The concept surrounding the construction of the North Fort Myers Recreation Center was a result of the Lee County Government’s expressed needs for a community center that would also double as a storm shelter in the event of an emergency.

Chris-Tel Construction was selected to provide Construction Manager at Risk services to Lee County for the new construction of the approximately 35,000 square-foot facility. The scope of work for this project included site development, underground utilities, drainage and sod installation; spray foam insulation for the building envelope; new construction to include features such as a catering kitchen, gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, lounge areas, game room, outdoor patio seating and pavilion, paved parking, CCTV network, high efficiency HVAC system, standby generator designed to power the facility for several days, high performance windows, gutters and downspouts.

Roughly $2 million in budget savings were realized through direct material purchase and deductive change orders.

Project Features





Lee County Government


Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects

Delivery Method:

Construction Manager at Risk

Completion Date:

October 2013

Construction Cost:


Square Footage:

35,000 SF

Damon S. Grant

Former Director, Facilities Construction & Management at Lee County BOCC

Chris-Tel Construction successfully completed the North Fort Myers Recreation Center (NFMRC) for Lee County Construction and Design in October 2013. This project was complex, and was delivered on time, meeting every expectation set forth. This team is well aware of local conditions, and has a vast knowledge of construction in Lee County, with regard to permitting, coordination with governmental agencies and the local subcontractor market, to provide the best work at the best price.