Florida Certified General Contractor

The Emerald

First Florida is a Florida general contractor headquartered in Miami and incorporated in 1963. We provide outstanding general contracting, preconstruction, construction management, and green construction services throughout Florida.

Our clients are discerning developers of multi-family housing and they benefit from our competitively priced commercial construction, as well as our experience, personnel, financial strength, and track record of success. As contractors in affordable housing and market-rate housing markets we consistently outperform our competitors. We are proud to work with some of the best subcontractors in Florida and we work hard to have them enjoy working with us.

  • Over 8,000 housing units constructed
  • Over 3,500 hotel rooms built throughout the US and the Caribbean
  • Almost 500 units of housing for the elderly constructed
  • We built the first LEED™ certified affordable housing project in Miami-Dade County
  • In the last five years, we have built six million square feet of apartments
  • We are Florida's leading general contractor for multi-family housing
  • We are a State of Florida and Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity approved contractor for all tax credit and HUD projects.

The principals of First Florida maintain a scale of operations that enables us to be involved in all aspects of our client relationships. As your general contractor, we personally negotiate, estimate, subcontract and inspect each construction project. This philosophy allows for tighter controls and better interaction with clients and subcontractors. It also allows us to enjoy the creative process and results in completed projects of a higher quality with fewer problems along the way.

First Florida Residential Contrator of the Year
The Latin Builders' Association recently recognized First Florida as Residential Contractor of the Year.
Juan Carlos Vila, Greg Wyka, Bob Miller, Maria Guthrie, Alberto Cattabriga, Fabi Cabeza, Alex Lastra

Client Testimonial

As a developer, it's important to have a customer service-oriented general contractor on your side. First Florida exceeded my expectations in this regard and consistently demonstrated that this is their top priority. Throughout the construction process, they ensured we were fairly represented and most importantly pleased with the final product. Not only were we happy with the building, it was completed within the schedule and budgetary constraints we were facing which were stringent. I would recommend them to anyone needing general contracting or construction management services.

Alex Barroso
Landmark Development Corp.
Miami, FL

In the News

Downtown Tampa condos act as hub for self-contained living.

Sage Partners condos

ABOVE: The former St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church has been converted to the clubhouse for Metro 510 apartments.

Sage Partners recently built Metro 510. The 120-unit apartment project wrapped around the historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church at Harrison and Morgan streets. Prices range from $588 a month for a one-bedroom unit to $808 for a three-bedroom unit. Debra Koehler, president of Sage Partners, plans to target service workers and entry-level employees who cannot afford luxury units. The apartments have granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances and offer "a very hip, urban feel," she said.

The rentals go on the market Monday. She expects to fill the complex by year's end. "There's been a demand for this," Koehler said. "The reason people want to be downtown is because of all the after-5 p.m. activity."

First Florida built the 120-unit apartment project for Sage Partners and renovated St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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