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40 Under 40 - In Central Florida Construction

Each year the Orlando Business Journal shines the spotlight on up and coming Central Florida professionals from all industries, with their popular 40 Under 40 List. They call upon local companies to nominate employees through a detailed submittal process including a 4,500 word or less narrative about the nominee's innovative business accomplishments and strategic business initiatives in the past 12 months, plus any challenges they've overcome or special projects they've led. WPC nominated four of our next generation talent for OBJ's 40 Under 40 list.

Zach Strickland recently completed Rollins College Lakeside Neighborhood Dorms project. This project was completed meeting deadlines and beating the original budget numbers. The projects’ phased move-in deadlines were met providing living space for over 500 of Rollins College’s students. Zach Strickland served as the project manager, managing the schedule, costs, and overall client relations. The project included a 5-story parking garage, pool, café, gym, office space, and other amenities. The project was completed during the COVID-19 lock down, Zach and his team were responsible for ensuring that proper cleaning protocols, temperature readings, and overall safety guidelines were followed during this time allowing the 250+ tradespeople continued workflow. The dorm project is the largest construction project ever in the City of Winter Park.

As many in the construction industry, Jennings faced many adverse conditions from COVID and supply chain delays. The greatest challenge was continuing with the construction of a seven story 110 unit low income housing build with no windows. His project team was able to collaborate to get the project moving with minimal delays and bring the low-income housing apartments to the Orange County Community on schedule. Jennings is now working on the second phase of the project and providing an additional 7 story 96 units of low-income housing to Orange County.

Angelica Matos, says: "For the two years that I have worked for Winter Park construction, my experience entails collaborating with the project team to build two Marriott hotels in Flamingo Crossings on Disney property. The team and I were faced with several challenges that involved including the special requirements of the building department, coordinating delegated engineering, and working with supply chain issues due to the unforeseen pandemic." She continues: "Also, the transition to working remotely was met with its own challenges in having to successfully maintain a strong relationship with my team without being able to coordinate in person. In addition to my day-to-day tasks, I have served as the liaison with the owner’s representative, building officials and the site team to ensure that we were all working towards the same end goal."

Daniel has been actively engaged as part of the WPC management team on several high profile construction projects in 2021. Among them, Buena Vista Palace Convention Center, Kalera Headquarters in Orlando, Kalera Grow Facility in Minnesota, and Union Terminal Warehouse in Jacksonville. Daniel is a central integration point between the WPC internal team, clients, and vendors. He has expertise in development and execution of commercial construction services.

Congratulations to all of our nominees!



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