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Dixie Buick/GMC was originally built at this location in 1992 and was the first project designed by Christopher J. Lee Architects. Twenty years later, we were again selected to design the planned renovations required by the General Motors Buick Division to create a new image which conforms to a national branding campaign for the dealership. The renovation required the removal of selected portions of the existing building and applying distinctive black and white metal panels on the exterior façade, and replacing all of the interior materials and finishes in all “customer contact areas” with new flooring, ceilings, energy-efficient LED lighting, cabinets, furnishings and interior finishes consistent with the new Buick nationwide branded image.

Client: Dixie Buick, Inc.

Location: Fort Myers, FL

Building Size: 2-Building 27,000 SF Existing Facility Renovation

Building Type: Automotive Sales & Service Center

“As an Architect, I always consider it an honor to be chosen to provide architectural services to any repeat Client as a testimony of our ability to satisfy their needs by providing professional, quality service with positive results. At Dixie Buick, I consider it to be the ultimate statement and compliment to have been selected to again provide comprehensive architectural and interior design services for our very first Client after having served them on our first commissioned project 20 years ago.” – Christopher J. Lee, Principal Architect


Completed in 2012, this new functionally efficient, State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration licensed ambulatory surgery center with 3-operating rooms and required support facilities with a covered entry and post-op patient discharge on an extremely tight site was designed to be a “landmark” for patient recognition. Designed with three distinct functional areas required for compliance in accepted healthcare standards: Public or Un-restricted; Semi-Restricted (pre/post-op recovery area); and Restricted (surgical areas) the circulation patterns and spatial relationships create operational efficiency. The “Contemporary” design style employs colorful painted Stucco forms, expressive shapes and massing, offset planes, and repetitive patterns which create diversity and continuity within the modern theme. Incorporating curved forms in both plan and elevation, and integrating layered walls and planes at varying heights extending upward break-up the apparent massing and create visual interest while expressing the essence of a modern medical/surgical facility.

Orthopedic Ambulatory Surgery Center

11,217 SF Total

Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida


Designed to be a “landmark” for patient recognition, the overall “Contemporary” design style of the building exterior incorporates the use of stone and painted Stucco in vertical planes and surfaces located around the building and accentuates the theme of the design.  Incorporating sensual curved forms in both plan and elevation, and incorporating stone walls and planes at varying heights which extend out beyond the building not only created visual interest, but also captured the essence of “Modern” Architecture with “Organic” intentions.

Positioning the waiting area in the center of the office with the Tech area immediately adjacent, the Optical Technicians can maintain visual contact with the patients and escort them into various testing rooms, work up rooms, exam rooms and/or counseling rooms and minimize both Tech and patient walking. Also, separate “pods” of examination rooms was created so two physicians could work at same time.

The main Patient Waiting Room and Optical Dispensary area features stone on full-height walls and dramatic multi-layered suspended acoustical ceilings as “floating” planes.

Integrating traditional stone and natural wood within the modern building aesthetic was an intended goal in the design concept and by placing the stone in full-height vertical planes, and not as mere “skirting” or wainscoting, allows the stone to read as textured planes in a non-traditional way and further demonstrate the balance of expressing modern technology in construction with a traditional warmth.

Design Awards:

On July 23rd, Collins Vision Medical Office was awarded an Aurora Award as well as the Grand Aurora Award for Best Commercial Construction Healthcare Facility at the 2011 Southeast Builder’s Conference Aurora Awards Design Competition 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.

Prior to being constructed, Collins Vision Medical Office was awarded a Lee Building Industry Association 2010 Summit Award for the Best Architectural Project for Healthcare in the “Un-built Design” category and on October 15, 2011 this project won the 2011 Lee Building Industry Association Summit Award for the Best Architectural Project for Healthcare.

”The resulting design has created a world-class facility within to provide world-class eye-care.” – Michael J. Collins, Jr. M.D.

Client: Michael J. Collins, Jr., MD, FACS

Location: Fort Myers, Florida

Building Type: Medical Office

Building Size: 10,457 SF


Adapting an existing 2-story bank building and converting the ground floor into a new AHCA licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center specifically for Ophthalmology and Eye-Health related procedures required the total demolition of the First Floor and expanding out beyond the Second Floor to create the new functional space required; completely fitted with all new electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, fire sprinklers and piped medical gas systems. Completed in November 2010, this new surgery center houses one Class “C” and one Class “B” Operating Room along with all other AHCA required support facilities.

This project won the 2009 Summit Award for Best Renovation and the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Commercial/Renovation Space.

Client: Gorovoy MD Eye Specialists Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Building Type: Medical/Ambulatory Surgical Center Building Size: 10,580 SF

Completed in 1999 this 122-Unit 2-story Multi-Family Coach Home development features 6 unique unit types within 4 different building clusters ranging from 1,765-2,329 SF/AC with 1 and 2-Car Garages. Each unit features 3 Bedrooms, 2-Baths, spacious Kitchens with eat-in Cafés, open Living Rooms, and exterior screened Lanais. Architecturally detailed appointments include various stepped hipped and gabled barrel tiled roofs with extended cupolas, large protruding window sills and wrapped jambs, frieze banding and cornice trims, “Doric” columns, and classical proportioning reminiscent of and “Old-World Mediterranean Villa”.

Client: Gulf Bay Communities, Inc. Location: Naples, Florida
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential Building Size: 2-Story 8 and 12-Unit Coach Homes

The existing Mid-Rise Buildings were designed in a “Modern” Architectural style which relied upon straight-forward simplicity and inarticulate, non-ornamental design features which present a challenge when adding a new and exciting design element to. Our desire was to introduce new inspiring features that were not merely functional, but created an invitation for residents to participate in and enjoy the Southwest Florida outdoors without being exposed to the harshness it can bring. Additionally, we were sensitive to not introduce a new design element which would appear foreign or un-complementary to the existing buildings.

Client: Shell Point Village Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Building Type: Mid-Rise Exterior Entry Deck Trellis Building Size: Three 90′-0″ Long Aluminum Trellises

This 8-Story 48-Unit Multi-Family Condominium was a design study in 1996 to study a specific site’s usable capacity to support 5 buildings of similar size and thus determine the overall project’s financial viability. Designed to conform with the Mediterranean theme of the Gulf Harbour Community in Fort Myers, this rendering shows that character and elegance can be developed in a large multi-story structure.

Client: The Ronto Group, Inc. Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential Building Size: 8-Story 48-Units

Completed in 1999 this 120-Unit Multi-Family Coach Home development features 4 individually different unit types within each 8-unit building cluster ranging from 1,414-1,840 SF/AC. Each unit has internal access to it’s own 1-Car Garage and features 3 bedrooms, 2-Baths, Kitchens with eat-in Café, open Living rooms, and exterior screened Lanais. The design style is reminiscent of “Bermuda Architecture” employing a combination of pure-white flat-tiled hipped and gabled roofs and white trimmed windows adorning soft pastel colored walls and arched entries. Subtle movement and build-outs within the exterior stucco and utilizing reveal screeds aid in manipulating sunlight and shadows to create depth and scale within a relatively moderate budget.

Client: Gulf Bay Communities, Inc. Location: Naples, Florida
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential Building Size: 2-Story 8-Unit Coach Homes

Designed and completed in 2005, this district fire station was developed in a South Florida/High-Mediterranean style established to set the tone for the first building located within the new Coconut Point development. Interior spaces accommodate the functional uses of a self-sufficient fire station including 2 Apparatus/Fire Equipment Bays, a full Kitchen with Dining Room, a Day Room, a common Bunk Room/Sleeping Quarters for the fire fighters, a Weight Training Room, and various administrative and support facilities. The building consists primarily of painted stucco on perimeter load-bearing masonry supporting pre-engineered roof trusses and a barrel tile roof with decorative trim and fine detailed appointments as required within a newly planned up-scale development.

Client: Estero Fire Control & Rescue District Location: Estero, Florida
Building Type: Fire Station Building Size: 1-Story 6,000 SF

Completed in 2007 this was our third project with the Golden Gate Fire District and included two buildings situated together in a “campus-like” setting on a single site. The Fire Station houses 3 Apparatus/Vehicle Bays, 12 Individual Bunk Rooms, a common Kitchen/Dining Room and Day Room and various support facilities. The Administration building houses all District offices and has Conference and Training Rooms and a large Operations Command Center. The design mixes both contemporary and traditional materials (including brick and “Stucco”) on perimeter load-bearing masonry supporting steel bar joists and a distinctive curved roof with metal panels on “Bow-String” steel trusses for a durable, low-maintenance facility while establishing a timeless image of strength and traditional stability for the District.

Client: Golden Gate Fire Control & Rescue District Location: Naples, Florida
Building Type: Fire Station & District Administrative Headquarters Building Size: Fire Station: 2-Story 17,122 SF
Administration Center: 1-story 13,498 SF
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