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.