Ajax Building Company Earns an Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Central Florida
Every year Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) holds an Excellence in Construction (EIC) competition in which they honor exceptional projects based on vision, innovation, execution, safety, quality control and degree of difficulty. This year the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS) Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory project received an Eagle Award from the Central Florida Chapter.
FDACS Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Kissimmee, FL
Ajax and AE partner RS&H were each selected to expand the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory in Central Florida, a project that began in May of 2018. This facility sits on land donated in 1958 by the Bronson family. Irlo Bronson, a state senator at the time, had a vision for the animal industry and a facility for this very purpose.
The Division of Animal Industry is responsible for enforcing animal health regulations in Florida, as well as protecting the state from animal pests and diseases, which could have major economic and public health consequences. The functions of this department go beyond textbook veterinary medicine by consistently monitoring for high risk animal diseases such as African swine fever or the Zika virus. The Bronson Lab is the only animal disease diagnostic laboratory in Florida fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
Ajax constructed a new office/laboratory facility on a forested site adjacent to the existing laboratory complex. The new facility holds $11 million in the latest technical instruments and includes laboratory space for virology, bacteriology, serology, histology, IHC, clinical pathology and lab equipment compatible with BSL-2 guidelines. In addition, new utilities parking and storm water provisions were included. New covered walkways connecting the new building with the existing building tie the two together. Finally, the site was designed for a possible future expansion for emergency vehicle storage.
About Our Company: Ajax Building Company, LLC founded in 1958, is an employee owned and third generation family operated construction management firm. During the past 62 years, Ajax has steadily grown to become one of the Southeast’s premier contractors. As a part of the STO Building Group family, Ajax’s project experience now extends throughout the United States, into Canada and the UK. Regardless of the complexity or size of a project, Ajax brings innovative solutions to construction challenges and the final product exceeds owners’ expectations. Ajax prides itself on delivering projects on time, in budget and with the highest level of safety, customer service and quality. Ajax is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.