The University of South Alabama Board of Trustees and USA President Dr. Tony Waldrop recently hosted a ribbon cutting and building dedication ceremony for the Strada Patient Care Center, located at 1601 Center St.

The new $36.6 million, 133,000-square-foot building provides an expansion of clinical space for the USA Physicians Group practice and will offer patients additional conveniences. In 2015, the TPC Group, Doster Construction and Williams Blackstock Architects partnered to begin constructing the facility.

A large portion of the USA Physicians Group practice — which includes general pediatrics, pediatric subspecialties, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and orthopedic rehabilitation and neurosciences — has relocated to the new building. The property contains 153 patient exam rooms, 16 nurses’ stations, seven educational conference rooms and a new breast and mammography center.

Unique design features include large windows with a visual connection to the Geri Moulton Children’s Park and interior/exterior designs that are similar to other buildings on the campus.

The USA Physicians Group clinical office building is named in honor of Dr. Samuel J. Strada, dean emeritus of the USA College of Medicine, and his late wife, Judy. “We recognize both Dr. Strada and Judy for their collective, indelible impact on the advancement of medicine, as well as their generosity to their community,” USA President Dr. Tony G. Waldrop said.

Comprising 181 academic physicians on faculty at the USA College of Medicine, the USA Physicians Group is the region’s largest multi-specialty practice and the only academic physicians group along the central Gulf Coast

Commercial real estate moves
According to John Vallas, associate broker with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc., some 2,000 square feet of restaurant space was leased by Papa Murphy’s Pizza at the 3764 Airport Blvd. retail area (adjacent to Jason’s Deli), with plans in place to open early summer. Vallas worked for Papa Murphy’s and Amber Dedeaux with Vallas represented the landlord.

Some 3,400 square feet of eatery space was leased by Fort Worth, Texas-based franchise Fuzzy’s Taco Shop inside the 4.5 acre South Landing retail site, located on the corner of Old Shell Road and Long Street across from the University of South Alabama’s main campus. Tim Herrington of Herrington Realty managed the transaction.

JRJ Warehouse & Logistics has leased a 65,000-square-foot office/warehouse building at 1900-B South Broad St. inside the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. JRJ opened for business in January. Mike McAleer with The McAleer Tunstall Company LLC handled the lease.

According to Vallas Realty Inc., a developer paid $975,000 for a 3,120-square-foot building on one acre of land at 25803 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach. Plans are in place to redevelop the property for retail use. 

Per David Milstead with Bellator Realty, some 1,500 square feet of office space was leased by LLM Transport Services at 229 East 20th Ave. in Uptown Plaza.

Mobile Chamber hosting SBA Emerging Leaders 2017
According to news release, SBA Emerging Leaders, an intensive executive entrepreneurial training initiative to accelerate high-potential small business growth, is coming to the Port City. The program will be presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration and co-sponsored by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce to support a coalition of local economic and business development entities.

Over seven months, attendees are required to participate in approximately 40 hours of classroom instruction, generally two three-hour sessions per month. The method primarily employs an instructor-facilitated discussion, as well as subject-matter experts as guest speakers to lend a “real world” perspective.

Additionally, class participants meet and work in smaller CEO peer-mentoring groups for an additional 15 to 20 hours during the training period. Including “homework,” participants can expect to invest approximately 100 hours.

The expectation at the conclusion of the training is for entrepreneurs to have developed a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets that will help them accelerate growth.

The Emerging Leaders advanced training series is open to presidents, managing partners, CEOs, CFOs and COOs of small businesses. There are currently no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Examples of participating businesses include manufacturers, retail/wholesalers, contractors, professional services and food service.

To qualify, a company must: have been in active operation at least three years; have generated for the past three years an average annual revenue of at least $400,000 not to exceed $10 million; and have at least one employee besides the owner(s). Up to 20 small businesses will be accepted for the 2017 Mobile Emerging Leaders program.

The program is provided at no cost to participants and is only for established business owners — not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. For more information about the program, contact Danette Richards, director of small business development at the Mobile Chamber, and/or visit the chamber’s website.

Freeman tapped as manager of Adams and Reese Mobile office
The New Orleans-based Adams and Reese law firm recently tapped transactions attorney Andrew “Andy” Freeman as its new partner in charge of the firm’s Mobile office, which is headquartered in RSA Battle House Tower and home to more than 30 attorneys and staff.

Adams and Reese, a regional multidisciplinary law firm, has 16 partners in charge which lead each of the 16 Adams and Reese offices across the southern U.S. and Washington, D.C.

“Andy is an accomplished transactions attorney and a proven leader within our firm and the Mobile community,” said Britton Bonner, who has locally served in the same capacity office since 2011 and was recently appointed to lead the firm’s Economic Development Practice Team.

“I am honored to be selected to lead the Adams and Reese Mobile office,” Freeman said. “I’m excited to help our office continue its growth in south Alabama as we serve clients across various industries and continue to make a positive impact in our community.”

Freeman earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law; a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in political science from the University of Alabama. He joined Adams and Reese in 2005.

In the Mobile community, Freeman is a board member of the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile and a member of the Mobile Downtown Rotary.