Construction Project Completed in Record Time
Most building projects that CHP Construction works on take at least eight months to complete. The Angelwood at Caroline development in Bowling Green, Virginia was built in just over half that time, making it one of the fastest jobs CHP’s construction crew has ever been tasked with. The 26-unit housing complex for elderly, disabled, and low-income individuals is just as remarkable because of its high quality of craftsmanship.
Begun in July 2014 and completed just five months later, the rental community was developed and is owned by Project FAITH, a nonprofit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) that has partnered with CHP on two previous development projects in King George County, Virginia.
According to CHP Vice President of Construction Todd Peacock, CHP knew at the project’s outset that it was facing an exceptionally tight deadline due to delays that occurred earlier in its development phase. Nevertheless, the CHP’s highly experienced took on the challenge, frequent working on weekends and late into the night.
Angelwood at Caroline, which was designed by CHP Design Studio, includes architectural features that echo the colonial heritage of the broader community and covered front patios that encourage neighborly interaction. Half of the rental apartments are accessible or adaptable for future accessibility needs, while the entire complex boasts numerous environmentally-friendly features that have earned it EarthCraft Virginia certification. By incorporating responsible building products and practices, the facility is more durable and energy-efficient than standard developments and offers its residents improved comfort and quality of living.
As the project’s equity syndicator, Virginia Community Development Corporation (VCDC) was involved in the project from almost the very beginning and understood that CHP Construction had been asked to fill a tall order. In a letter written to Peacock, VCDC President and Chief Executive Bob Newman said, “I just wanted to thank you for expertly marshalling CHP’s resources to…complete Angelwood at Caroline before the final deadline of December 31, 2014. I would be dishonest if I said that I was not concerned…about the late construction start date, but…I had more confidence in CHP’s ability to make this happen than any other contractor. I know that you had to pull out all of the stops to make this happen, including working through the weekends. Your site superintendent, project managers, and subcontractors all did a remarkable job and I ask that you pass on my compliments and appreciation to all who played a role in this remarkable example of teamwork.”
When CHP Construction Project Manager Larry Parlo was asked to identify the secret the project’s success, he refused to take any credit for its swift construction and the quality of labor committed to it. Parlo instead praised his crew for their long hours and hard work, while also complimenting the cooperative nature of the local building officials. “We had good guys on site, such as Project Superintendent Kendle Smith, and we were all just dedicated to getting the job done, no matter what it took. It paid off in the end and we’re proud of this project,” remarked Parlo.