IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

Interior design institute hosts open house

The faculty and staff at the Institute of Interior Design welcome all those who are interested in the field of interior design to attend an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The open house, which is from 4:30 to 7 p.m., is free to the public and offers participants a chance to view students’ work, take a tour, learn about a future in design during the informational session and find out more about tuition assistance options, such as the $7,000 Smart Choices High School Scholarship, for those who qualify.

It will be held at the Institute of Interior Design in the International Design Center at 10800 Corkscrew Road, Suite 280, in Estero, just off Interstate 75. Students of the Institute of Interior Design are in direct contact with professional designers and the unparalleled resources that the International Design Center has to offer. You can also hear about the industry firsthand from guest speaker, April Campbell, who has been listed as a Design Visionary and as one of the Top 100 Designers in Florida by Florida International Magazine.

Reservations are required and all are encouraged to attend. To reserve your space, please call Nancy Ashley at 239-221-7249 or e-mail today.

The Institute of Interior Design is an accredited private, nonprofit institution located within the International Design Center in Estero, Fla. It offers an unparalleled learning environment by surrounding its students with experienced professional designers, working materials and resources needed to realize a future in interior design. Information: call (888) 526-7973 or visit

- Contributed by Southwest Florida College

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Owen-Ames-Kimball completes construction of garage

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has completed construction of a new parking garage for the City of Punta Gorda.

The Herald Court Centre is a mixed-use retail and parking facility in downtown Punta Gorda at the corner of Herald Court and U.S. Highway 41. OAK provided construction management services in the construction of the four-level, 409-space parking garage with 17,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The Centre’s construction materials were chosen to blend with the overall design of the downtown area streetscape. The structure was constructed of pre-cast concrete with an applied brick finish. Other design elements in the construction include roofed stair towers rising above the top parking level, one of which features the seal for the City of Punta Gorda.

The Owen-Ames-Kimball team for this project was job site superintendent Jason Prokopetz, project manager Frank Mullins and general superintendent Frank Bell.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has provided premier general contracting, design-build and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. The company has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Its Charlotte County office is located at 1877 Manzana Ave. in Punta Gorda. Learn more about OAK by visiting

- Contributed by Owen-Ames-Kimball

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