Industry Expertise - Building and Construction Southeast

02/11/2010

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., covers approximately 47 square miles, making it roughly the size of San Francisco – or two Manhattan Islands combined. For those traveling to Orlando on vacation, there is hardly a lack of entertainment, recreational activities or tourist attractions to choose from. Deciding what to do presents overwhelming possibilities, so when it comes to deciding where to stay among Orlando’s countless hotels and condos, choosing accommodations can be downright complicated.

Therefore, companies like Winter Park Construction (WPC), a Florida-based general contractor with a diverse property portfolio in Orlando, must work twice as hard to make its multi-unit building projects stand out in Florida’s bustling cities. To maintain its current recognition and success, the company says its must not just meet its clients’ expectations, but exceed them, as well.

WPC emphasizes principles of efficiency and constructability when considering the construction and design of projects such as Vacation Village at Parkway. The company is the general contractor for a three-level parking garage and two resort buildings, which account for 772 of the Village’s 2,000 units. The entire space will include 18 buildings, each with its own pool.

At the intersection of Interstate 4 and U.S. 192 in Kissimmee, Fla., Vacation Village on Parkway is located in the busy heart of Orlando’s tourist attractions and entertainment and just minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Guests have convenient access to popular area attractions such as:

  • Disney-MGM Studios
  • The Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Universal Studios Orlando
  • Kennedy Space Center

Each two-bedroom suite in the Village will be 1,500 square feet and decorated in West Indies décor, with ceramic tile and carpeted floors. The suites also will be equipped with luxury features such as Jacuzzi tubs, oversized walk-in showers and spacious sitting areas.

Vacation Village Resorts is one of the top-six vacation ownership companies in the world. In addition to Vacation Village at Parkway, the family of resorts includes other national properties such as The Cliffs at Peace Canyon, The Grandview at Las Vegas, Mizner Place at Weston Town Center, Vacation Village in the Berkshires, and the newest resort at The Colonies at Williamsburg.

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Founded in 1974, Winter Park Construction has developed a management team of skilled industry professionals with impressive construction experience. WPC chairman and CEO Tracy S. Forrest and President and COO Jeffrey Forest both have extensive backgrounds in the construction industry, with 41 years and 31 years of experience, respectively. Both men received education from the Harvard Business School. WPC’s vice president and field operations manager also can each claim 34 and 22 years of industry experience.

Industry know-how and the expertise of its diverse team allows the WPC to anticipate challenges and make decisions to help cut costs for clients, the company explains.

Ranked in the top-400 contractors by Engineering News-Record – moving up from 343 in 2008 to 334 in 2009 – WPC has created a reputation for emphasizing environmental responsibility and excellent customer service as part of its high standard of responsive performance. The company acknowledges the importance of initiating on-the-job training, safety and recycling programs for its employees. These kinds of business practices may be why 80 percent of WPC’s work comes from repeat business. “Success is measured in many ways, but none is more important than the reputation you create by doing the right thing when and where you say you will,” the company says.

With its knowledgeable staff, WPC is able to take on a variety of projects, including commercial, student housing, hotels and resorts, specialized living facilities, renovation and multifamily contracting. In all of its business, WPC aims to serve as the eyes and ears for owners – such as Lando Resorts Corp., which owns Vacation Village at Parkway – throughout the preconstruction and construction process. In its mission, the company explains the advantage of handling all aspects of construction management. “By making a single entity responsible for overall construction management, owners benefit in important areas such as minimized risk, reduced cost and timely delivery,” the company explains.

In its Florida portfolio, WPC has completed 10,000 timeshare units and 20,000 apartment units – approximately 1.5 billion square feet of space.

Other notable projects by WPC in the Orlando and Kissimmee areas include:

  • Tuscany Village Clubhouse and Preview Center for Hilton Hotels Corp. – 768 units
  • Orange Lake Resort and Country Club for Orange Lake Country Club Inc. – 1,262 units
  • World Chevrolet Geo for Chevrolet World Inc.
  • Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club for Tempus Palms Internations Ltd. – 692 units

The company frequently works with the same architects on its projects. For example, the architect for the Tuscany Village project in Orlando was Fugleberg Koch Architects, the same architect used for Vacation Village at Parkway. Many of WPC’s partners share its commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices and programs. Both firms em­phasizes its focus on green practices.

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