GSD Contracting LLC
Establishing trust with clients is a top priority for GSD Contracting LLC. By presenting a fair and honest number in budgeting and bidding situations, the company’s success has been built on its reputation as a fair, trusted and experienced commercial contractor, specializing in the construction of hotels, auto dealerships, banks and educational institutions. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, GSD serves the tri-county area and has completed a variety of projects for clients in numerous industries including assisted living and medical facilities, fitness centers, retail, entertainment, office, and houses of worship in South Florida and beyond.
GSD was founded in 1980 by Greg, Guy and Sal DeJohn. The passion for building began when the DeJohn brothers were teenagers and worked with their father Sal, a lather, on his projects. This not only exposed the pair to the trades, but also taught them the value of hard work and integrity as well as the satisfaction of a job well done. From the company’s inception, the DeJohn brothers opted to be fair and open in its business practices.
This philosophy and approach has garnered GSD a portfolio as strong as any company in the business. As the building contractor on multiple projects for expanding retailers and fast-growing health care companies both local and national, GSD has reached a milestone in its existence when approximately 50 percent of its business is with repeat clients.
A shift to green building
In the early 2000s, GSD began to notice a shift in the industry when business owners and architects started inquiring about sustainability and environmentally friendly construction concepts such as green building and LEED certification. In the early stages of green building, GSD and its clients found that the incentive was not present to invest financially in sustainable building solutions. While owners were interested in the benefits of sustainability, for the builders, it remained cost-prohibitive.
Over the course of a decade, the cost of green construction would eventually reach the point where it became economically feasible. GSD completed a two-story LEED Silver-certified building for Dickey Consulting Services, a project management, public/government relations and economic consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale. The facility became the Midtown Arts and Business Center (MABC) and is a flexible entertainment space marketed to the arts community as performance, rehearsal, gallery and special events space.
In achieving LEED Silver-certification for MABC, the design and location included the availability of alternative transportation methods. MABC is within the vicinity of certain bus routes. The facility also offers bicycle stalls and showers for occupants who choose to bike to work instead of driving an automobile. 100 percent of the building’s roof materials meet the solar-reflective index required by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for LEED Certification.
In a water-use reduction effort, MABC features water-efficient landscaping, negating the need for a permanent irrigation system. The facility also features an enhanced HVAC system and the project employs a construction waste management program, which seeks to divert a significant portion of debris from the landfill.
In addition to new construction, GSD is also often involved in renovation projects. In 2015, the company completed the renovation of the gymnasium at St. Anthony Catholic School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The scope of work included installing an entire HVAC system as the gym had never had air conditioning before. GSD also built an addition within the gymnasium, taking advantage of volume void space which made room for locker rooms and coaches’ offices. A challenge presented in the project was one that GSD has experience with: historic preservation. A certain skillset was required to update the gymnasium and bring it up to code, all while maintaining the historic integrity of the structure.
As a boutique commercial contractor, Greg and Guy maintain sensitivity to the nostalgic and historic aspects of South Florida. A fair amount of the work that the company is asked to update is the type of work that was performed by their father. In addition to renovating the gymnasium at St. Anthony’s, GSD was contracted to complete a covered walkway outside of the facility. Rather than mimic the rest of the building, the owner and designers chose GSD to create a unique contemporary design in contrast to that expressed during the time period in which it was built.
In establishing a reputation as an honest and trusted contractor, GSD has relied on its strong network of subcontractors in all the trades involved in each project. Much of the work the company completes is negotiated through referrals. The ability to constantly remain busy on high-profile projects along with its philosophy of fair play and prompt payment is an aspect of GSD that has earned the respect of the top subs in the business.
GSD looks forward to 2016. With a strong team and transitional visions for the future, the company recently broke ground on one of its largest projects to date, a new 100 room Hampton Inn Hotel. Continuing to operate as a local boutique construction team offering flexible and creative solutions for smaller scale but critical projects is the place to be for GSD Contracting LLC.
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