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  1. Watertight with WPC’s Seal the Box

    July 10, 2012 by Jeff Forrest

    I’d like thank you for the comments from last month’s blog. I appreciate everyone’s feedback and enjoyed some of your own rants, as well.

    I’m writing this month’s blog from an airplane at 38,000 feet with Charlie Cecil, head of our Renovations & Special Projects Division, as we head to Vegas for meetings on a new project in the west. Charlie and his team have been busy in many parts of the country making old things new again and it’s exciting to be part of these projects.

    It’s hurricane season and this time of the year always makes us worry a little. No matter how well prepared you are, Mother Nature can do some serious damage as we have seen throughout the country. One of WPC’s selling points is our experience with water intrusion and the efforts we make in order to prevent it when building new projects.

    I’ve said it many times that we’ve made our fair share of mistakes, but we’ve learned from all (or most) of them. Those lessons are constantly being communicated, especially in the form of our Seal the Box program. This program is a compilation of processes and details focused on preventing Mother Nature from doing damage and we are very proud of how well we’ve executed this program.

    Experienced developers know full well the importance of implementing these types of processes. Developers that are new to geographical markets that can be affected by torrential rains appreciate what we bring to the table. Without question, our Seal the Box program makes everyone sleep better at night and infuses a long-term difference in the value of our projects.

    I hope everyone enjoys his or her summer and we all enjoy another mild hurricane season.


  2. Stay Calm and Carry On

    July 20, 2011 by Jeff Forrest

    Stay Calm and Carry On

    Recently I was asked how our company has survived during this economic downturn and its lack of opportunities in our industry. When reflecting on the last couple of years, I believe it has less to do with what practices enabled us to merely stay afloat, and more of what attributes our company possesses that have always set us apart. What is it that we do that continues to inspire us in times of uncertainty?

    Much of it has to do with innovative thinking and a switch in focus. We channeled most of our sales and marketing efforts into renovations rather than new construction. It was an opportunity to enhance and perfect familiar projects while also helping set up our clients for success. It was a decision that paid off, as were able to complete more than $7 million in timeshare resort renovations during 2010.

    However, we believe that what defines us is something deeper. It’s about going “beyond the blueprint”. This workplace focuses on BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. During the past few years, while timeshare construction was barely moving, we were given opportunities to build alliances with other general contractors from all over the country, which allowed us to geographically broaden our capabilities for future projects. We continue to be dedicated to building projects that are carefully and strategically planned from the ground up. Remaining focused on the quality of our work, rather than quantity, strengthens our relationships with our clients.

    WPC’s philosophy of “do the right thing, every time” stands true, especially during times when work is less abundant. Our strong mission, combined with our conservative mentality and continuous positive attitude, sustained us during a stressful financial period. We believe it is important to be patient and optimistic, because eventually new construction will return.