Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK) continues to help set the standard for “green” school construction. The Fort Myers-based company provided construction management services for the first LEED® For Schools Silver certified elementary school in the Southeast region of the United States – East Elementary School in Punta Gorda.

The two-story, 112,000-square-foot elementary school is one of three replacement schools OAK has built for Charlotte County Public Schools to replace those damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Charley.


LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings, issued through the U.S. Green Building Council. A LEED For Schools rating is achieved through a more strict set of guidelines and rating points that can be earned with the construction of a K-12 school building. To achieve LEED certification, the design and construction team must use specific designs, materials and techniques to earn points to reach a certain certification level. Criteria must be met in the following categories: sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process.


OAK’s project team consisted of job site superintendent Tim Harkins, project manager Frank Mullins and general superintendent Frank Bell. The LEED certification team leader was Jim Keohane, P.E., LEED AP, a principal at the firm of TLC Engineering.


Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. The company has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Its Charlotte County office is located at 1877 Manzana Avenue in Punta Gorda. Learn more about OAK at http://www.owen-ames-kimball.com/.