The quintessence of Chris-Tel Construction is in our commitment to build more than buildings. We build better lives. Our commitment to establish and engage in long-term relationships with our clients, employees, subcontractors and our community, is built upon principals of integrity, dedication, vision and an unwavering work ethic.
We promise performance to the highest standards of virtue in construction management, commitment to quality craftsmanship, and innovation, to consistently and accurately depict our proven expertise in the construction industry.
The character of Chris-Tel Construction is in our capacity to embrace the communities that have allowed us to achieve our aspirations. We believe in giving back by constructing structures that improve our lives & communities or through charitable contributions, which is essential to investing in the future for generations to come.
Howard L. Wheeler, II started Chris-Tel Construction in 1989, after spending time working for his father and grandfather learning the construction industry. At first, Chris-Tel’s work centered on high-end residential and commercial renovations. In 1991, Donnie Singleton joined the firm as a partner and together they changed the size, scope and direction of construction projects.
Throughout the 1990’s, the company grew steadily, focusing on moderate sized ($5-$10 million) projects including schools and various renovation projects. Successful, on-time, on-budget completion of municipal, industrial and commercial projects consistently led to new and larger buildings.
By the turn of the century, based on Chris-Tel Construction’s reputation for quality and reliability, the firm entered into multiple continuing services contracts with municipal agencies and educational institutions. One project of note, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates historic restoration projects, spanned ten years and encompassed restoration of all of the buildings on the Estates. This project won five individual historic restoration awards including one from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites.
Many other awards followed including commercial, industrial, historic, and LEED projects, recognizing Chris-Tel Construction as a high quality, highly trusted cornerstone of the local building community. By 2013, Chris-Tel’s growing reputation for excellence and efficiency led to a major company expansion with the addition of several larger scale vertical projects resulting in over a half million square feet of restoration and new construction.
Moving forward, Chris-Tel Construction continues to be one the premier Construction Management firms in Lee County, building some of the most highly visual projects including the Estero Boulevard Improvements Project, the SE 47th Terrace Streetscape project, the Westin Conference Center and Gasparilla Inn and Beach Club Renovations, just to name a few. The firm has doubled in size since 2015 with regards to staff and portfolio. Chris-Tel has the all-encompassing capacity to manage every aspect of a project, no matter the size. From preconstruction to close out, the firm is involved from the top down, exceeding the clients’ expectations again and again without the unnecessary corporate mentality.
Chris-Tel believes in a strong culture and a strong community, both as a firm and on an individual basis. Their involvement in various local and civic organizations is a testament to the relentless determination to build more than just buildings, but to build better lives and give back by investing in the future for generations to come.