I was asked recently what I did for a living. I started to say that I’m a builder. Instead I said that I provide places for people to live, be cared for, go on vacation and raise families and I do it at a company that has amazing people who truly care about what they are doing. I said that when we are finished building a project, that we are proud of how we worked to make sure we did the best job possible and that everyone involved will remember having a great experience. The answer to the question what we do… should be why we do it. We do it because we want people to enjoy every part of the building process from the moment they meet us, while we’re building it, to the time someone lives, works or plays in or on our project and many years beyond.
That answer was galvanized in my brain and my heart last week when I attended the ribbon cutting for the first home competed at our Heroes Manor project at Camp Lejeune. Phase I of Heroes Manor is a military housing project on the Marine base in North Carolina consisting of 120 duplex buildings (240 units). Although on the Marine base, WPC is working for Lincoln Military Housing, a subsidiary of Lincoln properties.
A young Marine, his wife, and their 3-week-old baby are the first occupants of the home and were there to commemorate the completion by cutting the ribbon along with Base Commanding Officer Colonel Daniel Lecce. (If you want the definition of a true leader and outstanding Marine, all you have to do is shake the hand of Colonel Lecce and listen to him speak. I almost enlisted on the spot.) The young Marine will be heading on his first tour of duty to the Middle East within a few weeks but he will rest easy knowing that his wife and new baby will be safe and sound living in a wonderful new home built with pride by WPC. As an added pat on the back to the workers on site, both Lincoln staff and the base staff stated, “this is the best quality they’ve seen on any of the military housing projects they’ve been involved with” and “WPC has set a new standard of quality for our projects.”
What do I do for a living? That question was answered with the smile of that young family as they walked into their home.