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As of February 15, 2023, Opus Group will be known as Avant Construction Group (simply branded as Avant). Opus Group, originally founded in 1997, is a premier General Contracting company whose current projects include much of the exciting adaptive reuse development happening in Downtown Jacksonville.

“Avant is the perfect name to represent our company,” said Alan Cottrill, CEO and Founder. “We pride ourselves in projects that have unique character and design, and we’re excited to be involved in so much of the historic renovation and new developments that are happening downtown and moving our city forward as we continue to become a world-class city!”

The word Avant connotates being before, ahead, or cutting edge, while it is also defined as an action verb, as in “let’s go!”

The company is appreciated by clients for its ability to bring an added level of creativity and design experience to the building process. They will continue to use their tagline, “Collaborative Construction,” valuing the importance of the synergy between developer, client and builder.

According to Andy Alan, CEO of Corner Lot, “Their creative input into the design of our development portfolio has proven invaluable and their attention to detail during the construction process is unrivaled. We’ve trusted some of our most important developments to their craftsmanship, and are looking forward to the next successful project.”

Recent notable projects include the adaptive reuse of the First Baptist Church Auditorium to become the home of the NoCo Center and the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit, the award-winning warehouse renovation for Rethreaded’s Delores Barr Weaver’s Campus of Hope, and the historic renovation for the Industry West Headquarters at the corner of Prudential and Kings Avenue in San Marco. They are also involved in several Downtown development projects, including the historic and adaptive reuse of the Jones Brother’s building, and serving as Owner’s Rep for JWB at the Federal Reserve Building at 218 Hogan Street.
Upcoming projects include 1937 Spirits and Eatery, Hardwick’s Bar, The District Church, renovation of the Greenleaf Building on Laura Street for JWBs corporate offices, The Historical Jones Brothers adaptive reuse project, as well as several more exciting and transformational projects in the works.

Avant’s services include ground-up construction and renovation, as well as owner’s rep and construction consulting services.

Avant’s offices are in San Marco at 1510 Montana Avenue.

For more information contact: Ellen Cottrill
Head of Communications 904-699-7879


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