Ampersand Construction located in Sarasota, Florida was founded in 2004 with a mission to offer exceptional quality construction and remodeling services. In the 14 years since its inception Ampersand Construction has not only flourished throughout the economic downturn but has come out as one of the elite custom home builders in Sarasota.


Working directly with local architects, engineers and designers, we are able achieve and deliver a more highly refined home to the most discerning of clients. Our experience includes whole home renovations, residential investment and speculation opportunities, and multi-million dollar, waterfront home construction on the shores of Siesta Key, Bay Isle and Bird Key as well as the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Sarasota.

Our Team

Allan Livesey
Founding Partner / Business Administration

After receiving a BA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Urban and Regional Planning Allan studied architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California.
His industry work experience includes two years with San Francisco-based firm, Holt Hinshaw Architects, which he left due to a desire to merge design with the more pragmatic side of residential construction. As a result, Ampersand Construction was created. Allan resides in Sarasota with his wife and daughter; retaining his contracting licenses in both Florida and California, as well as having his Florida Real Estate License.

John E. Hermansen
Partner / Director of Business Development and Owners Representative


John Hermansen earned an MS/MBA from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2002 and has a BA from Rollins College in International Political Economy, with minors in Business Administration, French and German. After working in Paris and Oslo for a number of years as a maritime broker, John reconnected with longtime friend Allan Livesey, in Sarasota in 2003 to start to explore opportunities in real estate development and residential construction. John brings more than twenty years experience in Business Development and Real Estate Investment. His primary business focus has been and continues to be centered around Sarasota and Brevard counties. John has been a Sarasota resident since 2003 and is an active member at the Sarasota Yacht Club now living on Siesta Key with his wife and son.

Stewart Bennett
Partner / Director of Projects


Stewart Bennett is a graduate of the University of Florida. He attended the School of Life Sciences for his undergraduate degree and the Rinker School of Construction for his Graduate Degree in Construction Management. After gaining experience in commercial construction he acted as an Owner’s Representative and Project Manager on luxury water front homes stretching from Sarasota to Ocean Reef, Florida. He joined the Ampersand team in 2012 bringing with him more than 10 years of construction experience and his commercial contracting license.

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Our Address.

650 Central Ave. #1
Sarasota, FL 34236