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ORMC Ocala Heart of Florida Heart Center Renovations

A three-story medical building renovation including interior demolition and remodel of offices, training and exam rooms, and board room.

Alpha Gamma Rho New Fraternity House

The two-story traditional brick house will provide 19,000 square feet of living and communal spaces.

School Board of Alachua County Task Order Contract

The SBAC Task Order Contract provides Scorpio the opportunity to supervise and coordinate the overall construction of a variety of projects.

Scorpio Supports Operation Graduation 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! You are certainly making your mark on history. Thanks to the partnership of Alachua County Public Schools and our local CBS4/NBC9 stations, each Alachua County Public High School will be celebrating graduation with their own televised graduation ceremony. Operation Graduation 2020 has been activated.…

North Florida Regional Medical Center and Scorpio Celebrate New Renovation with Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon-cutting North Florida Regional Medical Center’s newly built 20-bay Pre-Operative unit on the 2nd Floor of the Surgical Tower hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 21, 2020. This is one of the many projects that Team Scorpio has been working on for NFRMC over the past year. We love the…

UF College of Education Returns Home

A New Norman Scorpio has reached a major milestone in the renovation to the UF College of Education’s historic home – Norman Hall. Floors one, two and three have been completely renovated and classes and administration have returned home after relocating approximately 12 months ago. Areas of the building are…

Aaron Rogers: Dedicated Problem Solver

As part of Careers in Construction Month, Scorpio has asked our team to share their stories about how and why they chose a career in construction. Our first profile is Aaron Rogers, Senior Superintendent. Aaron is currently ensuring the successful delivery of the University of Florida Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium‘s multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation.

How did you get started in the construction industry?

After I graduated high school I started attending college for electrical engineering and started looking for a job. A friend was working in residential framing and got me started at the very bottom: carrying lumber, retrieving tools, and cleaning the site. I would look at the blueprints every time I had a chance and quickly learned I was good at reading plans and laying out walls. After about a years and half, I worked my way up to lead foreman and then moved to commercial construction. I haven’t looked back since.

Tell me about your job. What does an average day look like?

Every day is different, which is one of the things I enjoy most. The first hour or two is planning the day, adjusting activities based on what was completed the day before. I am in the problem-solving business. Most of my day is finding solutions for on-site issues/problems. I walk the job to verify all the trades are in place, the proper manpower is on the job, and answering questions. As the jobs get more complex and the schedules get shorter, the knowledge and experience from previous projects play an important role. Every day I get better at making the right decisions or knowing how or where to get the answers.

What do you love most about your work?

I love looking back on my projects. My kids laugh at me when we drive past one of my projects because I have to make a comment or tell a story. While they make fun of me for telling the same stories over and over, I laugh at them because in their mind their dad built all of Gainesville. It gives me a very accomplished and proud feeling.

The relationships I have created is a close second. I had no idea going into construction that it was such a people business. I have met some of the best people, made life-long friendships and learned a tremendous amount from them.

What advice do you have for students considering a career in construction?

College degrees are important and, in many situations, required. But nothing will ever be more valuable than field experience. I thought I wanted to have a career in engineering, but once I started in construction I knew I had found the right industry for me. So I worked harder than those around me so I could move up faster. I believe I am a better superintendent because of my trade experience. I make a very good living. I get to work with new people in new locations every year. I see the tangible results from my efforts. I consider myself blessed to have stumbled into this industry. And it is with hard work and determination that I have gotten to where I am today. It has been a fantastic career so far. The industry is growing so fast and I am excited to see what the future has in store for me.