GGI Insights: Roping in Repeat Business
Frontier Town and Fort Whaley have made Worcester County a destination for the ultimate camping experience, offering everything from water slides and zip lines to fishing and kayaking on the Sinepuxent Bay. Sun Communities, the force behind more than 400 manufactured housing and RV communities across the country, purchased the two RV resorts and campgrounds back in 2015. Since then, Gillis Gilkerson (GGI) has completed two construction projects for Sun Communities and is currently wrapping up a third.
“We have come to the conclusion that Gillis Gilkerson is our go-to general contractor in this area,” said Mike Johnson, Project Manager for Atwell Group. “I have good relationships with the superintendents and project managers, and they turn the projects over on schedule and within budget. If we ever face challenges, I know I can brainstorm with them to find the best solutions.”
GGI first partnered with Sun Communities in 2017 to build a new ticket booth and pumphouse for Frontier Town’s Splash Park. Immediately following the first project’s conclusion, the developer hired GGI to spearhead their campground expansion project which included the addition of 100+ RV campsites, a new bathhouse, community hall and well/fire pump building.
When it came time to similarly expand at Fort Whaley, Sun Communities contracted GGI to add another 100+ RV campsites, build a new bathhouse and make renovations to two existing bathhouses. Superintendent Chris Deinlein and Project Manager Matt Esham are currently in the finishing phases of this project.
“It’s exciting to drive by the resorts and see families enjoying all the amenities the campgrounds have to offer,” said Dwight Miller, President of Gillis Gilkerson. “We value the relationship we have with Sun Communities and the Atwell Group and look forward to future projects to support the resorts’ success and growth.”
About Gillis Gilkerson
In its 37th year of building and real estate development on Delmarva, award-winning Gillis Gilkerson has built a reputation as one of the most trusted and stable construction management and general contracting firms on the Peninsula. From new commercial construction to renovation, the company’s construction managers offer broad and deep experience in diverse industries such as medical, industrial, manufacturing, hotels, multi-family housing, houses of worship, restaurants, retail, schools and more. Its full-service real estate development expertise offers custom solutions for land purchase, building program development, turnkey project management, obtaining permits and approvals, property management, property marketing, purchase, lease, and lease/purchase options. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, and leasing agents to manage the development process from concept to completion.