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Ohio architecture firm sets up Florida shop in Winter Park

Dimit Architects introduced its multifamily design style to the Orlando market with the Lakehurst Apartments, which will be built near Universal's new Epic Universe theme park.
Dimit Architects introduced its multifamily design style to the Orlando market with the Lakehurst Apartments, which will be built near Universal's new Epic Universe theme park. (Dimit Architects)

Ohio-based Dimit Architects, which designed a new 540-unit apartment complex in Orlando, has opened a branch office in Winter Park to support and grow its business in the Southeast.

“We have really enjoyed working in Florida over the past years," founder and managing principal Scott Dimit said in a news release. "With a few outstanding projects currently under construction, we feel like it’s a great time to build our team and pursue new opportunities in the area.”

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The firm’s work so far in Central Florida has been in the multifamily space. Dimit was chosen by Millenia Housing Companies in 2017 for the $15 million renovation of the Jernigan Gardens affordable housing community. In 2019, Dimit introduced its unique style with the design of Lakehurst Apartments, which are being developed by Edwards Communities and Silver Hills Development Inc. near the new Epic Universe theme park and Lockheed Martin campus.

Dimit Architects has opened its first Florida branch in The Triseman Building in downtown Winter Park.
Dimit Architects has opened its first Florida branch in The Triseman Building in downtown Winter Park. (Handout)

Lakehurst is designed to resemble an urban city block, with a mix of natural and painted brick, stucco and siding for the exterior treatments. The different rooflines and mix of arched and square windows also contribute to the facade, setting it apart from most other apartment projects being built in Orlando.

The firm also has worked on the Midtown Miami project, a massive mixed-use development led by Midtown Opportunities developer Alex Vadia, who also happens to own two city blocks in downtown Orlando.

Dimit Architects was founded by Scott and Analía Dimit in 2004. The firm offers architectural services for residential, commercial, renovation, and urban design projects. Specialties include multifamily and mixed-use projects, single-family homes, interiors, historic renovations, adaptive reuse, hospitality, boutique office, retail and master planning.

The firm has leased office space near the Winter Park SunRail station in The Triseman Building at 213 W. Comstack Ave. Marketing Director Ken Schneider told GrowthSpotter Dimit has hired a local project manager, Manuel Velazquez, while a team of five architects work on the Florida portfolio from their Cleveland office.

“Our intent is to expand the branch with more Florida-based staff once we get through the pandemic,” Schneider said.

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