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A legacy continues with SmootDC expansion

SmootDC is expanding to New England and the Midwest with two new subsidiaries. Both are separate from the Columbus-based Smoot Construction company that SmootDC’s President and CEO, Mark Cain, was previously a co-president of.

S. Cain Development and Construction will operate out of Columbus and the second subsidiary, under a yet-to-be-determined name, in Boston. S. Cain Development and Construction is named after Mark’s grandfather, Sherman Smoot, who founded Smoot Construction approximately 75 years ago.

More details on the SmootDC expansion can be found in the article, Mark Cain builds on grandfather’s legacy with SmootDC expansion, by Erica Thompson of The Columbus Dispatch.

SmootDC Expands Operations Beyond D.C. Region to New England and Midwest

Smoot Construction Company of Washington DC (SmootDC) announced today that it has expanded its operations beyond the National Capitol region to New England and the Midwest. This represents the largest expansion of SmootDC since it began operations in Washington, D.C. in 1968. 

Long-time President & CEO, Mark Sherman Cain, announced that the DC-based company will operate in Columbus, Ohio as, S. Cain Development and Construction, in tribute to Cain’s grandfather, Sherman R. Smoot, whose name he shares. The Boston-based entity will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SmootDC. 

“Since my grandfather’s crews started laying brick and block in the District of Columbia region in 1968, SmootDC has evolved from a small masonry subcontractor to one of the nation’s largest minority-owned contractors. Today we proudly press on to the next level,” said Mr. Cain, who has led the SmootDC team on some its most high-profile construction projects including Nationals Ballpark, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation, U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration and National Air and Space Museum Renovation. 

SmootDC is rapidly adding to a strong portfolio of local and regional projects, laying a foundation for high-impact work in multiple cities. New, high-visibility projects in major markets have been added in recent months, with more to come. Mr. Cain said, “We are focused on enhancing our competitive position. We have never been better positioned for or more excited about the future of our company.” 

 To learn more about SmootDC, contact Vice President Chrystal Stowe at 202.243.6688, 

Suffolk-Smoot partnership on a historical renovation of the children’s National Research and Innovation Campus

At the end of November in Washington, D.C., Children’s National Health System began work on a historical renovation construction project that will result in a pediatric research and innovation campus with a focus on pediatric medicine. The new Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus is located on the campus of the historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in Washington, D.C. (Ward 4). It will be one of three tenants leasing space in the former medical center. The new Walter Reed National Medical Center is located in Bethesda, Md., which is less than 10 mi. away.

Suffolk Construction is leading the project with Smoot Construction, under the name of Suffolk-Smoot Construction. Stacey Stares is guiding the project. The primary scope of the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus project includes renovating four existing structures on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, which is a 12-acre portion of a 112-acre campus.

The construction project includes renovating four buildings — 170,000 sq. ft. of research innovation space, a building with 24 clinic exam rooms, a 300-person auditorium, and an above-grade parking garage — which will become Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus.

“This project management and construction team continues to navigate historic renovation requirements of buildings that were built in the 1930s, but with a fast-paced schedule that reflects contemporary innovations,” said Matt Dabrowski, senior engineer and construction manager of Children’s National. “For example, the team is navigating the structural process to restore buildings to what they looked like in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s, nearly 50 to 90 years ago, but within a 15-month timeframe and in accordance with 2019 innovations.”

Construction Industry Round Table Announces Mark S. Cain as a New Board Member

The Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), a national business trade association comprised exclusively of approximately 125 chief executives from the leading design and construction companies doing business in the United States and globally, has appointed Mark S. Cain, President, Smoot Construction, one of its new board members. Mark will serve on the board through 2022.

Mark brings more than 20 years of experience in construction management, project financing and administration, and real estate development to public and private clients on a very diverse range of project types.

Mac Naeemi Honored for Outstanding Project Management

Congratulations to Mac Naeemi, Smoot Project Executive, on being nominated as 2019 Project Manager of the Year by the ASA, American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington. Mac was honored at the Subby Gala which for 55 years has celebrated excellence in construction. Employed with Smoot since 2005, Mac is passionate about construction and has worked on some of SmootDC’s most complex high-profile buildings- Nationals Ballpark, National Museum of African American History and Culture and DC Entertainment and Sports Arena. He is currently leading construction for the phased renovation of the National Air and Space Museum. Thanks to ASA of Metro Washington for honoring Mac for his outstanding leadership. We’re proud of you, Mac!

Clark/Smoot/Consigli (CSC) Selected by Smithsonian for National Air and Space Museum Revitalization

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, is undergoing its first major renovation since the museum opened its doors more than 40 years ago 1976.  The Smithsonian has selected Clark/Smoot/Consigli for a six-year contract to renovate the National Air and Space Museum. The joint venture team is comprised of Clark Construction Group, LLC, Smoot Construction Co., and Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

As construction manager-at-risk, CSC will work with the Smithsonian to remove and replace the exterior stone façade, glass curtain wall, and skylights, as well as add an iconic tensile roof entrance canopy with an abstract shape of wings inspired by images of the early flying machines developed by Leonardo DaVinci. The team also will update the infrastructure of the museum’s gallery and presentation spaces, replace outdated mechanical and electrical systems, and perform other building improvements. The CSC team will also assist with relocating artifacts to the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

The National Air and Space Museum revitalization is Clark’s 16th project for the Smithsonian. Most recently, Clark – in a partnership with Smoot –was the contractor for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016.

“Clark is excited to continue our successful partnership with the Smithsonian,” said Jared Oldroyd, Clark’s Vice President overseeing the renovation project. “We take great pride in delivering monumental projects that inspire millions of visitors per year. We are honored to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to restore a national treasure for the enjoyment of future generations.”

“The National Air and Space Museum is both a national landmark and a signature project for our company,” said Matthew Consigli, President of Consigli Construction Co., Inc. “We strive to work on projects that can have a significant impact on their communities. We are excited to work to restore the museum’s style and beauty.” Consigli has restored a number of museums including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

With a portfolio that includes monumental buildings and museums, Smoot Construction Company also has a long history of working with the Smithsonian on the National Mall. “The opportunity to work for the Smithsonian again is a great privilege, and to work on the National Air and Space Museum again is a special honor,” said Mark S. Cain, President and CEO of Smoot. “More than 40 years ago, we were a masonry subcontractor on the museum and today, we’re part of the team managing the renovation.”

The joint venture team of museum builders and renovation experts is providing preconstruction services including budgeting, scheduling, design coordination, and detailed planning for the renovation work. Clark/Smoot/Consigli has worked with the Smithsonian to develop a phased approach that allows the National Air and Space Museum to remain operational throughout construction. In the fall of 2018,construction will begin on the west side of the museum.

To learn more about the renovation, Click Here.

SmootDC Volunteers Beautify DC Park

SmootDC joined with hundreds of volunteers from construction and design firms to renovate Keene Field in Ward 5 for this year’s DCBIA Community Improvement Day. The open field is primarily used by young people and adults in the surrounding community to play soccer and host community events. Nate Mauger and Shawn Miller were co-captains for SmootDC. Family members and friends joined Smoot employees as they dug a pit for the exercise stations and painted birdhouses and planters. In its 26th year, DCBIA organizes “DCBIA Community Improvement Day” to renovate a Washington, DC community site each year. Thanks to the SmootDC Team for your hard work!


Sports Facility Nearing the Finish Line

The construction of the Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA), located in the heart of Washington DC’s Ward 8, is having a significant, positive impact on the local community.

The ESA project has employed 177 Washington DC residents, of which 72 are from Wards 7 & 8. This represents wages of $1.8M, or 42% of the non-DC resident wages! In addition to the utilization of the existing DC workforce, our team has worked diligently to ensure that this project serves as an opportunity for new careers. New hires and apprentices reap some of the greatest benefits as they begin in this exciting career track. To date, there have been 89 District resident new hires on this project, and DC Apprentices have put in nearly 30,000 hours of work.

Over 65% of the project was constructed by DC businesses, including major trades like Earthwork & Utilities (JJ Prime, Ward 7), Structural Concrete (Saxon Construction, Ward 8), Masonry (JPN Masonry, Ward 3), Miscellaneous Metals (Moxy Miscellaneous Metals, Ward 8), Mechanical & Plumbing (R&R Mechanical, Ward 5), Roofing (HRGM, Ward 8) and Glass/Curtain Wall (Innovo Construction, Ward 4); and finish trades like Drywall (P&D Contractors, Ward 4), Painting (Precision Wall Tech, Ward 8), Tile (Koydol, Ward 4), and Flooring (B&B Floor Services, Ward 7).

The Entertainment and Sports Arena is a 4,200 seat arena on the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Congress Heights. Built by Smoot Gilbane Sports, A Joint Venture (SG), this arena will be owned and operated by Events DC and will host the first WNBA-dedicated facility in the league for the Washington Mystics and as a state-of-the-art training center for the Washington Wizards. It will also serve as a premier entertainment venue for concerts, e-sports tournaments, boxing matches, and more. Go Mystics/Wizards/Go-Gos!

The African American History and Culture Museum Wins Gold for Going Green

Ever since its grand opening in September of 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has stood as a gleaming bulwark of a vital part of America’s national story. No mere receptacle for artifacts, the building itself teems with historical resonances. Its bronze-hued corona echoes traditional Nigerian designs, the transparent walls of its entry level set it in conversation with the nearby Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, and the wending ramp of its lower floors reflects the unsteady path of progress throughout history.

With all these allusions to pick apart, it can be easy to miss another striking element of the museum: its emphasis on eco-friendliness. Subtly and in many cases quite cleverly, the design of the museum avoids resource waste without diminishing the visitor experience or imperiling its artifacts. Making an environmentally conscious building required commitment from the outset, and now that commitment has paid off: on April 16, the African American History Museum was officially awarded a Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. In the architecture business, this type of recognition is tantamount to an eco-Oscar.

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By Ryan P. Smith


Restoring the Iconic MLK Library

Smoot DC and its joint venture partner are managing construction efforts to renovate and transform Washington’s Central Public Library. A facility originally designed by Mies van der Rohe, it is the modern master’s only realized library and only project in DC. With its historic exterior, the MLK Library restoration is an internationally important test case of how a landmark modernist structure can be sensitively transformed to accommodate the features and spaces of a 21st century central library.

Leading Smoot’s team is Project Manager Jeff Tilton who is overseeing the complex restoration efforts. The library is Jeff’s third major historic restoration project for Smoot after successful restorations of the U.S. Capitol Dome and National Gallery of Art East Building.

When completed in 2020, the transformed library will house a spectacular new, vibrant and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference center; creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation; ground level café with patio; double-height reading room; newly designed special collections space for researchers and research enthusiasts, and a roof top event space with terrace.