Events DC Announces Washington, DC-Based Construction Management Joint Venture of Smoot|Gilbane for the Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) Project


World-Renowned Partners Team Up to Construct New State-of-the Art Arena in the Congress Heights Neighborhood of Washington, DC
Washington, DC – August 19, 2016 – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today the selection of a Washington, DC-based construction management joint venture, Smoot Construction Company and Gilbane Building Company, to construct the Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.  
“We’re excited to bring the locally-based construction management joint venture of Smoot|Gilbane onboard as part of the team for the Entertainment and Sports Arena project. We remain committed to utilizing the best and brightest while supporting our homegrown businesses,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC.  “We continue to stand behind our commitment to honoring opportunities for local businesses and District residents and building a state-of-the-art facility that will bring so many economic and civic benefits to our DC community.” 
For its Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) goals for the ESA project, Events DC remains dedicated to its pledge of 50-percent CBE participation for all major contracts inclusive of program management, architectural and engineering and construction management services. Additionally, at least 35-percent of the work is to be performed by Small Business Enterprises (SBEs). The development of the ESA is expected to create hundreds of jobs during construction, including many apprenticeship opportunities for District residents. In the coming months, Events DC and Smoot|Gilbane will collaborate and announce a series of workshops and job fairs to maximize opportunities for businesses and residents during the ESA project. 
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