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Two Projects...Two Awards

The National Capital Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) awarded two GSA projects its 2014 CMAA Project of the Year Award - in separate categories - both based in the National Capitol Region.

Recognized in the category of “Best Project Over $100 Million” was the Bio Defense complex on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) White Oak campus and in the category of “Best Project Between $50 Million and $100 Million”, phase one of the Lafayette Building Modernization project took the honor. The CMAA – of which GSA is a member – is a national organization dedicated to the interests of professional Construction and Program Management. Its membership is comprised of construction and project managers, construction owners in both public and private sectors and educational institutions. Each year the National Capital Chapter – located in the Washington Metropolitan Area recognizes the “best of the best” in construction projects for a given year and for 2014, two GSA projects ruled supreme.

The FDA project which received the award in the over $100 million category, included, but was not limited to, the planning, design, and construction of a newly consolidated facility on their White Oak campus. Consisting of four buildings of more than 1 million square feet of space, it includes office and laboratory facilities and houses approximately 8900 employees. The buildings – located on the southeast quadrant of the campus – were constructed to LEED Gold standards.

The second project awarded by the CMAA was the Lafayette Building Modernization, Phase I. Winning in the $50 million - $100 million category, this project involved mechanical and electrical system upgrading and interior and exterior renovation and restoration. The Lafayette Building, the headquarters for the Veterans Administration and the Export/Import Bank, was built in 1940 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is being modernized to meet LEED Gold standards.

The awards were given to the GSA contracted construction management firm for the respective projects during the awards dinner. Representatives from Heery-Tishman Joint Venture accepted the award for the FDA project and Hill International for the Lafayette Building Modernization project.

Leading the FDA team was Project Executive Shapour Ebadi and the Project Executive for the Lafayette Building Modernization Phase I project was Dean Smith. The respective Project Managers were Jon Lee and Alison Dresser. Honored to have two of its projects acknowledged as being the “best of the best”, NCR personnel worked on these projects for years to ensure their timely, effective and efficient completion.

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