Florida Hospital Apopka looking for 'finishing touch' contractors

Florida Hospital Apopka is seeing its foundation layed Thursday
Florida Hospital Apopka is seeing its foundation layed Thursday (provided)

The treatment center that Florida Hospital plans for Apopka is seeking the last round of subcontractors that will participate in the project, as workers already on the job prepare to lay the facility's foundation on Thursday morning.

Roughly 30 trucks will make multiple trips to pour cement at the site, at the intersection of Harmon Road and Ocoee-Apopka Road, near the interchange of SR 414 and FL 429.


Solicitations for bids of so-called finish and interior trade jobs should begin as soon as next week.

These are usually the last tradespeople hired to work on a project, because they are the ones who put the finishing touches on it, said Mike Schurr, education director with the Finishing Trades Institute.

"These are the workers that have a lot to do with details of a project's appearance," he noted.

The project's general contractor is Brasfield & Gorrie.

The Florida Hospital Apopka complex will cost $203 million and have 120 private rooms for patients. The facility is being built by Adventist Health Systems.

The complex will include a seven-story hospital and a four-story medical building. The project is expected to conclude in Spring or Summer 2017.

The finish and interior tradespeople being sought are expected to include wall coverers and commercial painters. These workers prepare a variety of surfaces -- wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal -- prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac and/or wall coverings.

Glazers are also in the finish and trade group, also known as architectural glass and metal technicians. They are responsible for selecting, cutting and installing all types of glass and/or metal.

Finishers prepare indoor walls for painting. The walls are usually made of drywall, which is a thin layer of gypsum between two layers of heavy paper

Flooring, includes tile and carpet, with workers in this trade able to inspect floor surfaces for imperfections and know how to correct flaws before beginning the job.

Carpentry finishers engage in woodworking and carpentry and work on the trim, doors and cabinetry.

Also part of the team are application specialists that prepare underlying substances or layers for coating. The techniques that are used include removing rust, mill scale and previously applied hazardous coatings.

Sign and display craftspeople design, fabricate, construct, paint and install interior and exterior signs of all types. They include lettering for windows, plastic and neon signs.

The group can also include hydro blaster/vacuum technicians that transport, setup, inspect, operate, maintain and repairs high-pressure water blasting equipment.


Industrial vacuuming equipment is used to remove, contain, transport and dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

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