Lord & Son Construction is a company steeped in family values dating back to 1975.

Two partners – husband and wife – started a small construction firm nearly a half-century ago that has thrived through a hard-earned reputation for quality and dedication to excellence.

Lord & Son Construction was founded in 1975 by Leven D. and Gail Lord in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. After completing his Building Construction degree at the University of Florida in 1962, Leven went on to further his construction management skills through employment with various construction firms for several years. Leven moved to Fort Walton Beach and started his own commercial construction company, founded on the principles of quality construction at a fair price. They worked side by side to start the company, with Gail managing the company and Leven managing the company’s projects in the field. Their son, Leven Drew “Spike” Lord was raised and brought up within the company. At a young age he began working projects in the field and for more than three decades has helped build the company to what it is today. As the namesake “Son” in the company’s name “Lord & Son,” Spike now leads the company as President.


At the heart of our success is our team of more than 40 employees, whose average career with the company spans more than 20 years. Their passion, commitment, experience and integrity are a central part of every project we deliver.  

We provide the highest quality construction management services to the customer, with lasting value. Our clients entrust us to deliver the projects that will build their futures. The core values we live by are what Lord & Son is known for throughout the region – highest quality at a fair price, using teamwork to achieve the final result. 

As we build a portfolio of more than $1 billion in projects delivered, these lasting attributes have stayed in place for 40 years and guide us into the future.

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Lord & Son Construction is recognized as one of the premier general contracting firms in the region, delivering over $1 billion in projects since 1975. We have constructed over 600 commercial, residential, religious, municipal and military projects. Our current bonding capacity is over $100 million and we are licensed to perform construction in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Our strong regional presence positions us to respond immediately to the needs of any project. We have strong working relationships with specialty subcontractors and suppliers who stand ready to participate in the estimating and construction process.  By joining the project team early in design, we can offer cost saving value-engineering proposals to our clients and provide timely and accurate cost estimating for budgeting purposes.

We know that the potential for a client’s repeat business depends on complete satisfaction with our current performance.  Quality construction with lasting value is our promise to our clients.

``I want to thank you for a monumental record of five years without a lost time accident. Your dedication to providing a safe workplace for your workers has established a benchmark that few will reach.``

Col. Robert B. Keyser, Corps of Engineers
Col. Robert B. Keyser, Corps of Engineers

``Lord & Son Construction consistently delivers high-quality construction projects. Their reputation and professionalism is unmatched in the industry. We selected Lord & Son Construction as our construction manager for the building of the largest elementary school in Bay County and as usual they are ahead of schedule and under budget. It is always a pleasure to work with them and I recommend their services without any reservation.``

Wayne Elmore, Director of Facilities, Bay District Schools
Wayne Elmore, Director of Facilities, Bay District Schools

Lord & Son Construction has received numerous awards for providing quality construction  safely, including: multiple Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Eagle Awards for construction innovation and quality and the Gold Level Safety Award; American Concrete Institute (ACI) Award for Significant Concrete Structure; Department of Transportation Outstanding Performance Award, and Army Corps of Engineer Safety Awards.  We attribute our success to the team of professionals we employ, particularly our field superintendents with the expertise to resolve issues or provide solutions quickly in the field to keep costs down and schedules on target.

Decorated in the Industry

Lord & Son Construction received 5 awards from the North Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) documenting the highest quality construction and innovative practices in the construction field.


Pat O’Brien’s Restaurant – Destin
The Award of Excellence in the GC/CM $10-$20 million category.  The restaurant is a mixed use 4-level waterfront development at Harbor Docks and includes over 40,000 square feet of restaurant, bar, outdoor dining and four 2-story condominiums.




Eastside Development at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport
The Award of Excellence in the GC/CM Institutional $10-$20 million category.  Developed over 22 acres for 16,000 square foot rental car administrative and maintenance facilities, 130,000 gallon fuel storage area; 5 – bay carwash and 5-island covered fueling station and a 12,000 square foot cargo/maintenance facility with miles of site utilities and roads.



Christ Our Redeemer Church
The Award of Excellence in the GC/CM Institutional $3-$10 million category.  An 18,000 square foot facility with the unique features of 139’diameter round building structure with 90’ arched glue lam beams with tubular steel and 40’ glass curtain wall with 60’ bell tower.





First United Methodist Church of Niceville Children’s Education Building
The Award of Excellence in the GC/CM Institutional $3-$10 million category.  This facility is 32,000 square feet brick structure with undersea world and beach themed mobile displays and wall coverings with unique interior hallway structure finishes.


Mossy Head Elementary School
The Award of Merit in the GC/CM Institutional Category $10-$20 million.  This project included 3 classroom wings, administration wing, library, kitchen, CCTV Studio and 19,000 gal per day Sewage Treatment Plant.

Builder of the Year - AIA

We’re honored to accept the “Builder of the Year” award for the Great State of Florida by the American Institute of Architects for 2015. We couldn’t have earned this great honor without the tireless dedication and work by our entire Lord & Son family. Thank you!

Pictured below are Nathan Butler (AIA past president) Lord & Son’s Mike O’Grady, Spike Lord, and Bubba Bennett, and current AIA Florida president Andy Hayes.

Read more about the honor


Gold Level Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award

Lord & Son Construction received the Gold Level Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award for our ongoing efforts in achieving safe work environments on our job sites.

Past Award Highlights

  • Recognized for Outstanding Workmanship with the American Concrete Institute Award for Significant Concrete Structure
  • Department of Transportation Award for Outstanding Performance
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Safety Award

What our Customers Have to Say About Us

``We are fortunate to have chosen Lord & Son Construction as the General Contractor for our facility. Their dedication, work ethic, promptness and honesty were all characteristics that the entire Lord & Son organization displayed throughout our construction. The attention to detail in a complex project was a life-saver many times over.``

Wes Battiste, President, Destin Surgery Center
Wes Battiste, President, Destin Surgery Center

``It has been a pleasure to work with your firm over the past 25 years. Rarely do architects encounter a construction firm which shares the goal of providing the client with the full measure of the intended project. Your firm has been that and more throughout our experiences.``

Reate Davis, Jr., R.A. Eglin AFB, FL
Reate Davis, Jr., R.A. Eglin AFB, FL

``Once again you and your staff are commended on the highly professional manner in which you conduct a construction project.``

Jim Kendrick, III, AIA Kendrick David Dowling Architects, Inc
Jim Kendrick, III, AIA Kendrick David Dowling Architects, Inc

``Lord & Son Construction proved to be an outstanding and professional General Contractor in constructing the complex design for the Bay County Juvenile Justice Courthouse, which consisted of state-of-the-art technological systems and quality detailed interior finishes. Your entire company has been friendly, reliable, and always willing to “go the extra mile” to insure that the products and quality of construction satisfied the needs of the customers.``

Charles H. Carlan, President, Hatch Mott MacDonald
Charles H. Carlan, President, Hatch Mott MacDonald