It all started at Kennedy Space Center
Our firm was founded in 1976 when David competitively won his first contract valued at $90,000 for NASA at the nearby Kennedy Space Center. Careful planning and execution of the work, as well as closely monitoring the details, were key elements David implemented into the management of his new firm. Hard work and active management led to a steady stream of continuously larger projects.
By 1981 we were staffed with estimating, project management, accounting, and administrative personnel to support up to six construction contracts simultaneously in the local area. By 1985, we had expanded our pursuits to outlying areas with a focus on projects in Northern Florida and Georgia. Five years later this outlying area had expanded to include projects nationwide and throughout the Caribbean. As we entered the 21st century our portfolio included a diverse background of projects in healthcare, aviation/aerospace, operations, and heavy civil projects.
Today, we continue to build a diverse array of projects for our clients nationwide. As we look forward to the future, we are going to take our rigorous execution practices that have allowed us to be so successful on projects for agencies of the Federal Government and apply that same level of planning and attention to detail to new industries with a laser focus.
26 February 1976
David Boland, Inc. is incorporated to execute its first contract valued at $90,630 for the construction of 15 foundations at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center. The foundations were for 15 geodesic domes that would later house displays at the Bicentennial Exposition on Science and Technology. This national event called “3rd Century America” was setup next to the Vehicle Assembly Building. An existing parking lot was transformed into a park like setting with landscaped paths weaving among the 15 geodesic domes, each 8,800 SF, constructed to host the exposition displays. The exhibits displayed the beneficial effects of science and technology to American life in the future. Before completing this first project, the team was able to secure a second contract at KSC for $187,719 to construct the temporary parking lots needed outside the exposition area to accommodate all of the event visitors. With this foundation of successful experience, the newly formed David Boland, Inc. was off to a great start.
Today, the foundations that our firm poured 40 years ago are most likely gone as the exposition area has been converted back primarily to parking lots. However, a few of these bicentennial geodesic domes can still be seen today. At KSC’s Visitor Center, a dome has been placed near Building C – the Theatre Complex (constructed by Boland later in 1984) to house a children’s play area. Three of the domes were sold to Port Canaveral, transported by barge, placed on elevated foundations, and are now Cruise Terminals 2, 3, and 4.