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RCC Associates General Contractors celebrate 40th anniversary
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL—JULY 19, 2011— Today regarded as one of the nation’s leading buildout contractors—with more than 1,500 national retail, restaurant and commercial projects under their belt—general contractor RCC Associates, Inc. is celebrating the start of its 40th year in business.
Surviving numerous economic downturns and the untimely death of its founder and president in 1998, the company has continued to grow, adding several new commercial construction divisions, winning national industry recognition for service and management, and branding the name RCC as a reliable and responsible partner known for delivering projects on time and on budget.

RCC owes its creation and strong foundation to the late Richard Raphael.

The company was formed in Chicago in 1971. It initially targeted residential projects specializing in room additions, as well as kitchen and bathroom remodeling. In 1976, Mr. Raphael along with his wife, Beverly, moved the office into their home as a way to keep overhead down. As the company developed, RCC quickly outgrew the dining room and the Raphaels realized that they needed to add an addition onto their home to accommodate a staff, which had grown from two to seven people. Over the course of the next two years the decision was made to enter the commercial construction market, eventually phasing out of the residential market.

The company’s first two commercial projects were a local hair salon and a Carvel Ice Cream store. RCC the retail buildout contractor was born. With a new emphasis on targeting shopping centers, and following a severe recession in 1980s, RCC shifted its new business development to South Florida, eventually relocating to Broward County in 1981.

A significant obstacle and challenge to the survivability of the company arose in 1998 following the untimely death of Mr. Raphael. In learning the business and eventually taking over the company reigns as President and Chief Executive Officer the following year, Richard’s widow, Beverly Raphael, had to overcome credibility issues as well as male biases as a woman in a male-dominated industry. She worked hard to ensure clients they would continue to receive impeccable service and proved that there’s a place for anyone and everyone in the construction industry, especially those willing to roll-up-their sleeves and wear that hardhat with conviction.

At the time of Mr. Raphael’s death, the company had reached its highest volume of $21 million dollars in sales. Unfortunately, it also ran at a $200,000 dollar loss. A deliberate effort was made to cut volume back to a comfortable $16 million, and from there, Ms. Raphael began to rebuild and reposition through restructuring management and implementing controls and systems that would ensure managed growth.

Under Ms. Raphael’s leadership RCC today enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the country’s top restaurant and retail buildout specialists. The firm established a company record surpassing $105 million in sales in 2007. Among its many clients are The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s, Yard House, Cheddar’s, Zuma, Uncle Julio’s, PF Chang’s, Bongo’s Cuban Café at Seminole Hard Rock, Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Sun Life Stadium, BankUnited, Wells Fargo and the Fisher Island Beach Club.

While RCC continues to specialize in restaurants and retail, it has expanded into hotels, country clubs, sport facilities, spas, offices and banks.

In 2010, RCC formed a new division RCC Country Clubs, Resorts and Wellness Centers to aggressively seek out and service new business in these sectors. Its efforts were rewarded by several significant contracts, including a renovation of the historic 5,872-square-foot Beach Club at Fisher Island along with other projects at this world-class private island residential community off Miami Beach. RCC also tackled several extremely time-sensitive jobs for The Miami Dolphins and owner Steve Ross with the construction of LIV, a 10,000-square-foot private nightclub located at the stadium’s 200 and 300 levels, and more than half-a-dozen jobs for the Miami Dolphins management group, which included improvements to the Sun Life Stadium including renovation of 60 concessions and the NFL owner’s suites, Press Box, Dolphins Training Camp and a new cheerleader’s facility.

In meeting strict budgets and time deadlines in this sector, RCC management continues to build new business from this experience and broadened its base to include work for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Stonewall Library and the Florida Turnpike, while continuing to develop new opportunities as its historical core construction business within retail and restaurants grow as the economy rebounds.


 
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For over 40 years, RCC Associates has been a leader in upscale restaurant and retail tenant build out segment of the general contracting industry.  “Known by the companies that keep us”, RCC’s list of prominent clients in the restaurant and retail arena nationwide speaks to its success in delivering the very best quality, service and on-time performance to its esteemed clientele.  In such prime South Florida locations as Bal Harbour Shops, Worth Avenue, Aventura, Gardens Mall, Sawgrass Mills, Galleria, Merrick Park, Dolphin, Dadeland, and Miami International Malls and major malls across the country, RCC has made its mark.  

 

In addition to major national restaurants brands such as The Cheesecake Factory, Del Frisco’s, PF Chang’s, Cooper’s Hawk, Yard House, BJ’s Brewhouse, Cheddar’s Casual Café, Brio Tuscan Grille and many more, RCC Associates has built a reputation for itself with distinguished European clientele such as Versace, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermes and many national retail brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Ann Taylor, Sephora, H&M, Sur La Table, Henri Bendel, Ulta, DKNY and Ron Jon Surf Shop to name a few.

 

RCC has built for many prominent financial institutions such as Wells Fargo, Bank United and Credit Agricole.  Additionally, many historic South Beach hotels such as The Raleigh, Redbury, The Astor, The Edison, The Bentley and the National Hotel Penthouse have sought out the expertise of RCC Associates to complete their challenging historic art deco remodels, based on our exceptional management experience. 


Whether you are looking for a Restaurant Contractor, Retail Contractor, Hotel Contractor, or General Contractor for Commercial Projects, you have come to the right place.  Let RCC make your project a success!

 

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