Forrester is awarded the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County, Maryland


September 3, 2009 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County, Maryland. This project will involve the construction of a new $10 Million, 30,000 SF Modern Nature Center with customary indoor exhibits and displays, along with outdoor interpretive trails. The Center will be built for LEED™ Platinum.

Gary J. Arthur, Director of the County Department of Recreation and Parks, said “Forrester Construction of Rockville was chosen to be the contractor, in part for the firm’s experience in eco-friendly and energy-efficient design.” The main objective of the Robinson Nature Center is to bring people together with nature, to learn, to experience nature and the environment around them, and to promote an ethic of stewardship of the land.

The Center will have a large Discovery Room specifically designed for children’s activities with many “hands-on” exhibits and activities to educate them about their natural environment. The exhibits and activities will be based on sound environmental science, while at the same time, offering an exciting and enjoyable learning experience. The Center willl also have a 150-seat auditorium; two rooms for classes or meetings; a main exhibit room for both permanent and changeable exhibits relating to nature, resource management, and local history; and a 50-seat digital planetarium.

This will be the first nature center to be owned and operated by Howard County Government. The Architect is GWWO Architects of Baltimore, Maryland. Construction is scheduled to begin this month and finish in October 2010.

US Supreme Court – Roof System Replacement, Washington, DC

July 8, 2009 – As part of the Supreme Court Modernization Program, Phase 1 of The Roof System Replacement Project was awarded to Forrester Construction. This 11,000 SF project will involve asbestos abatement and demolition of the existing roof system and metal flashing coated with lead paint.

The flat roofs including the Promenade roofs will be replaced with hot-applied rubberized asphalt roofing membrane and covered with insulation and concrete pavers. The project also includes the installation of new metal flashing, a personal fall arrest system, and a lightning protection system.

The purpose of the work is to extend the roof systems’ life expectancy. The flat roofs will be extended to a minimum of 30 years and the drainage components will be extended to a minimum of 50 years.

The Owner is the Supreme Court of the United States and the Architect is Architect of the Capitol. The project began Wednesday, July 01, 2009 and is scheduled to finish September 15, 2009.

Fort McHenry National Education and Administration Center, Baltimore, MD


May 21, 2009 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the Fort McHenry National Education and Administration Center in Baltimore, MD. This $6 Million project involves a new 17,000 SF Education and Administration Center, which will provide critical visitor services such as education and orientation needed to successfully and safely visit the park.

The facility will include exhibits, classroom, auditorium, consolidated staff offices, bookstore, library, conference / multipurpose rooms, partner group office space, and accessible restroom facilities. The new building is designed to achieve at least silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) Certification.

In addition to being larger and capable of handling more visitors than the original center built in 1966, the new building will feature better exhibits that are more relevant to a younger audience. An engaging audiovisual presentation will feature multiple screens, computer graphics, and high tech audio. The outer façade of the building will be comprised of two sweeping elements – one of strong red brick like the fort and the red stripe in the Star-Spangled Banner, the other of polished metal symbolizing the white stripe.

The Owner is the National Park Service and the Architect is GWWO, Inc./Architects of Baltimore, MD. Construction began May 11, 2009 and is scheduled to finish in July, 2010. The new facility will be ready to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Forrester Projects win five WBC Craftsmanship Awards including a Star Award

Monday, March 30, 2009 – Forrester Construction Company Projects received five Washington Building Congress (WBC) Craftsmanship Awards at a Banquet held on Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Awards were received for the following projects:

King Hall Restoration (Star Award Winner for Visual/Technical Excellence): Special Construction / Thermal and Moisture Protection, Subcontractor- James Myers Co.

Provide Accessibility and Improve Ford’s Theatre NHS (3 awards): Metals / Structural Steel Framing, Subcontractor- M.R. Metals, Inc. Finishes / Specialty Painting, Subcontractor- Brownlee Painting and Wallcovering Electrical / Special Systems, Subcontractor- Natelco Electrical Contractors

McPherson Building (1 Award) Masonry / Interior Stone and Marble, Subcontractor- R. Bratti Associates

*Winners of Star Awards demonstrate the highest level of quality and exceed the awards criteria to achieve a level defined as “Exceptional.”

The Washington Building Congress is the only local organization that recognizes the superior skills of craftsmen through the Craftsmanship Awards Program, an annual celebration of excellent work performed in our local industry.

$14 Million Design Build Hubbard Hall, US Naval Academy

March 25, 2009 – Forrester Construction Company has been awarded the $14 Million Design Build Hubbard Hall Project at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The project involves the Restoration and Modernization of Building 260 (Hubbard Hall), which is the historic home of the United States Naval Academy’s crew teams. Building 260 is a three-story boathouse built in 1930 and accommodates over two hundred athletes for their daily training regime.

The project includes hazardous material abatement; interior reorganization; repairs to the existing building and building enclosure; complete replacement of all heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing systems; and construction of a new indoor rowing tank. It also involves repair of deteriorated foundation pilings, construction of a temporary tension fabric boat storage “shed”, and repair and expansion of the existing wharf and floating docs.

The project was awarded under Forrester’s Multiple Award Construction Contract with NAVFAC Washington. The Architect of Record is Muse Architects of Bethesda, Maryland. The project is expected to be completed by January 2011.

Forrester Construction receives “Private Sector Firm” of the Year Award

March 2, 2009 – Prince George’s County’s Small Business Initiative (SBI) held it’s Fourth Annual Awards Celebration on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Camelot of Upper Marlboro, MD. Forrester Construction received Prince George’s County Small Business Initiative’s “Private Sector Firm” of the year award at this celebration.

This award highlights the dedication and commitment Forrester showed in working with the Small Business Initiative in 2008 and our achievements as a dedicated and committed partner. This year the selection committee focused on dedicated and committed individuals that have not only worked with them throughout the year, but also are dedicated and committed to Prince George’s County business owners.

The Prince George’s County SBI celebrated its Fourth Anniversary of providing management and technical assistance to local, small, and minority-owned growth companies in Prince George’s County. The theme this year was “Small Businesses, Big Dreams: Making Your Vision a Reality.”

Forrester Construction Completes Ford’s Theatre Renovation


February 13, 2009 – Forrester Construction has completed construction on the “Provide Accessibility and Improve Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site” Project. This project won three Washington Building Congress (WBC) Craftsmanship Awards, which will be presented at an Awards Banquet on March 27, 2009 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

This national historic and cultural site produces musicals and plays reflecting family values in American life in the historic theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Forrester has now become a part of the history of this site, as we expanded the theatre to access three additional structures- the 517 Building, the Back L (or North Annex), and the Star Saloon. The project involved underpinning and excavation; interior and exterior demolition; up-to-date lighting and audio-visual technology; installation of new air handling equipment, ductwork, and electrical systems; upgrade of building systems; new finishes including ornamental plaster; new slate roof; historic preservation work; and state-of-the-art theatrical equipment.

In addition, the project involved extensive structural work including restoration of the structural integrity of the circa 1800 masonry walls and the setting of 25 tons of new gridiron steel above the stage with electric tuggers. Forrester encountered many project challenges as a result of working in this historic structure built in the 1800’s, including asbestos and lead abatement delays and numerous structural changes.

Forrester Wins Two Northern Virginia NAIOP Awards

January 14, 2009 – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria and ATA Headquarters were honored at the 22nd Annual Best of Northern Virginia NAIOP Awards held Thursday evening, November 20, 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Over six hundred people were in attendance as thirty-three awards were presented in the following categories: Transactions, Interiors, Buildings, and Membership. The Awards Ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial and industrial real estate community. Northern Virginia NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) is a regional trade association for commercial and industrial real estate developers, owners, and investors and service providers for the industry. Chartered in 1980, Northern Virginia NAIOP has approximately 860 members throughout the region.

$70 Million D/B NCIS & OJAG Headquarters Modernization

November 21, 2008 – Forrester Construction has been awarded the $70 Million Design/Build NCIS and OJAG Headquarters Modernization at the Washington Navy Yard. The project will involve a full gut, renovation, and modernization of the NCIS & OJAG Headquarters including structural upgrades as required for ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection) and seismic criteria; fit out of all tenant spaces; new additions to infill existing lightwell areas; all new building systems such as mechanical, electrical, fire alarm, sprinkler, and telecommunications; new elevators; stair towers; and replacement of windows and roofs. The renovation will result in approximately 250,000 square feet of primarily office space. The modernization includes a goal to be Silver LEED™ Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The project also includes relocating the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and their Naval Historic Office to temporary swing spaces, demolishing a pedestrian bridge to Building 219, and the addition of 240 parking spaces to Garage 405. The Architect of Record is Einhorn Yaffee Prescott. Additional design team members include EDG2 (Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer) and WBCM (Civil and Structural Engineer). Construction is scheduled to be completed by September 2010.

Forrester Begins Construction of New $48 Million DOES Headquarters Building

November 6, 2008 – Forrester broke ground this morning on the new DOES building located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE. This $48 million building was designed by Devrouax + Purnell of Washington, DC.

The project will involve the construction of a new five-story headquarters for the Department of Employment Services (DOES). This agency plans, develops, and administers employment-related services to all segments of the Washington, DC metropolitan population including job training, workers’ compensation, and unemployment compensation.

The new building will include an employment and business center on the ground floor, retail space for local businesses, a large ground floor community meeting room, office space for approximately 500 DOES employees, a green roof, and a two-level, 100-space underground parking garage. Construction is scheduled to finish in early 2011.