FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 16, 2006) – Stevens Construction has been named the Newcomer Contractor of the Year by the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) at its inaugural Summit Awards banquet. The first annual Summit Awards program, created by the Lee Commercial Contractors Council, recognizes commercial contractors who have obtained an outstanding level of success and demonstrated superior professionalism in the commercial construction industry. The awards program also recognizes outstanding marketing and advertising work in the commercial construction industry.

“I’m honored to win this award,” says Mark Stevens, president and founder of Stevens Construction. “It means a lot to know that I am respected by my peers and industry experts. I’m also grateful to my team members, who are very dedicated and talented. They treat each project as if they owned the company,” Stevens concludes.

Orlando area professionals representing the commercial construction industry judged each commercial contractor on their ethical behavior, leadership skills, management capabilities, safety programs and records. In addition, the company’s professional accomplishments, customer relations practices, internal relations and community involvement were also evaluated.

Based in Fort Myers, Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in construction management, and also provides general contracting and consulting services to architects, developers, contractors and owners. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and assistance with inspections, licenses and warranties. The company builds commercial and healthcare facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call (239) 936-9006