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Simulation Expansion Under Way

Maritime Professional Training Announces GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR

25,000-Square-Foot FACILITY Expansion AT Fort Lauderdale Campus

Gulf Building Corp. to oversee construction of $5 million expansion project that will effectively double the school’s size and attract more students from all over the world to Fort Lauderdale for training and certification


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (September 29, 2014) – Maritime Professional Training (MPT)—the largest private maritime training school in the nation—today announced the selection of Fort Lauderdale-based Gulf Building Corp. as the general contractor for the construction of its planned 25,000-square-foot facility expansion at its Fort Lauderdale campus.


“We are pleased to have such an esteemed, highly-reputable contractor as Gulf Building Corp. in place to help us carry out our vision for this new facility,” said Captain Ted Morley, COO of Maritime Professional Training. "This expansion builds on our current SMART Campus simulation facility, bringing the latest technology for deck and engine room simulation to the industry. It represents the most state-of-the-art simulation in the country, and the fact that we are locating it in South Florida is a testament to our commitment to the marine industry here."


MPT is the largest private maritime training school in the United States and serves more than 10,000 students per year, providing training for mariners pursuing careers in both the commercial and yachting maritime industries. The school first announced its plans in July for the $5 million expansion project, which will effectively double the size of the school’s campus, and will include more classrooms and maritime simulation technology. The entire facility is expected to take four months to complete, with construction scheduled to begin at the end of this month.


“We are thrilled to have been selected to oversee such an exciting new project that will benefit and enhance the City of Fort Lauderdale and local community,” said John Scherer, owner and president, Gulf Building Corp. “We look forward to working with Ted and the rest of the professional staff at MPT in bringing their vision to life.”


MPT will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, October 13, 2014 beginning at 5:30pm during a VIP reception at its Fort Lauderdale campus, located at 1915 S. Andrews Avenue. Representatives from Gulf Building Corp. along with Mayor Jack Seiler, additional city officials and local industry leaders will join MPT to celebrate this important milestone, as the school continues its efforts to bring more aspiring mariners to the City of Fort Lauderdale to pursue their training and certification.


Students come from all over the world and typically stay from a week to six months for classes. Prices for courses, many of which are designed for continuing education, range from $100 up to $20,000. The expansion will bring its total training space to about 61,000 square feet, which includes a simulation center off State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale. The school's expansion also will benefit the local economy as many of its students and their families stay in hotels and frequent local restaurants, retailers and businesses during the duration of their stay.


"Since we opened our doors over 30 years ago, an increasing number of aspiring maritime professionals have trusted MPT with their training and certification needs,” added Morley. “This facility will allow us to train more students in the commercial and yachting industries, ultimately benefiting the local economy and maritime industry in Fort Lauderdale as a whole. This project has received tremendous support from the community, and we're anxious to get the construction underway."



About MPT

Maritime Professional Training (MPT) is the largest private maritime training school in the United States and serves more than 10,000 students per year, providing training for mariners pursuing careers in both the commercial and yachting maritime industries. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, five minutes from Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, MPT is the most complete full-service maritime school in the country. Since 1983, under the direction of the Morley family for two generations, the family-owned and operated school has trained thousands of commercial mariners, yachting professionals, and enthusiasts for over 30 years. This longtime experience has enabled MPT to develop programs that are success-oriented, with unbeatable pass rates, as well as being cost and time efficient. MPT offers all levels of certification, license and document study programs, many of which offer in-school testing, are USCG-Approved and are recognized by many foreign administrations. Training programs are designed to meet and exceed IMO standards and are fully STCW Compliant. The Fort Lauderdale based campuses host over 45,000 square feet of classrooms, deck, and engineering training labs. Training programs also take place at the MPT SMART Simulation Center, Marine Tech Shipboard Firefighting Site, Sea Survival Training Facility, and onboard the MPT Fleet of Training vessels. MPT’s main campus and offices are located at 1915 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, call (954) 525-1014 or visit


About Gulf Building Corp.

Gulf Building Corp. is a Fort Lauderdale-based commercial construction company founded in 1991 with the goal of providing top-quality construction. Specializing in General Contracting, Construction Management and Architectural Design, Gulf’s comprehensive services are tailored to the unique individual needs of each client. The company has built an industry-wide reputation for its experience and integrity, as well as for its responsiveness and ability to deliver high-quality projects that are completed on time and within budget. Using state-of-the-art technology, Gulf ensures all project scheduling and budgeting is kept up-to-date and communicated to the client. Services offered by Gulf include pre-construction, pre-design, architecture, general contracting and construction management, from shell construction to complete design/build and renovation projects. Gulf’s diverse portfolio of new and renovation construction includes hotels, medical, office and professional, educational, residential, retail, industrial and governmental. Gulf Building Corp. is located at 633 South Federal Highway, Fifth Floor in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, call (954) 492-9191 or visit