Case Studies

Winmar Construction Inc.

Quality General Contractors along the East Coast

Winmar Construction Inc. (WCI) was in 2003 as a commercial contractor serving clients in a number of sectors. The business has grown steadily over the years, building lasting relationships along the way. Edwin Villegas, founder president and CEO of WCI, continues to work closely with Jason Wilt, vice president of preconstruction services. Wilt has been with the company for eight years and leads a team of project developers to plan out efficient operations that will offer expedient and quality service throughout an upcoming project.

The contractor specializes in commercial interior construction, as well as hospitality construction. WCI takes a unique approach to general contractor service that revolves around collaboration.

Before the start of every project, Jason and his team members work through a client’s operational and spatial needs in order to design a project and finished product that work for everyone. A strong commitment to client experience and quality work sets WCI apart from other contractors in the region.

Like many of the officers and employees at WCI, Wilt comes from a unique background that has helped him offer improved service to customers. He has been in the industry for nearly 20 years and worked previously as a designer. Wilt’s experience allows him an advantage in a company that works closely with strategic partners in design.

A Broad Reach

WCI works up and down the Eastern Seaboard, with geographic footprint concentrated around each location. The company has two offices, with experienced management and staff working out of Washington, D.C. and Miami. There are 28 employees in each location, working to make new connections and nurture existing client relationships.

These project managers and superintendents act as a liaison between owners and the contractors on site. Throughout all phases of the project, WCI representatives coordinate scheduling, budgeting, design and performance. Regardless of size, strong leadership and management is abundant on every WCI worksite. Project sizes range from small salons and restaurants all the way up to major corporate headquarters offices.

WCI’s recent and repeating clients include Walgreens and Living Social among other big corporate names. “We redid the flagship Walgreens in Washington D.C., which is 22,000 square feet of work,” says Wilt. “We also did Living Social’s headquarters.”

The Living Social office involved a heavy restoration of the historical building, which affected six floors and the basement. Working closely with interior architects, WCI turned over roughly 27,000 square feet with new features and finishes.

The team has also recently been involved in a number of hospitality projects, including work at the Wyndham Grand Shelbourne Hotel in Miami. The project was a $20 million major restoration of the historic hotel on the beach. Originally constructed in the 1940s, WCI worked closely with owners to maintain historical integrity while offering modern updates to interiors and technological capacity.

Strong Connections

WCI’s connections with clients have helped immensely in keeping the business ahead throughout the recession. “We are a boutique general contractor,” Wilt explains. “We seek out legacy clients, not just transaction work. We do not perform any hard bid work and a lot of our work is residual through our repeat contracts. Our relationships are important to the success of this business so maintaining those is our priority.”

When Villegas founded the business, his intent was to build and preserve a growing positive reputation in the industry; his team maintains a strong commitment to serving owner and client needs.

The operative concept behind every contract is building a partnership allowing owners and clients to stay involved throughout the process. According to Willegas, better-informed clients with more say in how a project comes together are happier with the outcome. The company philosophy stands that if clients succeed so does WCI. When both parties accomplish mutual goals on time, under cost and to the high standards both parties demand, both the customer and the contractor have a successful project.

WCI is built on and continues to grow upon a collaborative platform. With a strong portfolio and a Rolodex of happy customers, the business has a number of unique and complex projects coming down the pipeline. In the coming years, Wilt expects his team to keep building upon existing relationships as the business expands geographically to new markets within the United States.

After a decade in business, the company is well set for longevity in the market. The business continues to exceed expectations with high-quality, award-winning projects around the region. Villegas and Wilt have proven time and again that customer experience counts, a principle that has become apparent on each individual project in the company’s portfolio. By working together with strategic partners and clients, Winmar Construction Inc. is accomplishing great things.

Published on: February 12, 2014

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