W.M. Jordan Co. has been selected as the 2018 ENR MidAtlantic Contractor of the Year.
The company says it has recently experienced an increase in negotiated contracts for both construction management and design-bid-build delivery. The firm attributes the hospitality and senior living markets to its recent success, noting that 30% of its 2017 revenue came from hotel projects.
The firm is completing punch list items on the restoration of the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va. Built on a sand dune overlooking the coastline, the hotel hosted nine U.S. presidents and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Bette Davis. This historic preservation project involved restoring windows, ornamental plasterwork, wood moldings, paneling and terrazzo flooring. The team refurbished the iconic indoor pool and restored the steel truss framing supporting the skylight. A variety of structural steel repairs strengthened and maintained the integrity of the building’s frame. Extensive exterior rehabilitation to the brick masonry and cast stone ornament restored the “Grand Dame” to its previous condition.
W.M. Jordan is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the same year Bobby Lawson, who co-founder of the firm in 1958 with the late William M. Jordan, died. Lawson died in April at age 91.
Lawson’s son John Lawson is president and CEO. The firm’s current generation of leaders is invested in improving their management skills. This year, the firm’s top leaders attended advanced leadership programs at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, while future leaders attended FMI professional development programs.
The firm has two offices in the region and one office outside the region in Wilmington, N.C. The Wilmington office has grown 600% in six years.
The firm gives to more than 200 charities each year. They have long-term involvement with the United Way, Salvation Army, An Achievable Dream Academy and ACE Mentoring. Since 1990, W. M. Jordan has raised more than $2.5 million for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters through its charity golf tournament that hosts more than 400 players on three golf courses.
W.M. Jordan will be recognized as Contractor of the Year at the ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects awards banquet in Baltimore on Nov. 7.
At last year's event, W.M. Jordan won three awards, including:
Best Cultural/Worship: Science Museum of Virginia Renovations, located in Richmond, Va.
Best Residential/Hospitality : “The Main” Norfolk Hilton Hotel and Parking Deck, located in Norfolk, Va.
Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: Deco at CNB Apartments, located in Richmond, Va.
W.M. Jordan will also be profiled in the August issue of ENR MidAtlantic, which will feature the region's annual Top Contractor rankings. Jordan ranked No. 19 in last year's rankings with $349.21 million in regional revenue. To find out where they rank in this year's survey, and to learn more about the firm and its projects, check out the August issue of ENR MidAtlantic.