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Bergin and Lockshin Discuss Future of DC Construction Industry with Leaders

Recently John Bergin and Alexis Lockshin attended the PWC-DC’s 2nd Annual "Meet the Construction Chiefs" event where four of DC’s top construction industry leaders shared their insights on the current status and future of the DC construction industry.  The discussion included: upcoming opportunities; the impact of the economic downturn; new and emerging trends in technology, sustainability, and means/methods; and a look ahead of what to expect in 2011 and beyond.
 
Barry De Pauw, Senior Vice President of Clark Construction Group, LLC presented a positive outlook in the local construction market on all size projects despite a need for additional funding.  Mr. De Pauw further noted the strong workforce and vibrant federal arena in the DC area and the benefit of construction companies’ ability to change and adapt to new areas of expertise/specialties to take advantage of the numerous construction opportunities in the DC area.
 
Lynn Bennett, Vice President of Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc. focused on federal work in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Ms. Bennett noted that she does not see the commercial market coming back in 2011/2012.  Ms. Bennett also suggested the significance of D/B and that it is here to stay and requires true collaboration.  Ms. Bennett highlighted the benefits of utilizing mentor/protégé systems and BIM.
 
Capt. Michelle La Duca of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) discussed federal budget issues/cuts (e.g., Naval Academy’s $25 million), but assured us that NAVFAC is still building.  She further noted the increased number of bids NAVFAC is receiving on each project and the competitiveness.  As a result, NAVFAC is experiencing more bid protests and the bid review and selection process is taking much longer than typical (e.g., bid which would normally be awarded in 3 months is now taking 6-9 months).  Capt. La Duca also noted that bidders must be careful to ensure that all SBA requirements are satisfied, when applicable.
 
Andrew Blumenfeld, Director of Project Delivery from the General Services Administration, National Capital Region discussed GSA’s focus is on faster construction and GSA’s push for contractors willing to construct per aggressive schedules.  He additionally mentioned GSA’s incentive to reward performance and its willingness to tie profits to performance.
 
For more information about PWC-DC see http://www.pwcusa.org/chapter-specific/DC01/v2/board.php?chapter=DC01.

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Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?