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ASLA SELECTS FORRESTER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY AS GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR GREEN ROOF PROJECT

Construction To Start This Week

Washington, DC, December 19, 2005---The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has chosen Forrester Construction Company as the general contractor and construction manager to build a green roof on its headquarters building in downtown Washington, D.C. Construction of the Society’s 3,300-square-foot green roof located at 636 Eye Street, NW, is scheduled to begin in late December and last approximately 18 weeks. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, 2006.

"Forrester's appreciation of landscape architecture and demonstrated commitment to sustainability were key factors in their selection to construct ASLA's green roof," said Nancy Somerville, executive vice president of ASLA. "Their experience in working with not-for-profit organizations and--frankly--their enthusiasm for the message this project conveys make them the right contractor to complete our team."

The landscape architect and lead designer for the green roof project is Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, Inc., of New York; Conservation Design Forum is the consulting landscape architect; and, the architect is DMJM.

“We believe this state-of-the-art green roof will serve as a demonstration project for the region and for the landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, and construction professions,” said D. Scott Forrester, principal of Forrester Construction. “Our company is committed to sustainable construction practices and we have a great deal of experience in working on LEED-certified projects. On a personal note, it gives me great pride to have been selected to build the ASLA green roof because I have a degree in landscape architecture and it’s something I care deeply about.”

A green roof is a roof substantially covered with vegetation. Since the 1970’s, green roofs have increasingly become part of the European landscape, where there are over 100 million square feet of planted roofs today. Faced with soaring and unpredictable energy costs and the desire for higher performance buildings, more U.S. building owners are opting for green roof technology. The ASLA project will serve as a demonstration project for the city of Washington and beyond, encouraging more widespread use locally and nationally.

More information about the project can be found at http://www.asla.org/land/050205/greenroofcentral.html.

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 16,200 members. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Learn more about landscape architecture online at www.asla.org.

About Forrester Construction Company
Established in 1988, Forrester Construction Company is an award-winning ENR Top 400 firm and ENR Top 250 Design Builder, offering clients pre-construction, general contracting, construction management, and design/build services. Forrester is ranked as one of the top 20 largest contractors in the metropolitan Washington area. For additional information on Forrester Construction call (301) 816-1700.

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