Design + Build with Heart + Soul

What we do

Wessel Construction builds extraordinary places to help you achieve your goals, realize your dreams and reach your potential. We can help you design, construct, expand and elevate your space for investment, work, worship or expression. And for the past 25 years, we’ve been serving our community by creating and building projects in medical, retail, performing arts, senior housing, religious and clubhouses in and around the Sarasota region.

So, talk with our industry partners. Chat with clients who’ve become friends over the years. Furthermore, view our project portfolio and read the endorsements here on the site. Regardless of your project’s size and complexity, let’s get together and discuss what we can do for you.

How we do it

Wessel believes in the power of teamwork. Which means we not only invest our construction capabilities into your project, we personally invest in you. Our collaborative approach ensures that you know what’s happening throughout the project process, and we’ll share our expertise so you make the informed decisions that serve you best long after the project is done.

NO SURPRISES

Our process is straightforward and effective so you can stay focused on your day-to-day business. In addition, we deliver what we promise—on time, within budget and without surprises. Wessel Construction manages in a candid, disciplined and professional way and we treat you with the respect you deserve. After all, that’s exactly how we’d like to be treated.

Wessel Construction leadership

A lineup of widely diverse expertise and experience, the Wessel team is refreshingly open, competent and creative in guiding even the most complex or customized commercial construction project. Our folks listen to understand your needs, preferences and vision. As a result, we consult, communicate and collaborate openly. Because we care, our client’s best interests are always our top priority.

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Tom Wessel

Founder, Wessel Construction

Mention Tom Wessel around Sarasota and you’ll get lots of smiles—and more than a few great stories. An affable business owner and entrepreneur, Tom built a “who’s who” roster of clients over 25 years.

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Beginning his career in 1978 as a CPA, Tom helped businesses reach their financial goals. In doing so, he gained expertise and passion for real estate development and construction.

Wessel Construction launched in 1992 with the idea that the company could build smarter. Applying his finance expertise, entrepreneurial experience and work ethic, Wessel developed a reputation of transparency, cost control, open communication, professionalism and integrity. Tom’s project stewardship approach instills confidence in all who work with him—translating into a higher level of construction quality and client experience.

He’s recognized by the Green Building Certification Association as a LEED Green Associate, and holds memberships in the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, the Argus Foundation and Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. He’s past president of the Greater Sarasota Sertoma Club and was a Founding Board Member of The Great Outdoors Conservancy.

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Steve Kelle

Licensed General Contractor

Steve Kelle has spent two decades providing design/build project management, where he’s accumulated work that exceeds $150 million in construction value.

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His area of specialty includes religious facilities and senior housing—with more than 120 projects delivered, from minor renovations to full master campus planning.

Before joining Wessel, he held an executive post at one of Architectural Record’s “Top Design Firms in the United States.” For 12 years, that firm worked with Wessel Construction—so Tom Wessel knew he was building smarter when Steve was hired in 2015.

At Wessel Construction, Steve wears many hats—and that suits him just fine. He thrives in an environment where each project offers a unique set of challenges, resources and relationships. His keen observations, creative thinking and business acumen developed from professional experience and also his advanced education. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Everglades University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Argosy University.

You’ll find that Steve goes above and beyond every chance he gets. He considers it a fair trade with the industry that’s given so much to him.

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  • We are delighted the way our new church turned out. I am grateful that your firm decided to become our construction manager and general contractor. I found that all members of your team took great pride in their work and reputation. If anyone is considering building a church facility, I recommend that they do themselves a favor and call and have a visit with you and your team. We love you guys!

    Executive Pastor Bayside Community Church
  • The company and Steve were pleasant to work with to the point that we actually enjoyed when Steve came on-site, which happened regularly. He thoroughly explained each step of the construction, what was needed to get over a bump, and was willing to give us estimated time frames for each step along the way. Given that we had to schedule the work around a school program and religious holidays, Steve respected our needs and made every accommodation without hesitation.

    Sue Huntting School Director, Temple Sinai
  • I write this letter to recommend Wessel Construction Company. They have a great team and were willing to work with us and make accommodations throughout the build process. They helped us in trying to reduce cost and were accessible to us whenever we needed their assistance. We would not hesitate to hire them again.

    Dr. Dwain Kitchens Senior Pastor, The Tabernacle Church
  • Your team’s dedication to excellence and professionalism truly exceeded our expectations. They paid careful attention to every detail and intricacy outline in the plans, ensuring that the final result was a true reflection of our vision for the space. The quality of workmanship was exemplary. Despite encountering some unique challenges during the project, your team demonstrated resilience and resourcefulness in effectively addressing them. I wholeheartedly recommend Wessel Construction to any potential clients seeking excellence in construction services.

    Dr. Marineyda Oyola Sarasota Endodontics
  • Wessel Construction demonstrated high levels of professionalism, integrity, and commitment. Their approach to project management was meticulous and transparent, ensuring that we were informed and involved in every decision. They were always responsive and receptive to our needs, making what could have been a stressful undertaking a seamless and positive experience. I can confidently recommend Wessel Construction to any firm looking for a dedicated and skilled general contractor. They are guaranteed to deliver a final product that is of the highest quality.

    Iwan Griffiths Vice President, Vesta Equity
  • Wessel’s team fostered open communication channels, keeping us appraised of progress, addressing any concerns promptly, and ensuring a smooth and collaborative working relationship. The project manager, Jen Smith, and superintendent, Nick Hrovat, played integral roles in the success of the projects. We at TDN have been thoroughly impressed with Wessel Construction’s expertise, professionalism, and commitment to excellence.

    Ryan McLean Director of Operations, Today’s Dental Network
  • Both dental practices you built for me were fantastic. I have never had to ask you to come back for any issues, and your craftmanship has always been above and beyond. I also appreciate the integrity, professionalism and honesty you have shown while working with me over the years. Even in times of haste, you were very accommodating and were able to meet deadlines without sacrifice on quality. I always recommend you to those in need because I know you can be counted on.

    Dr. Ginger Webb Chasolen, D.D.S.
  • Our experience with Wessel Construction was great from the start. After meeting with a few builders in the area we felt most comfortable with Steve Kelle and his team. We selected Wessel as our contractor to erect a new warehouse building in Manatee County. From the very beginning Steve was very responsive to all questions and really assisted in our discussions with the county and sub-contractors. During the construction process we dealt with a hurricane delay, material delays from exiting the pandemic and county delays. Wessel did a great job of managing the construction and kept us informed of the status along the way. Steve and his team always responded with answers and we never felt ignored. I highly recommend Wessel for all of your construction needs.

    Michael Guidoboni Owner, Spectrum Custom Molds & Manufacturing