Forrester Breaks Ground at new Glenmont Metro Station Parking Garage


January 20, 2011 – Forrester broke ground on Tuesday at the location of the new Glenmont Metro Station Parking Garage, which will be a LEED certified building, helping the county attain its sustainability goals. Congressman Chris Van Hollen, County Executive Isiah Leggett, Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Nancy Floreen, as well as WMATA Interim General Manager Richard Sarles spoke at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

This second garage at Glenmont Station, which will be located on the west side of Georgia Avenue, will replace one of the station’s Kiss & Ride lots and add 1,200 parking spaces. When the garage is completed, there will be 3,000 total parking spaces at Glenmont.

Metro is managing the design / build project for the County and when completed, the garage will be operated and maintained by Metro. Community workshops were held to solicit input on the design of the parking garage. The garage will have six levels of parking, with one level below ground.

The design will incorporate a number of environmentally sensitive features to earn the garage a LEED rating, including enhanced energy performance design strategies such as daylight harvesting, reducing the garage’s environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use. Additionally, construction operations will focus on techniques to divert construction, demolition and land clearing debris from disposal in landfills in order to redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. The garage will utilize building products that incorporate recycled content materials, reducing environmental impacts from the extraction and processing of new virgin materials. The project will also utilize regional building materials and products, supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

A canopy will connect the garage entrance to the Metrorail entrance. The garage will feature customer assistance phones, extra lighting, digital security cameras, and a police room with window access to the garage to enhance security. The garage is scheduled to open in early 2012.

Forrester Construction Provides Food to the Capital Area Food Bank

Rockville, MD – On Friday, December 17th, Forrester Construction provided the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) with 3,730 pounds of food. According to the Capital Area Food Bank, 1.3 pounds is equivalent to one individual meal.

For the past 22 years, Forrester Construction has always been committed to giving back to the communities in which they work and live. To foster these efforts, Forrester’s Community Involvement Committee provides a platform where Forrester Team Members can participate with a variety of charities and goodwill efforts throughout the year. This year, the Committee chose to support the Capital Area Food Bank’s mission to alleviate hunger in the Washington, DC community.

Forrester’s Team Members were challenged with a goal to collect 2,000 pounds of food in time for the holiday season. Not only was this goal achieved, but it was almost doubled. This exemplifies Forrester’s core values, “Through Teamwork We Do the Right Thing to Make it Happen™”

“We are in the midst of challenging times. The need for the Capital Area Food Bank and our partner agencies is greater than ever,” said Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. “This generous donation will enable us to nourish the thousands of families, children, and individuals suffering from hunger in our community.”

“We know that this donation managed by the Capital Area Food Bank will reach the right people during this holiday season”, said David Forrester, President of Forrester Construction. “It is the cornerstone of Forrester’s values to give back to the community by supporting organizations who are dedicated to improving the lives of others within our community. Our Team Members worked as a team to provide a donation that should have a significant impact on the efforts of the Capital Area Food Bank.”

Founded in 1980 on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, CAFB is the largest, nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area. Since that time, CAFB has made tremendous strides to expand their services and annually distribute 23 million pounds of food to more than 383,000 people through their invaluable network of partner agencies. CAFB is committed to uplifting those in need, providing the best services possible and helping those who are without the means to help themselves. For further information and to make a donation, visit capitalareafoodbank

Forrester Completes $100 Million Modernization for the Navy

Successful completion of Forrester’s Modernization Project was recently celebrated at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on Friday, November 5, 2010.

Rusty Russell, Project Manager and Scott Forrester, Principal both gave opening remarks, along with Commander David Varner, Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity Washington and Captain Hugh Hemstreet, Commanding Officer, NAVFAC Washington.

Project Information:
Client: Department of the Navy
Architect: EYP
Value: $100 Million
Square Footage: 250,000 SF
Schedule: 16 months

Project features:

  • $100 Million adaptive reuse of a National Historic Landmark District Contributing Structure
  • Included full gut, renovation, modernization, systems replacement, and addition to a 250,000 SF facility at a restricted downtown DC site
  • Structural upgrades as required for ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection), blast resistance, and seismic criteria
  • LEED Silver including a white reflective roof, storm water collection plant with bio-retention filter, xeriscaping, and widespread use of rapidly renewable resources
  • Fit-out of all tenant spaces for Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), Navy International Programs Office (IPO), the Navy Historical and Heritage Command, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • OJAG state-of-the-art SMART courtroom featuring electronic climate control, biometrics, and interactive monitors for remote witness testimony
  • Parking Garage expansion

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Forrester Construction Wins Three Mid-Atlantic Construction Best of 2010 Awards

Awards were received for the following projects:

Semper Fidelis Memorial Park Chapel
Project of the Year in the Worship Category
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Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Library
Award of Merit in the Cultural Category
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Teleproductions International
Award of Merit in the Interior Design / Tenant Improvement Category
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This annual competition recognizes construction and design excellence in the region that includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. This year, approximately 100 entries vied for top honors in more than 20 different categories, based on construction type.

“Project of the Year” awards were given to the first-place entries in a category that the judges considered truly exceptional. “Awards of Merit” also were presented to projects that the judges deemed to be worthy of recognition. All winning projects will be featured in an upcoming issue of Mid-Atlantic Construction and will be honored at an event to be held in Baltimore, MD on December 10th. “Project of the Year” winners in each category will be entered into the National Best Of the Best competition.

Forrester’s ASH Project presented with LEED Platinum Certification by USGBC.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) was presented the official award and certification of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum by Chris Smith, COO of U.S. Green Building Council on Thursday, October 28, 2010. The building is a cutting-edge space reflective of the innovation and industry leadership of the society, as well as the expertise of the project team, which consisted of AtSite, Owner’s Representative; Forrester Construction Company, General Contractor; and RTKL, Architect.

The 100,000 SF building contains ASH’s new 40,000-SF headquarters and features a multi-media conference center, a fitness facility, sub-grade garage and “ASH Club”, a dedicated space where members can work, unwind, and network. ASH is the first non-profit association in the country to achieve this certification for new construction of a commercial office building larger than 80,000 square feet. ASH’s headquarters is now one of only seven LEED Platinum commercial office buildings in the District of Columbia. LEED Platinum certification is the most difficult and highest designation given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), who developed the certification system to guide organizations in building and renovating space with sustainability in mind.

Products for construction were carefully chosen to include recycled content, regionally manufactured and harvested materials, rapidly renewable materials, and products that contain minimal VOC (volatile organic compounds) and formaldehyde contents. The wood materials are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of products harvested using an environmentally responsible method.

Notably, the design and construction costs remained within ASH’s budget and the space will continue to provide cost and energy efficiency, with plenty of natural light, low-flow plumbing and water-efficient showerheads, individual lighting and temperature controls including motion sensors, and low-energy light fixtures. In addition, the building is equipped with a building automation system, a digital system which constantly monitors the set points of all mechanical equipment and will adjust this equipment to provide consistent operation based on the end users preference and the original design. This system allows the building to operate efficiently and thereby minimizes the amount of energy and equipment cycling that is required.

“This building serves as a wonderful case study on how cost and environmental sustainability can be perfectly aligned,” said Davor D. Kapelina, AtSite’s President & CEO. “Our objective was to deliver a great work environment for ASH, in a cost efficient manner; doing that in a smart, focused way resulted in LEED Platinum Certification,” Mr. Kapelina continued.

Scott Forrester, a Principal of Forrester Construction who heads up their own Sustainable Initiatives program said, “We are extremely proud of our record of being a socially and environmentally responsible contractor. Therefore, we are honored that we had the opportunity to build ASH’s new headquarters- a project that is a stellar example of sustainability for others to follow.”

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Forrester Construction Announces 2010 Fall Campus Visits

Georgia Tech – September 13, 2010
Bucknell University – September 22, 2010
Purdue University – October 1, 2010
East Carolina University – October 7, 2010
Catholic University – October 14, 2010
Penn State – October 19, 2010
Virginia Tech – October 28, 2010

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Forrester Construction Wins Three 2010 AGC of DC Washington Contractor Awards

Forrester received awards for the following projects:

Benning Neighborhood Library
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Semper Fidelis Memorial Park Chapel
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Teleproductions International
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Forrester was also presented with a Corporate Safety Award for our commitment to safety through our policies, training, and corporate culture. These awards were received at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday, October 6th at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.

The Washington Contractor Awards Program honors exceptional projects from the DC area construction industry. This prestigious annual competition recognizes the accomplishment of Contractors for their professional roles in the winning projects.

The DC Metropolitan area Associated General Contractors of America represents the leading General Contractors, Design Builders, Construction Managers, and Subcontractors constructing the majority of corporate, institutional, and public building projects in the Washington DC area.

Forrester wins four ABC Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards

Forrester was awarded four Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards for the following projects:

Semper Fidelis Memorial Park Chapel: Institutional (Under $10 Million) Click here to view a portfolio of this project

American Trucking Associations – Capitol Hill: Excavations / Sitework Click here to view a portfolio of this project

Buddha Bar: Restaurant Interior Buildout Click here to view a portfolio of this project

Landon School: Educational – Public & Private Schools (Under $5 Million) Click here to view a portfolio of this project

Each year, the Metropolitan Washington Excellence in Construction Awards recognize and celebrate 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. These projects were honored at the ABC Awards Banquet held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

ASH – 2021 L Street receives highest LEED Rating


September 1, 2010 -The American Society of Hematology (ASH) – 2021 L Street Headquarters has received a LEED Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The Owner’s Representative is AtSite and the Architect is RTKL.

This project involved an interior build-out for ASH. The American Society of Hematology purchased the 2021 L Street building to serve as their new headquarters. The building consists of 10 floors above grade and two levels of underground parking.

Forrester built out the top five floors for the new ASH headquarters and replaced the entire HVAC system for the building. An open communicating stair with glass handrails was constructed to connect the sixth through the ninth floors. The 10th floor contains large conference / meeting rooms with operable partitions to provide maximum flexibility.

The project also included the construction of a new cafeteria and fitness center for use by the tenants. The first floor was occupied by retail tenants throughout the construction, so operation of existing mechanical, electrical, and other building systems had to be maintained for this area.

Developed by USGBC, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Restoration of the DC War Memorial, Washington, DC

July 6, 2010 – This project will involve a comprehensive restoration and cleaning of the Memorial itself, as well as the installation of new drainage systems for the Monument, electrical upgrades, new blue stone walkways, and modifications and additions to the existing landscape.

The District of Columbia War Memorial was built in 1931 and commemorates the citizens of the District of Columbia who served in World War I. It stands in West Potomac Park slightly off of Independence Avenue in a grove of trees. Funds to construct the Memorial were provided by the contributions of both organizations and individual citizens of the District. It was the first war Memorial to be erected in West Potomac Park, part of the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, and remains the only local District Memorial on the National Mall. Construction will begin in August, 2010 and will be completed by March, 2011.