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sible, it was more suited for a commer- States, and the facility was designed to the Air Force and NASA.
cial contractor than a residential home- look like a New England fishing town. Because the company has been opera-
builder,” he says. The $2 million, two-story, metal-roofed tional since 1965, it has established a reli-
Another unique project the company facility included tabby concrete, an old able subcontractor base, he says.
completed was a 12-unit housing com- form of building construction, he adds. “We look for subcontractors who are
plex called Veterans Victory Village in Witek says the company tries to do financially secure and have stable and
Titusville, Fla. The $1.2 million project charity projects at least once a year. This sufficient manpower to perform our
was special, Witek says, because it is gear- year, it is building a new $3 million facili- projects,” he says.
ed toward homeless and disabled veter- ty for the Space Coast Early Intervention However, it does not use the same subs
ans. By searching out less expensive but Center, geared toward children with se- for all projects, he notes. “The subs vary
quality fixtures and finishes, and by en- vere disabilities. from project to project,” he says. “That
listing the veterans’ help in providing The company and many of its subcon- maintains a competitive nature.
daily jobsite and final cleanup, W & J tractors are doing the project at cost and “Secondly, we have multiple qualified
was able to provide the program more much of the construction costs will be and proven subs in each trade, as well as
value for its limited budget. funded through donations, he says. certain ones who are better suited to cer-
“W & J Construction is proud to have The facility is 50 percent complete and tain types of facilities.”
been selected by the Coalition for the Hun- should be finished by Thanksgiving. The company plans to grow and devel-
gry and Homeless to construct this proj- “This project is special to us,” he says. op young talent within the ranks.
ect,” the company says. “We’re known to go the extra mile.” Through construction management and
The company performs projects all design/build methods, it will continue to
over central Florida, mostly in Brevard Started at the Space Center develop new clients by “supporting them
County. The only out-of-state project it Ed Wike and Goody Jensen founded the early in their construction plans,” he says.
completed was a visitor’s center for Cum- company in 1965. Both worked for “By working with owners and archi-
berland Island National Park in St. Mary’s, another construction firm and moved to tects during the early phases of their
Ga., in 2005. Florida to work at the Kennedy Space project, we build a team that inspires
Witek says the company was interested Center. The company’s first projects were confidence in W & J Construction to suc-
in the project because it was located in at the space center, Witek says, and it still cessfully complete the project and go the
the second-oldest city in the United performs projects at the center for both extra mile,” Witek says. ■