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Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. won the distinction as one of the Top 3 Architectural Firms in Southwest Florida. We are honored to have been chosen one of the “Best of Business” and would like to thank Gulfshore Business Magazine, their readers, our clients, friends and supporters for their votes!!!



On July 13, 2013, CJL Architects won two Aurora Awards and one Grand Aurora at the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) in Orlando, Florida which salutes Professionals whose work sets the standard of excellence in the Industry. Our projects receiving an Aurora Award included The Center for Specialized Surgery, and the Favalli Orthodontics & Pediatric Dental Office.

The Center for Specialized Surgery received an Aurora Award and a Grand Aurora for a new ambulatory surgery center – healthcare project. The project was constructed by Stevens Construction under a Design-Build Contract with CJL Architects providing the Architectural and Interior Design services.

The Favalli Orthodontics & Pediatric Dental Office also received an Aurora Award for a healthcare project. CJL Architects provided the Architectural Design; Wegman Design Group provided Interior Design services; and the project was constructed by Stevens Construction.

The Aurora Awards is the regions most recognized and prestigious awards program which takes place annually and is open to architects, interior designers, builders, landscape architects and merchandisers who have completed projects located within a 12-state Southeastern United States region including the Eastern Caribbean.

*CJL Architects have received 4 Aurora and 2 Grand Aurora Awards for projects since 2011.


chrismarkaurorasCongratulations to Stevens Construction and Christopher J. Lee Architects for winning an Aurora Award and a Grand Aurora Award for the Center for Specialized Surgery!


On October 20th at the 2012 Lee Builders Association Industry Awards program, CJL Architects received 4-Merit Awards for design excellence for the following projects: Cayo de Estero Shoppes – Best Commercial Retail Project; Grace Baptist Church – Best Renovation Project; The Center for Specialized Surgery – Best Healthcare Project; and Unity of Fort Myers – Best Un-Built Design for a Church Project. In addition to these awards, The Center for Specialized Surgery also received a Summit Award as the Best Healthcare Project in the Design-Build category which CJL Architects partnered with Stevens Construction by providing Architectural and Interior Design for the project.

CJL Architects then received the top honor as the 2012 Architectural Firm of the Year recognizing excellent performance in the following categories: Achievement of Goals & Specific Practices; Client Relations; Internal Office Working Relations; Professional Certifications & Advanced Training; Community Responsibilities; and Awards.

*This is the second year in a row we have won this most prestigious award and the third such award received in the last 4 years.


On October 15th the 2011 Lee BIA Awards were held at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa.

Chris and his staff took home five awards including Architectural Firm of the Year!

The awards received were as follows:

*Architectural Firm of the Year

*Best Architectural Project—Healthcare for ‘Collins Vision Medical Office’

*Best Architectural Project—Healthcare for ‘Eye Specialists’ Laser & Surgery Center’

*Best Non-Built Design Product—Healthcare for ‘Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida Surgery Center’

*Merit Award: Non-Built Design Project—Healthcare for ‘Favalli Orthodontics & Pediatric Dental Office’

The Summit Awards were created by the Commercial Contractors Council of the Lee BIA in 2006 and provide an opportunity to recognize and celebrate excellence in the commercial building industry. This unique local awards program pays tribute to the Lee Building Industry Association members who have obtained an outstanding level of success and professionalism in commercial building, planning and design during 2010 and 2011.


Recently the News Press sent out a request for nominees for the best commercial building in SWFL. Voted by the public, Interop Technologies, designed by Christopher J. Lee Architects, was voted the Best Commercial Building in SWFL. Below is the article:

First Place: Powers Court Center: Interop Technologies headquarters. • Location: Fort Myers • Built: 2008 • Architect: Christopher J. Lee Architects Inc. • Interior designer: Interior Concepts (Cheryl Sazama) / Mark Borosch Photography

First place: Powers Court Center: Interop Technologies headquarters, 13500 Powers Court, south Fort Myers. Built 2008. Architect: Christopher J. Lee Architects Inc. with interior design by Interior Concepts (Cheryl Sazama)

In the commercial category it was the collective effort of an attentive and detail-oriented architect and a design conscious owner/developer that brought the community’s attention to this building.

Kimberly Haas, who previously worked there, nominated the building. She straightforwardly justified her choice: “In my opinion, the Powers Court Center is one of the most attractive business buildings in Southwest Florida and an amazing place to work. Employees work exceptionally efficiently there. The building is well-planned with multiple conference areas, open meeting spaces and plenty of natural light; I was always proud to bring clients to the office.”

Architect Christopher Lee, provided some history:

Interop Technologies is a leading provider of advanced wireless technology solutions in the United States and Central America. Many companies like salesforce have felicitated them for their exceptional leadership qualities. The southwest Florida office, developed by Talamh Associates Inc., was planned for Interop’s local business needs and to serve as the corporate headquarters for their global operations.

Identical materials applied in a similar manner inside and outside integrate and enrich the overall design. For example, inlaid natural stone on the exterior walls and pilasters as well as on the interior columns of a two-story lobby bring the exterior aesthetics into the building.

Large glass windows around the exterior combined with considerable amounts of interior glazing and low office partitions maximize natural light inside … Given a choice, employees and visitors alike appreciate the sumptuous two-story lobby while ascending a grand staircase; ignoring the rarely used elevators.

Commitment to good design and attention to detail have made an impact on this workplace, creating a place where pride and enthusiasm inevitably result in productivity and profit. The winning nomination by Haas confirms this wise investment with its abundant reward

What makes a great building?
What common thread focused the public’s attention on Southwest Florida’s favorite buildings? Each project involved both a visionary entrepreneur (or municipality) and a talented architect.
Good clients don’t just hire an architect to “make the blueprint” and a building that pleases no one, but conspire together to create buildings that are both functional and ageless assets for the community.
Michelangelo said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Good architects recognize that it is the clients, not they, who bring the block of stone, and the opportunity to design a great building.
Good architects use their talent and expertise to discover a great building within the client’s requirements and resources.

— Joyce Owens AIA practices architecture in Southwest Florida. Her column appears in the Home & Garden section the third Saturday of every month. She can be reached at jowens@architecturejoyceowens.com.


On July 23rd, Christopher J. Lee Architects received three prestigious awards in the Aurora Awards Design Competition of the 2011 Southeast Builder’s Conference in Orlando. The Aurora Awards honor the best in commercial and residential architecture in a 12-state region and entries are judged on design, quality of construction, unusual constraints, cost savings techniques and outstanding features. One of the awards Christopher J. Lee Architects was honored to receive was a Grand Aurora, which recognizes the best project within an entire category.

Collins Vision was awarded an Aurora Award as well as the Grand Aurora Award for Best Commercial Construction Healthcare Facility. Located at 6900 International Drive in Fort Myers, this award-winning facility consists of a 10,450 square foot medical office specializing in ophthalmology and vision correction. The medical office will have eight exam rooms, a procedure room, two orbital scan rooms and a retail area and lobby. Liebl & Barrow provided the structural engineering, Energy Concepts provided the MEP engineering, L.E.D. Design provided the interior design service and Stevens Construction was the contractor.

Eye Specialists’ Laser & Surgery Center also won an Aurora Award in the Commercial Construction Remodeling or Renovation category. Located at 12381 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers, this award-winning facility included the addition and renovation of an existing building to create a new 10,580 square foot licensed ambulatory surgery center with two operating rooms, full post-operative recovery stations and associated support facilities. This new facility serves as the surgical center for Dr. Mark S. Gorovoy, MD who specializes in Cataract, Cornea, Glaucoma and Customvue LASIK Refractive Surgery. Liebl & Barrow provided the structural engineering, HSA Engineers & Scientists provided the MEP engineering, Christopher J. Lee Architects provided the interior design and Stevens Construction was the contractor.


FORT MYERS, FL (September 30, 2010) – The Lee Building Industry Association’s (Lee BIA) Fifth Annual Summit Awards were held at the Paseo Village Center on September 25th.

Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. was presented with the award for Best Non-Built Architectural Design – Healthcare for ”Collins Vision Center”.

A complete Winners List can be found below. Photos available per request or online at http://www.bia.net/summit.html.)

This Summit Awards program is the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida, the goal of this event is to celebrate success and professionalism within the commercial and remodeling industry. Created by the Commercial Contractors Council of the Lee BIA, the Summit Awards provides an opportunity to recognize excellence in this effort. Judging takes place outside of the local area with experienced industry professionals.

For more information on the Summit Awards or the Lee Building Industry Association, visit www.bia.net

or call (239) 936–5525.



2007summitawardslogo_webChristopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. would like to acknowledge the buildings and owners of this year’s Third Annual Lee Building Industry Association Summit Awards winners. The Summit awards recognize those in the commercial construction industry who achieved an outstanding level of success and professionalism during the last year. The building entries for the four awards honored to Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. were the 25,000 sq. ft. North Fort Myers Fire station No. 1 & Administration Center for the North Fort Myers Fires District; the 6,000 sq. ft. DeVoe Suzuki Automobile Dealership Sales & Showroom for The DeVoe Automotive Group; the Shell Point Mid-Rise Living Unit Entry Trellises Renovations for the Christian Missionary & Alliance Foundation, Inc.; and the 44,000 sq. ft. Powerscourt Centre Professional Office Building for Talamh Associates, Inc.

Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural firm committed to providing excellence in planning, design, construction documentation, project management and construction administration for over sixteen years in Fort Myers. This year was the first year the firm has submitted designs for awards, and they are pleased to celebrate their success with all of the owners of their award winning designs.

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