The Mathis Report: JU Welcome Center construction approved

The university’s Arlington campus continues to upgrade buildings and expand its offerings.

Jacksonville University will build a Welcome Center at its 2800 University Blvd. N. campus.
Jacksonville University will build a Welcome Center at its 2800 University Blvd. N. campus.
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The city approved the permit for The Haskell Co. to build the Jacksonville University Welcome Center at the institution’s Arlington campus.

Haskell will build the 12,000-square-foot, single-story project at a cost of $3 million. It is designed on the lawn between the J. Arthur Howard Administration and J. Henry Gooding buildings at the 2800 University Blvd. N. campus.

Completion is expected in early 2019. Total costs are expected at $4 million. Prosser Inc. is the civil engineer. 

The center is one of the elements comprising the “Jacksonville University Project” to be financed by $175 million in bonds issued for campus improvements.

JU, an 84-year-old institution, is transforming its 260-acre campus under the leadership of President Tim Cost.

North of the campus, JU is working with the developer of the 55-acre Dolphin Pointe Landing, owned by a JU graduate. That’s where medical development, including a 120-suite skilled nursing center, is taking place.

Caliber Collision plans $535,500 renovation

Caliber Collision, which paid $1.31 million for 1.14 acres at 3633 St. Augustine Road, applied to the city to renovate the building on the property at a project cost of $535,500.

No contractor is listed.

Caliber Collision, through Cross Development CC Jacksonville St. Augustine LLC, bought the former Boxtown Brite Lite LLC facility for development of a nondrive collision-repair center.

Caliber Collision proposes to renovate the existing building, a former sign manufacturing center, where it intends to restore inoperable vehicles that remain at the facility for three to four weeks on average. 

The 32,117-square-foot building was constructed in 1958 and since expanded.

Forcura moving, expanding in Southside

Jacksonville-based medical software company Forcura is moving from Belfort Park at 7800 Belfort Parkway to Deerwood North at 4600 Touchton Road E. 

Forcura is a health care technology company that says it helps post-acute health care organizations deliver better patient care, improve cash flow and reduce administrative expenses through document management and secure communication solutions.

Forcura started in about 1,200 square feet at Belfort Park about five years ago and grew to 4,000 square feet. 

The city issued a permit for Dav-Lin Interior Contractors to renovate 10,109 square feet of space at Deerwood North for Forcura at a construction cost of $249,132.

Forcura Partnership Manager Charlie Flynn said the company will move in August and the workforce of 32 will grow to more than 40 by the end of the year. 

Flynn said Forcura is building out “to accommodate our rapidly growing workforce. We want to build out an awesome workspace that helps make us the best place to work in Jacksonville.”

JLL Executive Vice President Michael Loftin, who represents the Belfort Parkway space, said the Forcura space is available for lease.



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