Building, Restoring, and Preserving Since 1989.
Chris-Tel Construction is one of the premier Construction Management and Design-Build firms in Florida, building some of the most iconic projects in the state. Our firm’s longevity, financial strength and long-standing relationships with members of the community have earned us the respect and prosperity in our industry.
What Sets Us Apart
Reputable. Experienced. Reliable680 years of combined construction experience among our staff.
All of the Capacity. None of the corporateWe are large enough to do the job, yet small enough not to be burdened with overhead
Client-Oriented Focus.We put our client's needs first and are committed to doing anything necessary to meet them
Our Commitment to Ethical Behavior.We operate with one defining principle, "doing the right thing in all circumstances regardless of profit or loss"
We Believe in Giving Back.We believe that it is important to give back to the communities and organizations that have helped us achieve our aspirations
How it Started
The firm was founded by Howard Wheeler, II in 1989 who, prior, spent time working for his father and grandfather learning the ins and outs of the construction industry. The Wheeler family is no stranger to construction and has deep roots in Fort Myers and storied construction experience, dating back to the early 1920’s.
The early years of the company were spent changing the size, scope, and direction of Chris-Tel. Initially, the work performed by the firm centered around high-end residential and commercial renovations. Over time, the firm entered into several continuing services contracts with municipal agencies and education institutions, quickly gaining a reputation for quality craftsmanship and reliable service. Today, Chris-Tel continues to serve just about every major municipality from Lee County to Monroe County on the west coast of Florida.
The firm has continued to experience steady growth. In 2019, Chris-Tel recognized an opportunity to expand its operations to the Florida Keys. After careful consideration, Marathon, Florida was identified as the optimal location for the firm’s second office, considering its central position throughout the Keys. Steve Hurley was brought on to manage this new location for Chris-Tel due to his knowledge and presence in the Florida Keys.
Fast forward to now, Chris-Tel now employs a dedicated team of over 50 employees. They have offices in both Fort Myers and Marathon, Florida and continue to take on many large-scale commercial construction projects. Chris-Tel’s longevity, financial strength, and reputation for completing projects on time and within budget have solidified their position within the industry. They are known throughout the community as a competitive construction firm that can do it all.
Howard Wheeler, IIPresident
Julie DePiroVice President of Finance and Administration
Jeff MorrowConstruction Operations Director
Molly ScottStrategic Development Director
Alex MaziekasConstruction Operations Manager
Eric SchneiderField Operations Manager
Awards & Honors Awards & Honors
As a firm, we are active, participating members of countless community organizations including the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Real Estate Investment Society, Construction Specifications Institute, Public Relations Society of America, Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, American Institute of Architects, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, and Horizon Council just to name a few.
Members of our team are very involved in the local community both inside and outside of work. Many volunteer their personal time to nonprofit organizations and serve on various advisory boards in the community.
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