Forrester Construction Company Adopts Orr Boys and Girls Club in SE DC.

July 12, 2011 – As part of Forrester Construction Company’s corporate commitment to serving the local community, the firm has adopted The Orr Boys and Girls Club located in Ward 8. Forrester currently has a total of five ongoing projects in this Ward and has adopted the Club to add to its efforts to give back to that community.

Forrester’s first initiative for Orr was a computer donation valued at over $10,000. The donation consisted of 10 laptops that will be used by the Club as an educational tool for their afterschool “Power Hour” programs. Students will use the laptops for homework assistance in order to sharpen their technology and research skills to better prepare them for Middle School.

Marquitta Johnson, Branch Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington / Orr Elementary School Branch, said “I would like to thank Forrester Construction Company for the wonderful donation of 10 laptops to the Orr Boys & Girls Club Learning Center. This donation will allow Club Members to complete research assignments, expand technology skills, explore new project ideas, and access critical information that will help prepare them for promising futures. This is just one of many examples of Forrester’s on-going commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the youth that we serve.”

“This computer donation will enhance Orr Boys and Girls Club’s performance of its important mission of helping boys and girls of all backgrounds to build confidence, develop character, and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults” said David Forrester, President of Forrester Construction. “It is the cornerstone of Forrester’s values to give back to the community by supporting local organizations who are dedicated to improving the lives of others.”

Forrester also has a Community Involvement Day planned for this October during which Forrester Team Members and Subcontractors will donate their time and resources to improve Orr Boys & Girls Club’s facilities. Some of the upgrades include the painting of exterior playground space; repairing, pruning, and patching of playground fields and fencing; replacement of interior and exterior lights and bulbs; replacement of ceiling tile in various locations; painting of select interior spaces; and building of shelving and storage units.

The ORR Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ward 8 is a full-service year-round Club for youth ages six to 13 years old with approximately 150 student participants. The Club offers a variety of athletic, educational, recreational, and arts programs in a fun, safe, and structured environment. The Orr Branch is located inside of the Benjamin Orr Elementary School.

Forrester Construction to upgrade Orr Boys and Girls Club

WHAT: Forrester Construction sponsors an annual Community Involvement Day in which all Team Members and their friends and family are invited to participate at one of the local Boys and Girls Club. Forrester rallies the support of its subcontractors and suppliers to donate supplies and labor. Together, the subcontractors and Forrester Team Members team up to renovate and improve the facilities for the children. This year, Forrester has adopted The Orr Boys and Girls Club in Southeast DC. Some of the upgrades to their facility include the painting of exterior playground space; repairing handrails and fencing; replacement of interior and exterior lights and bulbs; replacement of ceiling tile in various locations; painting of select interior spaces; and building of shelving and storage units.

WHY: As part of Forrester Construction Company’s corporate commitment to serving the local community, the firm has adopted The Orr Boys and Girls Club located in Ward 8. Forrester’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Club allows Forrester to help renovate various Boys and Girls Club facilities around the Washington D.C. area. Forrester currently has a total of five ongoing projects in this Ward and has adopted the Orr Club to add to its efforts to give back to that community.

WHO: Orr Boys and Girls Club Forrester Construction Company Local vendors and subcontractors

WHERE: Orr Boys and Girls Club 2200 Minnesota Avenue, SE | Washington, DC

WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Interviews available upon request)

**INTERVIEW AVAILABILITY. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY**

For more information in advance of the event, please contact Rosanna Haddad at rhaddad@forresterconstruction.com or 301-255-0332.

Event Day Contact: Matt Crandell at 301-407-8696

About The Orr Boys and Girls Club: The ORR Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ward 8 is a full-service year-round Club for youth ages six to 13 years old with approximately 150 student participants. The Club offers a variety of athletic, educational, recreational, and arts programs in a fun, safe, and structured environment. The Orr Branch is located inside of the Benjamin Orr Elementary School.

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Forrester breaks ground at $100 Million Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA

June 16, 2011 – A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Thursday, June 9th to mark the soon-to-start construction of the new $100 Million Wakefield High School, which is one of three public comprehensive high schools in Arlington County. The groundbreaking was attended by school and public officials, as well as various community, parent, and student representatives. Among those in attendance were Dr. Patrick Murphy, Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools; Chris Zimmerman, Chairman, Arlington County Board; Chris Willmore, Principal, Wakefield High School; and Clarence Stukes, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Operations, Arlington Public Schools.

This project will involve the construction of a new 380,000 SF four-level school for a population of 1,600 students to replace the existing 60-year-old building. The new school will feature 50 classrooms, a large student commons area, state-of-the-art science labs, music and art rooms, media center, 625-seat auditorium, two gyms, new athletic fields, two indoor pools, a diving well, and a geothermal heating and cooling plant. The project will also include abatement and demolition of the existing school and pool buildings once occupancy of the new building is achieved.

Rick Forrester, Principal of Forrester Construction, said “Forrester Construction is extremely honored to be building this state-of-the-art, sustainable facility. The new Wakefield High School will be a tremendous asset to the Arlington community.”

The project is required to meet LEED Silver Certification, but is expected to achieve Gold. The Owner is Arlington Public Schools and the Architect is Bowie Gridley Architects of Washington, DC. Actual construction work will start shortly after July 1st, with completion of the school building due in time for the opening of the 2013-14 school year.

Forrester Construction Company receives four NAIOP MD/DC Awards of Excellence

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library

May 10, 2011 – Forrester Construction Company was presented with four NAIOP MD/DC Awards of Excellence at the Awards of Excellence Gala held Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC. This Gala Event honors superior performance in commercial and industrial real estate. Awards were received for the following Forrester projects: Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, American Society of Hematology (ASH), Buddha Bar, and Department of Employment Services (DOES) Headquarters.

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library Award of Excellence | Best Institutional Facility This project involved construction of a new three-story, 23,000 SF LEED™ Silver Library. The building’s most striking feature is a corrugated, perforated aluminum screen wall system across its southern façade. With a 40% open area, the screen wall sits three feet in front of an expansive glazed curtain wall and provides sufficient shading of the upper level reading room, while allowing natural daylight to enter the space.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Award of Excellence | Best Sustainable Design – New Building LEED NC This 100,000 SF LEED Platinum 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.

Buddha Bar Award of Excellence | Best First Floor Retail Project With locations spanning the globe (including Paris, London, Kiev, Dubai, and San Paolo) this internationally focused lounge-style restaurant is a music-centric spot in Washington, DC. The project involved the construction of a restaurant in a new base building and includes a bar, lounge seating, large outdoor patio space, kitchen, and gift shop, as well as a 600-pound black onyx Buddha statue.

Department of Employment Services (DOES) Headquarters Award of Excellence | Best Urban Office Over 150,000 SF This project involved the construction of a new five-story headquarters, which includes 280,000 SF of office space for approximately 450 government employees, a one-stop DC Works Career Center for District job-seekers on the ground floor, 7,000 SF of retail space for local businesses, a large ground floor community meeting room, and a two-level 100-space underground parking garage.

NAIOP MD/DC includes more than 400 company members of the Washington, DC and Suburban Maryland real estate community and represents the collective interests of developers, owners, service providers, and other industry professionals.

Forrester Achieved the Perfect Balance at ASH

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Forrester Earns Two National Excellence in Construction Awards from ABC

ATA Capitol Hill; Washington, DC

Forrester Construction Company’s work on the American Trucking Associations – Capitol Hill Legislative Office project in Washington, D.C. has earned the company an Eagle Award in the “Sitework / Landscape – All Contract Amounts” category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards. The Eagle Award is the highest honor bestowed upon one winner in each category of the National Excellence in Construction Awards Program. Forrester Construction was the only local DC Metro General Contractor to win an Eagle Award. In this 44,000-square-foot historic renovation, Forrester integrated three adjacent buildings and performed an excavation for two levels of underground parking while supporting the structures in mid-air.

In addition, Forrester Construction’s Semper Fidelis Memorial Park Chapel project in Quantico, VA received a Pyramid Award in the “Institutional – Less than $5 Million” category. This building’s structure evokes images of improvised field chapels that Marines would have encountered in the South Pacific, as it was constructed using natural materials such as stone and timber and its glass walls contribute to the concept of a “transparent chapel in the woods.” The awards were presented on Feb. 22 during the 21st annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Orlando, FL.

“ABC congratulates Forrester Construction Company for its exceptional work on the American Trucking Associations – Capitol Hill Legislative Office project,” said Michael D. Bellaman, ABC President and CEO. “This project is an outstanding example of the innovation and commitment to superior craftsmanship that embody merit shop construction.”

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects and safety programs. 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. This year’s competition was open to all construction projects completed by ABC member firms in 2010.

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.

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national association with 75 chapters representing more than 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly two million employees.

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.