is not (just) art.

It’s not something to be hung on a wall and admired. Great architecture is only great if it works for the people who use it. And that’s the key to Contempo’s philosophy.

For us, architecture is a thoughtful, collaborative process that involves lifestyle analysis and problem-solving. How do you live? How do you work? How can your surroundings make your life and/or your work easier? More efficient? More pleasurable?

Better living. That’s the goal we strive to achieve with each project we take on. How do we define better living? We find out how you define it by listening to what you have to say. And then come up with a solution that makes your dream come to life.

Juan Carlos Herrera

Juan is Contempo’s President. He brings to this position a strong background in architecture and construction, including work in both single and multi-unit residential architecture, construction and development.

With more than 17 years in the fields of architecture and construction, Juan is a visionary who is committed to taking every project to a higher level than what is expected. Though he thrives on the creative side of the business, his intergrity, professionalism, problem solving abilities and commitment to securing the best deal for the client has helped to establish his firm to win repeat referals.

Juan received his BA in Architecture with Honors from Universidad de San Buenaventura in Colombia. He is a Licensed General Contractor, LEED Accredited Professional and a Licensed Real Estate Agent. In addition, he holds a Florida Solar Energy Center Photovoltaic System Design Certification and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Gerald Belgrave

Gerald is Contempo's Architect of Record and Qualifier. He specializes in residential architecture and interior design, focusing on projects that include hospitality, tenant improvement and multi-family homes. He received his Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois in 1986 and has been registered since 1995.


Project: Dunn's Residence. Scope:

Architecture and Construction for a Single-Family Home of 2,940 SF/AC and 4,167SF Total

"My wife and I bought a lot on which to build our retirement dream house. I interviewed several contractors and Juan Carlos Herrera, Contempo's owner, stood out with regard to being ready for our interview, showing us that he could do the job right, and also with his enthusiasm for taking on the job. I had some very specific requirements with regard to storm resistance and energy efficiency, and Juan Carlos, who also has a degree in architecture, worked with the architect and engineer of record to be sure that our requirements were met. Juan has experience with both standard CBS block and Insulated Concrete Form methods of construction. We chose ICF construction.

Building an entire house is a very complicated process. I found myself grateful throughout that process that Juan Carlos knows what he is doing. His attention to details, both large and small, was comforting. He also was very responsive to my frequent emails and phone calls with questions about details and processes. He never showed impatience with my fussiness.

Juan Carlos's philosophy about building a house is that something should be happening every day. As a result, the time from ground-breaking to CO was only 7 months. Contempo didn't promise this up-front because of uncontrollable variables with regard to both materials and labor, but Juan worked closely with his subcontractors to keep the job moving forward. I can recommend Juan Carlos Herrera and Contempo Construction without reservation."

-  James and Maggie Dunn.

Project: Bowles's Residence. Scope:

Architecture and Construction for a Single Family Home of2,244 SF/AC and 2,738 SF Total

"My fiancé and I built a house with Contempo Construction. This was our first new construction project and am happy to say that everything went very smooth. The team guided us every step of the way to ensure a great outcome. Even with minor issues after the build was complete, they came back out to correct any issues we raised. We are thrilled with our home. " - David Bowles.

Project: Rios Addition, Scope:

Construction for a Two Story Addition to a Single Family Home.

"Juan Carlos Herrera is a fantastic contractor and we are so happy to have him leading our team. We were quite discouraged after encountering many road blocks during the initial planning of our home addition, almost to the point of abandoning the project entirely, however, things abruptly changed for the better when we brought Juan Carlos aboard. He has a very solutions-oriented approach with a natural inclination to solve problems both creatively and efficiently. His background in architecture is apparent throughout his work as he has a solid understanding of the entire scope of the construction process from start to finish and is able to foresee problems before they occur. He has been very effective in saving us thousands of dollars without compromising on quality - one of the many reasons why we feel that he is truly a valuable asset. He's a great listener, always fast to respond and is very thorough when answering questions and explaining various technical details. In addition to being excellent at his job, Juan Carlos is a pleasure to be around due to his positive attitude and good sense of humor. We can't stress enough how pleased we are to be working with him and we would whole heartedly recommend Juan Carlos Herrera for any type of construction project."

- Mario & Laurie Rios"