Walbridge | Brasfield & Gorrie JV Wins DBIA Merit Award

August 1, 2013

Two companies earn national honors for work performed on Main Exchange Replacement

Birmingham, Alabama (August 1, 2013) The Walbridge | Brasfield & Gorrie Joint Venture was announced as a 2013 Merit Award winner in the national Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awards program. The joint venture was the design-builder for the two-story, 150,000 sq ft Main Exchange Replacement at the National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The DBIA awards program recognizes the best design-build projects from across the nation. This year’s program was the most competitive to date. Each project was rigorously graded by a panel of experts who decided on projects that exemplified “design-build done right.”

The Main Exchange Replacement was built to serve the retail and personal needs of active duty, wounded warriors, reserve and retired personnel in the Washington D.C. area. It was constructed under a 26-month design-build contract. The construction of the facility involved several steps, including building a 15,000 sq ft temporary shopping center; demolishing a 20-year-old facility; and finally constructing the new Navy Exchange and adjacent 100,000 sq ft elevated parking structure. The new facility fits comfortably in the same small space as the former Exchange but offers greater accommodations and is more energy-efficient.

Brasfield & Gorrie partnered with Detroit-based Walbridge for the project. The two companies teamed with CMH Architects to design and build the new facility.

“This award holds a special meaning for all of us because our project is being formally recognized as one of the best in the nation by experts in the design-build industry. We are honored to have worked with Walbridge to have successfully built the Main Exchange Replacement and to share this award with them. It was truly a team effort,” said Alan Anthony, Division Manager at Brasfield & Gorrie.

An awards dinner and ceremony will be held on November 5 at the DBIA’s 2013 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas to honor all winning projects.


About Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,900 employees, and its 2012 revenues were $2 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 31st among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2013.

About Walbridge:
Walbridge is an Engineering News-Record “Top 50” global construction company with more than a dozen offices across the United States and international offices in Mexico, South America and the Middle East. Headquartered in Detroit, Mich., Walbridge serves a broad range of markets including automotive, aviation, commercial, education, federal, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, mission critical, power and energy, and water/waste water. The company self-performs concrete placement, as well as the rigging and transport of equipment for various industrial clients, and offers delivery systems to fit every client’s needs. In continuous operation since 1916, Walbridge currently employs roughly 1,000 employees who are committed to sustainable construction and maintaining injury-free workplaces. Revenue in 2012 exceeded $1.2 billion.