ORLANDO, FL (April 7, 2010) –- The residents of two public housing complexes in the Lakeland, Florida area will soon benefit from an extreme makeover due in part to the stimulus packaged approved by Congress last February to kick start the economy and to Winter Park Construction, (WPC) one of Central Florida’s largest and most respected general contractors.
The Lakeland Housing Authority of the City of Lakeland, Florida has recently awarded Winter Park Construction contracts to handle a total refurbishment of more than $12 million at two of its low-income housing projects, Paul Colton Villas and Bonnet Shores.
Located on the west side of Lakeland on Lake Bonnet, Bonnet Shores includes 75 two- and three-bedroom brick duplex units. Paul Colton Villas is an expansive property in a rural setting with 72 similar-sized units and located just outside the city limits. Both were originally built in 1981-82.
According to WPC veteran Mickey Duclos (pictured), Project Manager for the housing complex projects, work is scheduled to begin in April 2010 with completion in December 2010. The interiors of the Colton buildings will be completely demolished with WPC stepping in to provide total floor-to-ceiling renovation work. At Bonnet Shores, WPC will also handle the demo work.
Winter Park Construction will install new cabinets, plumbing and other fixtures, flooring, central heating and air systems, courtesy of roughly $13 million in Federal stimulus money available to the Lakeland Housing Authority. Additional enhancements will include window and roof replacement, some site and landscape renovation, as well as curb and paving repair.
Jeff Forrest, President of Winter Park Construction, added that the contract was awarded as a result of a hard bid process. “In our 36 year history, we have completed countless renovations jobs and each one is unique. It takes a certain skill set to undertake projects like these and WPC has the experience necessary to execute excellence in this market.”
Founded in 1974, Winter Park Construction specializes in the renovation of multi-family, hospitality, commercial, student housing, and senior living markets. WPC has completed projects all over the United States and Mexico.
The Orlando Business Journal has ranked Winter Park Construction one of Central Florida’s largest local construction/general contractor companies. With revenues exceeding $200 million, Winter Park Construction has completed over one billion square feet of construction work including over 10,000 timeshare units and 30,000 units in the multi-family sectors. Over 40% of the operations staff with management responsibilities are LEED accredited. For more information, visit www.wpc.com
For Additional Information
Contact Jeff Forrest at 407-644-8923
SOURCE: Winter Park Construction