Estimated completion - May 2017

$71 Million West Orange HS Relief Project Awarded to Partnership

October 2, 2015

Horus Construction Inc. has partnered with Wharton-Smith Inc. (Prime Contractor) and  HZ Construction and have been awarded a contract to manage $71 million of construction for the new West Orange High School Relief Project.

The multi-story school is being constructed with 385,000 square feet on 68 acres in Windermere on County Road 535 and Ficquette Road. It will accommodate 2,800 students with completion slated for May 2017. 

After a contentious years-long approval process, the Orange County School Board approved the school in May with conditions that added more than $6 million to the price. They included: an 8-foot concrete wall and an off-site stadium.  

About Horus Construction

October 1, 2015

This video offers the viewer an insightful glimpse of Horus Construction Services.










Horus President Jonathan Graham (second from left) is shown representing the Horus team at the Amandalee Golf Classic

Amandalee Golf Classic

November 14, 2014

The Amandalee Golf Classic raised money for the Amandalee Fund, which supports research for the Sarcoma Department at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.

Dr. G. Douglas Letson and his team of doctors, scientists and researchers have been involved in the most groundbreaking research anywhere in the country - cell line research, anti-cancer drugs and genetic mapping for individual patients, new developments and surgical techniques in limb salvage surgery, to name a few.

Because of these efforts children and adults who are stricken with different forms of sarcomas are living longer, more normal lives with renewed hope.


This year's 10th Annual Amandalee Golf Classic to benefit the Amandalee Fund was held at TPC of Tampa Bay on Friday November 14.


Moffitt McKinley Center

Tampa, Florida

November, 2014


Moffitt McKinley Center recently reached a construction milestone. Moffitt, Skanska and several subcontractors, including Horus Construction celebrated the new building's topping-out. Moffitt McKinley is committed to the development, growth and utilization of minority, women and service disabled veteran-owned business enterprise.

Jonathan Graham, President of Horus Construction (Left)

Gaillard Center Makes History and Connections

A publication of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council

Summer, 2013


Horus Construction, a 100%  African-American owned business, was awarded a $14 Million contract, the largest Charleston has ever awarded to an African-American owned company.



Jonathan Graham, Horus President


March 13, 2013

When Jonathan Graham was growing up in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, he would ride down the street and see big construction jobs setting up around town, bustling with workers run by large construction outfits. He was working for his father’s construction business at the time, a small company called Graham’s Plastering Inc. that his father had owned since 1972. Young Jonathan had worked for him since he was twelve; he had learned plastering, stucco, and masonry. Now he was nearing twenty.


“I would ride down the street and see people do these big jobs, and think, that’s what I want to do,” said Graham. His father, though, didn’t want to go along. Going big meant greater potential for loss, more risk, not knowing your clients as well. “He said, if you want to buy me out you can get big, but I want to stay small.”  At the time, African-Americans in construction, as in other businesses, kept their dreams within the boundaries of the world they knew, Graham said—and his father was among them. 



Jonathan Graham, left, the president of Horus Construction Company, speaks as Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. watches at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday. Officials announced that Horus Construction had been awarded the $13.4 million contract for masonry work on the city's $142 million Gaillard Center.

Minority-owned firm gets $13.4M contract to build S.C. arts center

February 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A black-owned company has been awarded a $13.4 million contract for work on Charleston’s new performing arts center, the largest minority contract for a municipal project in the city where the Civil War began, officials announced Wednesday.

“The message is that this really is a community committed to giving emerging businesses a chance — a chance at the American dream,” Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said at a news conference outside the site where the $142 million Gaillard Center is being built.

Horus Construction Co. has been awarded the $13.4 million subcontract for masonry work on the Gaillard project. Riley said the contract is thought to be among the largest such minority contracts in state history.


Horus Construction Services participated with Wilder Architects, and others, in donating its services to construct the 9/11 Tampa Memorial.

City of Tampa to Dedicate 9/11 World Trade Center Artifact - Memorial to be installed at Patriot's Corner

September 7, 2011

Tampa, FL September 7, 2011 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be joined by community leaders to dedicate the 9/11 World Trade Center Artifact. The event will be on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at Bayshore and Bay to Bay boulevards. The memorial was designed by Wilder Architecture, Inc. Architect Larry Wilder also led the primarily volunteer effort, which includes several community business partners. "This was something a lot of us could get behind – it's very inspiring," said Wilder. "There has been a tremendous sense of volunteerism, a get-it-done attitude throughout the project that feels very American and it has been a privilege to be part of this project."

The memorial sculpture recalls the World Trade Center site with an elevated concrete base, matching the orientation and scale of the site in New York City. An aluminum frame echoes the material and proportions of the towers. The memorial is one one-hundredth the scale of the actual towers and site. When complete, the steel WTC artifact, held above the base within the symbolic north tower, will function as a sundial. As the shadow of the artifact falls on the ground on the morning of September 11, the lower slab will mark the duration of time from the first airplane's impact on the north tower to the subsequent collapse of the tower on September 11, 2001.


The World Trade Center site is represented as an elevated concrete base, matching the orientation and scale of the site in New York City. Thin aluminum members rise from the base, tracing the placement, material, and proportions of the twin towers. The memorial is one one-hundreth the scale of the actual towers and site. The steel WTC artifact, held above the base within the symbolic north tower, functions as a sundial. As the shadow of the artifact falls on the ground on the morning of September 11, the lower slab marks the duration of time from the first airplane's impact on the north tower to the subsequent collapse of the tower on September 11, 2001.



The steel in this memorial is steel recovered from the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001 courtesy of the Port Authority of NY & NJ is displayed in memory of the nearly 3,000 victims including over 400 first responders. Special Thanks to the donated services of: WILDERARCHITECTURE; Horus Construction Services, Inc; Miller Structural Engineering, Inc.; W.C. Sherill & Company; VoltAir, Inc.; C.E. Systems, Inc.; Sesco Lighting, Mineral Life International; and the partial donations by Desert Snake Offroad, LLC; Coastal Construction Products, Inc.; and Tampa Amalgamated Steel.

US Rep. Castor (in Yellow), Jonathan Graham, Horus Construction President (Right of Rep. Castor), Wayne Whisler, Horus Superintendent (Far Right)

Castor Urges Passage of Jobs Act to Help Schools

October 11, 2011

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor called for immediate action on jobs legislation today so that schools in our community can get the improvements they need and small business contractors and construction workers have more job opportunities in our region. Castor made her remarks today at Chiaramonte Elementary School in south Tampa. Chiaramonte is undergoing a $9 million renovation this year.


“We have many schools in need of renovations throughout our neighborhoods,” Castor said.  "Students would benefit from updated classrooms, science labs and modern technology they need to succeed academically. Our students deserve to be in classrooms that are up to date and modern. Small businesses like Horus Construction could create jobs and hire more workers. I urge the GOP leadership in the U.S. House to schedule the American Jobs Act for debate. ”


Jonathan Graham is president of GPM Inc. in Tampa, which has done work at Plant High School and is now building classrooms. GPM has built 109 projects for the Hillsborough County school system

Hillsborough school district program keeps contractors busy

May 10, 2010 - Tampa Bay Business Journal

If there’s one place small business is working, it’s the Hillsborough County school district.

Its program encouraging small business participation and diversity in construction projects just hit a major milestone: $200 million. That’s how much money the district has reinvested in companies in the seven-county Bay area through its Small Business Encouragement Program overseen by the Office of Supplier Diversity.


The number of qualified small businesses registered in the OSD program’s database and competing for construction contracts increased by 30 percent in the past fiscal year from 286 companies to 371. In the past fiscal year alone, according to an April report, $38.4 million in construction money went to qualified small businesses participating in the program.


The business participation was close to fiscal year 2008 levels, which was probably one of the district’s largest construction budget years, when $45 million was reinvested in small businesses. The 2008 construction budget was nearly 15 percent more than last fiscal year.


The nine-year-old program provides businesses a way to get a piece of the action involving public construction money and projects. The district’s goal is to keep its construction money with businesses in the area by fostering a program aimed at increasing organized opportunities for bidding.

“The district has seen some amazing results with the program,” said Bob Morrison, founder of Morrison & Associates, a Tampa consulting firm helping the district run the program. “This embraces a fair bidding process that is structured not as welfare and not as give-away but a platform for competing and winning. We give businesses a level playing field.”

First time minority-owned business has such a large role in project of this magnitude in Tampa

February 10, 2010

Tampa, FL – February 2, 2010 ---- With the recent completion of the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Horus Construction is focused on putting the finishing touches on the Tampa Museum of Art, which is scheduled to open February 6.

A successful partnership with Skanska USA, an internationally recognized firm, has allowed Horus Construction, an African American owned company, to play a major role in the construction of the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Tampa Museum of Art byserving as 30 percent minority partner on the project. As the construction manager for the

project, Horus has assisted with demolishing an existing parking structure, constructing

the park, constructing the museum and restoring the seawall.


“This project has special meaning for several reasons,” said Jonathan Graham, President of Horus Construction. “This is the first time the City of Tampa has partnered with a majority firm and a minority firm on a project of this magnitude. This is a historic project from our perspective which makes it quite fitting that the museum is opening during Black History Month because this is truly history.”


The $43.6 million project included $15.7 million for the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park grounds, $1.5 million to replace the Hillsborough River sea wall, and $18.6 million to help build the Tampa Museum of Art.  “As a local, minority-owned construction company, Horus Construction is honored to be a part of the team that is building these historic projects,” Graham said.

Business built with a vision so grand

February 27, 2007



After a long day of working for his father's stucco business, a teenager sat on the back of a pickup truck and wondered why his dad didn't take on bigger projects.  "I would look at these big buildings going up on U.S. 19, and I would always say, 'We could do that. I don't know why we do all this small stuff,' " Jonathan Graham recalled.


His father didn't share such grand illusions, but Jonathan persisted. Finally, his father said, 'You buy my business, I'll work for you, and you can do whatever you want.' "  Two decades later, Graham has done what he wanted, and a whole lot more. The wall systems work of Graham's GPM subcontracting firm can be found on such projects as Channelside and Centro Ybor. A second business, Horus Construction Services, has served as construction manager or a subcontractor on significant projects in Tampa Bay and Palm Beach County.


The perspective that put Graham at the helm of dad's company has served him well over the years. He has this unique ability to see promise where others saw problems.



Art museum win would allow Skanska to craft novel partnership

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By Carl Cronan - Real estate editor

January 29, 2007


TAMPA -- Skanska USA Building Inc. is taking a local minority contractor under its sizeable wing in pursuing the City of Tampa's latest attempt to design and building a replacement art museum.


Horus Construction Services Inc., based in St. Petersburg, will serve as a 30 percent partner with Skanska in what is being termed as a construction management association on its proposal to build the Tampa Museum of Art. Ideally, this would be the most expensive and highest-profile construction project ever attempted by Horus, which formed six years ago and has mainly been a subcontractor on larger projects.


"The only way people (can) progress is by other people giving them an opportunity to progress," said Jonathan Graham, Horus' president.

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At Horus Construction Services, we are dedicated to the communities we serve, and believe in being a community partner.  We give back to the community by financial contributions, and by supporting our employee's volunteer efforts.


we are dedicated to being leaders in our community. Horus Construction's President Jona­ than Graham is passionate about community service. He is a Board Member of The Florida Aquarium, serves on the Quality of Life Focus Group (Hillsborough County Planning Com­ mission), Minority Advisory Committee (Hillsborough County), and the Citizens Participa­tion Committee (Hillsborough County).








supports many organizations and charities, including:



  • Chamber of Commerce Tampa Bay

  • St. Petersburg Black Chamber of Commerce

  • Friends of Tampa Recreation

  • Honor the Honorable

  • St. Paul Home & School Association

  • March of Dimes

  • St. James AME

  • BCB Bowling Center

  • The Florida Aquarium

  • Weekly Challenger

  • Chair of Ida S Baker Teacher of the Year 04-09

  • Delta Sigma Theta

  • The University of Tampa

  • Tampa Organization of Black Affairs

  • Central City Elementary School

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

  • Urban League of Tampa

  • Rotary 86

  • Hurricane Relief Fund

  • Victory 2004

  • Construction Pride Awards of NC




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