Washington, DC — The Joint Venture of GCS-SIGAL celebrated the topping out of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence on Friday, September 18th. The new building is helping to end veteran homelessness and provide low-income housing in the District. The topping out, a significant contractor milestone, was held in large part to thank all of the subcontractors for their hard work leading up to that point.

Designed by DLR Group | Sorg, the 87,000 SF, 14-story mixed-use building will consist of 12 floors of micro studio apartments (124 units) over office and retail spaces on the ground level and community/office spaces on the second floor. Upon completion, the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence will offer a wide range of amenities including conference space, management offices, a lounge, fitness center, retail space, and social services. The project will follow Enterprise Green Communities for New Construction. Expected project completion is spring 2016.

This landmark project involved the unprecedented coordination and cooperation of local and federal agencies including the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and DC Human Services among others. This project is a result of the collaboration of building owners, Community Solutions and McCormack Baron Salazar, and is a keystone project in national efforts to reduce veteran homelessness.

The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence has been named in honor of Jill Ker Conway and her late husband, John. Ms. Conway is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoirist and Harvard-trained historian. She has been influenced by the experiences of her father and her husband, both of whom were military Veterans whose lives were changed due to their respective war experiences. Her husband, John, was awarded the Military Cross for heroism.

Photo Above: SIGAL President Gerard Heiber (left) and CEO Gerry Sigal (right) signing the final concrete bucket to be hoisted to the top of the structure.

Photo Above: The final concrete bucket being hoisted to the top of The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence structure

Photo Above: A group of subcontractors posing at the topping out

About SIGAL Construction Corporation
Founded in 1976, SIGAL Construction Corporation (SIGAL) is one of Greater Washington’s premier general contractors, known throughout the industry for its dedication to sustainability, high quality, cost consciousness, excellent client relations, and the ability to successfully complete unique and challenging projects. A founding partner of USGBC, SIGAL offers superior general contracting, preconstruction, construction management, design/build, and sustainability services. SIGAL’s diverse project portfolio includes institutions of learning (K-12 and higher education), Federal and municipal agencies, law firms, corporations, hotels, technology firms, biotech companies, healthcare providers, multi-family housing, and associations/nonprofits. To learn more about SIGAL Construction Corporation, please visit www.sigal.com.

About GCS, Inc.
Founded in 1986, GCS, Inc. is a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) in the District of Columbia. GCS’ services include project and construction management in addition to general construction services. A leading force in the Construction Management and Design-Build arena, GCS has a staff of over fifty project managers, superintendents, carpenters, and laborers. GCS has a proven track record of successfully complying with and exceeding the economic inclusion requirements for CBE, the First Source Employment Agreement, and the Apprenticeship Act. In addition to recruiting and retaining residents of our nation’s capital (including returning citizens), GCS supports many programs tailored in training and educating the District’s youth through the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, including the Cardozo Construction Academy House Project. To learn more about GCS, Inc., please visit www.gcs-dc.com.