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.”

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Forrester Completes Construction of minibar by José Andrés.

November 12, 2012 – Forrester Construction Company is pleased to announce that it has just completed the construction of the critically-acclaimed restaurant minibar by José Andrés, re-located to 855 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004. This marks Forrester’s fifth construction project for José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, having previously completed renowned restaurants Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya and America Eats Tavern.

minibar by José Andrés is the award-winning chef’s culinary testing ground featuring an avant-garde dining experience with seating for 12 guests. The restaurant, located in the former Zola Wine & Kitchen, replaces Andrés’ previous six-stool minibar location at 405 Eighth Street NW.

Forrester renovated the 3,750 square foot space in collaboration with Spanish architect and designer Juli Capella and DC-based architecture/design firm CORE. Unique design elements of the space include gold-leafed domed lighting installations fabricated from boats, upholstered doors and walls in the vestibule, a decorative spy mirror wall and custom fireplace in the dining room, custom millwork and mirrored wall finishes in the disco-style restroom.

Andrés says the new location for minibar features an elegant central kitchen that supports a greater exchange of ideas, innovation and productivity and will enhance the experience for diners allowing them to feel a part of the culinary performance. The new space provides an ideal environment for guests to enjoy a one-of-a-kind culinary journey. The restaurant began taking reservations in October for its November 7th opening.

Scott Forrester, Forrester’s principal lead, says rebuilding the restaurant for the celebrated chef has been rewarding. “Being involved in the renovation of a space that presents a new restaurant concept coupled with interesting design features is especially exciting,” says Forrester.

 

 

Forrester Construction Upgrades Boys & Girls Club Facility.

October 15, 2012 – On Saturday, October 13th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Forrester Construction Company, an award-winning Rockville, Maryland-based commercial construction firm, held its 15th Annual Community Involvement Day with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington.

As the sponsor of this Community Involvement Day, Forrester enlisted 20+ team members, their family and friends as well as subcontractors and suppliers to give the Boys & Girls Clubhouse #14 at 4103 Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC numerous upgrades including painting the exterior fencing and interior walls, replacing ceiling tiles, installing new carpet and building bookcases and coat racks.

This was the fourth Community Involvement Day that Forrester has held at a local Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, one of the largest affiliates of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with 20 locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The clubs offer a variety of athletic, recreational and arts programs, in a safe environment, for children ages 6 to 18. Forrester has donated more than a half million dollars to DC-based charities in the past five years.

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Established in 1988, Forrester Construction Company is an award-winning Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 150 Contractor and Top 50 Green Contractor, offering clients preconstruction, general contracting, construction management and design-build services. As one of the top five locally-owned general contractors in Metro DC, Forrester has a proven track record of client satisfaction, construction excellence and efficient project delivery. Specialized in the commercial, public sector, healthcare, science and technology, education and cultural markets, Forrester has worked on such landmark projects as the Supreme Court, the Washington Convention Center and the National Institutes of Health. Forrester has been recognized with more than 120 construction industry awards in its 25 years in business, a milestone it will be celebrating in 2013.

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Forrester Begins $12M Construction of Aquilino Cancer Center.

September 17, 2012 – Forrester Construction Company is pleased to announce that it has begun the construction of the $12 million Aquilino Cancer Center on the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital campus, located at 9905 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, with completion slated for summer 2013. This freestanding, three-story, comprehensive cancer center is the first of its kind in Montgomery County, Maryland.

At the center individuals affected by cancer will have access to the highest quality, personalized cancer care in a unique, academic-caliber environment. Services range from diagnostics to radiation and chemotherapy, as well as pain and symptom management, multidisciplinary clinics with a comprehensive care team, and clinical trials. The new LEED Silver, 51,000-square-foot building will include two linear accelerator vaults for radiation equipment.

Awarded by the joint venture of the RMJ Development Group and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital along with the Walker Group and AtSite, the Aquilino Cancer Center is among the growing number of healthcare projects led by Forrester Construction Company, strengthening the firm’s foothold in the healthcare and science and technology commercial construction industries. The architect of the project is AECOM Architects.

“Forrester is excited to be involved in this cutting-edge, community-based cancer center,” says Stephen Houff, Forrester’s Group Vice President for Healthcare, Science and Technology. “We’re proud to be building a center that caters to the needs of cancer patients in such a personalized way.”

About Forresterconstruction

Established in 1988, Forrester Construction Company is an award-winning Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 150 Contractor and Top 50 Green Contractor, offering clients preconstruction, general contracting, construction management and design-build services. As one of the top five locally-owned general contractors in Metro DC, Forrester has a proven track record of client satisfaction, construction excellence and efficient project delivery. Specialized in the commercial, public sector, healthcare, science and technology, education and cultural markets, Forrester has worked on such landmark projects as the Supreme Court, the Washington Convention Center and the National Institutes of Health. Forrester has been recognized with more than 170 construction industry awards in its 25 years in business, a milestone it will be celebrating in 2013.

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Forrester Completes State-of-the-Art Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit

September 6, 2012 – Forrester Construction Company is pleased to announce that it just completed construction of the state-of-the-art Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit, part of the American Trail at The Smithsonian National Zoological Park located in Washington, DC. This project, which opened to the public on September 1st, included the demolition of the original Seal and Sea Lion facility as well as the construction of the new and engaging Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit.

Forrester Completes State-of-the-Art Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit for The Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Working closely with architectural firm Quinn Evans and Smithsonian officials, Forrester built a two-acre facility that provides better standards of care for the American Trail marine life and other animals, while also enhancing the experience for visitors.

Incorporating a complex marine life support system and maintenance structure adjacent to the two new exhibit pools and four holding tanks, Forrester replicated the North Pacific Coast using innovative concrete forming and placement techniques, simulated tide pools and wave machines. Forrester also installed above and below water acrylic glass windows and an amphitheater to enhance the visitor’s sensory experience. Four California sea lions now live and play in a 300,000-gallon pool, while a gray seal, with three more arriving in late fall, frolics in a 125,000-gallon pool.

Forrester also built the Wolf and North American River Otter Exhibits on the American Trail, which included the preservation of historic elements, reshaping of the terrain, construction of a new wolf habitat and a newly expanded otter area. In addition, safety features, such as glass viewing panels, handrails and new fencing, were added. Also constructed was a new food service cafe serving locally-sourced, sustainable seafood.

“This has been a tremendous project in many ways, not only because of its positive impact on the well-being of the animals and marine life, but also in its ability to give spectators a close and personal look at how they live,” says Scott Forrester, executive vice president of Forrester Construction Company. “Implementing leading-edge technologies to create a LEED certified Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit has been a rewarding experience for the Forrester team.”

About Forrester

Established in 1988, Forrester Construction Company is an award-winning Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 150 Contractor and Top 50 Green Contractor, offering clients preconstruction, general contracting, construction management and design-build services. As one of the top five locally-owned general contractors in Metro DC, Forrester has a proven track record of client satisfaction, construction excellence and efficient project delivery. With a broad portfolio supporting multiple market sectors such as commercial, healthcare and education, the firm has worked on prominent landmark projects including the Supreme Court, Ford’s Theater and the Library of Congress. Forrester has been recognized with more than 120 construction industry awards in its 25 years in business, a milestone it will be celebrating in 2013.

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Forrester and EYP honored with a Design-Build Institute of America Award.

January 24, 2012 – The Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently honored Forrester Construction Company and EYP Architecture & Engineering design-build team with a 2011 Merit Award for the Naval Consolidated Operations Center at the historic Washington Navy Yard. Recognized in the Rehabilitation / Renovation / Restoration category, the prestigious award celebrates the region’s highest achievements in design-build and innovation.

The design-build team created first class office and support space for the 280,000-square-foot, four-story Naval Consolidated Operations Center (originally constructed circa 1940), successfully accommodating a diverse group of Naval operations tenants, each with varying adjacency and security needs. Physical and technical security informed all decisions related to the renovation project, with secure features that included a blast-resistant exterior envelope and Secure Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) space with electronic surveillance to suppress data leakage. The new building envelope, which includes new roof systems and thermal insulation, dramatically increases the energy efficiency of the complex.

To house the planned increase in building personnel, the team transformed 50,000 square feet of found space by in-filling existing light wells, while maintaining tenant access to natural daylighting. The team also developed the levels of security, unique programmatic spaces, and quality of finishes, ultimately modernizing Naval Consolidated Operations Center’s structure, envelope, HVAC, telecommunications, security, and individual tenant spaces, all while preserving the building’s original exterior.

Commented EYP Project Executive Robert Gudz, PE, CEM, LEED AP, “We are extremely proud of this transformative modernization project, and are thrilled for the prominent recognition from such an important industry organization.” Added Forrester’s Vice President of PreConstruction and Design Build Services Victor Bonardi, AIA, LEED AP, “This is another excellent example of how Design Build Teaming produces project success and client satisfaction through communication, cooperation, and collaboration on a highly complex, building renovation project.”

At Naval Consolidated Operations Center’s 2010 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Commanding Officer Captain Hugh Hemstreet said of the Forrester / EYP team, “The partnership between all team members was great. It made this unique and challenging project a success.”

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Forrester Construction Company: Established in 1988, Forrester Construction Company is an award-winning Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 200 Contractor, Top 50 Green Contractor, and Top 100 Design Builder, offering clients preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, and design/build services. Forrester is ranked as one of the top four largest locally owned general contractors. For additional information, visit our website.

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EYP Architecture & Engineering: EYP is the expertise-based, integrated architecture and engineering design firm that specializes in education, government, and historic preservation projects. EYP Energy is a division of EYP that delivers comprehensive energy and sustainability services. Located in Albany, Boston, Greenville, New York City, Orlando and Washington, D.C., the firm ranks among the largest A/E firms in the nation by Building Design & Construction magazine and recently ranked in The Architect 50, Architect Magazine’s annual ranking of top architecture firms.

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Robinson Nature Center wins a Green Project Award from USGBC Maryland.

December 14, 2011 – Forrester Construction‘s Robinson Nature Center has won a Green Building Project Award in the new Construction Category. Some of the criteria used for selection included the project’s innovative and sustainable strategies, as well as community impact.

The Robinson Nature Center is a new 25,000 SF, LEED Platinum modern nature center with customary indoor exhibits and displays, along with outdoor interpretive trails. The three-story center is nestled into a hillside and was designed from the very beginning with energy conservation and sustainability in mind. As a result, it is on track to becoming one of only three LEED Certified Platinum buildings in the State of Maryland.

In addition to a main exhibit room with many interactive and multisensory exhibits for all ages, the Center has a large Discovery Room specifically designed for children’s activities with many hands-on exhibits and activities to capture their attention and educate them about their natural environment. The facility also includes an auditorium with seating for 150 people; classrooms / meeting rooms; a 50-seat NatureSphere, which is a state-of-the-art digital domed nature planetarium; and a balcony and green rooftop for outdoor nature viewing.

This project will be honored at USGBC MD’s Annual WinterGreen Awards program on Thursday January 26, 2012 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, MD.

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Presidents Obama And Clinton Tour Forrester’s 815 Connecticut Avenue Project.

December 2, 2011 – President Barack Obama and Former President Bill Clinton were given a construction tour of 815 Connecticut Avenue, which is located just one block from the White House. Presidents Obama and Clinton tour a 45-year-old B+ Class office building being converted by Forrester Construction to a trophy green facility in order to support the owner’s vision for a high-performance, sustainable facility.

Presidents Obama And Clinton

The purpose of the visit was a press conference announcing nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years. These investments are part of the Better Buildings Challenge, and will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the construction sector. The Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative launched in February by President Obama, and is spearheaded by former President Clinton and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to support job creation by catalyzing private sector investment in commercial and industrial building energy upgrades to make America’s buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next decade, reducing energy costs for American businesses by nearly $40 billion.

The construction tour included a visit to the building’s MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) penthouse to observe the mechanical upgrades, and the 12th floor to view the old and new exterior facades currently under construction. Forrester Construction representatives assisted with the tour explaining the energy efficiencies being put in place to this 200,000 SF, 12-story building along with the construction processes and worker participation. The project includes a complete mechanical refurbishment of an occupied building including replacing the existing DX cooling towers, hydronic pumps, chillers, hydronic heaters, outside air dampers, cooling coils, and all necessary piping for the system to operate, as well as replacement of the existing masonry and precast concrete building façade with a new unitized curtainwall system and storefront system, replacement of the building core toilet rooms and electrical closets, main lobby renovation, new rear lobby with porte-cochere for valet drop-off, new fitness center and new plaza.

The building is managed by Transwestern, Project is managed by DRI Development Services. Project Design Team is VOA Architects, KCE Structural Engineers and Loring Consulting Engineers.