Wycoff Development & Construction LLC
- Written by: Jeanee Dudley
- Produced by: Kyle Gahm
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
Wycoff Development & Construction LLC (WDC) has been in business since 1984. For more than three decades, the company has been providing a strong set of design-build services for end user applications. The design-build team includes engineers, architects and designers, working closely with clients to create ground-up buildings that suit diverse customer needs while offering major value.
Founder John Wycoff’s leadership style and experience in the industry, combined with a strong staff base, creates a solid foundation for successful client relationships. WDC employs approximately 20 people, including preconstruction and design professionals, as well as project managers who work with a network of reliable subcontractors in the field.
“The company has been successfully building in Southeast Houston for over 30 years,” recounts Ross Wycoff, vice president of WDC. “We started in residential construction and moved into commercial. Today we strictly focus on commercial work, performing steel, concrete and tilt-up projects. We have completed a vast scope of projects, ranging from retail shopping centers and multi-tenant office buildings to distribution and warehousing facilities to multi-site developments.”
As a design-build company, WDC offers turnkey solutions that help guide clients from site feasibility to completion. “Many of our client’s utilize our knowledge from the very beginning when trying to determine the best site to fit their needs,” Ross notes. “We help through the whole building process.” The team has established a niche in end user built-to-suit spaces. The company exclusively performs design-build projects; building distinct structures and spaces from the ground up for a broad range of clients, most of whom are repeat customers.
The company operates from two offices, serving the greater Houston area, one in the central business district and another in Clear Lake to the southeast. Over the years, WDC has turned over major development projects throughout the region. Recent projects include commercial work, industrial projects and real estate development initiatives.
“Our annual workload, averaging between 200,000 and 250,000 square feet, allows us to continue to be an active developer in the market yet keeps us nimble and aggressive without getting inefficient and complacent,” Ross explains.
The crew recently completed a 20-acre business park development in League City, Texas. The buildings range from 5,000 to 30,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. The project took two years from start date to completion. WDC is working on another development in Deer Park, Texas. The 15-acre site offers office and warehouse buildings ranging from 5,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet. WDC also recently built a 15,000-square foot medical office building in Pasadena, Texas. The facility houses multiple doctors’ offices in a single building.
As a business that works so closely with clients, relationships have been vital to WDC’s success in the market. The team works primarily with repeat clients, leveraging strong strategic partners to turn around value-oriented work that meets or exceeds expectations.
“We self perform items such as concrete and site work because we have found we can find substantial cost savings in these areas that can be passed onto our clients,” Ross clarifies. “But we also have subcontractors that we have worked closely with over the years. These include our mechanical contractor, who has been with us for over 20 years, our electrical contractor who we have worked with for over 25 years and our plumbing contractor for over 15 years. These subcontractors know we will supply them with a steady stream of work as we have done in the past and we work together to give our clients the best prices possible.”
Ross notes that the relationships he and his team have with these subcontractors have been integral to the company’s ability to get through the recession without much trouble. “We were not hit to the degree of some of the larger companies,” he explains. “We saw a leveling in growth, but not where we lost overhead or workforce. Our partners knew we were here and still doing work and we worked together to cut costs where we could. It also helped to have such a strong group of repeat clients who continued to look to us for their building needs.”
Looking ahead, Ross foresees his relationships with clients and partners growing. WDC is expanding steadily and with that growth comes a strong line of projects down the pipeline. Currently, the team is ramping up for another big development project. The plans are together and the crew has broken ground on an 11-acre business park in Webster, Texas. The site will combine office space, warehousing and medical office facilities in one project.
“We see the business continuing to grow throughout the region,” Ross says. “We are proud of what we have accomplished through our relationships. We gauge our success on client satisfaction and return business. We produce those results alongside our partners in the construction industry.” As these relationships grow, Wycoff Development & Construction LLC continues to pursue new opportunities to provide value and innovation in construction and development services.
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