Fort Myers company contracted to build Ave Maria athletic building

Future Ave Maria University field house.

Future Ave Maria University field house.

Buffalo Sabres hockey team owner Tom Golisano.

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Buffalo Sabres hockey team owner Tom Golisano.

Tom Golisano announces $4 million donation to Ave Maria for sports complex

Tom Golisano donated $4 million for an ...

— - Contributed by Jeanne Beach, J.L. Wallace Inc.

J.L. Wallace Inc. has been awarded a contract by Ave Maria University to build the Tom Golisano Field House on the school’s campus in Collier County.

The project consists of a 38,107 square-foot pre-engineered structure that will house an NCAA regulation basketball court with full facilities, including a training room, weight room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, referee dressing rooms, ticket office, concession area, administrative offices, and conference room.

Golisano, owner of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres, in November announced that he donated $4 million to build the athletic complex at Ave Maria. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Golisano made his money as the founder of the Paychex payroll processing company.

Also planned for the complex is an extensive site-work package including storm drainage, site utilities, and a comprehensive landscaping and irrigation design.

Jason P. Tramonte Architect, Inc. provided design services, Wilson Miller, Inc. is serving as civil engineer, Liebl & Barrow is the structural engineer, Kevatron Engineering, Inc. is the mechanical Engineer, and Jewitt Engineering, Inc. is the electrical engineer.

Harold Morgan will serve as senior project manager with Dennis Tyeryar as superintendent and Noel Miranda as project manager assistant.

Based in Fort Myers, J.L. Wallace has provided general contracting, design/build and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1997. The company specializes in commercial projects, including structures for retail, industrial, institutional and office use.

Information: or (239) 437-1111.

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