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Bricks and Mortar Take Center Stage

The new Sigma Kappa Sorority House at the University of Florida, designed by Hug & Associates Architects, has again been recognized for excellence. This time by the Masonry Association of Florida. Steve Bischke of Coastal, an Oldcastle company, the supplier for the Burlington Brick (manufactured by Columbus Brick Company) used in the construction of Sigma Kappa, was on-hand to receive the first-place award for Commercial/Institutional (Suppliers). The team at the D.E. Scorpio Corporation is very proud of the continued recognition the Sigma Kappa House is receiving and our valued partnership with Coastal and the many talented craftsmen responsible for the outstanding work from JAM Construction.

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The award ceremony took place in Fort Lauderdale on October 1. The 2017 MAF Masonry Excellence Award winners were judged on the qualities of art, innovation and endurance. The projects submitted for the Masonry Excellence Awards are a celebration of the art and craftsmanship of the mason, the innovation of the contractor and architect, and the endurance of masonry materials produced here in Florida.

Projects submitted were reviewed and judged anonymously by a distinguished jury of masonry and design professionals. Consideration was given to the overall design and use of masonry, as well as the technical aspects of each project. The winning projects showed superiority in technical design and craftsmanship.

For more information on this award and the others recognized visit http://www.masonryawards.com/

 

Groundbreaking in St. Augustine for the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory

Building at the beach

We are always proud to announce new projects, and our newest endeavor takes us to one of the University of Florida’s hidden gems. On Saturday, December 2, 2017 we celebrated the ground breaking of The Whitney Research Village located in St. Augustine. This project will expand capacity at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience allowing more students to be educated and welcoming additional visiting scientists. The construction of a new Village provides the needed research infrastructure to pave the way for UF preeminence in marine science. Phase 1 of the Research Village features include: 6 coastal-style cottages with 24-bed capacity (doubling the housing capacity), LEED design and construction, dune restoration landscape, outdoor classroom, living room and collaboration spaces.

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Less than two hours from Gainesville on a peninsula across from St. Augustine beach sits the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. Founded in 1974, the facility is made up of the main laboratory, Center for Marine Studies Education Building, and housing for their undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scientists.

The primary mission of the Whitney Laboratory is to “use marine organisms in basic biological research to apply where pSSSL0705ossible, the novel results of this research to problems of human health, natural resources and the environment.” Students have a unique opportunity to work hands-on with local wildlife inside and outside the lab. However, this facility serves a lot of different purposes that extend beyond the needs of their students. They host outreach science education programs for local K-12 students and organize monthly public lectures to help build marine science awareness in the community.

In addition to their education and public awareness programs, Whitney Lab is also home to a Sea Turtle hospital. During its first year open, they were able to rehabilitate and return nine seas turtles back into the wild! The D.E. Scorpio Corporation is thrilled to be able to work in conjunction with an organization that is so passionately devoted to its students, community, and the environment. Visit their website for more details! http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/

YouTube video on turtle hospital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=G7di9JaHWu8

 

Tis the season- For buying!

It’s the time of year to shower our family and loved ones with tokens of our gratitude and appreciation. Here at DE Scorpio, we like to do the same for our business partners, clients and colleagues as well. As our business continues to grow, so does that list.

In the lead-up to the holidays, the D.E. Scorpio Corporation is inundated with catalogs, emails and advertisements, each offering “the perfect solution” to our holiday gift-giving needs. And in years past, we’ve leaned on traditional companies to provide that solution, for all the usual reasons: it’s quick, easy, and guaranteed to arrive on time. But this year, we’ve taken a more thoughtful approach to how we show our love.

Giving with an Impact

This year’s holiday gift giving was launched with a mission that dovetails perfectly with our corporate mission: advancing communities by providing superior construction and civic leadership. The D.E. Scorpio Corporation is committed to sourcing all of our gifts locally in support of the national “shopping holiday” Small Business Saturday. While this does require more research, consideration, and some extra planning, it’s the right thing to do. So instead of ordering in bulk from catalogs, we’re tapping local business for the holiday treats we send out, and enlisting the help of a local florist to ensure the presentation and delivery are top notch.

The D.E. Scorpio Corporation still considers itself a small, family-owned business. Nearly all our clients and partners are right here in Alachua County, many of which are small businesses themselves. What we love most about our community is how deeply we value homegrown entrepreneurship and our dedication to a resilient local economy. We are doing our best to  embody those values whenever and however possible.

Embracing Small Business Saturday

Few will ever forget the impact that the Great Recession had on large and small businesses around the nation. The Business Journals of U.S. Census Bureau reports that between 2008 and 2010, 170,000 small businesses shut down, and the economic ripple effects were felt far beyond the owners. In 2010, with many communities hurting from the loss, American Express launched a brilliant marketing campaign. In an effort to drive consumers offline and out of big-box retailers for a day, Small Business Saturday was born, encouraging patronage your friendly neighborhood entrepreneurs. Anchored on the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, in six short years, Small Business Saturday has produced a profoundly positive impact on local economies and the way we think about spending our holiday dollars.

More than Just Dollars and Cents

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But the impact we hope to make goes beyond the financial. By sourcing our gift locally, we are reducing adverse effects on the environment. This choice drastically reduces the carbon footprint of every package sent, by saving the thousands of miles it would travel from a distribution center. Packaging styrofoam and plastic waste is also dramatically reduced.

We’re not perfect, but we are taking increasingly bold steps to serve our mission. We hope you will join us in choosing local and supporting our friends and our neighbors. We guarantee you will be glad you did. Whether on Small Business Saturday, or any other day, supporting small businesses is a win for everyone.

 

Women in Construction

Women in Construction: Breaking down barriers.

The word ‘skilled’ doesn’t discriminate and neither do we. We used to live in a world where a woman’s choice of profession consisted of homemaker, teacher, nurse or secretary and men could be, well, everything else. Luckily, that world is in the past. Today, women don’t just hold roles in every industry, they dominate them. Companies have come to value the skills women bring to the table as they sit as equals beside their male counterparts. The construction industry is no stranger to appreciating the role of minorities in the success of their business, and it demands hardworking women with a drive to break the mold.

Last year 939,000 women worked alongside their equally capable, talented, and hardworking male counterparts to imagine, plan, and construct the urban landscapes we love. However, this is still only 8.9% of the total workers in construction careers. The traditional association of men to hard hats is engrained in our culture from the moment we start playing with either Legos or dolls. Any career path in construction requires a creative mind, a motivated attitude, ability to problem solve, and a desire to work hands-on among a diverse group of professionals. These attributes do not know gender. They can inhabit any individual who may have a passion for building something bigger than themselves.

Fortunately, the construction industry’s desire to hire women is reflected in their impact on the wage gap. Women in construction make about $0.93 per $1 that men earn, versus the national average of $0.82 per $1. This gap is closing further as women become increasingly skilled in their trades and prominent figures in the industry. There are also vast possibilities of advancing into leadership type roles where women have already proven themselves formidable opponents to the outdated stereotypes of the industry. In 2010, more than 1/3 of the construction positions held by women were managerial or professional. Over the years, more women have forged their own path to success by cutting the red ribbon on their own firms, but there is still more work to be done to ensure equality in the relationship between government funding and minority/women owned companies. Although there is legislation to close this gap, they still fall short on meeting contract quotas for minorities and women. However, cities like Orlando, FL have goals of 6% or more to specifically allot business to WBE’s, Women Based Enterprises.

Despite the current deficit in the influence of women in the construction industry, changes are being made to allow motivated and hardworking women to enter a successful career in the field.   The D.E. Scorpio Corporation has always and will continue to recruit and promote women into this field.  Our commitment to minority and women owned business is reflected in all our partnerships, and is one we take very seriously because it is the right thing to do.

As we close out Careers in Construction Month we are proud of the initiatives we implemented and the steps we took to further the message. We know they were small first steps, but we also know they may have played a big role in someone’s life. We will continue to promote this great industry to future generations, and especially to those who are working to break down barriers.AAEAAQAAAAAAAALuAAAAJDcwNmQzNTc5LTM5NmYtNDUyNi04ZTQ4LTU3YTY5MDE1YjhlYw

D. E. Scorpio Corporation 2017 Fierce Awards Presenting Sponsor

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2017 Fierce Awards

 

Join us for the 2017 Fierce Awards presented by D.E. Scorpio Corporation!
Business in Greater Gainesville created the Fierce Awards to recognize and applaud talented, transformative women in our business community. Since 2015, the Fierce Awards have called to attention the efforts and achievements of more than 50 local leaders.  We hope you will join us in honoring 2017’s deserving recipients at a cocktail reception on Monday, July 10th starting at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Florida’s Emerson Alumni Hall!

Domenic Scorpio Recognized as a “Business Magazine 2016 Impact Award Winner”

Article from Business in the Heart of Florida, 50th Issue December 2016 –

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Domenic Scorpio is the president/CEO of the D.E. Scorpio Corporation and founded his company on the principal mission of advancing the communities they serve. He provides jobs where collaboration is fostered to elevate careers of employees in a family oriented environment. He enjoys watching others achieve their full potential of being good, contributing members to our community and achieving the successes they deserve for their families and for our community.

“I try to have a positive impact on the Greater Gainesville Community by giving selflessly, and by motivating, educating, and inspiring others to do the same,” Scorpio said.

Scorpio is a board member and former president of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, a board member of Reeling for Kids and a board member and part of various committees for Builders Association of North Central Florida. He is also the executive committee member at the University of Florida School of Construction Management and a member of the advisory committee at Gateway Bank. Even more, he is a fiscal supporter of many nonprofits in greater Gainesville.

Get to Know Domenic:

What is your go-to coffee order?

Strong and black.

Who had the biggest impact on your life?

Definitely my parents. They raised six boys and a girl and worked their tails off. They came here from Italy with four children not speaking a word of English. They instilled a lot of qualities including hard work, dedication and perseverance.

Click here to view Article on BusinessMagazineGainesville.com

Photo(s) Credit: Business Magazine

Anumba Announced as UF DCP Dean

On August 1, 2016 Dr. Chimay Anumba became Dean of the College of Design, Construction & Planning at the University of Florida. The D.E. Scorpio Corporation was honored to sponsor the reception welcoming him to our Gator Nation, hosted on August 25th at the home of Domenic and Holly Scorpio. Dr. Anumba has a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Leeds and a doctor of science from Loughborough University, both in the UK, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jos in Nigeria. For the past eight years, he served as a professor and head of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

“I’m honored to join The Gator Nation and work closely with alumni and friends to build on the college’s strong history and tradition.”
–Dr. Chimay Anumba

Making a Difference for the Boys and Girls Club

This year’s “Doug Johnson’s Reeling for Kids Saltwater Challenge” raised $100,000! Donated toward the renovation of the Northwest Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County, tournament participation and contributions will go a long way in making a positive impact on the lives of the children at the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.

Publication Credit: HOME – Living in Greater Gainesville Aug/Sept 2016

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City Beautification Board 2016 Awards

Solaria II Luxury Apartments, built by D.E. Scorpio Corporation in 2015, received the City Beautification Board 2016 Award, reflecting “the commitment of many individuals to excellence in design” to projects of “outstanding aesthetic and artistic appeal” that result in the improvement of the area, property or neighborhood.

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BANCF President Brandon Tinckham

Brandon Tinckham of D.E. Scorpio Corporation is the 2016 president of the Builders Association of North Central Florida.

Article from The Gainesville Sun
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Gainesville Sun January 2016

 

Photo by Rob C. Witzel/The Gainesville Sun
Article by Anthony Clark, Business Editor

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 6:02 p.m.