Alys Beach Fitness Center

Lord & Son Construction held a groundbreaking ceremony in early September for the Alys Beach Fitness Center. The Contract value for this project was over $7.7 million, with a total square footage of 15,012 sqft.

This project consists of a heated and cooled covered swimming pool, locker rooms, treatment rooms, a large weight room, cardio equipment, a recovery room for yoga and a reflecting pool. There will also be management offices as well as a gated landscape area with a fountain.

The estimated completion for the Fitness Center is September/November of 2018. Stay updated on this project and our other current jobs by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Lord and Son Breaks Ground on Destin Rehab Expansion

Lord and Son, along with the representatives from the Destin and Fort Walton Chamber of Commerce attended the groundbreaking ceremony at the Destin Rehabilitation Institute on Wednesday. The expansion, led by Project Manger Mike O’Grady will include 10 inpatient rooms, an outdoor therapy garden, and an expansion of the physical therapy gym. This expansion will allow the institute to accept more patients, and will also call for about 15 additional employees.

Lord and Son was granted the $1,834,300 contract earlier this year and says the completion date is marked for late January, 2018.

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Lord & Son breaks ground on Costa Blanca condominiums on 30A

Last week, Lord and Son broke ground on 30A’s newest and most luxurious condominium’s, Costa Blanca.

Lord and Son has begun demolition of the existing buildings located on the property.

Located on the west end of 30A, these condo’s feature gulf-front views and over 200 ft. of private beach. Costa Blanca will consist of 14 luxurious gulf front condominiums with square footage from 2,250 up to 4,000. Amenities include:

  • Over 200 ft. of private beach
  • Oversized beachfront balconies
  • 10′-12′ ceilings
  • Luxurious quartz countertops
  • Wolf & Subzero appliances
  • Pre-wired for sound, internet and security
  • Choice of stone or wood flooring throughout
  • Resort style pool & expansion deck
  • Secure underground parking
  • & more!

Costa blanca is scheduled to be completed by Summer of 2018.

Lord & Son breaks ground on $25 million school in Pensacola

This week, members of the Escambia County School District and local community marked the groundbreaking of Escambia County’s newest school.

On a nearly 50-acre site adjacent to Ransom Middle School in northwest Pensacola, Kingsfield Elementary School will help meet the needs of the rapid suburban growth in the Pensacola area.

The $25 million school is anticipated to be open for students in the fall of 2018. Once completed, it will be the second new school built by the district in the sprawling suburban communities of Beulah and Cantonment.

Kingsfield Elementary is being built at 900 West Kingsfield Road while the nearly $50 million Northwest Middle School broke ground at 6001 West Nine Mile Road late last year. Both schools are expected to be completed in 2018 and will help ease the burden on older schools in northwest Pensacola, where school overcrowding has become a great concern to the growing metropolitan area of nearly half a million residents.

“By building these new schools, we’re going to get ahead of the problem of severe overcrowding,” said Escambia County superintendent of schools Malcolm Thomas. “We’re going to have some cushion for growth for the next few years.”

Funded by Local Option Sales Tax dollars that Escambia County voters renewed in 2014, Fort Walton Beach-based Lord & Son Construction was chosen as general contractor for the school, which was designed by Pensacola-base Bullock Tice Associates. The 135,000 square foot school will serve 800 students.

Escambia County School District and other officials commemorate the groundbreaking of Kingsfield Elementary in Pensacola on Friday, January 20, 2017. (Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

“If it [the sales tax] had not been renewed I couldn’t have done this,” Thomas said, referring to building the new schools. “I had to have assurances for the future. We’re not going to put ourselves into debt for the general fund to pay for the schools — we’ve never done that. We’ve always paid cash. I don’t want to cripple our future.”

Serving more than 40,000 students, the Escambia County School District is the largest west of Jacksonville and district officials only expect for that number to steadily rise.

“Our objective is to give relief to the surrounding communities and help the growth that is coming to the area,” said Thomas. “Most of that growth is being spurred by Navy Federal. There are housing developments going up in the area and more planned developments in next few years.”

The school was planned in response to population growth in the area, much of it spurred by the growth of Navy Federal Credit Union, which has grown to become the world’s largest credit union. The company is spending nearly $1 billion on a two-phase expansion project in Pensacola to accommodate its growing workforce. By 2020, it expects to employ 10,000 people in Pensacola.

Thomas said with the new elementary and middle schools, the needs of the district will be met through at least the next five years. With the continued growth of companies like Navy Federal, he said he wouldn’t be surprised for the district to start working on plans for a new high school, which could cost upwards of $75 million.

“We don’t anticipate that [building a new high school] in the near future,” said Thomas. “But what we’d like to see down the road is for the county to set aside some acreage next to Navy Federal for a new elementary, and potentially a new high school for 15 to 20 years down the road.”

Lord & Son to build Pensacola’s newest Elementary School

The Escambia County School District has chosen Lord & Son Construction to build the newest school in Pensacola, where school overcrowding has become a great concern to the growing metropolitan area of nearly half a million residents.

Lord & Son will build the new $25 million Kingsfield Elementary school at 900 West Kingsfield Road next to Ransom Middle School. The 135,000 square foot school will serve 800 students.

“Our objective is to give relief to Pine Meadows and Beulah and help the growth that is coming to the mid-Escambia County area,” said Escambia County superintendent of schools Malcom Thomas. “Most of that growth is being spurred by Navy Federal. There are housing developments going up in the area and more planned developments in next three to five years. We know some of those homes will be families with children.”

The school is being funded by Local Option Sales Tax dollars and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. The school was planned in response to population growth in area, much of it spurred by Navy Federal Credit Union.



Walton Middle School Nears Completion

It’s out with the old and in with the new in Walton County as Lord & Son Construction wraps up construction on the new Walton Middle School in Defuniak Springs.

The new $30 million school’s structure is complete for all new buildings, which include new classrooms, gymnasium,, cafeteria, and administration offices.


The reconstruction of the former school in historic Defuniak Springs will make Walton Middle school safer for students and allow the Walton County School District to save even more money on energy efficiency. Those savings will ultimately go back into more projects to meet the district’s growth needs.

Ocean City-Wright Fire Station Makes Progress

Work is progressing on a new Ocean City-Wright Fire Station on Racetrack Road.

As the fire district has outgrown its current facility, a new station was chosen to be built. The new facility, located at the corner of Jackson Street and Racetrack Road, will have more space for firefighters, other personnel and storage, as well as an area for training. Currently, firefighters have to train in large parking lots such as the one at Choctawhatchee High School.


The larger and more modern station is expected to be completed in early 2017. After the fire control district settles into its new station, it plans to sell the old station, which was built during the 1960s.

The station will also have a driveway for the fire trucks, an elevator and be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Join us in celebrating the groundbreaking of The Arc of the Emerald Coast Aquatic Center

Let’s celebrate another great project for the Emerald Coast!

Lord and Son is proud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Arc of the Emerald Coast Aquatic Center that will be held this Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. in Fort Walton Beach Everyone is invited to attend!

In 2014, The Arc of the Emerald Coast was awarded a $125,000 IMPACT Northwest Florida grant to build a swimming pool for the physically and developmentally disabled.


The Arc of Emerald Coast Aquatic Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

343 Holmes Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach Florida

The Aquatic Center will be a unique facility in the Panhandle and will include a 1,400 square foot saltwater pool with walk in/wheelchair capability, and a lift. The pool will be heated with an environmentally sensitive aqua dome for the winter months. A 600 square foot dressing/showering facility will be constructed to accommodate both same-sex and opposite-sex caregivers. The Impact 100 Aquatic Center will help us with our mission to create a path from disability to capability by providing exceptional services so people of all ages can work, learn, achieve personal goals and live meaningful lives.


An aquatic center will not only serve recreational needs but also provide the added preventative and rehabilitative health benefits that improve lives. Life for people with disabilities is difficult. Opportunities for social interaction are limited for people who are dependent on others for some of the most basic functions in life, and this facility will provide an exciting and fun forum in which to make new friends. Lack of exercise leads to depression, isolation, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and increased pain, resulting in a loss of independence. Because the water provides a place where physical inequities are minimized, the odds of engagement and continued participation are greater than in other recreational activities. Studies have shown that aquatic activities improve flexibility, strength, balance, and create muscle tone. Once physical inequities are mitigated, the sense of freedom and belonging contribute to the overall well being and quality of life for those people with disabilities. Our goal is to make this center available for all area residents and visitors with disabilities by reaching out through our visitors centers (similar to the ways we advertise pet-friendly hotels or smoke-free facilities).



Lord & Son builds state-of-the-art Air Force tower

Last year, Lord & Son began construction on a new state-of-the-art Variable Height Tower for Air Force Materiel Command at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The platform tops out at 90 feet and its height can be raised and lowered in five foot increments. This will allow the Air Force to test the most advanced weapon systems in the world to defend our warfighters.

The tower will be utilized by the Air Force for weapons testing on the world-class Eglin reservation. Eglin is the largest military installation in the United States, covering nearly 500,000 acres — roughly the same size as the entire state of Rhode Island!

Throughout the past 40 years, Lord & Son has been relied upon by the military and Air Force to build dozens of projects at Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Tyndall Air Force Base, and many other installations.

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Okaloosa County Celebrates Completion of Administration Building

Some might say it took a century to get to this point, but one of Okaloosa County’s largest projects in its 100-year history is now complete. With the official opening on Tuesday of the county’s new administrative complex in Shalimar — coinciding with Okaloosa County’s centennial — county employees and officials got right to work, holding their first county commission meeting in the new facility Tuesday night.

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