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Walker & Co. Stays Close to Customers as it Builds Projects

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Walker & Co.’s personal involvement ensures that every job is completed on time.

When Walker & Co. Inc. builds a project, it makes sure to stay close to the client. The first contact, it notes, is with a principal of the company, while it maintains routine personal visits during the project, ensuring quality is maintained. 

“Commitments made at pre-construction are carried throughout the course of the project [and] into the future,” the company continues. “Our personal involvement ensures every job is completed on time, within budget and with a level of quality that endures, as the basis of a satisfying, long-term customer relationship.”

Based in Winter Park, Fla., the general contracting and construction management company started operations in 1974. “Since that time, we have charted a course of balanced growth in order to stay abreast of Florida’s dynamic economic climate,” it says.

Over the years, Walker & Co. has built a professional team of associates who believe that strong service requires hard work and a client focus. According to the company, its projects include some of the most familiar buildings in Florida. 

“We have received many awards in every sector of the construction industry,” Walker & Co. says. “However, the award we seek most enthusiastically is the repeat business of a satisfied customer.”

A Broad Portfolio

Walker & Co. has completed more than $2.5 billion worth of new construction and renovation projects in its home state. They have included commercial, institutional, healthcare, senior living and multifamily, industrial, educational and religious jobs.

“We especially focus on the details of each building that will ensure it can withstand the harsh Florida climate with minimal maintenance,” it says. “Each project is performed with the highest regard for safety and quality.”

The firm also partners with its clients in the performance of its construction management services. “We specialize in joining the development team during the early stages, assisting with the conceptual cost models, construction financing studies, site layout and design support,” it says. “We will identify the roles and responsibilities of the team and implement project controls for all aspects of the project from project conception through completion and post-construction.”

The firm has completed several design/build development projects. “Our goal is to offer a unified work flow from initial concept to final product,” Walker & Co. says. “We focus on listening to our customer’s vision and communicating these expectations throughout the design and construction process.”

Comfort in Casselberry

Walker & Co.’s latest projects include Jefferson Lake Howell in Casselberry, Fla. According to Jefferson Apartment group, the 384-unit gated community will feature 16 garden-style buildings that will stand three stories. “The community will offer resort-level amenities and water access via a private dock,” it says.

It will feature a pavilion for recreational activities, as well as lakefront amenities such as a heated saltwater pool with sun shelves, flex lawn space and fire pits. “The 6,400-square-foot clubhouse will feature a second swimming pool, covered summer kitchen, [and a] resident lounge with bar and hospitality area, in addition to billiards and gaming, fitness center and yoga room,” it says.

Jefferson Lake Howell will offer a dog park, playground and pet spa. Residences will feature high-end finishes such as nine-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, plank flooring and a screen balcony. “Located just four miles to Winter Park and eight miles from the Orlando central business district, the community is in close proximity to major employment centers, dining, shopping and entertainment,” Jefferson says.

Wise Advice

Walker & Co. is a member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Inc. According to the ABC, it is the only organization that serves contractors and subcontractors in all trades who want to conduct business in an unrestricted market.

“Founded on the merit shop philosophy in 1973, the Central Florida Chapter of ABC is a community of common interest, and the association helps its members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work,” it says. “ABC defends the right of business to operate merit shop within its workforce or on a construction job site.”

ABC has kept its members up-to-date with information about the coronavirus crisis, as well as recommended best practices. For example, its National Safety Committee advised job site leaders to schedule daily toolbox talks to share virus and project news, as well as visually assess the crew’s health.

“[You should also] review, update and communicate your ‘fit for duty’ policy, including the requirement to provide a return-to-work pass if seen by a physician,” ABC adds. 

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