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The new headquarters in Altamonte Springs that HGR will move into.
The new headquarters in Altamonte Springs that HGR will move into.

For HGR Construction, the area's building boom has really hit home.

After hiring 35 employees in the past year as business has shown no signs of abating, the general contractor is moving to new, much bigger, headquarters.

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HGR is going from about 6,000 square feet in Winter Park to 10,500 square feet in Altamonte Springs. The company is serving as both the general contractor and the developer of the new building, which is going up on vacant land and is estimated to cost $2 million.

The move became necessary because, "We are just bursting at the seams," Chief Financial Officer Scott Nelson said.

Indeed, HGR is now up to 85 employees, with a core office staff of 31 and others who spend much of their time in the field.

Like other general contractors, HGR is responsible for oversight of construction projects, including the work of subcontractors that are hired.

HGR, which has been in business since 1993, does a lot of retail and industrial work. A large client is Publix, which is significantly expanding.

But Nelson said business is robust in general, reflecting the area's own growth.

"It's a very busy time for us," he said.

Site work on the new building began about two weeks ago and HGR is in the midst of bidding parts of the project to subcontractors.

The new two-story building will include a lobby, meeting room and office suites.

The scope of the work includes utilities, landscaping and irrigation, concrete, reinforcing steel and ready-mix concrete, masonry, cultured stone, structural and miscellaneous steel, and stainless steel.

The project also includes carpentry, simulated wood trim and moldings, roofing, caulking and sealants, doors, frames and hardware, storefront and glazing, metal stud framing and drywall, stucco, fire sprinklers, plumbing, HVAC and electrical.

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