Building DREAMS
Is our passion


JK2 Scenic is a full service theming contractor providing unique projects in the retail, theme park, entertainment, hospitality, and restaurant industries.

We understand what is paramount for a successful project and will build your vision with innovation and integrity. We not only assist our clients in creating artistic themed environments, but we professionally manage, budget, and schedule the process to ensure quality and cost control.

Your Partner in creativity

JK2 Scenic was established in 2008 to expand our construction services, by offering creative solutions for unique and custom built projects. JK2 Scenic specializes in handcrafted millwork, specialty fabrication, retail fixture restoration, props, fiberglass and theming.

From large retail millwork packages to custom theme park props, JK2’s work is enjoyed by travelers and visitors all over the world. Some of our work is prominently displayed at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ in Florida and Japan, where millions of visitors queue past the intricate components of Dumbledore’s iconic desk and chair re-created by our team.

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Our Mission and values

JK2 MISSION:

To provide to our clients exceptional construction projects, on time and on budget, through collaborative efforts between the JK2 Team, owners, subcontractors, suppliers, and design professionals. JK2 delivers Exceptional Service for Exceptional Clients, by always working with Honesty, Integrity, and by building a team around Exceptional People.

JK2 CORE VALUES:

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  • Julie Holmes, P.E., LEED AP

  • Tim Bartell

  • Nikolaos Athanasakos

The JK2
Scenic Team

The JK2 Team is built around core values of honesty, integrity, and trust. Our creative artisans and exceptional management team can build your dreams through a wide range of services, no matter the size or complexity.

Introducing the JK2 Team


Julie Holmes, P.E., LEED AP
Vice President

Julie is a key leader of the firm and her primary role is to enhance the firm’s relationships and implement a strategic growth plan for both the Construction and Scenic Division.

As a new member of the team, Julie brings a vast knowledge of corporate management, leadership, and business practice experience. Prior to joining JK2, Julie was a leader in the civil engineering and development industry, with exceptional knowledge in civil engineering site design and entitlements, quality control and assurance, project coordination, financial management, budgeting and billing, and business development.

Julie is a registered Professional Engineer and was a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering while being on the Dean’s List in the College of Engineering. She is a two-time academic all-SEC student athlete and was a three-year letter winner of the University of Florida’s Women’s Swimming & Diving Team.

What made you leave engineering and join the JK2 Team?

After 12 years in the civil engineering and design industry, I needed a change of pace. I’ve been around construction my entire life and have witnessed JK2 grow since my father, Paul, started the firm and ran the business out of our back barn. I’ve always enjoyed seeing things being built, problem solving, and knew I would regret not working with the family in the business. I’ve already seen tremendous growth within both the Construction and Scenic Division since I joined the team and am excited to see what lies ahead at JK2!

What has been your greatest accomplishment at JK2?

It is really exciting to see how little changes and improvements can affect the overall efficiency of the business. I think I’ve had a positive impact on a lot of different areas within JK2, but the most exciting and rewarding accomplishment was for the work that went into the submittal of the 2014 ABC Central Florida Excellence in Construction Awards application. All the hard work completing the application paid off, as we won an Eagle Award for our work at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando, in the “Other Specialty Construction – Themed & Interiors Specialty Commercial Under $500,000” category.

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

I love traveling, being active, and exploring the outdoors. I enjoy playing tennis, swimming, scuba diving, snow skiing, and yoga.

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Tim Bartell
Scenic Director

Tim Bartell is the key leader of the JK2 Scenic Division and is responsible for all in-house fabrication and design of custom millwork, theme painting, fiberglass, props, and a whole array of unique and themed projects.

Tim started his career with JK2 as a construction project manager in 2005. After four years of working in the field JK2 capitalized on Tim’s vast experience and knowledge of theatre and creative work by opening the Scenic Division in 2009 to better support their themed industry clients. Tim has helped grow the Scenic Division from a small prop shop with one employee to a full service business with over a dozen carpenters and painters on staff.

Tim has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Technology from Florida State University.
He was one of the first local hires for Nickelodeon Studios Florida, initially serving as the Technical Services Manager overseeing the construction of all of the props and scenery used on shows taped in Florida such as Family Double Dare & Guts, Legend of the Hidden Temple and many others. He was later promoted to the Department Director of Art, responsible for all scenery, props, lighting, hair and make-up. Tim was instrumental during the installation of La Nuba for Cirque de Soleil at Walt Disney World and served as the show Technical Coordinator. Tim continues to work with local theatres as a volunteer and enjoys fishing and watching football.

What makes JK2 Scenic stand out in the industry?

We have a talented team of craftsman and artisans and I enjoy working with owners to help design, build, and fabricate exceptional work for themed environments. Our ability to understand our customer’s needs, help them conceptualize and bring their visions to reality, and be a partner with them throughout the design process helps set us apart.

What was one of your favorite projects you have worked on?

My favorite project was figuring out how to build Dumbledore’s Desk and Chair in the queue line of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™. When I started the project, it was a bit of head scratcher, but as I solved each little challenge it went from “how the heck” to “I’ve got it!” I enjoyed working with the original design drawings from the movie and was humbled by the thoughtful craftsmanship that went into building that style of furniture long before there were power tools and modern technology.

What do you like most about construction?

Since most of my schooling and training involved building “fake” theatre props, it has been an interesting process to think through the design intent and construction of projects that must last for years to come. Working in the general contracting world has added to my experience in terms of scheduling and coordination, which have been invaluable skills I have applied to the Scenic Division. The other thing I like about construction? Everywhere you go – free rubber bands…….wrapped around all of the construction drawings!

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Nikolaos Athanasakos
Scenic Shop Manager

Nikolaos Athanasakos is a key leader of the JK2 Scenic Division and is responsible for the workflow, production, fabrication, and quality control of the carpentry shop.

Nik started his career with JK2 as a lead carpenter and quickly moved into the role of Shop Manager, overseeing and coordinating the fabrication process of unique and custom millwork projects. Nik was born in South Africa and moved to Greece during his teenage years, where he started working on small wooden projects and learned to master modern and old carpentry techniques. As a 5th generation carpenter, Nik continues to carry on his ancestor’s legacy.

Nik received a certificate of Architectural Design and Interior Decoration from AKTO Art & Design, where he studied architectural drafting and interior design. He enjoys nature, mountain hiking (even though there are no mountains in Florida), cooking, dismantling and rebuilding anything that looks intricate and challenging, and spending time with his family.

What do you like most about being part of the JK2 Team?

I enjoy being in a positive team environment where everyone works together, is inspired by each other, and has the same drive and passion to produce quality projects, meeting the vision and expectation of our clients.

What is your favorite part of the millwork fabrication process?

I enjoy challenges and figuring out how to make the impossible…..possible! Everything we do is unique, so typically we aren’t able to use a past solution and have to start from scratch to solve issues that arise during the fabrication and installation process.

What was your favorite millwork project and why?

The various projects we completed at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort were both challenging and inspirational. We had fun turning back time to the 1950s and 60s, combining modern fabrication techniques while producing custom furniture with a retro themed look. Our hard work paid off by winning an Eagle Award from the 2014 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards!

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  • Specialty Millwork,
    Cabinetry & furniture:

    • Cabinetry & retail fixtures
    • Aged & themed casework
    • Signage


  • Retail fixture restoration
    and re-theming:

    • Re-purposing existing retail fixtures
    • Re-laminating & re-theming
    • Refinishing


  • Scenery Construction:

    • Set design, construction & installation
    • Film, Television, & Theatre
    • Special Events


  • Laminates & solid surfaces:

    • Plastic & metal laminates
    • Wood veneers
    • Corian & Wilsonart certified
    fabrication & installation


  • Fiberglass & plastic resins:

    • Molds & Castings
    • Sculpting
    • Large iconic props


  • Theme painting:

    • Murals
    • Aging
    • Faux Finishes

The Proof Is In Our Work.

Starbucks Coffee – Condiment Station & Merchandise
Starbucks Coffee – Welcome Wall
Starbucks Coffee – Life of the Bean Coffee Wall
Trading Company – Shop in Shop
Olivander’s Wand Shop Expansion
Transformers Supply Vault
Universal Studio Store – CityWalk

Clients & Brands we have worked with:

Universal Studios
Walt Disney World
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Loews Hotels

Balfour Beatty Construction
PCL Construction
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Colorvision International, Inc.

Hensel Phelps Construction
Mad Cow Theatre
Idea, Inc.
St. John Lutheran Church

Universal elements and all related indicia TM and © 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Clients & Brands we have worked with:

Amazing Pictures
Bank of Central Florida
Bell Chemical
Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream
Blueman Group
Burger King
Catholic Diocese of Orlando
City of Apopka
Coca Cola Foods

Emeril’s
Fat Tuesday’s
Florida Municipal Power Agency
Fossils
Fresh Produce
Ginn Development International
Hilton Gardens Inn
Holiday Inn Family Suites
Hunter’s Creek
Lighthouse Central Florida

Mid Florida Freezers
Moe’s
Northrup Grumman
Oakley Sunglasses
Palisades
Palm Restaurant
Panda Express
Quiet Flight
Sheraton Vistana Resorts

Sheraton Vistana Villages
Starbucks
Starwood Land
Stonewood Grill
Tommy Bahama
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Florida
Westin Laguna Mar

Universal elements and all related indicia TM and © 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
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The creative talent of JK2 Scenic transformed our Sunday School Rooms into an exciting learning environment. I can highly recommend the JK2 team to help make any room come to life.
— Pastor Bill Heber
St. John Lutheran Church, Heathrow, Florida
We have been extremely pleased with everything JK2 Scenic has done for us! They have been extremely professional and helpful in making the design and installation process go as smoothly as possible.
— Richard Eagan, VP Retail Planning & Design
Colorvision International Inc.
JK2 Scenic can take my ideas and concepts, no matter how vague, and transform them into quality showpieces. They are a creative resource all businesses should have at the ready. They figure it out, get it done and deliver!
— Rob Cametti, Owner
Mucklebones, LLC
The quality of work from your shop is admirable and your approach to scheduling and sequencing ensured that quality remained intact while meeting a demanding timeline.
— Rob McAfee, Assistant Project Manager
Balfour Beatty Construction
Project – Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Your innovative ideas to meet the creative intent and realize cost savings for the client were fundamental to the success of our team and our project! Bonus points for reliability, flexibility, and meeting a difficult schedule.
— Tena McGuff, Lead Estimator
Hensel Phelps
Project – Universal CityWalk Renovations
It has been a pleasure working with the entire Team at JK2! Your dedication, teamwork, and positive attitude exceeded our expectations. Despite some adversity and outside influences beyond your control, JK2 managed to complete a difficult project on-time, and most importantly, to the satisfaction of the client.
— Kevin McGrath, Project Manager
Hensel Phelps
Project – Universal CityWalk Renovations
  • 2017 SMART Award
    June 16, 2017

    JK2 Construction and Scenic was named as a finalist for the ACG Orlando 2017 SMART Award.

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  • 2017 Fast 50
    June 15, 2017

    JK2 Construction & Scenic ranked among Orlando Business Journal’s 50 fastest growing companies.

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  • University of Florida Gator100 Honor
    May 3, 2017

    The ABC Central Florida’s magazine Building Central Florida recognizes JK2 Construction & Scenic for its University of Florida Gator 100 honor.

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  • Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
    March 10, 2017

    Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen was featured in the ABC Central Florida Chapter’s Building Central Florida magazine.

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  • JK2 Construction & Scenic’s 30th Anniversary
    March 6, 2017

    The ABC Central Florida’s magazine Building Central Florida recognizes JK2 Construction & Scenic for three decades of business.

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  • 2017 Gator100 honor
    February 15, 2017

    JK2 Construction & Scenic has been named to the elite Gator100 list for the second year in a row based on its outstanding growth.

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  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
    January 26, 2017

    JK2 Scenic helped bring the steampunk theming of Universal Orlando CityWalk’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen to life.

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  • OBJ Top Specialty Contractors
    November 2, 2016

    JK2 Construction & Scenic made the Orlando Business Journal’s list of Top Central Florida Specialty Contractors.

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  • JK2 Scenic Expansion
    October 3, 2016

    JK2 Scenic will add 13,150 square feet of manufacturing/fabrication space and 3,765 square feet of office space with its expansion.

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  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

    Both JK2 Construction & Scenic divisions worked on a 3,200-square-foot space in the lobby of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando.

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  • Marcus Jordan’s Trophy Room
    August 24, 2016

    JK2 Scenic designed and created several custom pieces for Marcus Jordan’s Trophy Room, which opened at Disney Springs earlier this year.

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  • 2016 GrowFL Award
    August 22, 2016

    JK2 Construction & Scenic has been named to the 2016 Florida Companies to Watch list by GrowFL because of its outstanding growth.

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  • 2016 Gator100 Honors
    February 23, 2016

    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.

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  • Eagle Award Winner
    November 8, 2014

    JK2 Scenic wins an Eagle at the 2014 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards competition.

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  • JK2 Shop Expansion
    September 16, 2014

    JK2 Scenic doubles in size.

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  • Largest Retail Store Build-Out
    June 1, 2014

    JK2 Scenic completes the interior build-out of the Universal Studio Store in CityWalk.

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  • JK2 Completes Hotel Theming
    April 1, 2014

    JK2 Scenic completes several custom, retro-themed millwork pieces throughout Universal Orlando’s fourth hotel.

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  • JK2 makes a splash!
    November 8, 2013

    JK2 rebuilds the water squirting old west canteen for Fievel’s Playland at Universal Orlando.

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  • JK2 from Orlando to Japan
    May 16, 2013

    JK2 Scenic recreates several props for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ in Japan.

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    2017 SMART Award
    June 16, 2017

    JK2 Construction and Scenic was named as a finalist for the Association for Corporate Growth Orlando SMART Award for the second time. Below is a segment of Paul Holmes, president, and Julie Holmes, vice president of the Scenic Division, talking about the company.

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    2017 Fast 50
    June 15, 2017

    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/.

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    University of Florida Gator100 Honor
    May 3, 2017

    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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    Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
    March 10, 2017

    Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen was featured in the ABC Central Florida Chapter’s Building Central Florida magazine. Read the article in the March/April issue on page 12 here.

    JK2 ABC Toothsome mockup

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    JK2 Construction & Scenic’s 30th Anniversary
    March 6, 2017

    The ABC Central Florida Chapter recognizes JK2 Construction & Scenic’s three decades of business in Building Central Florida magazine.

    ABC JK2 anniversary article

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    2017 Gator100 honor
    February 15, 2017

    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.

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    Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
    January 26, 2017

    JK2 Scenic adds steampunk elements to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

    ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2017) — From its gleaming copper-colored pipes to all of its gizmos and gadgets, Universal Orlando CityWalk’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen fully embraces the steampunk theme.

    JK2 Scenic helped bring this theming to life with a custom build-out of the interior fixtures and millwork.

    Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is a full service restaurant, bar and confectionery, serving everything from classic dishes with a twist to gourmet chocolates and unique desserts.

    JK2 Scenic, which is based in Apopka, worked with both Universal Creative and HW Davis Construction on the 17,500-square-foot space.

    The firm specializes in bringing a “wow” factor to any project. At Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, JK2 worked on the interior theming of the restaurant entrance and chocolate piping fixtures, retail store millwork, back of house cabinets, private dining room display cases and the exterior host station.

    The work included creating a rotating cocoa bean fixture that displays the story of how chocolate is made, creating a faux cocoa bean display with hand-fabricated cocoa beans, and creating two themed display cases with rotating gears and flashing lights. In addition, JK2 Scenic fabricated the retail casework and shelving, the chocolatier cabinet, the host station, a center candy display, and many floor fixtures, display tables and display carts.

    Because themed piping was essential to the steampunk feel of space, JK2 also integrated themed pipes and two large domed structures into the building, working to secure them around utility lines and to ensure they were at a precise elevation.

    “Projects like the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen allow us to show what JK2 Scenic can really do,” said Julie Holmes, head of the JK2 Scenic Division. “We bring dreams to life, and this is a fun example.”

    Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen opened in 2016.

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

    For high resolution images of this project, visit http://bit.ly/2j9kZTF.

    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 www.jk2.com.

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    OBJ Top Specialty Contractors
    November 2, 2016

    Central Florida Specialty Contractors

    Ranked by 2015 C. Fla.* specialty contracting revenue

    Central Florida denotes Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties

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    JK2 Scenic Expansion
    October 3, 2016

    JK2 Scenic to more than double workshop, office space in Apopka

    APOPKA, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2016) — JK2 Scenic, a full-service theming contractor, is more than doubling its workshop and office space in Apopka.

    As part of the $1.5 million project, the division will add 13,150 square feet of manufacturing/fabrication space and 3,765 square feet of office space to its existing workshop facility at the Apopka Expressway Commerce Center. JK2 Scenic currently occupies 10,000 square feet of space.

    “Since 2013, the Scenic Division has grown revenue by more than 900 percent,” said Paul Holmes, JK2’s founder and president. “It only makes sense that we expand our facility to match that phenomenal growth.”

    JK2 Scenic is one of the divisions of the family owned company. The Scenic Division designs and builds themed architectural millwork, custom props and specialty items for major attractions and the entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries.

    The expansion will allow the division to streamline production work flow and increase production capacity, and it will position JK2 to capitalize and increase market share in the architectural millwork and theming industry.

    The pre-engineered metal building will include a two-floor office area with an employee breakroom, training center, conference room, private offices and an elevator.

    The building will have three-phrase power to run the specialty fabrication machinery JK2 uses to complete its projects. A new CNC machine will also be housed in the expanded facility, giving the division further capabilities to create specialty items for its clients.

    The project is expected to be complete later this year. JK2 Construction, the other division of the company, will serve as general contractor for the project.

    AH2 Group, which includes several JK2 principals, is the developer. The Apopka Expressway Commerce Center is located in northwest Apopka. The center has nine build lots remaining, ranging in size from 4,000 to 14,500 square feet.

    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.

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    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.

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    Marcus Jordan’s Trophy Room
    August 24, 2016

    JK2 Scenic helps bring Marcus Jordan’s Trophy Room vision to life

    Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2016) — It’s not just the exclusive shoes that will wow crowds at Marcus Jordan’s Trophy Room at Disney Springs.

    Marcus Jordan, the son of basketball legend Michael Jordan, took inspiration for the athletic boutique from the trophy room at the family estate.

    JK2 Scenic played a big role in bringing the custom fixtures and décor of the retail space to life. The Apopka firm completed the interior build-out of Trophy Room, including providing all retail fixtures and displays.

    And some of those displays will command attention themselves.

    Trophy Room features a custom Levitech shoe display that allows 32 displayed shoes to levitate and spin. Each shoe is balanced on a magnetic disk and moves according to its settings. JK2 created the custom millwork wall, designing aspects that allow the shoes to be accessed and secured and integrating the lighting and controls for each Levitech unit.

    The entire project allowed JK2 Scenic to show off its unique skill set, said Julie Holmes, a vice president of JK2 Construction & Scenic who manages the Scenic Division.

    “Trophy Room is one of the coolest retail stores JK2 Scenic has ever worked on,” Holmes said. “It has taken a lot of research and design to come up with the one-of-a-kind pieces inside the store, but we’re happy we could help bring Marcus Jordan’s vision to life.”

    In addition to the Levitech shoe display, JK2 Scenic also created a footwear wall at the back of the store. The wall is covered with a pattern of Trophy Room logos created on JK2’s CNC machine, and shoes are displayed on glass shelving that is backlit with LED lighting.

    The Pinnacle Collection wall is also backlit, and it features a herringbone pattern, as well as metal shoe display boxes.

    The company contracted the work through Marcus Jordan, the owner.

    “It’s great to see the store come together like I imagined,” Jordan said. “JK2’s work provides an added wow factor for customers that matches the merchandise.”

    Trophy Room opened at Disney Springs earlier this year. Visit www.trophyroomstore.com for more information.

    For more information about the services JK2 Scenic provides, visit www.jk2.com/scenic.

    For high-resolution images of this project, click here.

    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.

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    2016 GrowFL Award
    August 22, 2016

    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/.

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    2016 Gator100 Honors
    February 23, 2016

    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.

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    Eagle Award Winner
    November 8, 2014

    ABC Eagle Award

    JK2 Scenic wins an Eagle at the 2014 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards competition for various themed millwork pieces at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in the category of “Other Specialty Construction: Themed & Interiors Specialty Commercial – Under $500,000”. Specialty, retro-themed custom millwork was completed for the interior spaces of the Galaxy Bowl, including custom bowling alley bench seating with fiberglass chairs, high-top bar tables, bowling ball racks, and small rolling tables within the seating area. JK2 Scenic also constructed iconic features within the interior spaces of the Starbucks which included the “Life of a Coffee Bean” wall, Coffee Cup Display, Welcome Wall, and various other custom furniture pieces. The award was accepted by Julie Holmes, Tim Bartell, and Nikolaos Athanasakos.

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    JK2 Shop Expansion
    September 16, 2014

    Scenic Shop Expansion

    JK2 Scenic doubles in size by adding new offices and carpentry shop space. With a strategic investment in infrastructure and equipment, JK2 Scenic is ready for continued growth. The additional shop space and equipment purchases will help streamline production work flow, increase production capacity, and allow us to grow our client base while continuing to produce quality work.

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    Largest Retail Store Build-Out
    June 1, 2014

    Universal Studio Store

    JK2 Scenic completes the interior build-out of the Universal Studio Store in CityWalk, the division’s largest retail store build-out to date. The JK2 team worked with the general contractor, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, and Universal Creative on the fabrication and installation of the themed millwork and integrated metal package. The scope included the fabrication of custom retail floor fixtures, the point of sales station, wall fixtures made of integrated metal and ash veneer, free-standing tables, metal TV displays, and shelving to match the store branding. A section of the store was themed by our scenic artists for display of Harry Potter ™ merchandise.

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    JK2 Completes Hotel Theming
    April 1, 2014

    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

    JK2 Scenic completes several custom, retro-themed millwork pieces throughout Universal Orlando’s fourth hotel, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The Scenic Division worked with the general contractor, Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC and Universal Creative to complete the final design and interior build-out of two main areas of the hotel, the Starbucks Coffee Retail Store and Galaxy Bowl. Specialty millwork pieces included custom bowling alley bench seating, high-top bar tables, bowling ball racks, and small rolling tables in the Galaxy Bowl and the “Life of a Coffee Bean” wall, coffee cup Display, welcome wall, community tables, and the condiment station and merchandise credenza in Starbucks. The JK2 team also fabricated and installed the 10-foot wall clock in the Bayliner Diner’s seating area and built seventeen pool cabana TV & storage credenzas in the Cabana Courtyard, adjacent to the new 10,000 SF zero entry pool.

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    JK2 makes a splash!
    November 8, 2013

    Fievel’s Canteen

    JK2 has removed and is currently rebuilding the GIANT, water squirting old west canteen for Fievel’s Playland at Universal Orlando. The original canteen was built in the early 90’s and the JK2 team is responsible for recreating the canteen from existing as-built drawings and fabricating the new steel canteen structure, encasing it with fiberglass, adding sculpted design elements, and installing the electrical and plumbing mechanisms to make the canteen “squirt”. Come check-out the finished product in early 2014!

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    JK2 from Orlando to Japan
    May 16, 2013

    Harry PotterTM Japan Props

    “Konnichiwa!” JK2 Scenic is set to recreate several props and scenic elements for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™ in Japan, scheduled to open July 2014. Ride queue line props and all of the Honeydukes™ window displays, originally fabricated by JK2 for the Orlando location, will be recreated for Japan. Props for the ride queue line include Dumbledore’s iconic desk, chair, and Mirror of Erised. Scenic window elements in Honeydukes™ include a hand painted Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans display, an Exploading Bon Bon display, faux ice cream cone displays, and several other custom pieces fabricated from molds, cut and assembled by hand, and theme painted.

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