R. C. Stevens Construction Company is one of Florida’s oldest and most experienced construction leaders. Founded in 1926 by builder/architect Raymond C. Stevens, the company has earned wide recognition as a full-service Design/Builder, Construction Manager, and General Contractor specializing in commercial, financial, healthcare and process/manufacturing projects.
A pioneer of the Design/Build process, Ray Stevens was the first builder in Orlando to both design and construct projects for his clients. In those early years, he earned high respect for his integrity, innovation, keen sense of quality, and the ability to handle it all. In the 20’s and 30’s, Stevens entered the industrial market to design and build fresh fruit packinghouses, processing plants and bulk storage structures, as well as to do general commercial construction work for ice-making and refrigerated buildings, using cork shaving insulation.
Among Stevens’ first commercial Design/Build efforts were projects for Orlando Utilities Commission, Hughes Electrical, The Sentinel Star, and the first Central Florida Coca-Cola bottling plant. Stevens also entered the healthcare market, building Orlando General (Orange Memorial) Hospital’s Nursing School in 1940, and the hospital’s 1948 expansion. Joined by his son Allyn in 1952, Stevens’ excellent relationships with citrus owners resulted in major Design/Build work in the citrus canning, processing and bulk storage industry—including the first commercially operating citrus concentrate plant for Vacuum Foods (later Minute Maid, now Coca-Cola North America).
Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, under Allyn’s leadership, the Stevens were instrumental in designing and building hundreds of healthcare, commercial and industrial projects. The company enhanced its time-honored reputation of providing quality and cost-effective projects for its clients through the 80’s and 90’s. In 1993, as part of a business continuation plan, David J. Smith and Timothy M. Keating were named President and Vice President, respectively. This leadership team accelerated the company’s growth with larger projects such as U.S. Sugar’s citrus processing plant, Southern Gardens.
As R.C. Stevens Construction Company enjoys its ninth decade, our mission and vision remain unwavered under the leadership of President and sole owner, Tim Keating. While our primary focus on design-build and food and beverage projects remain as the backbone of our company, the healthcare market is our fastest growing. Our strong commitment to these complex AHCA and ICRA projects have catapulted R.C. Stevens to one of the major players in the Central Florida healthcare market. We can’t wait to see what comes next!