Peninsula Forensic Engineering in College Park

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Peninsula Forensic Engineering in College Park

Peninsula Forensic Engineering in College Park

September 17, 2016

Photo of the Peninsula Forensic Engineering business started by Florida native Paul Halyard.

Listen as Mr. Halyard tells how he started his engineering business in Central Florida and the business associates who have helped him along the way in this excerpt from an oral history interview at The University Club of Orlando on June 3, 2016.

LISTEN Part I (20:03)                                    (text highlights from audio recording)

Peninsula Engineering Incorporated

In October of 1977, I left Sauer Mechanical Contractors and a kind of famous story, I had a company car and one of my fellow employees drove me to Sonny King Buick. I turned my car in. I then had a ride, hitched a ride with him to the corner of John Young Parkway and Colonial, and Avis had a lot of yearlings, one year old Cameros. The whole lot was full of Camaros. Picked out one and so I now have an automobile.

That afternoon, on Friday afternoon, I went to see my old Toastmaster buddy, Burt McCree. And Burt McCree was a principle in a company called McCree, a second generation company, and he gave me two Sunbank jobs, little five time Sunbank jobs. And he says, "I know you've been to air conditioning school and I know that you know all this stuff about air conditioning, but I want you to use five tons on these two jobs. Do not try to do any engineering tricks to get two tons to work just put five tons on."Well, anyway, I walked out with two jobs before I even started working at my company on Monday morning. And that was, the company I started was Peninsula Engineering, Incorporated. And we started that in October 1977....

Offices on Edgewater Drive and Alden Road

The company grew so much. We had an office in College Park. We had to get more space. I bought a building over in Alden Road near Princeton near McCree's office, and it's a 10,000 square foot building, and moved the Peninsula into that building; that was probably done in 1999 or 2000. So I've still kept my presence over on Edgewater in College Park. And when I sold the engineering company then I started another company called - I've always had another company called Peninsula Forensic Engineering that was for courtroom testimony - and so that's the company I've kept.

Photo courtesy of the Paul Halyard Archives


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