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.