Winter Park Construction Begins Third Veteran’s Home

09/29/2010

ORLANDO, FL (September 29, 2010) -– Winter Park Construction (WPC), one of Central Florida’s largest and most respected general contractors, (www.wpc.com) has proudly announced the start of construction for its third Orlando area residence to be presented to a disabled U.S. veteran without the burden of a mortgage.

Working in conjunction with the West Orange Habitat for Humanity, WPC serves as the primary general contractor and major partner for Home At Last, a special effort to honor combat-wounded veterans of military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. WPC and a team of over 75 sub-contractors and suppliers have donated their time, services and products to build custom homes in the past two years. The third home – for SGM Patrick Corcoran and his family – is now under construction in Southwest Orange County.

Jeff Forrest, President of Winter Park Construction Explains Jeff Forrest, President of WPC, “When the West Orange Habitat for Humanity saw a need to build ‘disability-friendly’ homes for our wounded vets, we eagerly volunteered to participate in this most important project. Our intention has been to build these homes as a way to say ‘thank you’ for the personal sacrifices they have made while serving our nation. We are extremely proud to direct construction management and serve as the contractors’ point of contact as we work together to help transform the veterans’ dreams of a mortgage-free home into a reality. We believe that the value of these homes is truly priceless. Just ask the new owners.”

The first home was built in 2008 for Sgt. Joshua Cope and his family in Oakland, Florida. The sergeant was injured in Iraq and suffered the loss of both of his legs above the knee. The Home at Last team built the Cope family a 2,300 square foot, custom home with four bedrooms and an exercise room complete with rehabilitation equipment and a screen-enclosed pool in the backyard with therapy jets. The home also includes accessibility features like an ADA master bath with a roll-in shower and tile flooring.

The second Home At Last project was a 2,600-square foot, three-bedroom custom home also in Oakland, delivered to Spec. Marcus Griffin and his family just in time for Christmas in December 2009. The master suite features an amazing custom designed shower and a six foot jetted-tub perfect for Marcus’ therapy. SPC Griffin was a K-9 specialist in the U.S. Army when injured in Iraq in August 2008 by an I.E.D. leaving him wounded with third degree burs on his legs, a titanium plate in his head, severe vision and hearing loss. His canine companion paid the ultimate price and is honored in memoriam in the Griffin’s front yard, where the American flag is proudly flown every day.

Army Sergeant Major Patrick Corcoran is a 23-year U.S. Army veteran with two tours and three deployments to war zones. In 2009, he was severely injured by a 500-pound improvised explosive device, resulting in multiple fractures and head and spinal cord injuries with Patrick now paralyzed him from the waist down. He has endured more than 20 surgeries to repair his broken bones, damaged spine, right foot and treat multiple infections. The new home for the Corcoran family is currently under construction by WPC, the Habitat for Humanity and countless volunteers.

Added Forrest, “These veterans and their families have valiantly served our country! Now it is our opportunity, as a community and a nation, to show appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our desire to continue to be a part of the Home At Last team for many years to come. WPC could not make the American dream of mortgage-free home ownership a reality for these soldiers on our own. We rely heavily on our trade partners who leverage their relationships and buying power with their suppliers who donate most, if not all, of the building materials we need. This is a collaborative effort on the part of WPC, Hensel-Phelps Construction and A.D. Owens Construction companies, our general contractor partners in this philanthropic project to give back to our wounded US. soldiers.”

To contribute to this project, checks or money orders should be made payable to: West Orange Habitat for Humanity and mailed to: P.O. Box 38, Oakland, FL. 34760. Please be sure to indicate your contribution is for “Home At Last 2010″ or you can donate at www.HabitatHomeAtLast.org. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a receipt.

Founded in 1974, Winter Park Construction specializes in the renovation, multi-family, hospitality, commercial, student housing, and senior living markets. WPC has completed projects all over the United States and Mexico. As one of Central Florida’s largest local construction/general contractor companies, WPC has completed over one billion square feet of construction work. For more information, visit www.wpc.com.

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