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Famosa Gardens Winery Now Open

We are thrilled to announce that the winery we designed, Famosa Gardens, is now open for your enjoyment! You can also book your special event there and watch fireworks from nearby Disney. The Orlando Sentinel Growth Spotter hosted a VIP wine tasting last week and Keesee staff can report that the Island Grove fruit wines are simply divine! Pictured below from the left is Keesee VP of Architecture James A. Garritani, RA, Famosa Gardens owner George Chen, Keesee PM Jamie Lynn Muroski, and Growth Spotter editor Bob Moser. You can read the article here.

 

About Famosa Gardens: Organic, bio-dynamic and perma-culture farming has arrived in Kissimmee, Florida. Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens, located adjacent to Formosa Gardens Village and is Offering an impressive array of unique fruit wines, Island Grove Wine Company is an established wine producer in north central Florida. Island Grove is also the largest producer of organic blueberries in the state, with two farms located in Hawthorne and Arcadia, Florida. The new winery will feature fabulous wines from Island Grove, in addition to over 40 grape wines of international origin. Island Grove’s harvesting expertise, combined with our eco-friendly approach to the 13,000-square-foot winery construction, will make for some of the best quality wines and micro-brewery craft beers imaginable. Guests will enjoy seven acres of lush botanical gardens and a farm-to-glass experience. The facility will also house 3,000 square feet of meeting space, plus several acres of outdoor meeting and wedding venues. The fun-filled fruit farm and garden will be accessible to all ages, while the winery and micro-brewery will be for those over 21 years of age.

 

 

 

 

And the Winner is… Keesee Associates!

 

The Greater Orlando Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Council set off their annual Major Achievement Awards this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Keesee was honored to be awarded first place for best print advertising!

The event showcased several hundreds of most worthy sales and marketing efforts and awarded the best of the best in the home building industry and Keesee Associates was honored to be awarded first place for best print advertising!

This year’s theme was Disco as it takes hustle to make it in marketing. A good time was had by all as disco fever spread like fire. Cong rates to all the winners.

“The Greater Orlando Builders Association introduced the MAME Awards (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) in 1983. Every year industry professionals use the Majors as a springboard for careers and companies to reach the next level. Over the years, hundreds of award recipients have gone on to receive further recognition on the state and national level.”

 

 

 

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
First Place
Rey Homes – Inspire
First Place
Maronda Homes Inc. of FL – Sierra V
First Place
CalAtlantic Homes – Weston
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CalAtlantic Homes – Regent
First Place
CalAtlantic Homes – Barrington
First Place
A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Sanibel
Grand Award
A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Delray
First Place
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.

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!

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.