$14 Million Design Build Hubbard Hall, US Naval Academy

March 25, 2009 – Forrester Construction Company has been awarded the $14 Million Design Build Hubbard Hall Project at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The project involves the Restoration and Modernization of Building 260 (Hubbard Hall), which is the historic home of the United States Naval Academy’s crew teams. Building 260 is a three-story boathouse built in 1930 and accommodates over two hundred athletes for their daily training regime.

The project includes hazardous material abatement; interior reorganization; repairs to the existing building and building enclosure; complete replacement of all heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing systems; and construction of a new indoor rowing tank. It also involves repair of deteriorated foundation pilings, construction of a temporary tension fabric boat storage “shed”, and repair and expansion of the existing wharf and floating docs.

The project was awarded under Forrester’s Multiple Award Construction Contract with NAVFAC Washington. The Architect of Record is Muse Architects of Bethesda, Maryland. The project is expected to be completed by January 2011.

Forrester Construction receives “Private Sector Firm” of the Year Award

March 2, 2009 – Prince George’s County’s Small Business Initiative (SBI) held it’s Fourth Annual Awards Celebration on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Camelot of Upper Marlboro, MD. Forrester Construction received Prince George’s County Small Business Initiative’s “Private Sector Firm” of the year award at this celebration.

This award highlights the dedication and commitment Forrester showed in working with the Small Business Initiative in 2008 and our achievements as a dedicated and committed partner. This year the selection committee focused on dedicated and committed individuals that have not only worked with them throughout the year, but also are dedicated and committed to Prince George’s County business owners.

The Prince George’s County SBI celebrated its Fourth Anniversary of providing management and technical assistance to local, small, and minority-owned growth companies in Prince George’s County. The theme this year was “Small Businesses, Big Dreams: Making Your Vision a Reality.”

Forrester Construction Completes Ford’s Theatre Renovation


February 13, 2009 – Forrester Construction has completed construction on the “Provide Accessibility and Improve Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site” Project. This project won three Washington Building Congress (WBC) Craftsmanship Awards, which will be presented at an Awards Banquet on March 27, 2009 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

This national historic and cultural site produces musicals and plays reflecting family values in American life in the historic theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Forrester has now become a part of the history of this site, as we expanded the theatre to access three additional structures- the 517 Building, the Back L (or North Annex), and the Star Saloon. The project involved underpinning and excavation; interior and exterior demolition; up-to-date lighting and audio-visual technology; installation of new air handling equipment, ductwork, and electrical systems; upgrade of building systems; new finishes including ornamental plaster; new slate roof; historic preservation work; and state-of-the-art theatrical equipment.

In addition, the project involved extensive structural work including restoration of the structural integrity of the circa 1800 masonry walls and the setting of 25 tons of new gridiron steel above the stage with electric tuggers. Forrester encountered many project challenges as a result of working in this historic structure built in the 1800’s, including asbestos and lead abatement delays and numerous structural changes.

Forrester Wins Two Northern Virginia NAIOP Awards

January 14, 2009 – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria and ATA Headquarters were honored at the 22nd Annual Best of Northern Virginia NAIOP Awards held Thursday evening, November 20, 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Over six hundred people were in attendance as thirty-three awards were presented in the following categories: Transactions, Interiors, Buildings, and Membership. The Awards Ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial and industrial real estate community. Northern Virginia NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) is a regional trade association for commercial and industrial real estate developers, owners, and investors and service providers for the industry. Chartered in 1980, Northern Virginia NAIOP has approximately 860 members throughout the region.

$70 Million D/B NCIS & OJAG Headquarters Modernization

November 21, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the $70 Million Design/Build NCIS and OJAG Headquarters Modernization at the Washington Navy Yard. The project will involve a full gut, renovation, and modernization of the NCIS & OJAG Headquarters including structural upgrades as required for ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection) and seismic criteria; fit out of all tenant spaces; new additions to infill existing lightwell areas; all new building systems such as mechanical, electrical, fire alarm, sprinkler, and telecommunications; new elevators; stair towers; and replacement of windows and roofs. The renovation will result in approximately 250,000 square feet of primarily office space. The modernization includes a goal to be Silver LEED™ Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The project also includes relocating the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and their Naval Historic Office to temporary swing spaces, demolishing a pedestrian bridge to Building 219, and the addition of 240 parking spaces to Garage 405. The Architect of Record is Einhorn Yaffee Prescott. Additional design team members include EDG2 (Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer) and WBCM (Civil and Structural Engineer). Construction is scheduled to be completed by September 2010.

Forrester Begins Construction of New $48 Million DOES Headquarters Building

November 6, 2008 – Forrester broke ground this morning on the new DOES building located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE. This $48 million building was designed by Devrouax + Purnell of Washington, DC.

The project will involve the construction of a new five-story headquarters for the Department of Employment Services (DOES). This agency plans, develops, and administers employment-related services to all segments of the Washington, DC metropolitan population including job training, workers’ compensation, and unemployment compensation.

The new building will include an employment and business center on the ground floor, retail space for local businesses, a large ground floor community meeting room, office space for approximately 500 DOES employees, a green roof, and a two-level, 100-space underground parking garage. Construction is scheduled to finish in early 2011.

ASHA went for the Gold and Got It!

October 8, 2008 – The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recently received it’s LEED™ Gold Certification. This Forrester project involved the interior build-out of a five-story building for ASHA’s new National Office located in Rockville, Maryland.

This makes ASHA the first non-profit association in Maryland to achieve a Gold LEED™ designation by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED™ certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.

Some of the facility’s sustainable design features include a design that maximizes the amount of daylight into the building to reduce the need for lighting; paints, carpets, and bamboo woods with low-emitting finishes; and a white-colored roof that will reduce cooling costs by more than 50%.

Forrester Construction Wins Four Mid-Atlantic Construction Best of 2008 Awards

Forrester Construction has won four Mid-Atlantic Construction Best of 2008 Awards. This annual awards program, sponsored by MidAtlantic Construction magazine, honors the best projects – and the companies that design and build them – in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania.

This was our most competitive awards program ever,” said Bruce Buckley, managing editor of Mid-Atlantic Construction. “Although our jury poured over a record number of entries, the jurors remained highly selective in choosing the winners. Those honored in this year’s awards program are truly considered the region’s best by their peers.”

The winning projects will be honored in the Winter 2008 edition of Mid-Atlantic Construction and during an awards ceremony to be held at the Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor on Friday, December 12th.

Forrester won awards for the following projects:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Award of Merit – Green Projects

ATA Headquarters
Award of Merit – Interior Fit-Out

King Hall Restoration – US Naval Academy
Award of Merit – Restoration

Gallaudet University- James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center
Award of Merit- Institutional

Forrester Wins Six 2008 ABC Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards

September 23, 2008 – Forrester Construction Company has received six 2008 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards. Forrester has won more awards this year from ABC than any other General Contractor. These awards were presented at the ABC Awards Ceremony that was held on September 10, 2008 at the McLean Hilton Hotel in McLean, Virginia.

The ABC Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards Program recognizes and celebrates outstanding projects built by Washington-area ABC members. This Awards Competition serves to raise the level of construction standards throughout the industry by recognizing the workmanship of those who contribute and by showcasing the results of their dedication. ABC of Metro Washington is one of 78 chapters in a nationwide federation of over 24,000 members.

Forrester won awards for the following projects:

Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility
Institutional ($10-$30 Million)

King Hall Restoration – US Naval Academy
Historic Restoration

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Commercial/Residential Renovation ($4 Million and Over)

Corduroy Restaurant
(Restaurant Interior Build-Out)

Town Sports-Washington Sports Club
Retail/Interiors Only

2131 K Street
Commercial/Residential Renovation ($2-$4 Million)

Forrester Construction reaches out to the Laurel Boys and Girls Club

September 22, 2008 – Forrester Construction Company’s Community Service Day took place on Saturday, September 20th from 8am-4pm at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club located at 701 Montgomery Street in Laurel, Maryland. Forrester provided painting, landscaping, ceiling tile, and miscellaneous repairs to the facility.

The building is home to the largest Boys and Girls Club in the state of Maryland. For more information on Laurel Boys and Girls Club, please visit their website.

Forrester is committed to giving back to the communities in which we work and live. Forrester has also pledged support to other community organizations including Frederick Mission, Manna Food Center, and Food for the Poor, Inc.