JK2 Construction named Top Privately Held Company

JK2 Construction is proud to announce that we were named to Orlando Business Journal’s 2020 Golden 100 list.

The list features the largest privately held companies in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties based on 2019 gross revenue. We were ranked No. 67 and are proud to be in such great company.

To see the full rankings, click here.

JK2 Construction named to Largest General Contractors list

JK2 Construction was named to the Orlando Business Journal’s list of Largest General Contractors once again.

The list consists of companies in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties ranked by 2019 Central Florida operating revenue. JK2 was ranked No. 18 and is proud to be in the company of outstanding peers in the industry.

This is the JK2 Construction’s third time making the list. To see the full rankings, click here.

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 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.