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.

2008 WBC Craftsmanship Award

March 19, 2008 – Forrester Construction Company wins a 2008 Washington Building Congress (WBC) Craftsmanship Award for Easter Seals Intergenerational Center and Regional Headquarters. Warner Drywall of Gaithersburg, Maryland won in the Woods and Plastics/Rough Carpentry Category for the Forrester project- Easter Seals Intergenerational Center and Regional Headquarters.

As part of the redevelopment of Silver Spring, MD, the Easter Seals Intergenerational Center is the new Regional Headquarters and state-of-the-art facility for Easter Seals. This 70,000 SF project included two levels of below-grade parking, three levels of office and administrative space, and extensive site work.

Warner Drywall services was the single source subcontractor for pre-engineered light gauge truss (supplied from Adtek Engineering) and the field constructed infill framing required to give the commercial structure the look of a residential building. The architect’s intent for the design was to not create a standard commercial square box with metal and glass, but to give the building the feel of a large home. Warner displayed outstanding workmanship and attention to detail, which included the construction of the 4:12 pitched roofs, dormers, and the signature of the building- lines to one specific plane- wrapping and leveling around the building façade.

This project was recognized at the WBC Craftsmanship Awards Banquet on March 14, 2008. The Washington Building Congress Awards Program is the only program recognizing the skill and achievement of individual craftsmen in our local construction community.

Forrester Construction Company is a member of The Washington Building Congress. With over 900 members, WBC is the largest local association representing all facets of the commercial real estate, design, and construction industry within the greater Washington region.

Design/Build Construct Operations Facility (COF)

February 20, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the Design/Build Construct Operations Facility (COF) at Bolling Air Force Base (BAFB) in Washington, DC. This project will involve the construction of a one-story, 21,000 SF office building.

Several new technologies will be used to design the facility, all of which will be done in a Building Information Model (BIM). BIM will be utilized to coordinate the locations and reduce the conflicts of different trades and materials prior to construction beginning. A 3-D model of the facility will be combined with the project schedule to produce a working 4-D model.

The Owner is the Department of the Navy and the Architect is The Onyx Group. The design phase is currently underway and will last until June, 2008. Construction will then begin and is scheduled to finish in February, 2009.

Clemens Crossing Elementary School, Columbia, MD

January 29, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the $10 Million Clemens Crossing Elementary School located in Columbia, MD. This Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) project will involve a 57,000 SF comprehensive renovation including the fit-out of existing open space classrooms and resource areas.

ADA upgrades will also be completed to bring the building into compliance. The project will also include new finishes, light fixtures, exterior windows, and entrance area storefront, as well as new HVAC, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems.

The architect for this project is SMG Architects of Baltimore, MD. Construction is scheduled to begin in June of 2008 and finish in August of 2009.