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Human Resource Manager


D.E. Scorpio Corporation, a commercial construction management firm is seeking a Human Resource Manager.  We are looking for a superstar team member who delivers excellence every day, proactively communicates with others, pursues growth and learning, and enjoys an innovative and collaborative work environment. You must be character-first, efficient, detail oriented, self-motivated worker, and wants to be parts of a growing company and exciting future. If this sounds like you, then we want to meet you and encourage you to apply!

D.E. Scorpio Corporation offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and long-term professional growth opportunities. As a Human Resource Manager, you will work both independently and in a collaborative partnership with our Finance, Administrative and Operational teams.

Desired Skills and Experience

Degree or five years of relevant experience.

Experience includes employee relations, employment law, HR compliance and benefits administration.

Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues and information with the utmost discretion and tact.

Employee onboarding, engagement and retention.

Proactively investigate improvements to company benefits and risk management including Health, Life and Workers Compensation insurances.

Process and manage all facets of weekly payroll including pay/time data entry, taxes, deductions, fringes, PTO, compensation adjustments and job classifications.

Updates and compliance with Employee Handbook.

Assist in talent acquisition and recruitment efforts.

Promote and participate in an active and vibrant company culture.

Work closely with the safety committee on employee safety protocols.

General administrative responsibilities associated with the position.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent planning, organizational and follow through skills.

Established proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel.

Enthusiastic, flexible and people-oriented.

Ability to work both independently and with a team.

If you feel you fit this position, please submit your resume to . We are excited to hear from you. All inquires to this position will remain confidential.

Florida Announces Timeline for Upgrades to Softball, New Baseball Facility and New Stand-Alone Football Training Complex

The Facilities Master Plan includes a renovation of Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, a new ballpark for baseball and a new football stand-alone training complex.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Athletic Department announced significant facility plans Friday, to include program-changing upgrades to its current softball stadium, a new baseball ballpark on the southwest part of campus, and a new stand-alone football training complex in the location of the current baseball stadium. These projects, which combined are estimated to cost $130 million, are part of phases 2 and 3 of the University Athletic Association’s Facilities Master Plan.

Original facility plans called for the UAA to renovate the baseball stadium and build a football training complex north of the Percy Beard Track, but after an extensive review with contractors and architects, it was determined that building a new baseball ballpark and locating the football training complex on the current baseball stadium site is a better long-term solution for the athletic program.

“We want to invest wisely in our infrastructure to enhance our student-athlete and fan experiences,” said Athletics Director Scott Stricklin. “And we want to make sure that we are making the best long-term decisions to create championship experiences with integrity for all of those that touch our programs. Our athletic department is consistently among the top five in the nation, and it is our intent that all three of these facilities mirror that.

“With the change in facility locations for both baseball and football, we will now adjust the sequencing for these projects. Baseball will need to be built first, which will allow us to repurpose the current baseball site and put the stand-alone football complex in that space.”

The estimated $11 million renovation to softball’s Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium will begin in the summer of 2018 with a goal for completion prior to the 2019 season. Renovations will include a 360-degree open concourse, shade structures for fans and an elevated press box. Fixed seating, which will be all chairback seats, will increase from 1,431 to approximately 2,280 and overall capacity will be approximately 2,800. There will be modern student-athlete and staff amenities, such as locker room and sports medicine facilities, and enhanced experiences for fans.

Construction for the estimated $50 million baseball ballpark, with an overall capacity of 10,000, will begin in the fall of 2018 with a completion goal prior to the 2020 season. Home plate will face northeast with the sun behind the stadium for a cooler atmosphere for the student-athletes and fans. A 360-degree open concourse will give fans constant field views and multiple seating options will be under shade. Permanent chairback seats will increase from 2,408 to approximately 5,000, while fans will also be able to choose from premium seating and non-traditional seating options to bring overall capacity to approximately 10,000. Enhanced concession space with new food options will also be available for fans, while student-athletes and staff will enjoy modern amenities and increased spaces.

Construction for the $65 million 130,000-square foot football training complex will be based on site availability and currently estimated to start in late 2019 or early 2020 with a completion goal of 2021. The facility will serve as the new day-to-day home for Florida football student-athletes and staff. Florida’s meeting rooms, locker room, strength and conditioning area, training room and coaches’ offices will all be adjacent to the practice field, creating maximum efficiency within the program. Other details are still in the development stage and will be announced later.

Florida’s new baseball ballpark will be located on Hull Road, near the Donald R. Dizney Stadium and Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium on the southwest part of campus

The baseball stadium will utilize 13.63 acres of land previously occupied by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS).

The UAA will contribute $3 million to UF/IFAS, which will then invest these funds in redeveloping research and instructional facilities to benefit College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students in horticultural sciences, plant pathology, environmental horticulture, and agronomy programs. Activities previously located on this property will continue in a different campus location nearby.

“This is a win-win for UF/IFAS, our students, faculty and the university community,” said Jack M. Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. “Teaching and research activities will continue and students will continue to learn in facilities and agricultural sites appropriate to the level of a top 10 public university.”

“We are fortunate to have a great partnership on campus between academics and athletics,” Stricklin said. “Collaboration with a focus on excellence enables the University of Florida to be a top 10 program academically and one of the premier athletic departments in the nation.”

“Phases 2 and 3 of our Facilities Master Plan will greatly improve efficiencies and operations in softball, baseball and football,” Stricklin said. “We’ve all seen the impact that Phase 1 made with the Indoor Practice Facility, Otis Hawkins Academic Center at Farrior Hall and the renovation of Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center and we expect the same in these phases. We are very thankful for the support of our donors during Phase 1 and I am enthusiastic about the momentum from Gator Boosters moving into phases 2 and 3.”

“We are excited to know that our national championship softball and baseball teams are getting upgrades for their respective facilities and fans will have a great experience in their new stadiums,” said Dan Mullen. “I’m also thankful for the deliberative and strategic approach we are taking in building our football training complex. We will build the top facility for the University of Florida football program with the number one emphasis on doing what is best for the development of our players.”

“We are really excited about this project. Once it is completed, our student-athletes and staff will have first-class facilities that rival any program in the country,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, “In addition, the new stadium will be much more suited to provide an outstanding experience for our fans. The administration has some unique ideas to ensure that the fan experience will be like nowhere else.”

“It’s an exciting time to be a Gator. We are very thankful to have this opportunity to improve upon the championship atmosphere created by our dedicated fans, and enhance the quality of resources for our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said Tim Walton. “The renovations to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium will continue to provide an intimate setting for fans who want to be close to the action, while also helping keep Florida softball in the competitive hunt for championships in the Southeastern Conference and at the national level every year. Special thanks to our loyal Gator Boosters, the administration and all UAA staff members who had a hand in making this project a reality.”

The projects will be funded through private gifts, bond proceeds, and UAA investment earnings, with no state or university funding. The University of Florida Board of Trustees approved Friday a bond resolution for $50 million for Phase 2 of the UAA’s Facilities Master Plan.

Per state of Florida debt management guidelines, the Board of Governors still has to approve the bond resolution at the end of June.

The UAA has made significant progress to date and already identified funding for $73 million of the $130 million needed for the three projects (including $50 million in bonds, $13 million in philanthropic support and $10 million in UAA investment earnings). The remaining funds needed will be dependent upon the generosity of the Gator Nation as Scott Stricklin and the Gator Boosters staff continue to involve key constituents to support these important initiatives.

The full Facilities Master Plan, which will significantly impact the experience for all Gator student athletes in all 21 programs, as well as the fan experience in Ben Hill Griffin stadium, will be announced at a later date.

Information on Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium Renovation: 

  • Estimated Timeline:
    • Construction Start: Summer, 2018
    • Goal for completion: Prior to 2019 Season
  • Estimated Budget:
    • $11 Million
  • Funding:
    • Philanthropic Support
    • Bond Proceeds
    • UAA Investment Earnings
  • Partners:
    • Architects and Engineering – Walker Architects and Populous
    • Construction Manager – D.E. Scorpio Corporation
  • Notes:
    • 360 Degree Open Concourse & Seating
      • The concourse will be connected across the entire stadium with open views to the field and viewing areas located along the outfield walls
    • New Elevated Press Box
      • Florida’s press box will be raised to provide an open concourse, better access and additional shade for fans seated behind home plate.
    • Shade Structures for Fans
      • Multiple sections of seats will be shaded from the sun to make for a more comfortable environment for fans
    • Modern Student-Athlete and Staff Amenities
      • Amenities include a renovated locker room, player’s lounge, training room, batting cages, etc.
      • New Locker Room, Team Lounge, Film Room, Equipment Room, Visiting Team Locker Room, Coaches Locker Room, Coaches Offices, Conference Room and Reception Area
    • Increased Seating Capacity
      • This will allow for a permanent seating capacity, which will now all be chairbacks, to increase between from 1,431 to approximately 2,280 seats, but will still leave seating areas in non-traditional places like a berm for an overall capacity of approximately 2,800.
    • Multiple Seating & Game Experience Options
      • Fans will have the ability to purchase chairbacks
    • Enhanced Fan Experience
      • All the aforementioned amenities above will make for a much better fan experience for Gator Nation
  • ALSO: In conjunction with the renovation at KSP Softball Stadium and with the Football Training Complex moving to the current baseball stadium location, the UAA will relocate its maintenance department from its current location. Costs for relocating the maintenance department and the infrastructure costs associated with the project is estimated at $4 million.


Information on Baseball Ballpark:  

  • Estimated Timeline:
    • Construction Start: Fall, 2018
    • Goal for completion: Prior to the 2020 Season
  • Estimated Budget:
    • $50 Million
  • Funding:
    •  Philanthropic Support
    • Bond Proceeds
    • UAA Investment Earnings
  • Partners:
    • Architects and Engineering – Populous and Walker Architects
    • Construction Manager – TBA
  • Notes:
    • Field Orientation
      • Home plate will face Northeast and the sun will now be behind the stadium to make for a cooler atmosphere for the student-athletes and fans.
    • 360 Degree Open Concourse & Seating
      • The concourse will be connected across the entire stadium with open views to the field, as seen in Omaha, Neb. at TD Ameritrade and many Major League Ballparks
    • Shade Structures for Fans
      • Multiple sections of seats will be shaded from the sun to make for a more comfortable environment for fans
    • Modern Student-Athlete and Staff Amenities
      • Amenities include a locker room, player’s lounge, training room, batting cages, practice field, etc.
      • Coaches Offices, Video Editing Room, Training Room with Hydrotherapy, Equipment Room, Locker Room and Player’s Lounge
    • Increased Capacity
      • All permanent seat will feature chairbacks (no bleachers), and there will multiple premium seating options  along with grass berms and non-traditional seating that will bring capacity to an estimated 10,000. Chair back seating options will increase from 2,408 to approximately 5,000.
    • Multiple Seating & Game Experience Options
      • Fans will have the ability to purchase chairbacks, a variety of premium seating options, club lounge tickets and family zone seating.
    • Parking
      • On- site parking for approximately 400-500 vehicles, along with moped parking
    • High Definition Video and Sound
      • Florida’s new baseball stadium will be equipped with a state of the art video board and sound system
    • Enhanced Concession Space and Food Options
      • Concession stands and food trucks will provide a wide array of food options
    • Enhanced Fan Experience
      • All the aforementioned amenities above will make for a much better fan experience for Gator Nation, including an area to focus on activities for children and young fans
    • Prominent and welcoming entrances
      • Florida’s new baseball stadium will feature prominent and inviting entrances, including some key areas that will highlight program accomplishments including championships and Gator greats


Information on Football Training Complex: 

  • Estimated Timeline:
    • Construction Start: Based on site availability, estimated late 2019 to early 2020
    • Goal for completion: 2021
  • Estimated Budget:
    • $65 Million
  • Funding:
    • Philanthropic Support
    • UAA Investment Earnings
  • Partners
    • Architects and Engineering – HOK
    • Construction Manager – Parrish McCall Constructors
  • Notes:
    • This facility will serve as the new daily home for Florida football.
    • Prominent and Visible Entrance
      • Florida’s new football training complex will feature a prominent entrance that is sure to capture the attention of recruits and fans
    • Team Locker Room & Meeting Areas
      • Florida’s football team will now be housed right next to its practice field, creating maximum efficiency.
    • Weight Room
      • There will be a brand new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning space dedicated to the football program and adjacent to the indoor practice facility.
    • Coaches Offices & Player Areas
      • Spaces for all of Florida’s football coaches and staff will allow for more face-to-face time with players and dedicated team and lounge space will be inviting for players and recruits alike.
    • Enhanced Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Facility with Hydrotherapy
      • Florida’s training staff will have state of the art resources to treat the student-athletes to ensure the health and development of each student athlete.
    • Future Opportunities
      • With the daily activities of the football program moving out of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, these spaces will be available for future development to benefit other student-athletes and fans. Plans for these spaces will be included with the full Facilities Master Plan announced at a later date.

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— Press Release and photos courtesy of UAA Communications:

— Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium:


Historic Groundbreaking for UF Norman Hall Renovations and Expansion

Friday event to mark start of long-awaited renovations of UF‘s historic Norman Hall

Although some light infrastructure work has already begun, a formal groundbreaking ceremony Friday (March 23) marks the official start of the heavier work on the long-awaited restoration of historic Norman Hall at the University of Florida.

The stately-but-aging building is the home of the College of Education, with a past as colorful as it is old. Vignettes from Norman Hall’s storied past will be recounted at the event. UF and college officials and guest dignitaries also will unveil what the new and improved academic hall will look like upon completion and how college deans and faculty believe it will transform how they prepare teachers and other education professionals and leaders for today’s global society.

Norman Hall was originally built in 1934 to house the college’s new P.K. Yonge Laboratory School. The college shared the school building with its K-12 lab school until 1958, when P.K. Yonge moved a few blocks south to its current campus. A year earlier, in anticipation of the move, the UF campus building had been renamed after James W. Norman, who served as dean of the College of Education from 1920-1941.

Friday’s event will include an appearance by the UF marching band drum line, the traditional ceremonial dirt toss with golden shovels, a roster of dignitaries and a few brief speeches highlighting the colorful and impactful history of Norman Hall, and details about the top-to-bottom rehabilitation of the 84-year-old edifice.

Speakers scheduled include UF President Kent Fuchs, College of Education Dean Glenn Good, Florida Congressman Ted Yoho, former Florida Congressman John Mica (BAE ’67), UF Trustee Anita Zucker (BAE ’72), COE Associate Dean Tom Dana and project lead architect Joe Walker of Walker Architects.

Ghost stories may even be on the program. Norman Hall, besides holding fond memories of former students and instructors from both the college and P.K. Yonge, also has been rumored for decades to be haunted by the ghosts of several P.K. Yonge schoolchildren who supposedly died many years ago in an elevator accident. (No documentation or living eye witnesses can be found to verify the story.)

Believers may wonder if any such ghosts will stick around during all the banging and crashing noise from the renovation work. Or, maybe, they will like their new haunts. Much of the restored building will still be easily recognizable, according to Tom Dana, associate dean of the College of Education who oversees the building rehab project from the college’s side.

“Norman Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, so any repairs or construction on this historic property had to be approved so any harm to iconic building features can be avoided or minimized,” Dana said. “We’ve gone to great pains to make sure the décor and furnishings maintain much of the building’s character from when it was built in 1934.”

He said the made-over Norman Hall will be a tasteful combination of “something old and a whole lot new.” Virtually all improvements will occur inside the building.

The Florida Legislature earmarked nearly $29 million in funding last spring for the long-needed improvements. Another $3 million allocation will pay for the refurbishment of the Education Library annex, built in 1979.

“This project will be the first major restoration work on Norman Hall in the building’s 84-year history,” said UF Education Dean Glenn Good.

He said the project’s first major phase is now underway. It involves emptying and vacating classrooms, labs and offices in the newer (1979) Norman Hall Annex wing and relocating to other space elsewhere in the original Norman building or on the UF campus. In May, occupants in the original Norman building will make a similar move into temporary quarters during its 18-month makeover.

The projected completion date for the work is September 2019, with plans for full occupancy and use by January 2020, according to Good.

The renovations and repairs will include an overhaul of the building’s infrastructure including a new roof, windows, plumbing, electrical system, heating, ventilation and AC, and removal of asbestos and lead paint.

Good said the most exciting improvements, though, will be the addition of many student-centered features, such as technology upgrades, configurable classrooms and meeting spaces, more space for research, and electrical outlets to support student technology needs.

Also, a roomy conference room will be added for hosting symposia and guest speakers. The conference center will connect to a new café bakery in existing space now serving as Norman Hall’s rear loading dock.

Good said he hopes students, faculty and staff who will be studying and teaching and working at the College of Education during the building renovations will all come together with the mindset that they are part of something really exciting and historic that will impact education in Florida for generations to come.

“The renovations will make Norman Hall more suitable for preparing the educators and educational leaders who will address the educational opportunities and challenges of the future,” he said.

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Tom Dana, associate dean, UF College of Education, 352-273-4134,

Kevin Coulson, media liaison, UFCOE Communications, 352-273-4370,

WRITER:  Larry Lansford, communications mgr., UF College of Education; c/o 352-273-4730

The D.E. Scorpio Corporation Announces Sponsorship of 2018 Fierce Awards

The D.E. Scorpio Corporation is excited to announce its second year sponsoring the Fierce Awards, hosted by the Business in Greater Gainesville magazine.

19894773_1369320689788417_5521792915787753304_n (2)The Fierce Awards seeks to recognize and applaud talented, transformative women in the Gainesville business community by identifying their work to inspire and ignite change in the corporate, nonprofit, governmental and entrepreneurial sectors of our region.

Nominations are now open for the awards and will close March 27. Nominations can be completed on the online form, found here.  There is no limit to the amount of nominations that can be entered.

The presentation of the awards will take place on July 9 at Emerson Alumni Hall on the University of Florida campus.


Welcome, New Team Members!

D.E. Scorpio is excited to welcome six new members to the team!

Allison Raber expanded the marketing department as a new Graphic Designer. Prior to joining Team Scorpio, Allison headed up the Art Department of Irving Publications.

Logan Gertner was brought on as a Project Manager after working three very high-profile projects for UF and UF Health, most recently the new UF Health Cardiovascular and Neuro Surgery Hospital.

David Herbig has joined as a Senior Project Manager. David previously worked for the city of Gainesville before moving onto construction management firms where he oversaw approximately $40M in construction annually.

Justin Zambelli began his career at D.E Scorpio interning as a Project Administrator and, as of his December graduation, is now working full-time as an Assistant Superintendent.

Richard Baron became D.E. Scorpio’s newest Senior Superintendent. Richard contributes a diverse portfolio of projects, most notably NASA’s Orbiter Building, a US NAVY Training Center, as well as a number of major projects for the University of Florida.

Jason Gentry joined the D.E. Scorpio Corporation in October as Assistant Superintendent. Prior to joining the Scorpio team, Jason worked as a superintendent for a local home builder. His career began as a residential framing carpenter.

Read the full article in Business in Greater Gainesville Magazine here.

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Graphic Designer

Logan GertnerProject Manager

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Project Manager

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“Build a House for the House” with the Ronald McDonald House Charity


In December, the D.E. Scorpio Corporation was honored to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida’s Eighth Annual “Build a House for the House”. We sponsored the event and members of our team participated in the fun and festive gingerbread house building contest. It was a great way to spend time with one another while supporting such an important local cause.

In addition to participating in the event, the D.E. Scorpio Corporation spread holiday cheer by delivering gift cards to each  of the 35 families staying in the local Ronald McDonald House at UF Health on Christmas Eve.

The Ronald McDonald House Charity is a cause close to our hearts that helps families who are experiencing some of the most difficult times. We are proud to support critical organizations that help those who need it most. To learn more about our Ronald McDonald House or to get involved as a volunteer please visit Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida.

“Your kindness will lift the spirits of every family – I know they will be so very surprised to receive such a thoughtful gift. Thank you for your compassion and generosity. We are honored to have your support.” – Sherry Houston, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida Executive Director

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


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!

YouTube video on turtle hospital:


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


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