Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 110
Commercial | GRYCON - 3480 MAIN HIGHWAY
'If you are good at the process, then the
byproduct is the successful project.'
a lot of room to store anything," Helitzer
says. "The underground parking feature is
unique to the area because most of the time
it is too costly to provide sub-level parking.
Typically in south Florida, you excavate
three feet down and you penetrate the
water table. On this site we were excavating
18 feet and ran into very minimal water
besides our elevator pit. We were able to
overcome this challenge with our ability
to problem-solve ahead of time on paper
and execution in the field. The natural soil
conditions also helped."
The company has partnered with a mix
of new and longtime subcontractors on the
3480 Main Highway project. In May, GRYCON
topped out the building structure without a
single recordable injury on the project.
Designed by the world renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica, 3480 Main
Highway's façade is designed to have a oneof-a-kind look. "The glass is going to sit a few
inches inside the building encompassed by
a wooden box frame that gives the window a
certain depth perception," Helitzer describes.
"Aluminum C channels used as slab edge
covers will be used where the glass stacks on
top of one another to keep the continuous
look throughout the building."
The challenge with creating the façade
The job incorporates underground
parking, which is not common in
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of 3480 Main Highway is in ensuring every
window opening is perfect before the glass
arrives at the site since each opening is
different. "There's no room for error here so
we have to make sure the windows, which
are fabricated in Minnesota, are going to fit
perfectly before they arrive," Helitzer adds.
"We are working closely with our field team
and Arquitectonica to make sure this comes
GRYCON expects construction on the
core and shell to be completed by the end
Industry veterans who had been working together for more than three decades
founded GRYCON in 2008. Although it is
still a young company, GRYCON's management team has more than 175 years of
President Larry Kibler's philosophy over
the past five decades has always been to
build long-term, ongoing relationships with
clients, subcontractors and vendors. "What
distinguishes us is teamwork, a great work
environment, corporate philosophy and
integrity," he says. "Our clients come to us to
prepare a realistic budget, provide upfront
analysis and to provide value analysis for
The south Florida-based company has
expanded over the last few years with a
diverse portfolio. Although commercial
construction is the company's expertise, it
also oversees the construction of projects in
the institutional and industrial sectors.
"We're flexible enough to meet the needs
of any client," Kibler says. "Construction is
all about the process. If you are good at the
process, then you can build anything and
the byproduct is the successful project."
GRYCON's corporate philosophy is focused on delivering outstanding workmanship, complete construction solutions and
the development of long-term relationships
with its clients. The company provides ser-