Stellar (construction company)

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HeadquartersJacksonville, Florida, USA
Key people
Ronald H. Foster Jr. , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Michael S. Santarone, President and Chief Operating Officer

Clint Pyle, Chief Financial Officer
ServicesDesign-Build, General Contracting, Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering, Refrigeration and Energy Systems Fabrication/Installation (Self-Perform), Mechanical Services, Quality Assurance and Job-Site Safety, Automation & Controls, Instrumentation and Programming, Utility and Energy Management, Real Estate Services, Thermal Insulation and Roofing
Revenue$585 million (2017)
Number of employees
750+ (2018)

Stellar is a privately owned design, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and founded in 1985.[1] The June, 2018 issue of Florida Trend magazine listed Stellar as Florida's 94th-largest private company.[2] Stellar employs more than 750 people, including architects, engineers, constructors, refrigeration specialists and technicians.


Stellar provides services to commercial and industrial clients in various markets including food & beverage; refrigeration & cold storage; military; automotive; educational; healthcare; institutional; hospitality; power & utilities; and office properties.[3][citation needed] It delivers the following services: planning, design, pre-construction, construction, refrigeration, mechanical and utility, building envelope, and total operations maintenance. The company has operations in 14 locations within the United States.[citation needed]

In Engineering News-Record Magazine's May 2017 “Top 400 Contractors” list, which ranked companies by 2016 revenue, Stellar was ranked #150 overall, #6 among industrial contractors, and #3 in food and beverage.[4] The Engineering News-Record Magazine's April 2017 “Top 500 Design Firms” listed Stellar at #329.[5]

Notable projects[edit]

  • Starbucks: 117,000-square-foot soluble coffee plant in Augusta, Georgia, to produce the company's VIA line of instant coffee products. Project was named the 2015 Food Engineering Magazine “Fabulous Food Plant” in December 2015.[6]
  • Bell & Evans: 160,000-square-foot chicken packaging, storage and frozen processing facility in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. Project was named the 2016 Food Engineering Magazine “Fabulous Food Plant” in December 2016.[7]
  • Nestlé: $50 million global research and development center in Solon, Ohio.[8]
  • Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort: $7.6 million renovation of a resort complex dedicated to serving military and their families in advance of the 2016 Invictus Games. Resort housed athletes during the games. In 2018, Stellar was awarded another renovation project at Shades of Green to update 283 rooms in its Magnolia Wing.[9]
  • Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church: Project in Jacksonville, Florida, to build a new state-of-the-art sanctuary.[10]
  • Herrmann Hall: An $18 million renovation of Herrmann Hall, a historic lodging facility at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.[11][12]
  • Heinz Frozen Foods Plant: Built a 225,000-square-foot processing, distribution and packaging facility for Heinz in Florence, South Carolina.[13]

Recognition and awards[edit]

  • 2015 “Fabulous Food Plant - Food Engineering Magazine [14]
  • 2016 “Fabulous Food Plant” - Food Engineering Magazine [15]
  • 2018 Healthiest Companies (Platinum Level) - First Coast Worksite Wellness Council[16]
  • 2018 Design Excellence Award - American Institute of Architects, Jacksonville Chapter[17]

In 2018, Stellar founder Ronald H. Foster was inducted into the University of Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management Construction Hall of Fame.[18]

Corporate giving and education sponsorship[edit]

In 2006, the company founded the Stellar Foundation to make its charitable giving process more formalized and begin accepting applications for yearly grants. The company has also begun matching individual employee charitable contributions up to $1,000.[19][20]

Since the Fall of 2006, the company has sponsored pre-engineering and mechanical drafting education at the Allen D. Nease Senior High School.[21]

In 2017, the Jacksonville Business Journal recognized Stellar as one of that year's “Partners in Philanthropy.”[22] In a Q&A profile of Stellar, the Jacksonville Business Journal noted the company gave an estimated $250,000 in 2016 to local nonprofits.[23]


  1. ^ "The Stellar Group shortens its name" Jacksonville Business Journal, March 9, 2007
  2. ^ Florida's 225 Biggest Private Companies, Florida Trend, retrieved 31 July 2018
  3. ^ "Case Study: Stellar Group" DuPont, Refrigerants Group
  4. ^ "ENR 2017 Top 400 Contractors 301-400". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  5. ^ "ENR 2017 Top 500 Design Firms 401-500". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  6. ^ "Starbucks brews up advanced technologies". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. ^ "How Bell & Evans built a new 160,000 sq. ft. facility". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  8. ^ "Nestlé Research & Development (R&D) Centre, Solon, Ohio - Food Processing Technology". Food Processing Technology. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  9. ^ Russon, Gabrielle. "At Disney, resort for military families gets an upgrade". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  10. ^ Cravey, Beth Reese. "Decade after 2007 fire, Hendricks Ave. Baptist Church steadfast in community, interfaith efforts". The Florida Times. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  11. ^ "5 Keys to Success in Historic Building Preservation - Design & Construction Coverage". Facilitiesnet. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  12. ^ "tme-november-december-2018". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  13. ^ "Heinz Florence Frozen Meals Plant, South Carolina - Food Processing Technology". Food Processing Technology. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  14. ^ "Starbucks brews up advanced technologies". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  15. ^ "How Bell & Evans built a new 160,000 sq. ft. facility". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  16. ^ "First Coast Worksite Wellness Council - 2018 Healthiest Companies". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  17. ^ "2018 Design & Honor Award Winners". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  18. ^ "Construction Hall of Fame – M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  19. ^ Strupp, Dave: "Stellar creates foundation for giving to nonprofits" Jacksonville Business Journal, October 9, 2006
  20. ^ Khairullah, Natasha: "The Stellar Group establishes foundation" Jax Daily Record, October 6, 2006
  21. ^ Fitzroy, Maggie: "Mechanically teaching at Nease" Florida Times-Union, December 29, 2006
  22. ^ "". Retrieved 2018-11-07. {{cite web}}: External link in |title= (help)
  23. ^ "". Retrieved 2018-11-07. {{cite web}}: External link in |title= (help)

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