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Civil | GAC CONTRACTORS
* Serving as a board member and investing $5,000 into the Gulf
County Economic Development Council.
GAC Contractors has completed more than $1.5 trillion in projects
since its founding in 1958 by Charles Hilton and his father Loyd
Hilton. The company most recently used its team-oriented approach
to complete an $8 million courthouse for Washington County, Fla.
The courthouse replaces a building that had mold problems as
well as structural issues. The new facility includes two courtrooms as
well as office spaces for the Washington County state's attorney and
public defender's offices. The building took two years to complete
and opened to the public in December 2016.
The company's other recent projects include the $15.4 million
North Bay Haven Charter Academy in Bay County, Fla. The complex
- which was completed in 2014 - includes 64 classrooms with integrated science and computer labs as well as a media center, culinary
arts classroom and gymnasium.
The North Bay Haven Charter Academy is the second project GAC
Contractors completed for the academy in recent years. The company in 2005 completed work on the Bay Haven Charter Academy's
main campus in Panama City. The project included six buildings,
five of which were initially delayed because of wetland permits.
Once the permits were issued, the company accelerated the
construction schedule to open the school six months ahead of its
company is active in
community activities including
contracted completion date. The project was awarded best K-12
public school project by Southeast Construction magazine. The company was later hired as construction manager for three additional
construction phases, it notes.
The company in 2010 completed work on Gulf Coast Community
College's Advanced Technology Center. The $35 million building
houses programs including sustainable building construction, an
emerging technologies lab and an information technology/computer sciences center, among others. The center - which is certified
LEED Gold - is designed to integrate the college's curriculum with
high schools to "provide students with both career and educational
pathways based on college credit and employer requirements," the
The center's curriculum and degree programs were developed by
the college along with community focus groups and the National
Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers. The groups made recommendations based on assessments of the region's current workforce
and economic development operations.
GAC Contractors' other successful educational sector projects
include serving as construction manager for the Breakfast Academy
on Panama City Beach. The school, which houses 1,250 students
in grades K-8, consists of a main building and a separate, detached
gymnasium. The H-shaped building's center core houses administration offices, a media center, a covered play area, language labs and an
art suite. Elementary classrooms are located in the rear of the school,
which allows for the separation of middle school and elementary
students. The 183,804-square-foot facility cost approximately $30
million and was completed in 2009 ahead of schedule and under
budget, the company says.
A Talented Team
GAC's team of experienced professionals helps the company successfully attain its goals of customer satisfaction. The company's executive team is overseen by founder and Chairman of the Board Charles
Hilton Jr. Hilton received both his bachelor's degree in finance and
business administration as well as his law degree from the University of Florida. Before founding GAC Contractors, he served in the
Air Force for two years. In addition to running the company, he is an
active attorney in Panama City.
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