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McCree Celebrates 85 Years as Florida’s First Design/Build Firm

On October 15, 2011 McCree, Inc. celebrated 85 years building in Central Florida. McCree, Inc. has been family owned and operated in Orlando since 1926 and is now in its fourth generation of McCree leadership.

McCree was originally known for its residential projects. Founder, W. A. McCree Sr.’s dream was to provide quality buildings to people in Central Florida. His first project in Orlando was to construct a large home for the former Mayor of Orlando, L.M. Autrey in 1921. It did not take long to develop a reputation as one of Florida’s premiere builders. Only 10 years after incorporation, W.A. McCree Jr. joined his father as a partner to help build the flourishing Central Florida community that was quickly taking shape. By 1946 W.A. McCree Jr. had become CEO. Bert McCree joined his brother shortly thereafter as McCree’s first registered architect and together they fulfilled their father’s vision of becoming Florida’s first full-service Design / Build firm.

Today, the fourth generation leader, Richard McCree Jr. has been handed the reins of the company by his father, Chairman Richard McCree Sr., son of W. A. McCree Jr. Richard McCree Jr. is a strong believer in giving back to the same community that put his family’s company on the map. His father’s tenure saw tremendous civic and philanthropic activity in Central Florida, setting a standard for which Richard Jr. is prepared to continue. McCree is excited to provide high quality, innovative, and affordable buildings for the people of Central Florida.

“For 85 years the McCree name has been a trusted and valued name in the Central Florida area, and I intend to honor and strengthen that image,” Richard McCree Jr. said. “I’ve watched my family successfully run this organization, and I am excited and anxious to lead it into the future with the same spirit and solid foundation that has brought us to celebrate this milestone anniversary.”

Over the years McCree has been thrilled to join forces with local businesses to encourage growth and maintain the exceptional quality of life in beautiful Central Florida. Among some of the achievements McCree has received during its 85 years in business, the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored McCree with the coveted Outstanding Philanthropic Business of the Year. McCree also has won numerous Awards of Excellence in Construction by ABC of Central Florida, including the Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida. McCree was grateful to initiate the community donation efforts for this significant project along with their Design / Build partner, Architect SchenkelShultz. It is the people of Central Florida who have led McCree to achieve its level of success. Additional achievements include being named Contractor of the Year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and voted several times by the reader’s of The Orlando Business Journal as the Best Commercial Contractor Firm. “Relationships are at the heart of our business,” said Richard McCree Sr. “We owe our success to our partnership with Central Floridians, their continued support, and the exceptional individuals who have worked for McCree over the years.” McCree is grateful for the opportunity and the honor to serve Orlando and the surrounding communities for the past 85 years and looks forward to continuing in their pattern of excellence.