News At A Glance

Help local non-profit Turning the Page raise money to benefit D.C. public schools by donating your old books, music and movies for its 11th annual Carpe Librum used book sale.

All procedures support Turning the Page programs in D.C. public elementary schools.

For more information, please click on the links below or contact Jason King at (202) 347-9841 ext. 10.

 Organize a Book Drive for Turning the Page

 Book Donation Flyer

 Turning the Page 2010-2011 Highlights


The Craftsmanship Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2012 WBC Craftsmanship Awards Winners!

Please visit the winners page for a complete list.


A delegation of the Regional Development Committee toured The Yards Washington, DC, development, bounded by the Anacostia Riverfront to the south, Nationals Ballpark to the west, the historic Navy Yard to the east, and Capitol Hill to the north. With 2,800 residential units, 1.8 million square feet of new offices, and 400,000 square feet of retail/dining space, the Yards is helping to lead the transformation of the Capitol riverfront  area into a world-class green space to live and work. Forest City Washington is the developer and the tour was led by Ramsey Meiser, Senior Vice President of Development.

Ramsey led the tour group through the Foundry Lofts Building, a residential property which was delivered in December of 2011. The Lofts Building luxury loft-style apartments offer a sweeping view of the river and the city, an array of dining choices in the neighborhood, a courtyard, interior parking, close proximity to the Navy Yard Metro stop, and even a civil-war era canon that was rescued from the USS Raritan.

Forest City specializes in revitalizing large-scale, under-utilized urban sites, and transforming them into exciting, mixed-use urban destinations.

What charitable activities has your company participated in over the past year?

Would you like to be recognized for your good deeds in the January Bulletin?

The next edition of the Bulletin will highlight good deeds and charitable giving in our community by WBC member firms.  Please send a description highlighting community activities your firm has been involved with over the past year, along with a brief company bio and pictures if available, to the WBC by Friday, December 16, if you would like to be included.

Please email your copy and photos to and contact Steve Kenton or Rita Reis at the WBC for further information.

Thank you for supporting our association and our industry!

WBC Community Services Committee

Jeff Davidson, Chairman
Sarah Farrar, Vice-Chair
Mike Baruccheri, Board Liaison
Paul Mella, WBC Chairman of the Board

Over 800 guests enjoyed the eight Builders’ Ball on November 19 at the National Building Museum. This year’s event was once again not a formal sit down affair, but instead a themed buffet dinner designed to take guests on an interactive journey of the future. All proceeds from the bi-annual Ball benefited four local charities.  Each of the main charities, Community Residences, Inc of Chantilly, Va., Georgia Avenue/Rock Creek East Family Support Collaborative of Washington, D.C. and Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, Arlington, Va., received $50,000 and Washington Architectural Foundation’s Construction received $10,000.  For further information and a complete list of 20ll sponsors, please visit .

WBC Community Services

Twenty WBC members and friends joined in on October 22 to let the women at Calvary know that someone cares about them and to help Calvary provide the best possible services to women in our community. Volunteers like ours are essential to the success of Calvary's programs and residents. Women who come to Calvary find more than a safe place to live and basic needs like nutritious meals. Calvary also provides women educational programs, employment opportunities, personal support from case managers, mental health services, addiction recovery support and much more. With a strong emphasis on resident involvement, collaboration with other agencies, and excellence in management, Calvary strives to provide the best possible services to women in need in our community.

Special thanks to Precision Wall Tech and Cindy Athey for providing materials and a crew of five professional painters for the day!


Thank You To Our Volunteers

  • Precision Wall Tech – Cindy Athey, James Ott, Elvis Nunez, Arturo Beltran, Milton Escobar, Janet Torrico
  • Mark G. Anderson Consultants – Steve Willmann, Vicki Willmann, Mike Etherton
  • Tishman Construction – Kelly McDonald
  • Lane Construction – John Ruddy, Katheryn Ruddy
  • Calvary – Kris Thompson, Catherine Bisson, Paula Jones (Darlene, Cornelia, Chanel)
  • WBC – Steve Kenton



District of Columbia Industry Update

The New D.C. Department of General Services & More

Mr. Allen Y. Lew

District of Columbia City Administrator

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


       Mayor Vincent Gray created the Department of General Services (DGS) for fiscal year 2012, which began October 1.  The huge new agency has a $354 million operating budget and a project portfolio of about $2 billion for the six-year capital budget.  The agency will take over the duties of the Department of Real Estate Services, Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization and the Municipal Facilities: Non-Capital agency, as well as construction and real estate management duties from other city agencies.

       City Administrator Allen Lew reports directly to the Mayor and has direct oversight over all executive-reporting agencies.  The City Administrator prepares the District's annual operating budget and provides direction to all agencies to ensure they are meeting the needs of District residents.

       The Office of the City Administrator (OCA) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the District government, setting operational goals and implementing legislative actions and policy decisions approved by the Mayor and DC Council.  Please join us for this informative presentation.

Please click here to view a complete Powerpoint version of Mr. Lew’s informative presentation.

The 2012 Craftsmanship Awards Sponsorship are now available.


Centerpiece Sponsor – $8,000 (SOLD)

Dessert Sponsor – $7,000 (SOLD)

Wine Sponsor – $6,000 (SOLD)

Craftsmen Gift Sponsor $5,000 (limit 5)
(Gift for each winning craftsmen)

Platinum Sponsor – $4,000

Gold Sponsor – $2,000

Silver Sponsor – $1,500

Bronze Sponsor – $750


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Paul Mella has been elected Chairman of the Board for the Washington Building Congress.

Representing over 1,050 members, the Washington Building Congress (WBC) is the largest commercial building industry association in the greater Washington and MidAtlantic regions. Members include leading commercial developers, building owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, attorneys, government officials, service providers and allied organizations.

Mr. Mella is Senior Vice President of Operations with Dynalectric Company, one of the largest full-service electrical providers in the Washington metropolitan area. Dynalectric specializes in preconstruction, budgeting, design/build and construction of new work, renovation and all types of specialized systems.

Other FY’2012 WBC officers elected were Chairman-Elect Jim Klein (The JBG Companies), Vice Chairman John Barron (Foulger-Pratt Contracting), Vice Chairman Tamara McNulty (Black & Veatch), Vice Chairman Joel Zingeser (Grunley Construction Company), Treasurer Joe Schall (Pepco), Secretary Carl Hirrlinger (James G. Davis Construction Corp.) and Immediate Past Chairman Chuck Asmar (Asmar, Schor & McKenna).

FY’2012 WBC directors include Mike Baruccheri (Tishman Construction Corp.), Dan Buckley (Flippo Construction Company), Lynne Coville (Boston Properties), Mike Leavitt (John Moriarty and Associates), Nicolas Pasanella (Latitude 38 Real Estate), Karen Roberts (Forrester Construction Company), Allen Slaughter (Dynalectric Company), Steve Smithgall (Balfour Beatty Construction) and Anne Marie Tombros (Vango Construction Consulting)