JK2 Construction Completes Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse

JK2 Construction completes Jack Nicklaus “Golden Bear” clubhouse in Reunion, Florida

One generation to the next

REUNION, Fla. (March 29, 2019) – At a young age, it’s not uncommon for brothers to play with building blocks together – but few get the chance to turn it into a career.

JK2 Construction, a family owned business, is passing one generation of brothers’ work to the next. Recently, siblings Garrett and Tucker Holmes came together to complete the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse, their first major project as a professional team.

The grand clubhouse in Reunion, Florida, features two stories, and 17,000 square feet of beautifully designed space. For the 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.

Originally, the clubhouse was scheduled for 14 months of construction, but the client requested it be finished by the start of peak season. Under the leadership of the brothers and diligence of the team, the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse was completed in just 11 short months!

JK2 Construction was founded in 1987 by Paul Holmes. Always a family man, Paul brought his brother Michael on staff to help establish and grow the business, along with business partner Rick Amundson. Garrett and Tucker, Michael’s sons, then joined the business, and Paul’s daughter, Julie, now leads JK2 Scenic, the other business in the JK2 family of companies.

Over 30 years after its founding, JK2 Construction has grown into a leader in the construction industry with ties to major theme parks and national home builders. The company is known for its high level of service and dedication to delivering excellence for its customers.

“JK2 was always a family company, and I know it makes both Michael and I proud to see the next generation not only taking interest in the company, but initiative,” said Paul Holmes. “We know they will continue to build on the success we’ve had as they take JK2 into the future.”

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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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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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.

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.