owned JK2, JK2 Scenic has grown and developed a niche in the construction industry. The company designs and builds themed architectural millwork and custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, attraction, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. The company’s mission is to build dreams. JK2 Scenic serves as a trusted, respected and valued partner that builds with a creative approach and has principal-level involvement on every project. This mission has led to a roster of client partners, including major theme parks, themed restaurants and national brands. For more information, visit jk2scenic.com.

The Canyons at Highland Ranch

JK2 Construction completes upscale amenity center in Clermont

Local construction leader finishes first project with Taylor Morrison

APOPKA, Fla. (June 12, 2018) — JK2 Construction, a leader in the Central Florida construction industry, recently completed work on a luxury amenity center in the booming city of Clermont.

The amenity center is part of Taylor Morrison’s Canyons at Highland Ranch development. The project features a cabana, pool, splash pad and dog parks. In addition to these amenities, JK2 Construction also created volleyball, basketball and tennis courts for residents.

The amenity center JK2 Construction built offers something for all residents, whether they want to relax and unwind with family and pets or get active on the court.

This is the first project JK2 Construction has completed with Taylor Morrison. Thanks to its success, the two companies have continued their partnership, with multiple projects already in the works.

“Taylor Morrison is known for building homes tailored to the needs of residents,” said Paul Holmes, JK2 Construction’s president and founder. “Our efficient, quality building approach allowed us to produce a luxurious amenity center quickly and affordably while they focus on constructing homes their clients will love. We look forward to growing this partnership.”

The Canyons at Highland Ranch is located in Lake County and features 14 home designs starting in the $250,000s.

Over the past 30 years, JK2 Construction has collaborated with many home builders around Florida and the U.S., including Pulte Home Corporation, Starwood Land Ventures, Winter Garden’s Orchard Hills Community, Summerlake Community in Windermere and Hickory Hammock Community. JK2 is proud to add Taylor Morrison to its list of partners.

For more information about JK2 Construction, visit jk2construction.com.

About JK2 Construction

JK2 Construction, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has become a leader in the construction industry. The company specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects.  JK2 Construction has completed projects throughout the nation, including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. The company is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit jk2construction.com.

OBJ 2018 Largest General Contractors

JK2 Construction is honored to be included in Orlando Business Journal’s list of Largest Construction Companies/General Contractors for the second year in a row.

Companies were ranked based on their 2017 Central Florida operating revenue.

JK2 Construction was ranked No. 19 among some of the best in the industry, which is five higher than last year.

The recognition is the latest in a series of honors for JK2. Over the past year, the company was named among Orlando Business Journal’s 2017 Fast 50 and made the Gator100 list for the second year in a row.

To see the full OBJ Largest Construction Companies/General Contractors list, click here.

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Ruby Lake Development

JK2 completes upscale community center in Dr. Phillips

 Local construction leader finishes project at Pulte Home Corporation’s Ruby Lake development

APOPKA, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2017) — JK2 Construction, a leader in the Central Florida construction industry, recently completed work on a luxury community clubhouse in Orlando’s growing tourism corridor.

The clubhouse is part of Pulte Home Corporation’s Ruby Lake development off Turkey Lake Road. The nearly $2 million project features a 5,241-square foot building that includes a fitness area, community room, bathrooms and an office. JK2 also constructed a large community pool with a children’s splash pad and water features, a community mail center and a tennis court.

The amenity site is situated on 1.27 acres on a lakefront, and residents are able to sit poolside and see the Disney’s nightly fireworks. A dock for residents to enjoy is planned for the future.

This is the latest in a string of projects JK2 has completed for premier home builder Pulte Home Corporation.

“Pulte Home Corporation knows what residents in Orlando’s growing communities want,” said Paul Holmes, JK2’s president and founder. “Our design-build approach allows us to produce these quality centers quickly and affordably while they focus on constructing homes for their clients. We’re thrilled to be their trusted partner.”

Ruby Lake is located in the Dr. Phillips neighborhood and features 10 home designs starting at $441,990.

JK2’s project team included Vice President Rick Amundson, Project Manager Tucker Holmes and Project Superintendent Garrett Holmes. JK2 is a second-generation family-owned company.

In the past, JK2 has partnered with Pulte Home Corporation to complete amenity and fitness centers at Lakeshore at Narcoossee in St. Cloud, Royal Estates of Orlando and Lakeview Pointe in Winter Garden. The company has also worked with Starwood Land Ventures, Winter Garden’s Orchard Hills Community, Summerlake Community in Windermere and Hickory Hammock Community.

For more information about JK2, visit jk2.com.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

 JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit www.jk2.com/.

Swan and Dolphin Resort Update

JK2 completes meeting space update at Swan and Dolphin Resort

APOPKA, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2017) — JK2 Construction recently completed a major update to two meeting spaces at the storied Swan and Dolphin Resort.

The project included the demolition of one of the Swan’s existing restaurants and the game room and the rebuilding of the 2,766-square-foot space. JK2 completed the work while the hotel was occupied, and the company seamlessly matched the finishes of the hotel’s signature style.

“We’re thrilled to have worked on the iconic Swan and Dolphin Resort,” said Paul Holmes, president and founder of JK2. “The property is renowned for its art and architecture, and our talented team worked hard to ensure the updates fit perfectly.”

The project was led by Vice President Rick Amundson, Project Manager Tucker Holmes and Project Superintendent Bill Glascock.

The Swan and Dolphin Resort is one of Disney’s landmark properties, featuring signature art and architecture from the renowned Michael Graves.

JK2 has a long history of working with entertainment, hospitality and amenity partners, including Orlando’s theme parks and resorts. The family-owned company is in its 30th year.

For more information about JK2, visit www.jk2.com.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit www.jk2.com/.

OBJ 2017 Largest General Contractors

JK2 Construction & Scenic is honored to be included in Orlando Business Journal’s list of Largest Central Florida General Contractors.

Companies were ranked based on their 2016 Central Florida operating revenue.

JK2 Construction & Scenic was ranked No. 24 among some of the best in the industry.

The recognition is the latest in a series of honors for JK2. The company was named as a finalist for the ACG Orlando 2017 SMART Award, ranked in OBJ’s 2017 Fast 50 list, and received the University of Florida Gator100 Honor this year.

To see the full OBJ Largest Central Florida General Contractors list, click here.

OBJ Features JK2’s Anniversary

JK2 Construction & Scenic entered its 30th year with revenues over $10 million and 12 percent growth over last year. The Apopka-based business has been named among the fastest growing companies in Central Florida, and it has numerous accolades, including several Excellence in Construction ABC Eagle Awards and a ranking among the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch.

But it wasn’t always that way.

When Paul Holmes started JK2 Construction in 1987, he was the only employee. He dreamed of controlling his own career path and starting a business that could be multigenerational.

In the height of the Great Recession, company principals took pay cuts down to minimum wage and built the business back from reserves. In 2008, Holmes and the company took another risk, starting JK2 Scenic and bringing theming, specialty fabrication and millwork services in-house.  This allowed JK2 to diversify the business and create a revenue stream outside its typical construction clients.

The years of hard work and investment have paid off. JK2 Scenic has grown revenues by more than 1,000 percent since 2013, and JK2 has a multi-million-dollar roster of projects, including work for national homebuilders and area theme parks. The company now has more than 40 employees, and a second generation has entered the business, with Holmes’ daughter, Julie, as a principal and Vice President of JK2 Scenic and nephews Tucker and Garrett with JK2 Construction.

With a solid past and foundation of support from amazing clients, talented staff and valued partners over the last 30 years, JK2 is looking toward the future.

For more information on how JK2 can help with your next project, visit jk2.com or call 407-880-8400.

Read the full story at Orlando Business Journal here: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/feature/corporate-anniversaries-guide/2017/jk2-construction-scenic.html

2017 Fast 50

JK2 Construction & Scenic named among Orlando Business Journal’s 2017 Fast 50

Family-owned business honored for incredible growth

APOPKA, Fla. (June 12, 2017) – JK2 Construction & Scenic has been honored for its outstanding growth, ranking among Orlando’s top 50 fastest growing companies.

The Fast 50 list is compiled by the Orlando Business Journal. The list includes private business in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties, ranked based on the percentage of revenue growth from 2014-2016.

JK2 has seen revenues grow by over 40 percent from 2014 to 2016.

The company combines the capabilities of a general contractor with a dynamic scenic division, allowing it to offer architectural millwork, custom props and specialty items in-house. JK2 Construction has completed projects at area theme parks, as well as for several national home builders. JK2 Scenic has also completed projects at area theme parks, including the new water park in town.

“I started JK2 in order to have a family business that operated with high standards. To see that dream grow into one of the fastest growing companies in Central Florida is outstanding,” said Paul Holmes, president and founder of JK2. “I’m incredibly proud, and I look forward to seeing this company develop and grow strategically in the future.”

JK2 was founded in 1987 and has since developed into a company combining two divisions of construction. JK2 Construction specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. JK2 Scenic designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries.

The company was also recently named to the Gator100, which recognizes the fastest-growing business led by alumni of the University of Florida, for the second year in a row. In addition, JK2 was a 2017 SMART Award Finalist through the Association for Corporate Growth of Orlando for the second year in a row and was named to the 2016 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch list.

The rankings of the 50 companies were revealed and the honorees were recognized at an event on June 9.

For more information on JK2 Construction & Scenic, visit jk2.com.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit www.jk2.com/.

University of Florida Gator100 Honor

The ABC Central Florida’s magazine Building Central Florida recognizes JK2 Construction & Scenic for its University of Florida Gator 100 honor. Read the article in the May/June issue on page 12 here.

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2017 Gator100 honor

JK2 Construction & Scenic receives 2017 Gator100 honor

Company recognized among innovative Gator-led businesses for second year

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2017) – JK2 Construction & Scenic has been named to the elite Gator100 list for the second year in a row based on its outstanding growth.

The annual Gator100 list honors the 100 fastest-growing businesses in the world that are owned or led by alumni of the University of Florida. This is the third year for the awards, which are sponsored by UF, the Warrington College of Business and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center.

To qualify, companies must have been in business for five years or more and had revenues of $250,000 or more in 2013. From January 2013 to October 2016, a UF alumnus or group of alumni must have owned 50 percent or more of the company, have served as chief executive or have founded the company and served on the senior management team.

Companies are ranked by compounded annual growth rate, or CAGR, over a three-year period. JK2 Construction & Scenic made the list out of hundreds of companies that applied.

“At JK2, we’re always proud to be recognized for our outstanding work,” said JK2 Founder and President Paul Holmes. “But being part of the Gator100 is even sweeter for us as proud UF alumni. Our outstanding education truly set the foundation for the success of our family construction business.”

JK2 was ranked 45 with a CAGR of 48.22 percent, up from number 72 in 2016. Both JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic have experienced incredible growth over the last few years. JK2 Construction has completed several major projects at Universal Studios Orlando and several amenity centers for national home builders. Meanwhile, JK2 Scenic has grown revenue by 1,000 percent since 2013 and has recently completed major projects at both Universal Studios Orlando and Disney Springs.

JK2 has three UF graduates currently in leadership roles within the company: President Paul Holmes, Construction Division Vice President Rick Amundson and Scenic Division Vice President Julie Holmes.

Paul Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in business, followed by graduate studies at the School of Building Construction. Rick Amundson received a Bachelor of Building Construction degree. Julie Holmes was a Cum Laude graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and is a three-year letter winner of the University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team.

For more information about JK2, visit jk2.com. For more information about the Gator100, visit gator100.ufl.edu.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity, resort hotels and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit http://www.jk2.com.

2016 Eagle Award

JK2 Construction wins Eagle Award for work on NBC Media Lab

APOPKA, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2016) — JK2 Construction, one of the divisions of the family-owned JK2 Construction & Scenic, has been recognized for Excellence in Construction by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for its work on the NBC Media Lab at Universal Studios Florida.

The ABC recognizes outstanding projects built each year with the award, called an Eagle Award. JK2 Construction served as the General Contractor on the project.

“JK2 Construction has been part of Central Florida’s construction industry for nearly 30 years,” said Paul Holmes, JK2’s president and founder. “It’s always an honor to be recognized as the best among our outstanding peers.”

As part of the NBC Media Lab project, JK2 oversaw selective demolition of existing structures, as well as new construction and the complete interior renovation of an existing structure.

When complete, the 6,588-square-foot building retained the original exterior appearance of “The Garden of Allah” hotel and villas in Hollywood, but the interior included clean, high-tech finishes needed for the lab’s operation.

This is not the first time JK2 Construction & Scenic has been honored for its work. The company has received multiple Eagle Awards, and this year, it was named a Florida Company to Watch and a Gator100 honoree for its outstanding growth.

For more information, visit jk2.com.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity, resort hotels and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit http://www.jk2.com.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

JK2 Construction & Scenic work together on new Universal Orlando resort lobby space

Orlando, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2016) — As guests walk up to the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, they are transported to an island paradise complete with waterfalls and lush landscaping.

JK2 Construction & Scenic helped contribute to that feel in the hotel’s lobby.

Both divisions of the Apopka-based company worked together to build out a 3,200-square-foot space in the lobby of Universal Orlando’s new Caribbean-themed resort on Adventure Way.

As part of the work, the Construction Division built out the shell, providing framing and drywall finishes, electrical and air conditioning, storefront glass, fire sprinklers and alarms and finish paint.

JK2 Scenic, the company’s other division, provided the finishing touches, adding wood siding, beams, display walls, themed floor fixtures, specialty doors and custom shutters that fit with the island vibe.

The space will serve to provide guests added comforts and convenience during their stay.

The first guests checked into the 1,000-room hotel in July.

For more information on JK2, visit jk2.com.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity, resort hotels and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit http://www.jk2.com.

2016 GrowFL Award

JK2 Construction & Scenic receives 2016 GrowFL award

Family-owned business named to Florida Companies to Watch list

Apopka, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2016) – JK2 Construction & Scenic has been named to the 2016 Florida Companies to Watch list by GrowFL because of its outstanding growth.

GrowFL is an economic development program aimed at helping second-stage growth companies prosper in the Sunshine State. It works in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation to compile the Florida Companies to Watch list, which celebrates those companies that demonstrate high performance by using innovative strategies and processes.

JK2 was one of 50 companies statewide that made the list. It was selected out of more than 500 nominees.

JK2 Construction & Scenic’s growth was spurred by the fact that the company combines the capabilities of a general contractor with a dynamic scenic division that is able to create architectural millwork, custom props and specialty items. President and Founder Paul Holmes said they are extremely proud of the recognition.

“As a family-owned business, we have worked hard to grow this company into a second-stage business,” he said. “We’re in good company among the other honorees, and we look forward to continuing to develop innovative strategies that allow our growth to flourish at JK2.”

JK2 was founded in 1987 and has since developed into a company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries.

Since 2013, the Scenic Division has grown revenue by more than 300 percent. It doubled its size in 2014, and plans are underway to build a new shop facility in 2016. Likewise, the Construction Division grew revenue by more than 55 percent in 2015 and recently completed work for Universal Studios Orlando and several amenity centers for national home builders.

Second-stage companies are defined as those with six to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. The companies on the list generated more than $1.1 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,200 employees between 2012 and 2015. They also project a 30 percent increase in revenue and a 33 percent increase in job growth in 2016.

JK2 will be honored at a celebration Nov. 3 at the Hard Rock Live.

For more information on GrowFL, visit www.growfl.com. For more information on JK2 Construction & Scenic, visit jk2.com.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit www.jk2.com/.

Hello Kitty retail experience

Orlando, Fla. — (April 11, 2016) — Fans of the Japanese cartoon feline with the famous bow can soon say hello to Hello Kitty in Orlando, thanks to a major renovation at Universal Studios headed by JK2 Construction.

The company, a leader in Florida’s construction and building industry, served as general contractor for the work on the more than 5,000-square-foot space, which now houses the Hello Kitty interactive retail experience, as well as a Betty Boop store and a Universal area.

The building features about 3,000 square feet of Hello Kitty space, decorated with bright, animated characters. At the center, there is just under 1,000 square feet of Universal retail space, and further along, there is about 1,000 square feet of Betty Boop space, decorated in the animated character’s signature red and black.

The space was originally the home of an attraction centered on memorabilia from the TV show “I Love Lucy.”

Rick Amundson, the vice president of the Construction Division, said JK2 headed up the more than $1.5 million renovation of the space.

“The only thing we left were the walls and roof,” Amundson said.

JK2 also made some changes outside, updating the building’s façade.

“We’ve been doing this type of work at Universal Studios for almost 30 years,” said JK2 President Paul Holmes. “This is just another completed job in a long line of exceptional projects, and we’re proud of that.”

The company also built the famed Universal Studios Orlando archway entrance.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity, resort hotels and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit http://www.jk2.com.

2016 Gator100 Honors

JK2 Construction & Scenic Receives 2016 Gator100 Honors

Prestigious honor recognizes innovative Gator-led businesses worldwide

JK2 Construction & Scenic has been named a 2016 Gator100 honoree due to its outstanding growth over the past three years. The annual award honors University of Florida alumni-led businesses demonstrating extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit and notable growth.

The Gator100, sponsored by the University of Florida, the Warrington College of Business and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of leading UF alumni entrepreneurs around the world. The Gator100 ranks the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses each year – regardless of which school or college the alumni graduated from – recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit in all Gator alumni across the campus. More than 600 Gator-led companies around the world applied for this honor.

“As part of Gator Nation, we are extremely proud to be a Gator100 nominee, ‘’ said JK2 President and Founder Paul Holmes. “Our world-class education provided the solid foundation for our family construction business. The entire team is very blessed by the success and milestone growth in both our construction and scenic divisions.’’

JK2 was ranked 72 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.35%. A few of the important projects completed in the past year by JK2’s Construction Division include the new NBC Media Lab at Universal Studios Orlando, renovation at the Dolphin Hotel, as well as several design-build community clubhouses for national home builders. JK2 Scenic, which provides themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items continues strengthening relationships with area attractions, resorts and restaurants. JK2 Scenic projects included Florida locations for the Cinépolis movie theater chain, various projects at Universal Studios Orlando and custom millwork and props for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™ at Universal Studios Hollywood. JK2 also completed a major retail assignment at Disney Springs.

JK2 has three UF graduates currently in leadership roles within the company: President Paul Holmes, LEED AP, VP/Construction Division Manager Rick Amundson and VP/Scenic Division Manager Julie Holmes, P.E., LEED AP.

Paul Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Business, followed by graduate studies at the School of Building Construction. Rick Amundson received a Bachelor of Building Construction degree. Julie Holmes was a Cum Laude graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a three-year letter winner of the University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit http://www.jk2.com.

Harmony Recreation Center

 JK2 Construction named general contractor for
Harmony Recreation Center in Harmony community

JK2 Construction, a general contractor and construction management firm, will oversee the building of Harmony Recreation Center within the Harmony community south of Orlando.

The Harmony Recreation Center will include a 6,240 square foot building containing a fitness center, recreation room, community room, kitchen, men and women’s restrooms, breezeway, conversation porch and ramada with outdoor fireplace situated on a 2.43 acre lot.

The center amenities will include a resort style zero entry pool, spacious sun deck, gazebo, and two tennis courts.

JK2 Construction has been providing amenity packages for residential community developers for more than 25 years.

“JK2 has really developed a niche by building outstanding recreation and community centers for all types of developments,” said Paul Holmes, President. “Our expertise in amenity construction allows the quality homebuilders in the growing Harmony community to focus on what they do best.”

The Harmony Recreation Center, that will be located at 7575 Five Oaks Dr. in St. Cloud, was designed by The Evans Group and is expected to generate 75 construction related jobs. Holmes states the project will start March 1 with completion scheduled for late summer.

For more information on homes in Harmony call 407-891-8358 or visit their website at harmonyfl.com.

About JK2 Construction & Scenic

JK2 Construction & Scenic, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has evolved into a unique company combining two divisions of construction. The JK2 Construction Division specializes in design-build, commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, amenity and time share projects. The JK2 Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty items for the retail, major attractions, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. JK2 has completed projects throughout the nation including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national home builders. JK2 is a trusted, respected and valued partner who builds with a creative project approach and has principal level involvement in every project. For more information, visit http://www.jk2.com.