Principals Steven Shapiro and Ronnie Pertnoy built Wellington’s Commerce Park, and it proved itself a gateway to the diversification of the Shapiro|Pertnoy Companies’ real estate interests. “Everyday as we lived and breathed building houses for affluent people, we were also quietly developing a variety of commercial projects around South Florida,” Pertnoy explained. “At one time, while building some of the most noteworthy homes in the region, we built, owned, operated and managed over 500,000 square feet of warehouse, retail and office buildings.”
The Shapiro|Pertnoy Companies truly shine as a commercial builder because their experience stems from building residences. This experience allows for a more sophisticated and finer style of commercial property. “To build a warehouse for somebody is a fairly simple thing. Most commercial builders can do that with their eyes closed,” Shapiro stated. “In order to finish a Class A office for a tenant with high-end finish requirements, one requires skills beyond the average commercial builder. We draw on our years of luxury residential finishing to produce a finer finished product. We have always been able to balance both aspects of the building industry.”
The Shapiro|Pertnoy Companies have built and owned scores of buildings in South Florida, where the tropical climate plays an important role in a building’s maintenance and longevity. When built with a specific plan for the durability and long-term health of buildings, buildings can last for many hundreds of years. Pertnoy adds, “We learned very early on that one can build a building inexpensively and then deal with the cost of maintenance and conditioning requirements over the years of ownership. Or one can build for the long haul, as we did knowing that we would own many of these buildings for decades. Between our durability plan and a proper maintenance program, we saved serious dollars over the many years of ownership.”
The Shapiro|Pertnoy Companies recently completed a 10,000 square foot medical renovation for the Medical Center of the Palm Beaches and a 10,000 square foot clubhouse and private gun club as well as a 7,500 square foot service building for the South Florida Shooting Grounds. Current commercial projects include several retail center renovations, multiple tenant improvements and a new 15,000 square foot office building. No matter the commercial construction need, the Shapiro|Pertnoy Companies can do it all.