Forrester Wins 2015 ABC Platinum STEP Award

It has been another outstanding year for safety at Forrester Construction Company.

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Chapter has honored the firm with it’s 11th Platinum STEP Safety Award. The award recognizes Forrester’s ongoing commitment to jobsite safety and exemplary safety performance and programs. As a Platinum level winner, Forrester is rated among the safest general contractors in the nation with a total incident rate at least 25 percent below the industry average, a very low Experience Modification Rating, zero reportable incidences and a high marks on ABC’s 20 Key Safety Components score card.

The firm attributes its ongoing outstanding performance to a “Total Safety Culture” that engages every Team Member people-based safety. Learn more about Forrester’s best-in-class program.


Forrester Wins Three Trade Association Awards

Forrester Wins Three Trade Association Awards. In the past month, two area trade association groups recognized some of Forrester Construction Company’s recent work as among the best local construction projects of the year. In September, Forrester accepted two 2015 Excellence in Construction Awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington for work on the Coastal Flats Restaurant in Gaithersburg, Maryland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chancery Annex in Washington, District of Columbia. Last week the UAE Chancery Annex project also received a 2015 Award of Merit from NAIOP’s DC | MD Chapter. Both associations’ awards celebrate outstanding DC Metro area construction projects, and as ABC Metro noted, “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”.

Forrester Wins Three Trade Association Awards For Local Construction Projects

To win ABC Metro Washington’s Excellence in Construction Awards, Forrester’s Coastal Flats and UAE Chancery Annex projects competed against more than 130 projects across all categories to take home top prizes in the Restaurant Interiors and Historic Renovation respectively. Over 100 judges reviewed entry submittals and visited each project site judging them on attractiveness, complexity, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, cost and safety. For the UAE Chancery Annex project, taking home the prize in NAIOP DC | MD Chapter’s Award of Merit for Best Renovation / Adaptive Re-Use involved meeting similar stringent judging criteria.

To learn more about the award winners and see photos of these projects, please visit the Coastal Flats restaurant and UAE Chancery Annex renovation and expansion pages is Forrester’s web portfolio.

Established in 1988, Forrester Construction Company is an award winning general contractor offering clients preconstruction, general contracting, construction management and design build services. A Washington Business Journal top 25 local general contractor and an Engineering News Record top 400 nationwide contractor, Forrester is committed client satisfaction, construction excellence and community involvement. The firm specializes in building technically challenging projects in the commercial, public sector, healthcare, science and technology, education and cultural markets. During its 27 years in business, Forrester has been recognized with nearly 200 construction industry awards and has worked on many landmark projects including those at the United States Supreme Court, Arlington National Cemetery, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian National Zoo.

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Forrester Wins 10th ABC Platinum STEP Safety Award

Forrester Construction Company is proud to announce that the firm has recently received its tenth Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Platinum Level STEP Safety Award. Through these awards, ABC recognizes companies who exhibit a continued commitment to jobsite safety and whose safety performance and programs are judged to be exemplary by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety Committee. To earn Platinum level distinction, Forrester demonstrated a total reportable incident rate at least 25% below the firm’s NAICS code industry average, maintaining a low Experience Modification Rating, having zero reportable incidences and achieving a high score on ABC’s 20 Key Safety Components rating system.

Director of Safety John Shumar attributes Forrester’s reputation for being an industry leader in site safety to the company’s Total Safety Culture and People-Based Safety programs. “At Forrester, safety isn’t the responsibility of any single person or committee. Every Team Member plays an important role, which is why receiving our tenth Platinum STEP Safety Award is so meaningful. It is recognition of a long term, sustained commitment to safety by every member of our team,” says Shumar.

Forrester Construction Earns ABC National Excellence in Construction Award

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has announced that Forrester Construction Company’s work on the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit project in Washington, D.C. has earned the company an Eagle Award in the Other Construction – $4-100 Million category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards. Forrester Construction representatives received the award Feb. 11 during the 24th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.

Forrester constructed a new seal and sea lion exhibit that includes six pools, ADA-compliant pathways, above- and below-ground water viewing areas, an amphitheater and a maintenance building that houses a life support system.

“I am very proud to recognize Forrester Construction for winning one of our Excellence in Construction Awards and contributing to the overall advancement of ABC and the construction industry,” said 2014 ABC National Chairman Dan Brodbeck, president and CEO of Compass Partners, LLC. “Their project was a great example of innovation, quality and commitment to safety.”

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.

A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Association of Women in Construction, and representatives from higher education, among others.

Forrester Selected for Arlington National Cemetery Project

Forrester Selected for Arlington National Cemetery Project. Forrester Construction Company is proud to announce its recent selection as the general contractor for Arlington National Cemetery’s upcoming Millennium project. The $59 Million project will allow Arlington National Cemetery to serve future generations of American service members and their families while maintaining the national treasure’s quality, dignity and central function as a military burial ground.

Forrester Selected for Arlington National Cemetery Project

Located on the cemetery’s northwest corner adjacent to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and National Park Service property, the Millennium site will combine three separate parcels into a single 31-acre internment development. When completed, it will add more than 36,000 burial locations including 11,000 full-size plots, 2,600 in-ground cremation plots and 23,000 niche wall slots. Without these additional spaces, Arlington National Cemetery is projected to exhaust its interment sites by 2025.

Construction is slated to begin this winter with final completion projected by Fall 2016. Work will include the installation of columbarium niche sites, perimeter fencing, retaining walls, water features, landscaping and access ways. Jacobs / Ammann & Whitney Joint Venture led the design phase, with support from Beyer Blinder Belle Architects as the lead Designer. Sasaki is the landscape architect on the project.

The Millennium project will be Forrester’s third project at Arlington National Cemetery. It is also one of dozens Forrester has performed for the United States Army Corp of Engineers who awarded the contract. “This project is extremely meaningful , in so many ways and to so many people,” says Scott Forrester, Executive Vice President of Project Development. “Forrester is honored to have been selected as the builder for the Millennium memorial complex and to again have the opportunity to work on the grounds of one of our nation’s most important landmarks.”

Arlington National Cemetery, which opened in 1864 and spans more than 624 acres, is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families and is visited by more than 3 million people each year.


Forrester Completes $18M Renovation of the National Museum of Natural History.

June 26, 2013 – Forrester Construction Company is pleased to announce that it has just completed a major renovation of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue on the National Mall, the 100-year-old museum was one of the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to hold national collections and research facilities. It is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery and learning.

This $18M project, awarded to Forrester by the Smithsonian Institution, is part of a comprehensive multi-phase restoration of the museum’s aging infrastructure and was a major historic preservation effort. Among the preservation activities was the construction of a Paleobiology Lab. As part of this endeavor Forrester kept in place, and worked around, a 310-million-year-old tree fossil – one of the oldest and largest plant fossils ever collected.

The 30-month, 36,000 square feet renovation has won numerous Washington Building Congress craftsmanship awards. Construction included new exhibit spaces and renovation of the education, library, office, lab and childcare areas. Micropile foundations were put in place for a new mezzanine and structural modifications were made to support specialized artifact storage systems. Improved efficiencies involved a major overhaul of the mechanical systems and installation of blast resistant, historic replacement windows.

Areas of focus were the northeast and northwest quadrants of the building. The northeast quadrant houses the Smithsonian Library collections, Paleobiology lab and facility support areas. Among the new amenities in the northwest quadrant are telescopic theater seating, a glass-enclosed focused investigation area, modern collection-storage systems and millwork window seating.

“Forrester is proud to be part of the restoration of such a historic museum that brings discovery and education to the nation’s capital,” says Scott Forrester, Forrester’s Executive Vice President. “The renovations to the main building, including the addition of new exhibit space as well as historic preservation efforts, make this a special project for the entire Forrester team.”

Forrester Completes Columbarium Court No. 9 at Arlington National Cemetery.

May 20, 2013 – Forrester Construction Company is pleased to announce that it has just completed the construction of the recently opened Columbarium Court No. 9. Located within Arlington National Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark District, the new two-acre Columbarium Court is based at the corner of Patton and York drives, adjacent to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

This project, awarded to Forrester by the US Army Corps of Engineers, required near perfect quality and pristine finishes ensuring longevity and suitability in the greenscape of Arlington National Cemetery. The third project Forrester has built for this historic cemetery, work involved significant grading, landscaping, environmental management and installation of decorative and commemorative stonework, including flagstone walkways.

Columbarium Court No. 9 is nearly the length of two football fields at 116-feet wide, 11-feet tall and 540-feet long. The foundation of the structure is auger cast piles ranging in depth from 15 to 25 feet. More than 6,000 cubic yards of poured-in-place concrete clad with limestone and granite was used to build the structure. The project features interior and exterior landscaping with a central water fountain, new irrigation and underground electrical systems and storm water management.

Arlington National Cemetery, which opened in 1864 and spans more than 624 acres, is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families and is visited by more than 3 million people each year, including a visit this month by Britain’s Prince Harry paying tribute to America’s military. Part of the cemetery’s long-term expansion plan, Columbarium Court No. 9 provides more than 20,000 niches that can hold three to four urns each.

“The Forrester team is proud to have constructed such an important project that provides a final resting place for the nation’s active duty military, veterans and their families,” says Rick Forrester, Forrester’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “We are also pleased to have delivered the Columbarium ahead of schedule and under budget.”

The Columbarium Court No. 9 dedication ceremony this month included a full-honors committal service for the remains of six unclaimed veterans from all branches of the military who served in the Civil War, Vietnam and World Wars I and II.


Forrester Begins Work on Historic Morrison-Clark Inn Addition.

February 26, 2013 – Forrester Construction Company is pleased to announce that it has recently begun work on the addition to the Morrison-Clark Inn, located at 1015 L Street, NW, Washington, DC. Originally built in 1864 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Victorian era hotel will be expanded by 43,000 square feet, incorporating neighboring historic structures into the overall design.

The new addition to the inn requires preservation of a 1700s carriage house, one of the oldest buildings in Washington, DC, keeping the exterior intact while completely renovating the interior. The façades of a neighboring rectory and 1880s townhouse will also become part of the space and will be maintained during construction by external bracing and underpinnings. The hotel addition will be six stories with 56 guest rooms featuring high-end finishes, a central courtyard connecting the buildings and an expansion of the below grade parking garage.

For more than a year, Forrester provided preconstruction services assisting the owner and design teams in the development of multiple design packages and a variety of cost saving strategies. The Forrester team worked with Architecture, Inc., the architecture firm providing support for the core and shell of the building. Forrester also partnered with Forrest Perkins, the architecture firm outfitting the interiors.

“Combining multiple historic façades into one hotel is quite exciting,” says Vic Bonardi, Forrester vice president of preconstruction and design-build services. “Our preconstruction work will be highly beneficial during the construction process to ensure the project is delivered within the timeframe and budget outlined. This is a wonderful opportunity for Forrester to leverage its extensive experience in the preservation of DC historic buildings.” The project is scheduled to be complete by April 2014.


Forrester Wins 20 Awards in 2012.

January 28, 2013 – Forrester Construction Company is pleased to announce that it had a notable award year in 2012, receiving 20 industry awards for its projects. Of the nine projects receiving awards, The Hamilton, designed by Rust|Orling Architecture, was acknowledged the most with six awards including the prestigious Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Excellence in Construction award. The project also received additional local awards from ABC Metro Washington, Engineering News Record (ENR), MD/DC National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Washington Building Congress (WBC).

The Hamilton stands out for its dual purpose as a two-story live music venue and high-end dining destination. It required installation of state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, lighting and a sound booth. At 40,000-square-feet, it’s the city’s largest restaurant with an events amphitheater, mezzanine and a custom-outfitted dining room.

Specializing in building complex and sophisticated projects, Forrester also won an ABC National Excellence in Construction award for its 815 Connecticut Avenue project designed by VOA Architects. The building, which was the site where Presidents Obama and Clinton launched the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011, includes energy efficiency improvements that are projected to provide annual savings of more than $100,000 per year.

Among the other seven 2012 award-winning Forrester projects winning multiple awards are the USNA Hubbard Hall and the Tenley-Friendship Library. The firm has received more than 170 awards to date for its diverse commercial projects that range from Healthcare to Science and Technology, to Education, Public Sector and Cultural.

“Every Forrester Team Member contributed immensely to the company’s success and recognition in 2012,” says David Forrester, Forrester’s President and CEO. “There’s a true team spirit here, especially as we begin our 25th year in business.”

To view all of Forrester’s 2012 awards, visit the link.