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FineMark building approaches peak construction off College Parkway

In the Know: New FineMark Bank building completes topping off. Construction ahead of schedule Fort Myers News-Press

The News-Press

On March 3, 2020, the News Press released an article on the latest update on the new FineMark building. Click to read the full article with photos and video from the News Press.

David Dorsey, Fort Myers News-Press
Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 3, 2020 | Updated 6:00 a.m. ET March 3, 2020

FineMark National Bank and Trust, with humble beginnings inside a former Blockbuster Video, has all the walls up and a full-blown construction site going on for its new headquarters at the southwest corner of Winkler Road and College Parkway.

The $27 million project, managed by Stevens Construction, has about 50 workers on site daily with the number to grow toward 70-80 entering peak construction this spring.

This month, the building is past the 25% completion mark. By mid-March, the roof will be dried in, and interior work can begin, rain or shine. The new location is expected to open for business in late November.

In February, 57 concrete panels weighing a combined 4.4 million pounds were raised from the ground on which they were poured by a crane so large it weighed 200 tons and was transported to the site on 15 tractor trailer beds.

The largest panel weighed 175,000 pounds.

“This job is going great,” said Dan Adams, vice president of Stevens Construction. “We’re two weeks ahead of schedule. We have 90% of our metal framing installed. We’re on track to finish this project by the end of the year. As promised. The big goal was to get the building dried in before rainy season. Which we will do.”

On Feb. 20, project manager Mike Brooks oversaw the capping of the building with the last of about 365 steel beams, a ceremonial but functional one that had been autographed by FineMark and Stevens Construction staff members.

“It was really more for the emotional part of it,” FineMark founder and president Joe Catti said of signing the beam. “And who knows? Maybe one day we’ll need to go into the roof, and it will be there.”