Acclaimed Architect Group And Construction Firm Move To Innovation Square

More exciting news for Innovation Square in Gainesville! Charles Perry Partners, Inc. and Ponikvar & Associates, two highly respected firms, have relocated to Innovation Square!

Two decorated firms have announced their move into Innovation Square, adding to the list of companies relocating to the research and innovation community.

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) and Ponikvar & Associates are two respected firms which have moved into Innovation Square recently. As service providers in the construction industry, both chose to move to Innovation Square in anticipation of the upcoming development. The moves signal the start of a growth period in the research community.

“It certainly signals the next phase beginning at Innovation Square. Architects and construction companies come into developments like this before construction begins on large projects. They hire engineers, site consultants, project managers, and get them in place so that when they break ground on the larger buildings, they have the support teams ready,” said Nick Banks, managing director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group.

Well-known locally for their extensive work with the University of Florida and the University of Miami, Ponikvar & Associates is an architect group that moved into Ayers Innovation Plaza across from UF’s Florida Innovation Hub, a building they designed. The firm’s other notable projects in the area include the University of Florida’s Nanoscale Facility, Emerson Alumni Hall, and the Tioga Town Center.

“There is a foreseeable demand for extensive building projects within the Square and we want to be around to be a part of that,” said Ponikvar & Associates’ Principal Architect and Vice President, Jack Ponikvar.

Ponikvar & Associates designed their new location to allow for an expansion of up to fifty-percent over their current staffing numbers. As the number of companies committing to Innovation Square continues to grow, the architectural firm expects their services will be in high demand. Ponikvar cited that they expect to expand quickly into the additional space.

Accompanying Ponikvar & Associates in the innovation district, CPPI relocated last week to 706 at Innovation Square. CPPI is a construction company with projects throughout the southeast but has been Gainesville-based since 1968. They are best known locally for construction of the Patient Tower at North Florida Regional Hospital. When asked why they chose to move their Diversified Projects Division to Innovation Square from another location in Gainesville, CPPI cited the location’s close proximity to the University of Florida campus and downtown Gainesville, the ample amenities being offered, and incentives provided by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, as reasons for its decision to switch. 

“The location will keep us in close contact with our clients. It allows us to respond faster and provide better service. The new work environment and surrounding amenities are also a positive for our employees,” said Matt Webster, VP of the Diversity Projects Division for CPPI.

“Other companies are realizing that being within a highly visible location not only helps them recruit talented employees, but it also puts their company in the center of the events and opportunities that arise as Innovation Square continues to expand,” said Banks.

Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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