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Winter Park Construction (WPC) is nearing completion of the Georgetown Square Apartments located at 400 South Locust Avenue in Sanford, Florida.  The developer of the project is Redding Development Partners and the architect is Slocum Platts Architects.

Georgetown Square is a 90-unit affordable senior community being developed in partnership with the Sanford Housing Authority and Gardner Capital on the site of the former Redding Gardens public housing development. The development will consist of 65 one-bedroom units and 25 two-bedroom units in an energy-efficient, four-story elevator building.   The 3.2-acre site is near Sanford’s attractive downtown shopping and dining district and near medical services and a variety of recreational activities. Project amenities include indoor and outdoor seating areas, a covered picnic area with a grill and covered patio, a fitness room, a library, and a laundry room

 

Of these apartments, 28 will be project-based Section 8 units, and the remainder will be reserved for residents earning 60% AMI. The Housing Choice Voucher Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (also known as Section 8) allows private landlords to rent apartments and homes at fair market rates to qualified low-income tenants, with a rental subsidy administered by Home Forward.

 

The project received a 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) allocation from Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program gives State and local LIHTC-allocating agencies the equivalent of approximately $8 billion in annual budget authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing targeted to lower-income households.

 

“The LIHTC is a valuable resource for creating affordable housing in the United States.  At WPC we work with many (tax credit) clients on the detailed compliance standards for development and construction of these projects.”  Jeff Forrest, President, Winter Park Construction

About WPC

Since 1974, WPC has provided general contractor, pre-construction, construction management and renovation services to Central Florida and the southeast United States. With over $200M in projects set from completion in 2020, WPC provides employment for 140+ full-time employees and thousands of subcontractor positions. With a portfolio rich in many sectors, in 2020 WPC is focusing on construction projects in the senior housing market, the hospitality sector as well as on major renovation projects.

The Cure Cup is an annual golf tournament organized by the Orlando Sports Foundation benefiting breast cancer research. It rotates between Orlando's two hottest golf courses, Lake Nona Golf and Country Club and Isleworth Golf and Country Club.  This year, the third annual Cure Bowl Cup will be held at Isleworth Golf and Country Club on October 5, 2020. The event is usually held in April of each year but was postponed this year due to COVID-19Don't miss the excitement as Orlando's movers and shakers tee off for the cure at the third annual Cure Cup to be held at Isleworth Golf and Country Club on October 5, 2020. Brought to you by the Orlando Sports Foundation. Registration begins at 7am with an Isleworth-style grab and go breakfast. The scramble starts at 9am and is followed by an awards luncheon. Don't miss your chance to bid on your favorite trip of a lifetime and to try your luck at our hole in two contest - Pebble Beach trip giveaway!Click Here to Register Your Sponsorship
(Winter Park, Florida) - Students at Rollins College are scheduled to return to campus September 8th through 12th, taking part in a staggered move in to optimize physical distancing. Classes begin Monday, September 14th. Last fall the Winter Park-based college leveled the former McKean Hall near Lake Virginia to prepare for the new Lakeside Neighborhood. The student housing area will accommodate 496 student beds. The new $71 million student housing project is part of the school's strategic initiative to have a three-year, on-campus residency requirement in the 2021-2022 academic year.Photo Credit: Winter Park ConstructionThe new 250,000-square-foot student housing project will be completed in two phases (188,495 in phase 1) and (49,235 in phase 2). In August Maitland-based Winter Park Construction (WPC), serving as the general contractor for both phases of the project, will turn over phase one on schedule to the project developer, Winter Park-based real estate developer Alan Ginsburg. Orlando-based Rob Schaeffer Visualization & Planning was the architect for the project. Phase two of the project will include a fitness center, office space, a zero-entry pool, and an expanded convenience store with hot, freshly prepared items.Photo Credit: Winter Park Construction Named “Lakeside Neighborhood” the new student dorms are part of the Lakeside Neighborhood, which includes three wings named in honor of past Rollins College presidents Hugh McKean, Thaddeus Seymour, and Rita Bornstein. “Each of these storied leaders laid the groundwork to make Rollins the great college it is today, and set the stage for those of us who have the honor of stewarding its mission to educate our students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering our graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers,” said President Grant H. Cornwell. Leon Hayner, Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students: “With these programmatic enhancements, Rollins is setting a new standard for liberal arts living and learning. The College is committed to delivering an unparalleled 21st-century education to our students while supporting their health and well-being.” Photo Credit: Winter Park Construction (Jeff Forrest President - Winter Park Construction)WPC President, Jeff Forrest says of building student housing projects, “Deadlines are crucial when it concerns construction of student housing projects, ensuring beds are ready for students to move in prior to school starting. With due COVID precautions, the start date for school was moved back two weeks - but we were diligent ensuring we met our original due date for the project.” He continues, “The year- long project was completed in part while the campus was open to students. With student life in full swing, WPC operated in a highly organized fashion to minimize impact to the student experience - by keeping the jobsite safe, initiating phases of installation to detract from clutter, and managing logistics in terms of deliveries and installations.” About Winter Park Construction Since 1974, WPC has provided general contractor, pre-construction, construction management and renovation services to Central Florida and the southeast United States. With over $200M in projects set from completion in 2020, WPC provides employment for 140+ full-time employees and thousands of subcontractor positions. With a portfolio rich in many sectors, in 2020 WPC is focusing on construction projects in student housing, hospitality and senior housing sectors - as well as on major renovation projects.
$500 MILLION PACKING DISTRICT - NEAR DOWNTOWN ORLANDOPhoto Credit: Dr. Phillips, Inc.The developer of the $500 million Packing District — one of the biggest developments near downtown Orlando — aims to convert another industrial space into a new use. Orlando-based master developer Dr. Phillips Inc. is exploring the adaptive reuse of a roughly 123,000-square-foot warehouse at 2222 Diversified Way into a future office space, Ken Robinson, president/CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities, told Orlando Business Journal. It's part of a larger 200-acre redevelopment project of several aging industrial buildings historically used for citrus packing.Source: Jack Witthause - Orlando Business Journal - Read the ArticleCAMPING WORLD STADIUM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT MOVES AHEADPhoto Credit: Barton Malow Originally built in 1936, the stadium underwent a major expansion in 1989, and reconstruction of the lower bowl and suite-level renovations in 2014. The current renovation will include the north endzone seating bowl, modernizing restrooms and concession areas, improving club-level seating, new premium mezzanine clubs on east and west, and upgrading the parking lots and building systems.Orlando News Room - Read the ArticleTHREE HOTELS VYING FOR FLAG IN NEW DOWNTOWN CITI TOWERPhoto Credit: DLR Group www.dlrgroup.comThe developers who built CitiTower in downtown Orlando said they have three high-end hotels competing for the flag in their latest project, a 33-story tower overlooking Lake Eola.  Summa Development Group Principals Albert Socol and Marlene Weiss have promised to bring downtown Orlando’s first 5-star convention hotel to the central business district as part of the new mixed-use tower at 319 E. Church St. The plans call for 129 branded residences – a combination of 102 condominiums and 27 penthouse units over the hotel. Source: Laura Kinsler - Growth Spotter - Read the Article  NEW CONSTRUCTION - AFFORDABLE ELDERLY HOUSING IN ORANGE COUNTY - Low Income Housing Tax Credit Photo Credit: Winter Park ConstructionA new elderly affordable housing development just broke ground, less than 2 miles southwest of Mall at Millenia. The name of the development is Madison Landing. Winter Park Construction (WPC) is the general contractor for the project, Blue Skies Studios is the architect, and Evans Engineering is the civil engineer.Orlando News Room - Read the ArticleUNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA'S FUTURE AIRPORT CAMPUS The Orlando International Airport and the University of Central Florida are working together on a new campus concept on airport land. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority heard a pitch from the university on Aug. 19 regarding a new way the airport can diversify its tourism and corporate travel-dependent business model, which has been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.Source: Richard Bilbao - Orlando Business Journal - Read the Article
Join our Diversitastic Community as we safely continue to celebrate the people and the many different cultures in Central Florida through music, dance, fashion, film, food, visual arts and interactive activities. Learn about wonderful traditions in one of our monthly events and at the free, outdoor, family-friendly, festival on November 28 & 29 in Downtown Orlando. It’s the New Thanksgiving Tradition in Central Florida!Visit FusionFest.org and discover how you can take a walk around the world without ever leaving town!

 

There are so many ways to participate in this exciting community event through competitions, performances, and more.Visual ArtsFashionFilmFoodDanceChoirAnd more... About Fusion FestWe organize monthly events that keep the community engaged and connected to the cultural diversity in Central Florida. We participate in parades and create dining experiences and workshops from January to November. Our signature event on Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day in Downtown Orlando is a free, two-day, festival that draws people from more than 110 different cultures to experience music, dance, food, visual arts, spoken word, games and interactive activities.FusionFest was recognized as a project that positively impacts the community and received the “Award of Excellence” at the Golden Brick Awards hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership, and won 1st place in “Community Outreach Program” from the Florida Festivals and Events Association.Under the fiscal sponsorship of the Downtown Arts District and support from Orange County Government, the Orlando Downtown Development Board, the Dr. Phillips Center of Performing Arts, and a growing grassroots movement, FusionFest continues to advance and celebrate diversity, inclusion and collaboration in Central Florida.
A new elderly affordable housing development just broke ground, less than 2 miles southwest of Mall at Millenia. The name of the development is Madison Landing. Winter Park Construction (WPC) is the general contractor for the project, Blue Skies Studios is the architect, and Evans Engineering is the civil engineer. Development partners American Residential Communities (ARC) and New South Residential, LLC paid $1.3 million for 5.4 acres of land at 5800 S. Rio Grande Ave. The total project cost for the first phase is estimated at $23 million and planned for completion in 2021, a second phase, not yet approved, would add an additional 86 units. Construction is proposed to be completed before September 2021. The developers are actively pursuing future funding from Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) to complete phase 2 as soon as possible.

A photo of Madison Crossing II, a similar seven-story affordable housing development completed by Winter Park Construction in 2017 in Kissimmee. 

Credit: Winter Park Construction WPC

The first phase (77,473 sq. ft.) will be a 110 unit, seven-story building with amenities that include a pool, picnic pavilions, bocce ball court, indoor activity, and exercise rooms, centralized great room and a health care services room. The company has commissioned an artist from Miami to design the mosaic for Madison Landing, in line with ARC’s trademark symbol for their high-rise communities. The first phase will be reserved largely (90%) for households making 60 percent of Orange County’s Area Median Income (AMI), and the remaining units will be reserved for households making less than 33 percent of the county’s AMI. Orange County reports (as of April 1, 2020) the median family income is $68,100. Stacy Banach with New South Residential worked with the developer to bring the project into fruition shares, “The partners were awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation in March. Wells Fargo is the equity investor. Madison Landing was selected by an Orange County selection committee to obtain a funding commitment for $747,000 which allowed the applicant to compete for a LIHTC award at FHFC. financing” The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is a resource for creating affordable housing in The United States. Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program gives State and local LIHTC-allocating agencies the equivalent of approximately $8 billion in annual budget authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing targeted to lower-income households. “We work with many clients utilizing the Low-Income Tax Credit program. There are some complexities related to the approval process and many compliance standards for the development and construction. This is WPC’s fourth tax credit project for this developer.” Jeff Forrest, President, Winter Park Construction Since 1974, WPC has provided general contractor, pre-construction, construction management and renovation services to Central Florida and the southeast United States. With over $200M in projects set from completion in 2020, WPC provides employment for 140+ full-time employees and thousands of subcontractor positions. With a portfolio rich in many sectors, in 2020 WPC is focusing on construction projects in the senior housing marketing, the hospitality sector as well as on major renovation projects.

Photo Credit: Barton Malow 

A significant construction project in downtown Orlando is moving one step closer to fruition. Barton Malow Builders, the construction manager, announced today that it will host a pre-bid virtual meeting this month for the City of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports’ Camping World Stadium Improvements project.

 

Construction representatives from Barton Malow, along with The Collage Companies, JCB Construction, C2 Advisors and Provisions Construction & Development will share information about the project, including scope, design, schedule and how to prequalify to bid on packages during a virtual meeting on Thursday, August 20 at 5 p.m. Companies seeking opportunities in CIP (cast-in-place) foundations, demolition, underground utilities (plumbing) and sitework are invited to attend by sending an RSVP to logan.crutchfield@bartonmalow.com.

 

Originally built in 1936, the stadium underwent a major expansion in 1989, and reconstruction of the lower bowl and suite-level renovations in 2014. The current renovation will include the north endzone seating bowl, modernizing restrooms and concession areas, improving club-level seating, new premium mezzanine clubs on east and west, and upgrading the parking lots and building systems.

 

This is not Barton Malow’s first time on the gridiron. The company’s stadium renovation experience also includes such iconic venues as the Rose Bowl (UCLA Bruins), the Big House (Michigan Wolverines), Soldier Field (Chicago Bears), Notre Dame Stadium (Fighting Irish), and the $350 million+ redevelopment of Daytona International Speedway.

 

“Camping World stadium is an iconic landmark for Orlando and a key component of the city’s sports tourism strategy,” said Barton Malow Vice President of Sports, Len Moser. “Our project team has many memories of attending unforgettable events there over the decades, and we are incredibly excited to work with the City of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports to shape the performance and enhance fan experience, for many more decades to come. Our team is actively seeking participation from small, minority and local businesses to further confirm our commitment to the City’s Blueprint.”

 

About Barton Malow

For nearly a century, Barton Malow has been committed to its core purpose of Building with the American Spirit: People, Projects and Communities. As a 100% employee-owned company, this North American contractor features more than 2,000 team members and 14 offices. Barton Malow heads toward its next century of success with the goal of reimaging the construction industry through innovation.

 

In 1976, Barton Malow entered the Florida market and currently has offices based in Orlando and Tampa.  Key clients have included Orlando City Soccer, Tavistock, Orlando Health, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the Atlanta Braves and multiple local themepark and entertainment clients. For more information, visit us at bartonmalow.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @bartonmalow.

 

About The Collage Companies

The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with expertise in Design Build, Construction Management and General Contracting  Collage has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis in the hospitality, religious, transportation, education, government and parks and sports sectors. The Collage Companies was honored as one of the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch as announced by GrowFL for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida.

 

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Media Contact: Ritu Sandhu, 407-453-8338, ritu.sandhu@bartonmalow.com

26.07.2020
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There is a science to "why people give" and there is an art to "convincing them to do it."  Mainstream marketers sell a product or service by identifying a need within a target market, making a product to fill that need - then effectively communicating how their product or service will fill that need. In the world of nonprofit marketing, we are selling ideas and feelings about the potential impact. Nonprofit marketing, in contrast to selling shoes, is selling the idea that there is an urgent problem and then convincing a potential donor that their contribution will positively impact that problem. By the way, doing this whilst competing amongst the millions of other equally worthy nonprofits. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. They are filling needs for everything from toothbrushes to heart transplants. This also includes those nonprofits that are selling "an idea of something" like an investment in community arts and culture or in educational systems. There are no shortage of perceived needs in our society and thankfully no shortage of concerned groups rising to fill those needs.    I work with nonprofit organizations to develop fundraising events and marketing strategies to help them grab their share of the estimated $410 billion that American individuals, estates, corporations and foundations are estimated to give annually to nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other charities. (Infographic provided by Giving USA based on current data).  Below is my personal take on what motivates someone to donate to a charity - and important to note that I believe there is NO WRONG REASON to give.   Top 5 Reasons People Give to a Charity 1.  They have a personal connection to the cause such as giving to the American Lung Association because a grandfather had Lung Cancer.  Or feeling the loss of a neighbor's child to a drunk driver and giving to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.2.  In exchange for a benefit such as: a ticket to a gala, a foursome of golf, a trip to Africa (at a charity auction) or for having their name engraved on a donor wall.3.  Because they are influenced by a group giving ask - from a religious or social group, from the company they work for or from family and friends. 4.  To receive a tax benefit.  To note, if you donate $100, you don't actually receive a $100 off your tax bill. You would receive a percentage of the $100 based on your tax bracket - which according to the US Tax Center is 10% to 37%. 5.  They are inspired or motivated by nonprofit marketing efforts. Here a nonprofit organization has creatively gathered facts, figures, stories and insights about "the cause" and presented them in a meaningful fashion to a target donor in an impactful way.  Keep Reading About Nonprofit Marketing Four Kinds of Fundraising Events Designing a Fundraising Concept that Keeps On Giving Free Event Planning and Marketing Resources Importance of Developing Community Partnerships
22.07.2020
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The Collage Companies completed a $3.9M expansion and renovation of the Ocoee Lakeshore Center, part of Ocoee Lakefront Park (located on the shores of Starke Lake at 125 North Lakeshore Drive in Ocoee). The project was completed in the fall of 2019 and the city has already confirmed event contracts through 2021. The city is planning a grand re-opening event to be held on Tuesday, August 25th from 6pm to 9pm. Ocoee’s Lakefront Park is owned and operated by the City of Ocoee and combines the classical old-Florida elements of spacious lakeshore greens and the Withers-Maguire House (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places) - with the in-demand modern meeting and banquet facilities of the newly updated Ocoee Lakeshore Center. Also part of the Lakefront Park complex is Bill Breeze Field, the city’s largest venue for non-sporting events. The community center was originally built in 2014, the recent $3.9M expansion was in response to a growing need for versatile and affordable event space to serve the west Orange County community. The existing 8,500 sq. ft. space was expanded to nearly 15,000 sq. ft. which increased the size of the banquet hall and pre-function space. The new Lakeview Room accommodates 125 for banquet seating. The expansion of the space as well as the addition of a bridal suite and a rear porch are all part of the city’s plan to make the space an attractive option for special events and weddings. Many municipalities use local event centers to generate incremental revenue and to provide a non-hotel option for community events, weddings, and business meetings. Other Central Florida event centers owned by city municipalities include: City of Orlando - Camping World Stadium - Collage is part of the Barton Malow Company team working on the $60M renovation City of Orlando - The Varsity Club at Camping World Stadium which Collage renovated in 2018 City of Winter Park - Winter Park Farmer’s Market and Winter Park Country Club City of Altamonte Springs - Westmonte Recreation Center which Collage renovated in 2019 Rob Maphis is Vice President of Operations and COO at The Collage Companies, and says of the significance of the project: “The Ocoee Lakeshore Center is a place for the community to connect and to celebrate - aligning perfectly with Collage’s mission to build projects that strengthen the foundation and fabric of our community. We are proud to have partnered with the City of Ocoee to make this project a success.” About Collage The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with expertise in Design Build, Construction Management and General Contracting Collage has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida - and has over $100M worth of construction projects planned for completion by 3Q 2020. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis in the hospitality, religious, transportation, and parks-and-sports sectors. The Collage Companies was honored as one of the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch as announced by GrowFL for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida.
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