Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rhodes+Brito Named Architect of Record for Bethune-Cookman University Student Life Center in Daytona Beach, FL

Ruffin Rhodes
ORLANDO, Fla. --- Rhodes+Brito is part of a team that recently won the Bethune-Cookman University’s Student Life Center project, a 110,000 square foot facility located on the campus in Daytona Beach off U.S. 92.  

Ruffin Rhodes, AIA co-founder, said his firm is Architect of record on the project and teamed with HuntonBrady Architects who facilitated the award-winning design of the building.   In this role, Rhodes+Brito will oversee the development of the construction documents and lead the construction administration effort.

Rendering of Planned Bethune-Cookman
University's Student Life Center
in Daytona Beach, FL

Construction is estimated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017 and should be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

The Student Life Center will be on the lower two levels and the two top floors of the building to be constructed will include student housing and a micro-boutique hotel with a few special rooms for visiting professors.

Rhodes said the Student Life Center is the flagship project of Bethune-Cookman’s overall plan to revitalize the school and create a more student friendly campus. 

Rhodes+Brito, an Orlando firm founded in 1996, currently employs a staff of 20, including eight registered architects. The firm has exceptional experience providing architectural services to a wide variety of agencies throughout the state of Florida, including municipal government agencies, federal, education, aviation and senior living facilities. Rhodes+Brito Architects is the current Orlando AIA 2016 Firm of the Year.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644 4142

Hold-Thyssen Negotiates $3.7 Million Sale of Retail Center on Sand Lake R0ad in Orlando, FL

N. Joelle Forster

Winter Park, FL  -- Hold-Thyssen, Inc., a real estate services firm based in Winter Park, recently completed the $3,725,000 sale of Mid Point Plaza located at 6203 West Sand Lake Rd. in Orlando. 

The 21,816 square foot retail strip center on the northwest corner of W. Sand Lake Rd. and Universal Blvd. was sold by the estate of the developer of the property.  Major tenants at the center include Wildside Clothing, Giordano’s Italian Restaurant and Light Bulbs Unlimited.   The buyer is an Orlando-based private investor. 

Martin Forster
The Hold-Thyssen team of Martin Forster CCIM and N. Joelle Forster listed the property and represented both the buyer and the seller as transactional brokers.

The center, built in 1999, is strategically located in an area that has recently experienced huge growth. “Recent growth and developments on I-Drive plus the acquisition of some 450 acres by Universal Studios to the south of the property bodes well for increased value of the retail center,” said Joelle Forster.

Hold-Thyssen provides commercial property brokerage, leasing and management services to institutional and private investor clients nationwide.  

The 40-year old firm’s current portfolio includes more that 100 commercial properties throughout the United States.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644 4142

NAI Realvest Chairman George Livingston Scholarship Established for Real Estate Majors at University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL

George Livingston
ORLANDO, FL--- George Livingston, chairman and founding partner of NAI Realvest, the Orlando-based commercial real estate services firm, was recently honored with a scholarship in his name for qualified students majoring in real estate at University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration. 
During his long career in commercial real estate, and 31 years as a member of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Livingston has been continuously researching, sharing and mentoring along with his everyday involvement in the business of NAI Realvest.

Livingston’s development, brokerage and investment interests garnered him unparalleled expertise across many sectors of industry which keeps him on top and ahead of trends.

  He is currently a member of the NAIOP Research Foundation and Trends Task Force where he and other senior members identify and communicate to the membership trends that will present either challenges or opportunities to their business within 3-5 years.

The past president of the Orlando Chapter of NAIOP is a member of the organization’s National Research Foundation providing educational programs and activities that help developers and others involved in commercial real estate exceed the needs of their local communities.

   He was instrumental in having UCF professors Dr. Randy Anderson and Dr. Joshua Harris named NAIOP Distinguished Scholars so they and UCF can compete for research grants. 

Randy Anderson

He is likewise a member of NAIOP’s Industrial Development Forum 1 because of his continuous involvement in industrial property development, ownership and investment. 

Amid all those business activities, Livingston is on a UCF board that helps start-up technology companies raise capital.

To say the least, Livingston is the man that you want as a reference on your resume.

Although at a time when retirement would be natural – he already retired once as an Army Lieutenant Colonel – Livingston wants to keep giving back in ways few can commit to carrying out for such an extended period.

“I just want to help keep the talent local, create a better future for my hometown where I’ve been successful.”

 For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644 4142