Kaufman Lynn Completes Joe Celestin Center in North Miami

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Exceeding local participation goals, Kaufman Lynn turns over a new LEED certified community center to the residents of North Miami right on schedule.

The City of North Miami held a ribbon-cutting event on Aug. 2 to commemorate the completion of the Joe Celestin Center – an 18,577 square foot community center and gymnasium built by Kaufman Lynn Construction.

As part of its contract with the city, Kaufman Lynn was required to include North Miami residents and business in the construction of the community center to boost the local economy. By the time the construction was completed, Kaufman Lynn had exceeded its extended goals of community involvement by subcontracting 29%, of the total construction cost to North Miami subcontractors. In addition, North Miami residents made up 16% of the labor force that built the center.

The new Joe Celestin Center located in Pepper Park uses a one-story, rounded roof design that assists in reflecting sunlight and minimizing heat absorption, while the 11 opaque gymnasium skylights allow ambient natural light into the building during daytime hours; both of which reduce operating electrical costs. The facility is expected to receive LEED Silver certification. Inside, patrons can enjoy basketball and volleyball courts, locker rooms, a teen lounge, an aerobics and weight room, an arts and crafts room, a game room, a computer lab, and a central gallery space.

This project is not the first success that Kaufman Lynn has had in recreational and community-use construction. Previous projects include the award-winning FAU Recreation & Fitness Center (Boca Raton), Hollywood West Sports Park (Hollywood), a 17,000 square foot addition to a YMCA (Pembroke Pines), and St. Mark's Episcopal Gymnasium (Palm Beach Gardens).

About Kaufman Lynn Construction

South Florida based Kaufman Lynn Construction is a 23 year-old, full-service construction manager and general contractor providing services for a wide variety of public and private sectors throughout Florida, including universities and colleges, municipal, schools, healthcare, multifamily, county clubs, faith-based, cultural, retail, and commercial. Kaufman Lynn Construction is also consistently ranked within the Top 25 Largest General Contractors in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal.

The mission of Kaufman Lynn Construction is to consistently deliver superior buildings and construction projects by relentlessly advancing the client's vision, beyond their expectations. Kaufman Lynn Construction does whatever it takes to get the job done right.

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