Stiles Launches Construction of Junior Achievement World’s Huizenga Center

Aug 18, 2008

COCONUT CREEK, FL – Stiles Construction Co. has launched construction of the world’s largest Junior Achievement education center -- the 59,500-square-foot JA World’s Huizenga Center at Broward College. The building underway for Junior Achievement of South Florida is located on a 4.8-acre site on Broward College’s North Campus.

Slated for completion in 2009, the structure will enable Junior Achievement to provide more than 50,000 students a year from Broward and South Palm Beach County schools with "hands-on" educational programs in business, entrepreneurship and personal financial management.

"We are pleased to be playing a role in creating JA World’s Huizenga Center, knowing that it will help a new generation of entrepreneurs begin to envision their own potential for success," said Stiles Construction Co. President Timothy Moore.

The building will also serve as headquarters for Junior Achievement of South Florida, and will include training and meeting space to be available for use by area companies and groups, according Melissa Aiello, the organization’s president.

"Stiles Construction’s responsiveness and solutions-oriented approach makes them more of a partner than a contractor as our organization makes this dramatic shift forward," she added.

JA World’s Huizenga Center will be home to two new programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, that will significantly transform how students are taught to view the world of work and free enterprise, according to Aiello. The experiential programs will give students a sense of participating in real-world business activities, and the interior will include simulated "mini-cities" with street scenes featuring shops, offices and a restaurant.

For fifth graders, JA BizTown will provide a learning environment in which students operate and patronize real businesses, learning to meet goals of satisfying customers, paying off business loans and realizing a profit at the end of the business day.

JA Finance Park will enable eighth graders to enter the world of business to experience free enterprise. Students will study financial decisions to be made, consider available options and construct a personal budget.

Stiles Construction Co. is a division of Stiles Corporation, a full-service commercial real estate development and investment company that provides private and public sector clients with premier development, design, construction, financing, realty and property management services. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, the company has additional regional offices in Miami, Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Orlando, Florida. Stiles is responsible for more than 37 million square feet of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use residential projects throughout the southeastern United States. For more information, please visit www.stiles.com.

Junior Achievement of South Florida was founded in 1959 and offers programs for grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. In addition to bringing the free enterprise system to life in the classroom, Junior Achievement programs teach young people the importance of staying in school. For more information call Melissa Aiello of Junior Achievement of South Florida at 954-788-8422, Ext. 14 or visit the website www.jasouthflorida.org.