Immokalee Zocalo now an award-winning public plaza!

The Immokalee Zocalo – or public plaza – is now an award-winning town square! 

The Zocalo, formally opened in May, won two prestigious 2014 Sand Dollar Awards presented by the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) for outstanding achievement in construction. 

Well, okay, the awards were actually given to Surety Construction Company, which built the plaza, but the whole of Immokalee and the Immokalee CRA, which bought the land for the plaza at the corner of First Street and Main Street and paid for the plaza's construction, share in the awards. 

The biggest Sand Dollar Award for the Zocalo was being named by the CBIA, the Best Public Works Project (under $100,000) in Collier County. 

The cute, imaginative bicycle racks in the plaza also won the award for Best Specialty Feature – By a Builder (of any construction project in Collier). 

"This is certainly an honor for Surety Construction Company and the community of Immokalee benefited greatly from having it as the construction partner on the project," said Brad Muckel, executive director of the Immokalee CRA. "But these awards are also an honor for the people of Immokalee who placed great pride and interest in the Zocalo and are enjoying the rewards of having such a wonderful public gathering spot."

Naples architect David Corban designed the plaza and Naples landscape architect Ellen Goetz designed the landscaped system of trees and plants. 

The CBIA is a not-for-profit professional association of dedicated professionals who are inspired to make a difference in our community through advocacy, education, networking and philanthropy on behalf of the construction industry. CBIA is one of 800 state and local associations and operates under the auspices of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. 

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