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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, 

Chrystal Stowe is Selected as One of D.C.’s Most Influential Professional Women

Smoot Construction’s Director of Business Development, Chrystal Stowe, is part of a group of 25 women considered to be the D.C. region’s most influential professional women of 2020.  The Washington Business Journal will be hosting its 17th annual Women Who Mean Business Program on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, to honor these outstanding nominees at a virtual live event.

Her impact on the community

Chrystal has been in the construction industry for twenty-five years and is a former TV news anchor with over fifteen years of experience with media, public relations and community affairs.

In addition to leading Smoot’s business development efforts, Chrystal develops and implements community initiatives such as training and employment opportunities for local residents and contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. As a certified compliance administrator Chrystal has an outstanding record of accomplishments with achieving and/or exceeding participation goals on complex, large scale and fast-track construction and development projects.

Chrystal is also a highly regarded subject matter expert on minority business and local hiring initiatives for federal, state and local agencies and shares her knowledge as a member of the following organizations:

More recognition

To no surprise, Chrystal has been given two other awards throughout her career for her outstanding contributions to the regional area.

Going beyond breast cancer awareness

Smoot Construction of DC employees, along with family and friends, participated in the first annual Susan G. Komen, DC MORE THAN PINK™ Walk, on September 7, 2019. The event encourages people to go beyond breast cancer awareness and take action by raising funds for access, research, and cures. Smoot Construction of DC did just that.

The shirt design for the Smoot Construction of DC team represents the fight in us to never give up for this vital cause. Leading up to the DC MORE THAN PINK™ Walk, we had a fun competition to see who could raise the most money. By the day of the event, two employees were neck and neck. The difference was $16. And the outcome? Donations from their family and friends totaling $2,750.

Overall, the Smoot Construction of DC team raised $3,556 for the DC MORE THAN PINK™ Walk and placed third in the corporate team category. But the fight isn’t over. The fundraiser is still open. To date, the DC MORE THAN PINK™ has raised $676,918. Its goal is $1,000,000. If you’re interested in donating, please click here.

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.”

Entertainment and Sports Arena is Development Project of the Year

The new Entertainment and Sports Arena was named Project of the Year by the African American Real Estate Professionals Association of DC. During the annual awards gala, the project was recognized as an extraordinary achievement in commercial real estate. The theme for the gala was “Impacting Our Community Through Inclusive Development.” Joining hands to accept the award were Smoot Gilbane JV team members.