SUN PHOTO/LAURIE KROSNEY
Mike McCaleb, with a bachelors degree in architecture
and a masters in construction, is an expert
in coastal design and construction.
By Laurie Krosney
sun staff writer
Architect Mike McCaleb provides full-service design and
construction for Island building projects.
The Holmes Beach resident has been designing and overseeing
projects in all three Island cities for the past six years.
He specializes in new construction, condominium complexes,
commercial structures, larger remodeling projects and
waterfront projects. McCaleb can also take an owner through
a 50 percent remodel project.
"We know how to deal with all the regulation issues
that concern each Island site, whether flooding, wind
loads or anything else relating to that unique location,"
McCaleb, a pilot in the Vietnam War, went to school on
the GI Bill. He secured a bachelors degree in architecture
and a masters in construction, making it possible
for him to provide an entire package of professional services.
He said hes a Florida Gator all the way.
His wife, Melanie, a former marketing professional, provides
the AutoCAD designs and does the office management.
McCaleb relocated to Anna Maria Island about seven years
ago and has been providing architectural services ever
since. He said he usually has between six and eight projects
underway at any given time.
"Sometimes getting through all the hoops of the regulations
the state, federal and local governments place on properties
on this barrier Island can be confusing and complicated,"
McCaleb said. "Thats one area where we can
really help. We know whats required and we know
how to work with what a client wants so that the clients
needs and the regulatory requirements mesh."
McCaleb loves the work.
"Its great to be involved from the front end,
setting up the project from the beginning," he said.
"You search into the clients mind to really
find out what they want and then develop the scope of
There are a couple of big projects currently underway.
A Gulffront two-condo building just north of the Bamboo
Club in Bradenton Beach is being built on Gulf Drive.
Another is a condominium project on the "S"
curve on Gulf Drive just south of the Manatee County Public
Another pet project McCaleb has been working on is a hurricane
tie down system.
"We live in an older, ground level Florida home,"
McCaleb said. "This tie down system gives me peace
of mind. I know my house is going to be there."
McCaleb drives anchors deep into the soil. There are also
fasteners at the roof. The fasteners dont really
show and have to be pointed out before you know they are
"When a storm threatens, you just put on straps and
ratchet them down," McCaleb said. "That way
the room will stay secure even in heavy winds."
The tie down system is explained in McCalebs blog
on his Web site as is a full profile of McCalebs
work on the Island.
The web address is www.mccalebarchitect.com.