Link Ledger - Volume IX
A historic site has been re-vamped!
YEAR END REVIEW 2013
A NEWSLETTER FOR EMPLOYEES, CLIENTS, AND LINK ASSOCIATES
South Miami Hospital
On February 4th, 2013 Link officially began the renovations at the cafeteria in
South Miami Hospital. The project designed by Leo A Daly consisted of renovating
the existing cafeteria into a new modern facility. The work included complete
demolition, new drywall partitions, curved soffits and walls, decorative back
painted glass, curved glass wall, 3-form decorative panels, and complete MEP
and fire renovation among other things. The work was completed in approximately
4 months. Temporary Certificate of Occupancy and AHCA inspections were
performed and approved at the time agreed with the owner without any delays.
Between the design and the quality craftsmanship, the final product was striking.
“Not only did the team meet expectations but they exceeded.” said Miguel Cerra,
Vice President of Link Construction Group.
BY WILLY & MICKEY
e are extremely happy to bring you the Year End issue of our Link Ledger. 2013 was our biggest revenue year yet ,
since our inception. With the economy taking a bump upward our diversity of sectors continues to make strides in our growth
in the South Florida market. We humbly thank all of our clients and our employees whom without we could not have done this.
This year we completed two marquee projects; The Miami Herald Production Facility and Headquarters and the Hialeah Park
Casino. Both projects have been a huge accomplishment for the company and we feel honored to have had the opportunity to
work on these iconic landmarks. We’d like to thank the project team for their long hours and dedication.
In mid 2014 the Link family will be moving its headquarters to a new location in the lovely City of Doral. This mixed-use
warehouse and office building is located on 5350 NW 77th Court, facing the Palmetto. The space totals 14,000 square-feet of
which 10,000 square-feet will be used for the office and the remainder as a storage facility. Design development and permit
drawings are currently under way and assisting this process is our very own Guido Del Valle, Project Manager whom previously
worked at our Hialeah Park Casino project. We hope to build a state of the art home for our employees and to give our warm
welcome to the City of Doral.
Once again, we feel blessed to continue our growth and success and we thank all of our employees and clients for their
support and look forward to a prosperous 2014.
God Bless and Happy Holidays!
In This Issue
Miami Herald Production
Facility and Headquarters is
7th Avenue Transit Village
an Affordable Housing Development
6 | Healthcare Highlights
7 | Current and Completed Projects
9 | Events
10 | Awards & Accolades
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Production Facility and
Headquarters is now COMPLETE!
When Link got the news in late 2011 that The Miami Herald Media
Company would be building a new home for its business and
production facilities, their eyes lit up
with anticipation at the thought of being
involved in such a signature project. Link
Construction Group was awarded the
construction of both contracts.
Thursday, March 22, 2012, Link
Construction Group, Inc. broke ground on
the new Miami Herald Media Company
Production Facility. The 2-phased project
entailed the construction of a new
3-story, 119,000 sq. ft. industrial plant that
houses the printing presses, along with
the renovation of a 2-story, 160,000 sq. ft.
facility that houses the company’s news
and business division. The two properties sit adjacent to each other
on a 15-acre site.
The three story new construction of the Production Facility, consists
of support staff offices; all the equipment
for printing, packaging, and delivery of
the Miami Herald Newspaper in addition
to other magazine and newspaper
The new facility has three, 900 KW backup
generators and a 6,000 gallon above
ground fuel tank, as well as 5 recessed
800 gallon ink tanks, dust collectors,
compressed air systems, reverse osmosis
system, inertia pad, rolled handling
equipment and conveyor systems.
The newly renovated headquarter houses
all of its news and business divisions. It is equipped with a large scale
media room, a gym, an employee lounge and various media facility
A grand opening was held on Wednesday
June 12th. The ribbon-cutting ceremony
drew executives from Herald parent the
McClatchy Co., and business leaders from
South Florida, who gathered in a tent with
many of the Miami Herald Media Co.’s
opportunities it offers.” 1
“Miami remains an important market for
McClatchy,” said Kevin S. McClatchy,
chairman of the Sacramento-based
McClatchy Co. “We have faith in its
potential for growth and the many
Through all newspaper and digital platforms, the Miami Herald Media
Co. reaches 1.5 million readers weekly, capturing 52 percent of the
core adult market from South Broward
through Monroe County, according to
Scarborough Research. The Herald also
prints and delivers other publications for
clients including The Wall Street Journal,
the New York Post and El Pais. 1
For the Herald, the new headquarters and
printing plant in Doral, which house close
to 700 employees, represent a $50 million
investment. And it brings the Herald
closer to the center of its readership and
advertisers, Landsberg said. 1
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/12/3447220_
7th AVENUE TRANSIT VILLAGE
Affordable housing development
On November of 2013, Link Construction Group was officially awarded
and selected as the contractor of choice for a new affordable housing
development - The 7th Avenue Transit Village by Atlantic & Pacific
and all site work) and Phase1B (theatre and retail). The foundations are
set to begin late December and the project is set to break ground in
The project which was
design by Zyscovich
Architects will consists
of 76 apartments unit
in a 9-story building,
152 parking spaces in
a structured parking
facility. The project will
also be a transit village
to include five bus-bays,
and office space for
Miami-Dade Transit as
well as retail spaces.
The partially selected
team includes Nick
Fuoco, Senior Project
Manager; Andy Viñals,
Joe Llanes, General
Wentz – Superintendent.
The marquee Liberty City
project will also include
22,278 SF state of the art community theatre. The site is located at 6101
NW 7th Avenue in the Liberty City neighborhood of the City of Miami. The
project is split into Phase 1A (residential, parking garage, transit related
Hialeah Park Casino is now open.
Stop by and check out the impeccable work completed by the
Link Construction Group team.
The 42,000 square foot headquarters
for Costa Farms has been completed in
Goulds, Fl. The new state of the art facility
includes main office spaces, a purchasing
department, show rooms, humidity control
test areas, marketing and photo studio
room, an employee fitness area and a large
The project, designed by Boca Ratonbased RLC Architects, was built with a
tilt up, structural steel roof and it includes
beautifully polished concrete floors under a
handful of skylights and high-end millwork
finishes to compliment the sustainable
Costa Farms is a third generation, family
owned business that globally stretches
over 4,200 acres and employs 2,800 people.
Along with thriving indoor houseplant
and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms
operates merchandising and transportation
companies as part of its infrastructure, with
operations domestically in South Florida and
North Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican
Republic and Far East. To learn more on
Costa Farms please visit: http://www.
Miami Dade County
Under the Miami Dade County Public Schools - Large
Miscellaneous Contracts Program, Link performed the
iPREP Math classrooms renovations for Citrus Grove
Middle School, Palmetto Middle School, Redland Middle
School, Rockway Middle School and Arvida Middle
School . The work included the selective demolition of
three (3) existing classrooms and the interior renovation
of approximately 2,200 square feet of classroom space,
along with technology upgrades and new construction
of partition walls, fire alarm, electrical, mechanical and
finishes including new flooring, ceiling tile, paint and
LATIN BUILDERS ASSOCIATION® WELCOMES ITS NEW PRESIDENT
MR. GUILLERMO FERNANDEZ!
Downtown Fort Lauderdale set the scene for a special night for the Latin Builders Association®
on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa hosted LBA’s 2013
Presidential Gala, to install Guillermo Fernandez, as the new President of the LBA. Miami Dade
County Commissioner – Chairwoman Rebecca Sosa had the extreme honor and privilege to
swear in Guillermo Fernandez at the ceremony.
The gala also celebrated the new incoming board of directors and staff with over 600 guests in
attendance. State Representatives, Judges and other elected officials from Miami Dade County
and local municipalities were also present, with special guest Sandra Peebles from Univision
News as the Emcee of the event.
Mr. Bernie Navarro, the Immediate Past President, also spoke at the gala, recalling his last
two years as President. He extended gratitude to all of the board members and reflected on
his time served, and also extended the involvement of the LBA Academy. After the installation
ceremony, guests enjoyed a fantastic performance from Latin Grammy Winner, Willy Chirino. The gala celebrated the
future of the Latin Builders Association and reflect the extraordinary endeavors it has overcome.
About Latin Builders Association®- Established in 1971 by a group of local contractors, Latin Builders Association, Inc. ®
(LBA) has embodied the interests of builders, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and
tradesmen associated with the business of construction, striving to provide a vital forum for discussion, networking, training/
development, and representation at the local, state and federal level. Today, we are the largest Hispanic construction
association in the United States, representing over 750 member companies throughout South Florida. Throughout our 40
year history the LBA has been vigorously involved in local, state and federal issues that have an effect on our community
and state. The LBA’s core goal is to represent and further the interests of the South Florida Community, the local building
industry, and the individuals and companies that strive day after day to make this a better place to live, work and play. For
more information please visit www.lbaorg.com.
Historic Hampton House
The Historic Hampton House Restoration project designed by Gurri Matute, consists of the restoration of a two-story, 29,762 square-foot structure. All work carried out must ensure the preservation of the site, building, and other structures on
the property. The preservation of historic materials and the building’s distinguishing character, while at the same time adapting it to its new use as a multi-use
center of social and cultural life for the local community.
VF107 Spec Warehouse
SFLC Building 2 & 3
Flagler Global Logistics Park is an industrial park which consist of 200-acre intermodal logistics complex and offers cargo handling that includes multimodal transportation access, foreign trade zone advantages and refrigerated cargo options
and being developed by Florida East Coast Industries.
Building 1 was completed by Link a couple of months back and we are gearing up
to start buildings 2 & 3. All 3 buildings have been designed by RLC Architects. Each
one of these buildings is unique in its own way.
Building 2 will be the largest of the three at roughly 275 ,000 square feet with bays
on two sides, North and South. Building 3 is the smallest of the three at 111,000
square feet. All three buildings are part of one the most advanced and innovative
industrial parks of its kind.
The project consists of a new warehouse building of 41,132SF of which 10% will
be office. The structure is composed of tilt exterior wall panels with the roof
structure as steel columns, beams and bar joist. The clear height is 30 ft clear
It is located in the City of Medley close the Okeechobee Road. VF107 has been
designed by Rodriguez Pereira Architects.
SMART STARTS SCHOOL - Doral
We are currently underway with the new construction of the Centralized Distribution Center for Baptist Health of 151,948 SF of which approx. 15,000 SF will be of
office. This project is located at 9001 NW 31st Street, Doral FL.
This project being is developed by Aligned Properties in a design -developer type
project setting. The project designer is RLC Architects out of Boca Raton and it is
scheduled to be a LEED Certified Building.
Smart Starts Child Care & Preschool in Doral, is designed by Villa & Associates,
Inc. When completed it will be a 8,100 SF Tenant Improvement having nine classrooms, a reception, offices and a serving room as well as a 4,200 SF playground.
This will be one of two Smart Starts Child Care & Pre-School that Link Construction Group have been contracted to perform the Tenant Improvement for.
This project is just South of the newly constructed Miami Herald Production Facility which we completed this year. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
BHN CCU Renovation
Interior Office Improvements for Imusa USA, LLC. is a 5,700 sf expansion to Imusa’s existing office space. This includes new office space and a mezzanine for
storage of goods, designed by Rodriguez Pereira.
Scheduled to begin this December is the complete renovation of the existing CCU
9th Floor Wing to create a new Nurse Station, Lounge, Clean Supply, Nourishment,
(8) Critical Care Units, Patient Room and Mechanical Room. The existing space
will be completed demo-ed. All the finishes and MEP infrastructure utilities will
be removed and upgraded. The space will have all new doors, drywall, acoustical
ceiling, paint, flooring, plumbing, medical gas for the head walls, mechanical
ductwork, insulation, a new air handling unit, electrical outlets & light fixtures. The
existing flooring will be shot blasted to apply self-leveling so that the new flooring
is leveled & prevent blistering from the traffic of the patient beds. Outside of new
finishes, the exam rooms will have new automatic sliding doors and medical gas
system including new head walls. The old air handler that serves the main corridors
at the elevator lobby will be replaced for a new unit that will better serve the area.
The Nurse Stations will be completely new with new nurse call system, upgraded
telephone & data system.BHN CCU has been designed by MGE Architects.
This project also includes modification to their existing 5,450 sf offices. This project will take place at Imusa’s occupied office facility and shall be divided in two
phases to facilitate a smooth tenant transition.
OTHER CURRENT PROJECTS -
Miramar Parkway Streetscape
Downtown Doral Infrastructure
MSMC Cath Lab
UM Sylvester Penthouse
MSMC Warner AHU
Crowne Plaza Fitness Center
MSMC AHU 10 & 12
UM Radiation Oncology Room
UM 1st Floor Radiation Admin
UM Ground Floor Physicist
UM 2nd Floor Surgery
Wiley Street Phase II
Bauducco Foods Headquarters
Top Gun Cheer & Dance Facility
7th Avenue Transit Village
AT&T Corporate @ Tropicaire
Arch - Greshen Associates, P.A.
VF101 Spec Warehouse
Arch - Rodriguez Pereira
Neil Jurado, Sr. Project Manager
Rick Perrin Sr., Superintendent
Neil Jurado, Sr. Project Manager
Toyo Fernandez, Superintendent
DCT Commerce Center Bldg A & B
Arch - Matthew Kennedy & Assc.
Flagler Station, Bldg 30
Arch - RLC Architects
Neil Jurado, Sr. Project Manager
Manny Alvarez, Superintendent
Nick Fuoco, Sr. Project Manager
Rick Perrin Sr. Superintendent
TD Bank - Las Olas Branch
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Arch - Bergmann Assc.
Jesus Ministries Worship Center
Arch - Frank Costoya
Fernando Yepes, Sr. Project Manager
Robert Quiles, Superintendent
Fernando Yepes, Sr. Project Manager
Alex Quesada, Superintendent
Hialeah Park Casino
Arch - Ewing Cole
Orlando Ceballos - Owner/City of
Armando Varona, Project Manager
Guido del Valle, Project Manager
Miami Herald Production Facility
New Construction/Interior Build
Arch - Dario Designs
Claudia Castillo, Asst. Project
Omar Siddiqkara, Asst. Project
Javier Cabrera, Project Engineer
Joe Llanes, General Superintendent
Rand Eachus, Superintendent
Tony Roque, Superintendent
Mark Werntz, Superintendent
JC Nieves, Sr. Project Manager
Andy Vinals, Project Manager
Rand Eachus, Superintendent
James Nelson, Superintendent
Rick Perrin, Superintendent
JB Nelson, Superintendent
George Parrack, Superintendent
OTHER RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS -
Costa Farms Headquarters
Snake Creek Trail
South Florida Logistics Building 1
Gama Global Office Complex
Brinks of Florida
South Miami Hospital Cafeteria
Miami Dade County Public Schools iPrep Math Labs
Schenker Logistics - Dade County Headquarters
Hialeah Water & Sewer Administration Building
Winter Wonderland - A Holiday Party
ink Construction Group held its annual holiday party December 7th, 2012 at
Briza on the Bay. The attendees enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and entertainment. This
was a night to honor the employees and their hard work throughout the year. Link
Principals, Willy and Mickey raffled off a generous amount of gifts, from cameras to
TV’s to cash prizes. The group was not only entertained by the speeches from the
principals and Joe Llanes, General Superintendent but also by some thing we call
‘La Hora Loca’.
Link Circus - A Company Picnic
ink Construction Group held a circus themed
picnic for its employees and their families. The group
enjoyed refreshments, food catered by Italian Sports
Grill and tons of games. The kids were entertained
by an obstacle course bounce house, a clown, stilt
walker, game master and a magician. The day ended
with a pie eating contest in which even the principals
joined in. However, the winner was Tony Roque one of
our Superintendents- looks like Tony is $100.00 richer.
Thank you to all who joined in on the fun and Que Belle
events for helping in the planning and execution.
RUN LINK RUN! - Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run 2013
ABC Spring GC Showcase 2013
Habitat for Humanity
8th Annual Fishing
ABC 2nd Tuesday - 2013
White Hot Heat Day
Day at the Marlins Park
ABC Fall GC Showcase
Miami-Dade Heart Walk
USGBC Gala Verde
End of Year Luncheon
Conine All-Star Golf Classics
American Red Cross Ball
F.I.U. Career Fair
IN THE MEDIA
Press, Awards, Accolades & More
Hialeah Park and Casino is featured in the
South Florida Business Journal, Feb 22-28 Issue
Congratulations to our President, Guillermo Fernandez on your
induction into the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame.
Link Construction Group received the
Sunshine State Award for Safety from the
University of South Florida for the Hialeah
Park Casino project. The award was
presented by Mr. Gabriel Garcia, Safety
and Health Consultant for USF.
Link Construction Group was recently
recognized by the United States Green
Building Council at the
Annual Gala Verde Event.
Press, Awards, Accolades & More
Southeast Top Contractor by ENR - Ranked #66
Top 100 Private Companies by the South Florida Business Journal - Ranked #56
Top Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America by Inc. - Ranked #3660
Top 50 Hispanic Businesses by HispanicBusiness.com - Ranked #92
7003 N. Waterway Drive
Miami, FL 33155
uillermo Fernandez, President
and Miguel Cerra, Vice President,
incorporated Link Construction
Group on April 16, 2001. Since its
inception, Link Construction Group
has been providing superior
services in all segments of the
construction market, including
Healthcare, Retail, Commercial/
Industrial, Educational, Public,
Financial, Park, Gaming, Low
Income Housing Communities and
Multi-Family. Their combination
of extensive experience and an
unparalleled work ethic have
enabled the company to emerge
as a leader in the South Florida