Teen Court of Sarasota undergoes a makeover with the help of Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange member: Service Painting of Florida

Teen Court of Sarasota undergoes a makeover with the help of Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange member: Service Painting of Florida

When Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. reached out to the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange (GCBX), the not-for-profit trade organization delivered. Mary Slapp, GCBX’s executive director and a Teen Court of Sarasota board member, surveyed the GCBX’s over 400 members in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties with Teen Court of Sarasota’s request of donated office furniture.

Service Painting of Florida stepped up to the plate but in a different capacity. Burt Whitenight, the executive vice president of Service Painting of Florida, didn’t have furniture to donate, but he did offer to paint the nonprofit’s office, which had not seen a fresh coat in over 20 years.

“We got contacted by Mary with GCBX, and we heard that there was a need in the community to help out Teen Court with freshening up the offices and a new paint job, and we were glad to volunteer,” says Burt.

During the painting day, held on Feb. 13, over 40 individuals, including staff, students and volunteers from Sherwin Williams and Service Painting of Florida, along with Burt and his family, chipped in to refresh the nonprofit’s walls.

“It’s a wonderful community project – thanks to the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange and their executive director, Mary Slapp, who connected Teen Court to this wonderful painting company – Service Painting of Florida,” said Katie Self, the former executive director of Teen Court of Sarasota.

In one 8-hour day, the volunteers used paint donated by Sherwin Williams and coated the walls in a pretty taupe-grey color on the walls with light green, light blue and darker blue accents. By the end of the day, the entire office, including five office spaces, common space and a conference room, received a much-needed facelift.

“This opportunity would not have been possible without GCBX connecting a nonprofit’s needs to a solution,” says Heather Todd, who leads Teen Court of Sarasota as its executive director.
The fresh and clean space is not only a benefit to the nonprofit’s staff and volunteers, but most importantly, to the teenage lives the Teen Court of Sarasota touches and changes. The nonprofit reduces juvenile crime in the community through its unique intervention services for juvenile offenders and through opportunities for teen volunteers to learn about and work in the legal system.

“I think that we’re all looking for a really fresh start and kind of getting this year off to a good beginning,” says Susan Krinsk, a licensed mental health counselor at Teen Court of Sarasota assists with the co-op program and individual counseling. “All of these kids have the potential to be something really important, and the diversion program allows them to go forward with no record. It’s really important to me that they go forward with a good mental health attitude. So I’m thrilled to see my office coming together. It’s starting to really look comfortable and inviting, which is the most important thing for me. I just want everyone to be here and feel safe and happy.”
Through its programming, Teen Court of Sarasota introduces area youth to activities and services that promote feelings of self-esteem and self-improvement when they develop a healthy attitude toward authority. All organizational activities instill and teach the benefits of law and abiding citizenship and civic engagement.
This community project is not the first nor will it be the last that the GCBX members help with. Made up of some of the most respected contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, service providers and businesses in construction affiliated industries, its membership is a generous and operates under the philosophy of “members working with members” to help individual members and the community grow.

“Mary Slapp and GCBX see a need in the community, and they reach out to their members to provide a solution,” says Heather. “They are doers, and they make things happen. We once were in need of an obstacle course, and GCBX and their members came to the rescue by clearing the land, donating the materials and building the obstacle course.”

Vaporblasting in Fort Myers

Vaporblasting in Fort Myers

What do we do when our customers come to us with a unique problem? We come up with a creative solution, of course! It’s about thinking outside of the box and offering services that many others can’t, just as we did with our project in Fort Myers. When the condo’s management company, Suitor, Middleton, Cox & Associates, came across an issue with their handrails peeling, they were presented with few options. They could either replace the handrails or have them chemically stripped by hand, both of which are very expensive processes. However, Service Painting was able to offer something no one else had – Vaporblasting. Our process of vaporblasting was the much needed, cost-effective solution they were looking for. We were able to remove both layers of paint, which included the peeling white paint, as well as the original green base coat. By stripping the rails down to the bare metal, we were able to apply PPG’s Coroflon system which will adhere and last for years, solving the problem and saving its owners money.

In addition to the vaporblasting, we also painted the exterior of the building, as well as applying deck coating to the parking garage.

Before: Peeling Paint


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During: Stripping it down to the metal


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After: The Finished Product


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Project of the Year Award

<a href="http://demo vente de viagra en suisse.servicepainting.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Sarasota-High-School-Bldg-4-Restoration-2.jpg” rel=”attachment wp-att-1747″>Sarasota High School Bldg 4 Restoration 2Sarasota High School Building #4 was originally designed and built by esteemed architect Paul Randolph in 1958, and added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2012. BASF partnered with Service Painting to do extensive concrete restoration and waterproofing. After this amazing projects completion, Service Painting was awarded the BASF Project of the Year-Building Restoration.

Company CEO Retires After 30 Years

<a href="http://demo prix de viagra.servicepainting.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Gary-Johnson.jpg” rel=”attachment wp-att-257″>Gary JohnsonFounded in 1982, Service Painting of Florida (SPF) has welcomed many changes, some rewarding and some challenging, as with any seasoned business that has experienced positive growth. In December 2015, many gathered to embrace and congratulate Mr. Gary Johnson, long-time CEO of SPF, on his official retirement. Some of those in attendance had worked for Mr. Johnson more than 20 years. Through the years, he poured his heart and soul into SPF providing quality service and maintaining a positive company image. He was dedicated to the success of his employees and continued to perfect his own expertise as an industry leader year after year. According to company President Elizabeth Perez-Lavin, “It was through hard work, dedication, and motivation that he acquired his success and the wisdom to teach others. That is why I am proud to have begun my career with SPF through such a solid foundation alongside such a respected leader”. We thank Mr. Johnson for the legacy he has left and the path he has paved for years to come. Well wishes for a very happy and full retirement to both Mr. Johnson and his wife, Teri.