JK2 completes renovation projects at Universal Orlando Resort

Companies work together on Bourne Stuntacular shop, Loews Royal Pacific Resort

APOPKA, Fla. (June 23, 2020) – As visitors explore the newly reopened Universal Orlando Resort, they might notice a few updates, courtesy of a family of local construction companies.

The JK2 companies recently worked together on the renovation of the Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s Main Lobby, including a compete renovation of the Orchid Lounge and creation of the Tuk Tuk Market, as well as the store for the recently opened Bourne Stuntacular show. JK2 Construction served as the general contractor for both projects, and JK2 Scenic added impressive finishing touches.

“We’re proud to be a longtime partner of Universal Orlando and to have contributed to so many iconic structures in Central Florida,” said Paul Holmes, founder of JK2. “It’s even more rewarding when our two divisions can work together to bring these spaces to life for visitors to enjoy.”

The renovation of the Loews Royal Pacific Resort Main Lobby and Orchid Lounge involved a complete demolition for JK2 Construction, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and a slab scan. The contractor then reconstructed the spaces, including interior finishes, custom book matched hard surfaces, lighting and dimming packages, HVAC and electrical distribution, framing, drywall, painting, slab pour back and more.

JK2 Scenic added finishing touches to both spaces. In the lobby, JK2 Scenic fabricated stone cladded reception desks, as well as custom rift-cut white oak furniture. In the Orchid Lounge, JK2 Scenic was responsible for several woodwork pieces with specialty integrated stone cladding, including the impressive main bar and center bar island, metal feature cabinet, TV bar wall with two book matched stone patterns and more.

The companies also worked together to relocate four desk areas and create a grab-and-go food area, Tuk Tuk Market. The space draws inspiration from both food trucks and traditional island architecture, featuring wood wall cladding, banquette seating, custom menu boards, unique floor tiles and more. The market serves up coffee and quick bites, from breakfast to dessert.

The Bourne Stuntacular store project involved the renovation of the former Five & Dime shop. JK2 Construction completed select demolition of the interior, mechanical and electrical systems. The company also handled reconstruction, including interior finishes, a custom chandelier, LED light columns, lighting and dimming packages, HVAC and electrical distribution, storefront doors and exterior finishes.

JK2 Scenic completed the retail wallbays with LED accent lighting, shelving, nesting tables, floor fixtures and POS station.

JK2 has worked on a number of recent projects at Universal Orlando Resort, including the Fast & Furious—Supercharged retail store, Bigfire restaurant, Voodoo Doughnut, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

In addition to completing work for theme parks, JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic have worked with themed restaurants, national home builders and major hotels.

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

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

We have all been required to make adjustments in our everyday lives due to COVID-19, but one area you may not have considered is the nation’s vital blood supply.

As social distancing has become the norm and people are staying home, there have been an unprecedented amount of blood drive cancellations. Luckily, local Florida blood center OneBlood has not given up. Instead, by taking the necessary precautions to help prevent further spread of coronavirus, OneBlood has continued to make donating blood a safe and comforting process.

JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic were proud to have recently partnered with OneBlood to host the Big Red Bus for a blood drive. They have always been dedicated to giving back to the community and there’s no better time than now.

“Blood is our lifeline; it courses through each and every one of us and has an unfortunately short shelf life, so I encourage those who are eligible to donate to please do so, especially during this time of uncertainty,” said Scott Archey, Preconstruction Manager at JK2.

These facts underscore just how vital your donation is.

  • Blood donations have an expiration date of 42 days.
  • 4.5 million Americans would perish each year without lifesaving blood transfusions.
  • 43,000 pints of blood are used daily in North America.
  • One pint of your blood has the potential to save up to three lives.

It is equally important for those who have already contracted the coronavirus and have recovered to reach out to their nearest blood center and make their donation. With support from the American Red Cross, OneBlood has been resolute in supporting Convalescent Plasma therapy (CP), an experimental treatment approved by the FDA to aid those who are experiencing life-threatening coronavirus infections. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, CP is obtained by collecting whole blood or plasma from a patient who has a survived a previous infection and developed humoral immunity against the pathogen responsible for the disease in question.

We at JK2 are proud to stand with the heroes in our community who continue to push for the life-saving gift of blood and we encourage you to join us.

For more information on how you can host the Big Red Bus, please contact Annette Prause at Annette.Prause@oneblood.org or visit oneblood.org to find a blood donation center near you!

JK2 celebrates record year

Central Florida construction companies saw revenue growth, signature projects

APOPKA, Fla. – The JK2 family of companies is proud to announce the celebration of a record year in 2019.

JK2 saw its highest revenue growth since the Great Recession more than a decade before and its second highest revenue mark in its 33-year history.

The outstanding growth was fueled by several landmark projects for the brand, as well as strategic expansions in key areas of expertise including hotels, theme park construction and clubhouse amenity centers.

“I started JK2 as a family business,” said Paul Holmes, founder of JK2. “To see how much it has grown and the world-class projects we are building, the business has come a long way and makes me incredibly proud. I look forward to seeing where we will go next.”

JK2 Scenic took major steps forward in 2019 when the company officially announced its designation as a woman-owned and operated business. Its leader, Julie Holmes, was also named to the Orlando Business Journal’s list of Women Who Mean Business.

JK2 Scenic completed work on several major resort and theme park projects, drawing on its expertise in millwork, theming and specialty construction.

JK2 Construction also saw expanded work in key vertical markets in 2019. The company served as the general contractor on several major theme park construction projects and completed amenity centers for national home builders. A signature project for the year was the 17,000-square-foot Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse in Reunion, Florida, which the company completed three months ahead of schedule.

The JK2 companies were also recognized for outstanding work several times in 2019. Both companies were named to the Gator100 list for the third time, an honor that recognizes the fastest growing businesses led by University of Florida alumni.

The companies took home eight Eagle Awards from the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for Excellence in Construction.

The new year is already off to a fast start for JK2.

“We’re looking forward to building on this success in 2020 with several signature projects in the works and another year of great growth projected,” Holmes said.

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 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.

JK2 awarded 8 Eagle Awards for Excellence in Construction

Both divisions honored by Associated Builders and Contractors

APOPKA, Fla. – JK2 has once again been recognized for its outstanding work in the construction industry in Central Florida—this time with an incredible eight Eagle Awards from a top trade organization.

JK2 Scenic received five awards for Excellence in Construction with two merit awards. Three of the four projects considered for the “Project of the Year” award belonged to JK2 Scenic. JK2 Construction received three awards for Excellence in Construction.

The awards, known as Eagle Awards, are given by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.  They are presented annually to members of ABC Central Florida, recognizing top workmanship that raises the level of construction standards.

The company’s two divisions worked together on two of the projects—Universal CityWalk’s Voodoo Doughnut and the Orlando Science Center’s collaborative workspace, The Hive: A Makerspace.

On the Voodoo Doughnut project, JK2 Construction handled the demolition and interior build-out, including a fully operational kitchen. JK2 Scenic then added finishing touches, from the decorative props to the famous rotating doughnut cabinet.

On the Orlando Science Center project, the two again worked together to transform a space. JK2 Construction managed the entire design and renovation of the project, completing the demolition and interior build-out. JK2 Scenic manufactured custom millwork, including storage cabinets, work spaces countertops, bins and wall art.

JK2 Scenic also won Eagle Awards for its work on SeaWorld Orlando’s Sesame Street Neighborhood, Novel Lucerne apartments, and a Lake Nona office project. The company received merit awards for work on Margaritaville Resort Orlando and for the retail space at Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

JK2 Construction received another Eagle Award for its work on the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse in Reunion. For this project, JK2 Construction built an underground cart storage, fully-equipped fitness center, full-service restaurant and bar, golf pro shop and a member sales center. It was completed after just 11 months, three months ahead of the already tight deadline.

The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

This year’s awards add to an exemplary track record for JK2, which received four awards in 2018, three in 2017 and another in 2016.

For more information about both divisions of JK2, please 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

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.

JK2 family of companies sponsors service dog in training

The JK2 family of companies is devoted to giving back to its community and is always on the lookout for ways to bring positive change into the world. Recently, the companies have partnered with Canine Companions for Independence to sponsor a service dog in training, who they have fittingly named JK2.

Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit devoted to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and support, with no charge to them. The nonprofit knows the pups aren’t just the eyes, ears, hands or legs of their owners, but their best friends.

Over the next 18 months, a volunteer puppy raiser will provide JK2 with a safe home and everything he needs to be the best service dog possible. The volunteer will take him to special obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, and most importantly, give him lots of love. The JK2 family of companies will handle all of the dog’s expenses, from purchasing food and sponsoring his training classes to covering vet visits.

After JK2 is trained, he will have the opportunity to help a person in need.  He will be the loving sidekick for a wounded veteran, child or adult with disabilities.

JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic are so proud to be involved with Canine Companions for Independence, and the life-changing work it’s doing in the local community.

JK2 might just be a little pup now, but soon he will be a big help and light in a deserving person’s life.

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.

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.

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.

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.