Douglas Wilcox's dad knew his son would build great things from an early age. In 1971 when the Wilcox family was living in St. Petersburg, the city began tearing up the old brick roads. Wilcox and his dad went out and collected as many as they could. They made a fireplace, a barbecue pit and everything in between.
Now, Wilcox is the president of Scherer Construction of North Florida, a Gainesville-based company that contracts work all over Florida and even South Carolina and Georgia. Wilcox joined the company after a 2 1/2-hour meeting with Clark Scherer in 1986 after a family friend referred him.
At the time, Wilcox was studying architecture and working for one in St. Petersburg. His heart was really in construction so he took Scherer up on his offer. "I got into this business because I love building things," Wilcox said. "It felt like I was shuffling too much paper."
During his time in Gainesville studying building construction at the University of Florida, Wilcox built four buildings in the industrial park on the north side of the city. Upon graduation, he decided to stay and start the North Florida branch of Scherer Construction. Wilcox has come a long way from his first office, which was an extra bedroom in his apartment. His new sleek office is located at 2504 NW 71st Place.
Wilcox now has an impressive statewide portfolio of successful projects, including the Gator Wesley Foundation building. Growth has been steady in more than 20 years in his Gainesville office, but Wilcox hopes to keep on growing. For now, he enjoys reviewing his work around Gainesville. "When you drive down the street and say 'I built that building,' that's a great feeling," he said.