LandSouth Construction Begins Work on $38 Million Essex at Universal

ORLANDO, Fla. -- LandSouth Construction, an award-winning Jacksonville, Fla. based general contractor specializing in multifamily, senior housing and mixed-use development has begun construction on Essex at Universal, a $38 million luxury apartment community in Orlando, Fla.

Developer Flournoy Partners of Columbus, Ga. chose architects Geheber Lewis Associates, L.L.C. of Atlanta for the design of the 423,881 square foot project that will feature 330 apartment homes in five buildings with elevators.

The experienced LandSouth team working on Essex at Universal is led by project manager Jason Fansler, field superintendent John Horency and project administrator Leah Broadway. The community is expected to be completed by July 2020.

“The four-story, urban living apartments with tuck under garages will have cementitious siding and shingle roof with metal accents,” added LandSouth President/CEO James Pyle. “New multifamily construction along Universal Boulevard comes in direct response to successful apartment development in recent years on the south end of International Drive.”

LandSouth Construction is currently working on apartments, senior living and mixed-use developments throughout the Southeast including Indian Land and North Augusta, S.C., Boca Raton, Tampa, Bradenton, Kissimmee, Jacksonville, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Sanford, ChampionsGate, Winter Springs and Port St. Lucie, Fla., Chattanooga and Hixon, Tenn., and senior living developments in New Port Richey and Nocatee, Fla.

Essex at Universal will feature 11 spacious floor plans from one bedroom, one bath to three bedrooms, two baths ranging from 622 to 1324 square feet. The average sf is 998sf. Homes will feature granite counter tops, stainless appliances, some residences have French door refrigerators and jetted garden tubs. Resort style amenities include pool, fitness center and pet park along with an 8,000 square foot clubhouse.

Essex at Universal sits on 11 acres at 9369 Universal Blvd., north of the Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare hotel and close to the Orange County Convention Center, area attractions including Universal Studios and Top Golf but also close to new employment centers.

"We are excited about delivering optimum results for Flournoy Partners, Essex at Universal is a truly dynamic property in an area of Orange County that is undergoing employment growth," said Joe Passkiewicz, LandSouth’s Senior Vice President of Development. "With an exceptionally experienced LandSouth team, we are positioned to provide an excellent service and construction process to provide the best possible value for our client."

Celebrating 20 years, LandSouth Construction has completed more than 15,000 multifamily units, including apartments, senior living, condominiums, and townhomes. LandSouth uses its unique integrated construction approach to build the community. Each service component works together to provide a seamless delivery system. These components have been designed and refined to be complementary and each is performance enhanced with proven procedures, tested systems and the very latest technology.

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LandSouth Construction, the Southeast’s premier general contractor, specializing in multifamily, senior living, and mixed-use development, was named one of Engineering News Record’s Top 400. Since 1998, LandSouth has transformed ideas into best–in–class communities. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 25,000 multifamily units. For more information, call LandSouth’s Marketing Coordinator, Kaley Robinson, (904) 760-3188, or visit