ORLANDO, Fla. – [April. 23, 2022] – Dr. Phillips Charities, the community builder behind the $700-million Packing District project, has announced Schmid Constructionas the contractor for the juice stand located at the northeast corner of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail. Originally built in 1948, an iconic piece of the early Dr. Phillips citrus operations, the juice stand replica will serve as a landmark for The Packing District and pay homage to the citrus industry in the area.
In keeping with Dr. Phillips’ belief in innovation, inclusion and diversity, The Packing District set a standard for a high level of participation from minority businesses. Over 50% of the construction work for this project will go to highly qualified minority owned businesses, many of whom are located within 5 miles of the Packing District. “That is exactly what the Phillips family would have wanted to see, and we feel a tremendous sense of pride in bringing that to fruition” said Ken Robinson, President/CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities.
With an eye toward preserving the buildings of the past while celebrating the future, the development team seeks to preserve and reuse as many existing structures in the Packing District as possible. Remnant brick repurposed from old buildings constructed by Dr. Phillips in the mid-1900s will be upcycled as exposed aggregate for the new juice stand landscape walls. It’s an approach that will be employed across multiple buildings and become a texture synonymous with The Packing District.
Schmid Construction is a leader in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction and have successfully completed multiple LEED Platinum projects. Their work focuses on implementing construction practices for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. When The Packing District was seeking to build the juice stand with the repurposed remnant brick, collaborating with Schmid Construction provided a strong missioned aligned opportunity for the two organizations.
“Schmid Construction, which includes the Schmid Family and our loyal employees, welcomes the opportunity to assist Dr. Phillips Charities in building this replica of the original Dr. Phillips Juice Stand in Orlando’s Packing District. This project will pay homage to Dr. Phillip Phillips’ extraordinary impact he and his family had on the citizens of the Orlando. We are humbled for the opportunity to play a part in this iconic undertaking,” said Tom Dozier, Corporate Development Director of Schmid Construction.
“Schmid Construction has extensive experience in creating efficient and sustainable facilities and I have no doubt that they will exceed our expectations with the juice stand,” said Ken Robinson, President/CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities. “We are all very excited about this project, and love that we are able to recreate such a timeless piece of our history.”
About The Packing District
The Packing District is a 202-acre transformational project centered at the intersection of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, preserving and recapturing a defining part of our community’s history while providing a vibrant base of living and commerce. Historic buildings will be repurposed, integrated with new uses, and connected to dedicated public spaces by a new and bold plan for urban trails and a new 100-acre public park (gifted to the City of Orlando) dedicated to health and wellness, education, arts and community, and sustainability. Preparations began to ready the site for construction in 2018. The project will continue to mature over the next 10-15 years as laid out in the four-phase master plan.
About Dr. Phillips Charities
Dr. Phillips Charities has made over $190 million in grants, pledges and program-related investments to Central Florida charities responding to the needs of the community and directly touching the lives of thousands of children and families. The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities honors the legacy of the Phillips family and its support of organizations that live up to the motto “to help others help themselves.”
About Schmid Construction
Schmid Construction is a family-oriented, full service general contracting company located in Winter Garden, Florida. Schmid Construction services include preconstruction, general contracting, master site construction, design-build and LEED. They are focused on building exceptional buildings throughout the Southeast – with extensive experience on projects ranging from automotive dealerships and commercial retail centers to medical facilities and industrial distribution centers. The Schmid Construction team is a leader in LEED construction and have successfully completed multiple LEED Platinum projects. To learn more, visit https://www.schmidconstruction.com/