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People Spotlight: Meet Peter Gourdeau

People Spotlight: Meet Peter Gourdeau

Peter Gourdeau joined Windover in October 2012 bringing with him over 30 years’ experience in real estate development and management. With his comprehensive understanding of the construction process, Peter is an integral team member who manages relationships with many of our key development clients. As Director of Project Development, his role focuses on identifying new real estate opportunities, bringing together key business partners and clients, and managing the process from acquisition and permitting through preconstruction. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Peter serves on the board for the United Way, the Salem Five, and other local organizations. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, reading, baking bread, coaching youth lacrosse, or playing a round of golf with his three boys.

What is your favorite thing about working for Windover?
I would have to name two favorite things: first, I very much value the culture of collaboration and teamwork that is present throughout the entire organization. Second, we have retained a commitment to quality of construction, craftsmanship and long term value that is often overlooked in today’s highly competitive environment. These are things that make it fun to come to work every day.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The opportunity to marry my development and construction background. Projects like the McKay Apartments, The Flats at 131, Enterprise Apartments and now the opportunity at the Fuller School are all examples of Windover’s ability to add tangible value on our clients’ behalf. Not many construction management firms have the creativity or perspective to drive the development process from inception. Most recently, the Fuller School project came about when we assembled a trio of end users and led the successful pursuit of the award from the City of Gloucester. Our initiative will, we hope, create new and attractive opportunities for both our clients and for Windover.

If you were building your dream home, what would you include?
My dream home would include a wood-fire pizza oven (he loves to cook), an old-fashioned library (he is a fan of American history and fiction), and an ocean breeze (he enjoys a Cape Cod escape with his family).

What has been your favorite community service project?
No question, my favorite projects are those that we have done for the veterans at 60 Pleasant Street, our supportive housing project in downtown Beverly, MA. These include a trolley tour of the North Shore and most recently our Memorial Day Barbecue. I believe we must never lose sight of the sacrifices made by those who serve our country. For that reason, Windover’s part in seeking to end homelessness among veterans has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.

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