Founding Farmers Restaurant Project, Washington, DC

June 25, 2008 – Forrester Construction has begun construction on the new Founding Farmers restaurant project, which will open at 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in the newest IMF building in Washington, DC. A concept developed by a collective of more than 40,000 American family farmers, Founding Farmers is more than 8,000 SF and is based around sustainable design, green operations, and food that is seasonally sourced from regional and local farms. Slated to open in September ‘08, the soaring space will seat more than 250, with a variety of seating options from community tables to circular booths and bar and café seats, and a patio slated for spring 2009.

Founding Farmers Restaurant

The menu will include a wide variety of home-cooked inspired dishes with influences from farm cooking and global agricultural influences. Founding Farmers has been designed to be the first LEED Certified restaurant in the Washington, DC area and will also function as a green restaurant as sanctioned by the Green Restaurant Association. Distinguishing design and construction features include the use of reclaimed wood for the flooring and for millwork, custom metal and mesh guardrails along the mezzanine level made with recycled steel, a two-story wood portal made of reclaimed barn wood, an expansive concrete topped bar with a faux-finished wood face, a pastry bar on the mezzanine level, stone flooring, an elevator with custom paneling, and glass and steel shelving units behind the bar to showcase preserved fruits, vegetables, and other farm-sourced ingredients.

Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group (, with offices in both Maryland and Texas, developed the concept and will operate and manage Founding Farmers and CORE Architecture + Design of Washington, DC created the design. Initial construction began in April 2008 and is scheduled to finish August 2008.

Woodward Restaurant, Washington, DC

June 11, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded Woodward Restaurant located in Washington, DC. This 11,000 SF project will involve the construction of a 175-seat Old World Italian Restaurant, Bakery/Sandwich Shop, and Wine Store in the historical Woodward Building at 15th and H Streets, NW.

High end finishes will include custom millwork, ornamental metals, decorative glass, wood paneling and flooring, mosaic and stone tile, and zinc bar countertop. The owner is the Star Restaurant Group of Washington, DC and the architect is CORE of Washington, DC.

H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse/ Indiana Avenue Entrance Renovation, Washington, DC

June 11, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse/ Indiana Avenue Entrance Renovation in Washington, DC. This project will involve the demolition and renovation of five vestibule entrances and expansion of the lobby area. The project will be complex because the courthouse, which has the highest volume of foot traffic in the country, will remain in operation throughout construction. The courthouse is open six days a week and on all holidays.

H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse

The Owner is the District of Columbia Courts and the Owner’s Representative is Charron Consulting of Dulles, VA. The architect is Zivic & Hurdle Architects of Fairfax, Virginia. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-September 2008 and finish the end of March, 2009.

Award Winning Safety Program

May 28, 2008 – Forrester Construction recently received its fourth consecutive Associated Builders and Contractors STEP Platinum Safety Award. The Platinum STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) is the highest safety award given by each local chapter in recognition of a superior safety program.

The self evaluation must be validated by our insurance company before submission and measures twenty key components including: Management Commitment, EMR/Loss Ratio, Pre-Planning for Safety, Employee Orientation, Safety Training and Meetings, PPE, and recordkeeping. Forrester will compete in the National Safety Excellence Awards in 2009 based on our local recognition.

Vida Fitness – Metropole, Washington, DC

May 22, 2008 – Forrester Construction has begun construction on Vida Fitness – Metropole located at 15th St, NW in Washington, DC. This project involves the build-out of a four-level, 23,000 SF full service fitness center and spa. The new facility will include a large atrium/reception area, lounge area with wi-fi, health bar, full service salon, spa treatment rooms, two saunas, steam room, tanning rooms, aerobic and spinning studio, and administrative office space.

High-end finishes include glass and mosaic tile, pebbled river rock in the locker room showers, exposed ceilings, skylights, and Brazilian cherry and mahogany millwork. In addition, two adjacent endless pools will be installed on the bottom floor. The architect is Stoneking/ von Storch of Charlottesville, VA. Construction began on May 1, 2008 and is scheduled to finish in October, 2008.

Housing Opportunities Commission Shared Facilities Building, Rockville, MD

May 14, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the Housing Opportunities Commission Shared Facilities Building in Rockville, Maryland. This project will involve the construction of a new wood frame building to house the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless Safehaven Program and the Community Ministries of Rockville Chase Partnership Program.

The Housing Opportunites Commission of Montgomery County provides affordable housing and supportive services for low and moderate-income families and individuals throughout the county. The Owner’s Representative is Housing Opportunities & Concepts of Kensington, MD and the Architect is JSA Architects of Washington, DC. Construction will begin this month and finish in October of 2008.

The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

May 14, 2008 – Forrester Construction INTERIORS GROUP has been awarded the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. This project will involve an 8,500 SF interior build-out and exterior facade upgrade. Project challenges will include reworking the exterior masonry and punch-in for the new decorative windows.

The Owner’s Representative is Scallan Properties of Washington, DC and the Architect is Gauthier, Alvarado & Associates of Falls Church, Virginia. Construction began on April 4, 2008 and is scheduled to finish in mid-August 2008.

Clear Channel Radio, DC Phase II, Rockville, MD

May 8, 2008 – Forrester Construction Interiors Group has begun construction on Clear Channel Radio, DC Phase II in Rockville, Maryland. This project will involve a 25,000 SF full floor tenant build-out to include two new radio station studios, glass atrium enclosure, and conference rooms. The space will be partially occupied during construction. Forrester also handled Phase 1 of this project, which involved a 25,000 SF demolition and tenant fit out of office space on the fifth floor of the same building.

The Owner is Capstar Radio Operating Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Architect is The Lawrence Group of St. Louis, Missouri. Construction began on May 7, 2008 and is scheduled to finish at the end of July 2008.

Loudoun Country Day School, Leesburg, VA

May 7, 2008 – Forrester Construction Company’s Education Group has begun construction on the $25 Million Loudoun Country Day School. Loudoun Country Day School is an accredited, independent, coeducational school, which educates students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Loudoun Country Day School’s new 69-acre campus will be located off of Evergreen Mills Road in Leesburg, Virginia.

This project will include a new 70,000 SF academic classroom building, 10,000 SF gymnasium, and athletic fields. The academic classroom building will house the lower school (grades pre-kindergarten-5), middle school (grades 6-8), common area, and administrative offices.

The Architect is CSD of Baltimore, Maryland. Construction started in April, 2008 and will last approximately 15 months.

BioReliance, Rockville, MD

April 30, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded BioReliance located in Rockville, Maryland. BioReliance is moving part of it’s operation from Frederick, Maryland to their existing space in Rockville, which is currently a cafeteria and break room. The project will involve gutting and retrofitting this 3,500 SF space with heavy mechanical and clean rooms, as well as structural modifications. The result will be a new cell banking laboratory.


The schedule will be tight and the project will require special coordination for the owner-provided mechanical, ceiling, and wall systems. This project is the largest provider of outsourcing services focused on the rapidly growing biologics sector of the pharmaceutical industry.

The Construction Manager is Scheer Partners and the Architect is DNC Architects, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland. Construction began at the end of March, 2008 and is scheduled to finish at the end of May, 2008.