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Our Design Office Is Moving

 

We are proud to announce that on June 1st, 2017, Keesee Associates design studio will be relocating to a larger facility in Apopka at 945 South Orange Blossom Trail.  We are combining efforts with our recently developed Architectural Division to further enhance the services we provide to our valued customers. Loyalty from customers like you has fueled continued growth, making a move to a larger facility necessary.  Since Keesee Associates opened its doors in 1992, your continued business and support is one of the main reasons why we’ve grown so much over the years.

In 2012, Keesee Associates focused on raising awareness of our talented home designers, and decided it was time to have a dedicated design studio to enable laser focus on building relationships and gaining new clients interested in custom home design or, reimagining their current home with renovation and remodel.

By 2015, it became apparent that Keesee Associates would be best served by offering full architectural services including commercial construction.  Shortly after, James A. Garritani, RA joined the firm and brought with him over 25 years’ experience in the commercial market.  The combination of Keesee Associates and James Garritani has been showing growth since.

As a result, and to accommodate our growing customer base, we will be moving our design studio to our Apopka office.  The Apopka office remains the home of our award-winning Performance Team which has handled a massive amount of production home plan management.  This Performance Team is also being made available to support both the Design Division and Architectural Divisions under one roof.
We look forward to serving you at our new address!

Keesee and Partners Win Big at 2017 Parade of Homes

Recently, the winners of the 2017 GOBA Parade of Homes was announced and Keesee and partners won BIG!! We are proud to have been a part of the following winning projects:

First Place
A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Delray
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Rey Homes – Inspire
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Maronda Homes Inc. of FL – Sierra V
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CalAtlantic Homes – Weston
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CalAtlantic Homes – Regent
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CalAtlantic Homes – Barrington
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A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Sanibel
Grand Award
A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Delray
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CalAtlantic Homes – Killarney
Mike Keesee (left) with Tom Garver of A.R. Bailey Homes. A.R Bailey was an overall Grand Award Winner for a model Keesee designed in their new community located in Winter Garden, Canopy Oaks.
About the Parade of Homes: Every year the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) provides the Central Florida community with the exciting opportunity to learn about the latest trends in home design, advanced technology in energy efficiency, and innovative practices for green building applications at the Parade of Homes™ showcase event.

Something Big Is Coming!

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Balmoral at Waters Edge is Feltrim Group’s luxury vacation homes resort, designed by Keesee Associates.  Located between Disney, Lego Land, and some of the best restaurants and golf courses in the world. The resort has its own unbeatable on-site amenities as well!

 

 

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In attendance at the Grand Opening was the legendary Brazilian soccer player, Ronaldo, for the groundbreaking event of his R9 Soccer Academy, also by Feltrim. The academy and soccer field will be located directly next to the resort, and Keesee is honored to be the firm selected.

You can view the video from the March 31st opening HERE!

 

 

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Lake-Sumter County Parade of Homes this Weekend

We are thrilled to announce that one of our designs was entered in the Lake-Sumter County Parade of Homes! The builder, Turning Leaf Construction, did a flawless job executing the design. The home scored a HERS Rating Index of 14, and is seeking PLATINUM certification from Florida Green Building Coalition.We will be there Saturday to answer questions about our design- hope to see you there!

UPDATE: We placed first and won a Merit Award for Green Building ! Congrats to all involved!

 

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Mike Keesee at the GOBA Installation & Awards

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Last week our fearless leader, Mike Keesee, was presented his Associate Vice President Plaque and a Presidential Citation Award from the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA). The annual event and board installation was held at the Mezz in beautiful downtown Orlando.

Mike is the funder and CEO of Keesee Associates and its sister company, FDS Engineering. Mike has more than 30 in the industry and has served on GOBA’s board where he has been a longtime member.

About the Greater Orlando Builders Association: GOBA is the authority, educator and promoter of the housing and building industry. Their purpose is to represent and promote the building industry, encourage higher standard practices through education, monitor and take a proactive role in governmental and regulatory activities that impact the construction industry within Greater Orlando, as well as at the State and National levels.

Keesee Honored with “Best Website”

According to the Major Achievement in Marketing Excellence Awards, you’re visiting the “Best Website”, GoKeesee.com! Last Month, Keesee Associates was humble to accept this honor, and we could not be more thrilled to have been recognized. This year’s event theme was “A Night in Paris” and was held at the Double Tree by Hilton, in Downtown Orlando.

About GOBA: The Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) is the authority, educator and promoter of the housing and building industry serving more than 700 members.  Since 1953, GOBA has served the construction industry in Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties including its cities and is part of the National Organization, National Association of Home Builders.

GOBA introduced the MAME Awards (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) in 1983. Every year the highly anticipated, annual event showcases the sales and marketing efforts of the best of the best in the home building industry.

 

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Principal Designer Inducted into AIBD’s College of Fellows

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Our Principal Designer, David Pillsbury, was inducted into the AIBD’s College of Fellows recently at their annual meeting held in Denver, CO.   The College of Fellows is the highest body of members within the Institute.  These members are those who contribute to the advancement of the profession with excellence in design and service.

David made remarkable strides for both the organization and the industry, serving as the AIBD National President in 2014 and 2015. As a Designer, David is in the business of making his client’s design dreams become a reality. He has created award- winning designs for over 30 years.

 

About AIBD – The American Institute of Building Design is the only nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. AIBD members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are held to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices. The AIBD was founded in California in 1950 and has since chartered Societies all across the United States.

Meet the Architect

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Last year, James A. Garritani, RA came on board as Keesee’s VP of Architecture and brought with him over 25 years of experience on projects; including commercial, residential, office, retail, medical & education facilities, industrial, hotels, condos, and multi-family units. James’ talents and philosophy of design was a match to our firm and will take our serviceability to exciting new levels.

In welcoming James, we expanded our services to offer a broader spectrum of design in this ever-changing market. We are excited to see what with new changing can mean for our clients and we are proud to be able to unify the talents of professionals who are dedicated to excellence in design.

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