Forrester has been awarded the $25 Million NARMC Headquarters and Dental Clinic

June 22, 2010 – Forrester Construction Company has been awarded the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command (NARMC) Headquarters and Dental Clinic in Fort Belvoir, VA. This approximately $25 Million project will include the construction of a new building for the NARMC Headquarters and a new Dental Clinic located adjacent to NARMC.

Construction of the new NARMC Headquarters will include the administrative building, standby generator, and building information systems. Supporting facilities will include electric service; water, sewer, and gas; paving, walks, curbs, and gutters; storm drainage; site improvements; antiterrorism measures; access for individuals with disabilities; information systems; and an intrusion detection system (IDS) and connection to a Utilities Monitoring & Control System (UMCS).

The new Dental Clinic will replace the existing 27 Dental Treatment Room (DTR) facility and will provide dental care to troops at Fort Belvoir. Supporting facilities will include utilities, streets, parking, exterior lighting, site improvements, antiterrorism measures, and information systems.

The Owner is the US Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District and the Architect is HDR Architecture of Alexandria, VA. Construction is scheduled to begin in July, 2010 with a completion date of September, 2011

Wideband Satellite Operations Center, Fort Detrick, MD

June 17, 2010 – This project at Fort Detrick, MD will involve construction of a new Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Center (WSOC). The approximately $15 Million facility will provide space for control equipment for DoD Satellites including operations rooms, equipment rooms, a training and conference room, offices, general administrative areas, storage and supply rooms, an equipment maintenance area, and personnel and security support areas. The project will also involve the installation of an emergency generator and intrusion detection system (IDS), connection to emergency monitoring and control system (EMCS), and building information systems. The project will be in compliance with all requirements documents for AT / FP measures.

The Owner is the United States Army Corp of Engineers and the Architect is HDR of Alexandria, VA. The project began on March 4, 2010 and will last approximately 480 days.

Forrester Construction wins the Design Build GSA ATF Facility

This approximately $11 Million Design Build Project will involve the energy retrofit of the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) highest energy consuming building in its Region 3 portfolio. Renovations include the installation of a 300 well geothermal system, 255kw rooftop photovoltaic solar array, and chiller replacement for the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) Facility in Martinsburg, WV.

The geothermal system will be a ground source heat pump system that will provide heating and cooling to the building and the photovoltaic solar array will be a crystalline panel system on the roof and in the parking lot of the facility that will reduce the amount of energy consumed by the building. In addition, the building’s chillers will be replaced and adjustments will be made to the HVAC system in the building to increase energy efficiency. The goal of this project is to reduce energy consumption in GSA’s highest energy consuming facility and provide a model demonstrating that these systems and solutions can be cost effectively applied to reduce energy consumption in virtually any existing building.

The Owner is GSA, the Architect is Oudens Knoop Knoop & Sachs of Chevy Chase, MD, and the MEP Engineer is Henry Adams of Baltimore, MD. Construction is scheduled to begin in September, 2010 and finish by March, 2012.

Forrester has been awarded two 2010 NAIOP MD / DC Awards.

May 7, 2010 – Forrester Construction wins two 2010 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) MD / DC Awards for the following projects:

Walker Jones School; Washington, DC
Award of Merit – Best Institutional Facility

Walker Jones is the first new school and library to be built under Mayor Adrian Fenty’s Administration and is also the first public facility to be finished as part of Northwest One, one of the District’s four New Communities projects. The Facility was built for LEED™ Certification and has an interactive green roof for students studying science. It is the fastest school ever built in the District of Columbia. This project included a 125,000 square foot facility – housing a new 100,000 SF pre-K-8 school, a 5,000 SF public library, and a 20,000 SF public recreation center. All three parts are in a four-story U-shaped building, which encompasses an entire city block. The library and recreation center are shared by the school and the surrounding community.

Potenza Restaurant; Washington, DC
Award of Excellence – Best First Floor Retail

This 11,000 SF project involved the construction of a restaurant, bakery, and a wine store, which were all built in the historic Woodward Building at 15th and H Streets, NW. The 175-seat Italian restaurant includes a new main bar with a zinc bar top, service bar area, dining areas with millwork server stations, and a kitchen with seating at the kitchen line counter.

These awards were presented at an Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC. NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners, and related professionals in office, industrial, and mixed-use real estate.

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Forrester Wins the Rehabilitation of 16 Historic Overlooks along Skyline Drive

January 27, 2010 – This project will involve the Rehabilitation of 16 Historic Overlooks along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. The work will consist of historic concrete and stone masonry repair and maintenance rehabilitation of the stone walls. Rehabilitation of the stone walls requires preservation of design aesthetics and character defining elements.

Wall segments include dry-laid and / or mortared stone and the stonework varies from overlook to overlook. The project will also involve construction of concrete footings for stone walls, removal and resetting of stone curbs, reconstruction of asphalt walkways, reconstruction of asphalt paving, replacement of culverts, and the addition of drainage structures.

This project was awarded through Forrester and Lorton Concrete’s Five Year, Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract with the National Park Service. The Architect / Engineer is the National Park Service. Construction is scheduled to begin March 1, 2010 and finish November 30, 2010.

$25 Million Seal / Sea Lion Life Support Facility and Site Renewal

January 19, 2010 – Forrester wins $25 Million Seal / Sea Lion Life Support Facility and Site Renewal at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. This project will involve the demolition of the existing seal / sea lion complex and construction of a new facility. The existing 30,000 SF facility was built in 1978, and includes individual exhibit pools for seals and sea lions, separate holding pools for both species, and a large structure housing the life support systems, maintenance, storage, and support operations. Age and technology advances have left the seal and sea lion life support systems and the associated facilities in need of major revitalization, so that current USDA and AZA standards for the care of marine mammals may be met.

The project will include tree protection, protection of adjacent live-animal exhibits, an addition to and modification of the existing life support system building, new life support equipment, replacement of two exhibit pools and four holding pools, construction of a new amphitheater and under water viewing area, upgrade of utilities in Beaver Valley, a small food service cafe, faux rockwork shorelines replicating the North Pacific coast, visitor and animal barrier systems, landscaping, site retaining walls, accessible pathways, and other site work. The zoo will remain open throughout the project.

The Owner is the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and the Architect is Quinn Evans of Washington, DC. Construction began in November of 2009 and is scheduled to finish in November of 2011.

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