Panhandle Site Work

By Steve Hudson | September 28, 2010

Site work is a booming part of the Florida Panhandle construction market — just ask the folks at Floyd Bros. Construction Co., based in Pensacola.

Floyd Bros. was established in the early 1990s by Tim and Sam Floyd. Today, the company has more than 130 full-time employees and fields multiple crews to handle a variety of site work, demolition, grading, and underground utility projects in northwestern Florida, typically working from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach.

Grading, Site Work, Paving, And More

"We do the complete site," says Floyd, "from demo and clearing through grading and underground utilities." Clients include companies such as Home Depot and Kohl's department stores.

The company's project list includes a good bit of work on military bases as well, in particular Hurlburt Field and the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

"We have been doing a lot of rebuilding at the Naval Air Station since Hurricane Ivan," Tim says.

Floyd Bros. also handles asphalt paving.

"We're one of the new generation of asphalt contractors," Sam says. "A lot of older asphalt contractors have been pulling away from these kind of projects, and that has given us an opportunity to expand into that part of the business as well."

The company maintains its own paving crews and operates its own paving equipment. Currently, Floyd Bros. purchases asphalt from other companies, but Sam notes that they "would like to have our own plant sometime in the future."

Multifaceted Projects

Most Floyd Bros. projects involve many different types of construction. For example, on one recent project — the Palm Creek Plaza retail development in Pensacola — the contractor's scope of work included not only site work, drainage reconfiguration, grassing, and parking lot paving but also 1,000 feet of roadway construction to create turning lanes in front of the retail center.

Floyd Bros. has also entered the LEEDS project arena. A recent LEEDS project was the Navy Federal Employees Credit Union project in Pensacola.

Equipment Reliability Is Key

To make sure its crews have the resources they need to complete this wide range of projects, Tim and Sam pay careful attention to managing their equipment fleet. The company utilizes a diverse line of equipment — including Kubota compact equipment, Champion motor graders, LeeBoy pavers and rollers, Komatsu loaders, Lay-Mor power brooms, and Mack and Peterbilt trucks, among others — to handle the multifaceted demands of its projects, and equipment is chosen with an eye first toward reliability.

According to Sam, Floyd Bros. favors acquisition of new equipment over the purchase of used machines.

"We have had better results getting new equipment," Sam says, "and then working closely with the local dealer for the service and support needed to keep it in top condition."

Sam, in fact, repeatedly underlines the importance of strong local dealer presence.

"These days," Sam says, "a contractor's equipment dealer is almost a partner in the business. If there is no strong local presence, it can be tough on the contractor. If a contractor can't get parts and support, then no deal is worth it."

Floyd Bros. Construction continues to grow. In fact, the company is building itself a new 6,500-square-foot office facility to meet its increased demands for space — and both Tim and Sam expect the strong market to continue.

"There's a lot of site work in northwest Florida," Tim says, "and that is where we thrive."