• A.D. Davis Construction Celebrates 65 Years in Business

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    August 21, 2019
    St. Augustine, Fla. (August 21, 2019) – A.D. Davis Construction reached a significant milestone this week marking 65 years in business. A.D. Davis Construction has been family owned and operated since it was founded in 1954.
     
    The company was started by A.D. Davis in 1954 doing both residential and commercial projects.  In 1971, his son Vernon Davis joined the company and assumed leadership in 1983. The business grew into a full-service, design build construction company. The company is now led by Vernon’s son, Mike Davis, who became president in 2002.
     
    “My Dad and Grandfather made sure we earned our way in the company by working in the field hanging drywall, roofing, demolition and generally putting in sweat equity through many hard day’s work” said Mike Davis, president of A.D. Davis Construction. “My first experience working for the family business was during summers in high school on projects at Flagler College. Now 50 years later, our company continues to work on projects at Flagler College.”

    The St. Augustine based company specializes in custom construction for commercial, residential, renovation and historic restoration. The quality work of the company has had a significant impact on St. Augustine’s historic district. A.D. Davis Construction has restored many of the city’s historic landmarks. Among them are Flagler College, Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Cathedral Basilica, the Alcazar building, Lightner Museum, Villa Zorayda, Trinity Episcopal Church, Father Miguel O’Reilly House Museum and work is currently underway at Ancient City Baptist Church.
     
    One of the company’s most challenging projects was the restoration of Memorial Presbyterian Church, which was completed in early 2019. Hurricane Irma had damaged the 12-foot copper cross atop the church’s 120-foot high dome. The exquisite cross was bent so badly by winds that the church had to remove it to be repaired 

    While the restoration of the dome and replacement of the cross was the most visible part of the restoration, the company also replaced sections of the roof, refinished the brickwork and architectural elements on the exterior of the church, including the parapets and exterior archways, filled and sealed cracks in the masonry walls and repainted the church in its original color.

    “It was an honor to work on restoring this historically significant church,” said Mike. “It has been a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the nation’s best builders who originally constructed Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1888. Over the last year, more than 100 workers dedicated their talents to rebuilding the church in a way that will protect the building for generations to come.”
     
    The Lightkeepers House at the St. Augustine Lighthouse was one of the company’s most significant projects. After the Lightkeepers House was destroyed by fire in 1980, A.D. Davis Construction rebuilt it from the remaining foundation and other limited surviving parts of the structure. Careful attention was made to detail to ensure the house was restored to its original architectural style and the house re-opened in 1988. During this time work was also ongoing to restore the Lightower, including the installation of a new Fresnal lens, so that the lighthouse and museum could re-open in all its glory. The Lightkeepers House is listed on National Register of Historic Places.
     
    A.D. Davis worked on various buildings of Flagler College as the college grew in enrollment in the last 50 years. The company spent more than 20 consecutive years on projects at Flagler College from the renovation of the women’s dorms, to the parapets, construction of new men’s dorms, Hanke Hall, Kenan Hall plaza, and the challenge of restoring the Solarium.
     
    While the company is known for its historic restoration, residential and business construction make up a large part of its customer base. “In the last 65 years, our company has built lasting relationships with our clients through customer-oriented project management, attention to detail, great service and a quality product delivered on time at a fair price,” said Mike. “Our goal is to continue to build relationships with each project in our community for future generations of the company.”
     

    For more information, visit www.ADDavis.com or call 904-824-3533.