The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) held its annual meeting in Naples on September 17 to announce the recipients of the prestigious Sand Dollar Awards. The winner in the category for public buildings was CORE Construction Corporation of Sarasota. This award represents the highest industry achievement for design, engineering, site work, construction and excellence and function.
This award was given in recognition of CORE’s work with the Marco Island Historical Society to construct the Marco Island Historical museum complex and site. It has been a long time dream of the Historical Society to bring a world class museum here to tell Marco Island’s unique stories beginning with the ancient Calusa culture through Marco Island’s booming pioneer era to the Deltona period of modern Marco. In addition, the museum complex houses room for educational and entertaining traveling exhibits of renown plus a Community auditorium for special presentations.
“CORE Construction is well deserving of this award,” said Alan Sandlin, President of the society. “It was their extraordinary efforts that helped Marco Island realize its dream of a Historical museum of which all of Marco and Collier County can be proud. We would especially congratulate and thank CORE’s management team of Jesse Olsovsky, Cliff Grenfell and Lenny Maenza and CORE’s owners and staff for their special efforts as well as all of the artisans who worked on-site to create one of the most unique museum complexes in the State.”
In addition kudos go out to the architectural firm of J. D. Allen and Associates for their ideas and work on the project’s design. The Calusa Village is unique not only in building design but features a real thatched roof made from PVC that is fireproof and meets all of Florida’s wind codes while portraying the palm thatch chickee of the ancient Calusa Indians. The exterior walls imitate the tabby composition of burned shells, sand and water used by local pioneers.
“All of the pieces came together,” said Sandlin, “with the help of the outstanding MIHS committee that also spend thousands of hours pouring over design, function and site plans and the many revisions necessary to bring to fruition a project of this magnitude.”
The committee consisted of Bill Perdichizzi, Craig Woodward, Alan Sandlin, Emilio Robau and Vinnie Grasser.
“This award also represents the first major step forward for Marco Island to take its rightful place in history,” continued Sandlin. “The real winners of this prestigious award are the citizens of Marco Island and Collier County. It is through the generous donations of thousands within our own community that we now can call this museum a success. Through the doors of the museum we will be able to educate, inform and entertain our citizens and guests with exciting permanent exhibits that tell our stories as well as bring in noteworthy exhibits and speakers from around the world.”
For those who would like to get more involved, there is much to be done from the design and creation of the museum’s permanent exhibits to joining the newly formed Marco Island Historical Society Foundation that will help sustain the museum for generations to come. You may want to lend a helping hand as a docent or with set-up or hospitality for upcoming programs and speakers. Please call MIHS at 239-389-6447 for more information.