rand* Construction Corporation Announces Next Generation of Leaders
Capitalizing on a 30-year legacy of leadership and excellence, rand* Founder Linda Rabbitt announces new leadership and remains Chairman of the Board of Directors
Alexandria, VA—Today, rand* Construction Corporation—a national construction firm specializing in tenant interiors, building renovations, retail, restaurant and design-build construction services with annual sales in excess of $300 million—announced the appointment of Bob Milkovich as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Additional leadership changes include, longtime employees David Fletcher and Tim Schmidt being promoted to Co-managing Principals of the Metro Washington region. Milkovich will replace current CEO, Linda Rabbitt, who founded the company in 1989 and along with a team of dedicated leaders has grown it from a local interiors firm headquartered in the Metro Washington region to a multi-market construction company offering a wide range of services to regional and national clients.
“Every successful company must focus on the future and with Bob at the helm, I am confident that rand*’s future is bright. His financial expertise, industry acumen, demonstrated leadership skills, and commitment to rand*‘s core values make him well- equipped to build upon our strong foundation,” said rand* founder, Linda Rabbitt.
“When I look at rand* I not only see a success story, but also a growth story. rand* has an impressive 30-year legacy of excellence and leadership under Linda Rabbitt, “said Bob Milkovich, rand*’s new CEO. “Vision alone does not result in success and excellence. It must be coupled with a faithful commitment to superb execution. Linda brought both to rand*, and I am honored to have the opportunity to build upon the strong financial, client, and talent base she has created.”
Milkovich brings over thirty years of commercial real estate experience and leadership experience to his new role at rand* construction. He most recently served as the CEO and on the Board of Trustees for First Potomac Realty Trust, a Washington, DC based, publicly traded office REIT. Prior to his tenure with First Potomac Realty Trust, Milkovich held key leadership positions at Spaulding & Slye Investments, a division of JLL, as well as at Goldman Sachs, and Carr America.
“Bob has worked in all aspects of the commercial real estate industry during his career. His vast knowledge of the industry and active participation in the community over the years have helped him to build deep relationships locally and nationally within the industry. His leadership skills and track record will be helpful in operating and growing rand*’s business in the Metro Washington region as well as other parts of the country,” said Rabbitt, who also announced the promotion of Dave Fletcher and Tim Schmidt to the leadership team as Co-managing Principals of the Metro Washington region.
David Fletcher and Tim Schmidt have held key positions within rand* construction for 24 and 18 years respectively, and have played an integral part in rand*‘s growth and expansion to other cities. Both have deep knowledge of the local economy, the construction industry, and are champions of rand*‘s corporate culture and strategic vision for the future. In their new roles as Co-managing Principals they will focus on the enhancement and expansion of rand*‘s position in the Metro Washington region.
“We are excited to have Bob join the team. At rand* we take a unique approach to delivering construction services that are centered around collaborative partnerships with our clients, design teams, and subcontractors. And, just as we are committed to collaborating externally, we pride ourselves on our collaboration internally,” said Fletcher and Schmidt, “Bob’s commitment to both rand*’s roots and future align well with our own dedication to advancing rand*’s mission and we look forward to working with him, Linda, and all the creative, innovative, and diversely talent people at rand* in the years to come. We have a great team in place for this exciting next chapter of expansion and growth.”
Headquartered in Alexandria, VA with offices in Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX and Denver, CO, rand* looks to continue to expand its presence nationally in the coming year. The leaders of rand*’s national offices, Mike Clough (Metro Washington Project Operations), Matt Dausch (Austin), Cullen McGuire (Denver), and Steven Stuart (Atlanta) will continue in their roles and as key members of the leadership team.
rand* founder Linda Rabbitt, as Chair of the Board of Directors, will serve as a resource to the new CEO, leadership and management teams as they work to advance the vision and strategies for rand*‘s future. rand* Construction Corporation will remain a privately held woman-owned business with founder Linda Rabbitt remaining the majority shareholder.
ASID HQ becomes first double platinum space in the world
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) headquarters offices has become the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum level certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating system – the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). The office space, built by rand* construction corporation and designed by Perkins+Will, incorporates the most innovative health and wellness design features, and has sustainability as a central philosophy.
“This is an exciting day for sustainability in the built environment,” said Beth Giltner, rand* Sustainability Coordinator. “From the beginning of this project, we were driven to build a space that raised the bar for employee and environmental health. We are honored to be a part of this monumental achievement and are energized to continue promoting the advantages of sustainability in design and construction.”
The innovative 8,500 square-foot office, located in the Columbia Center in downtown Washington, D.C., was WELL Certified at the Platinum level under WELL v1 on June 9, 2017 and LEED Certified Platinum on January 18, 2017. Administered by IWBI, the WELL Building Standard is an evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features that impact human health and wellness in the built environment, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
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ASID HQ earns LEED, WELL Platinum (Home Accents)
ASID DC Office Named Healthiest/Greenest in World (Dexigner)
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ESA, Washington Post, Noblis and Airbus win IIDA MAC Premiere Design Awards
Entertainment Software Association (OTJ Architects), The Washington Post (Gensler), Noblis (SmithGroupJJR) and Airbus (Stantec) have been recognized by the International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter with The Premiere Design Awards.
Read more: IIDA MAC 2017 Premiere Design Awards (IIDA MAC)
rand* Austin named to Best Places to Work – Again!
For the second year in a row, rand* Austin has been recognized as one of the top places to work by the Austin Business Journal!
Read more: 75 Best Places to Work in Austin (ABJ)
CustomInk, Social Tables and Truth Initiative: “Coolest” Offices in DC
Three rand* projects – CustomInk, Social Tables and Truth Iniative – were featured in Inc. Magazine on a list of the “coolest” offices in DC. Cool!
Read more: Feast Your Eyes on Some of the Coolest Office Perks That D.C. Has to Offer (Inc. Magazine)
rand* named Top 50 Great Places to Work in the DMV
For the ninth year, rand* has been recognized as one of the top places to work in Washington Metro Area by the Washingtonian!
Read more: 50 Great Places to Work (Washingtonian)
“Contractors Leading the Way”
rand* spoke to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) about how we’re meeting the challenges of the new LEED v4 requirements head on.
Read more: Contractors Leading the Way (USGBC)
“What’s New and Next in Washington Offices”
“Going to work and being at home is starting to blend together, so what the market is trying to do is make the office a comfortable place that blends home and work.”
– rand* principal Merrell B. Ashley speaks to the Washingtonian about comfort in workplace design.
Read more: “What’s New and Next in Washington Offices” (Washingtonian)
Take a tour of rand* renovated ESA HQ
Take the tour: Office Envy: ESA’s New HQ
Linda Rabbitt: “Build Your Own Company”
rand* founder, chairman and CEO Linda Rabbitt shares how she built a multi-million dollar company in a male-dominated industry.
Read more: Build Your Own Company (Kiplinger)
rand* Participates in LEED User Group
rand* sustainability coordinator Beth Giltner talks to USGBC Magazine about how we’re using the group to “collaborate, innovate, and advance the industry.”
Read more: Contractors Leading the Way (USGBC)
Linda Rabbitt named to Most Influential Virginians 2017 List
rand* founder, chairman and CEO Linda Rabbitt was named one of the Most Influential Virginians of 2017 by Virginia Business.
Read more: Most Influential Virginians 2017 (Virginia Business)
Washington Post wins Contract Magazine’s Interiors Award
Contract Magazine awarded the Washington Post and Gensler with the 2017 Interiors Award for Large Office.
Read more: Interiors Awards 2017: Office-Large
Washington Building Congress recognizes rand* for Sidley Austin
rand* was awarded the 2017 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for outstanding architectural millwork at Sidley Austin in Washington, DC.
Read more: 2017 Craftsmanship Awards Winners
ASID achieves LEED Platinum Certification, WELL next
rand* teamed with Perkins + Will and Savills Studley – in association with Carr Properties – to deliver the new tenant space for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and 8,700 sf space in an 11-year lease at Columbia Center. The ASID Headquarters, opened in May 2016, has achieved LEED Platinum certification and is set to be the very first WELL-certified tenant space in the Washington metro region.
ASID Headquarters Goes Platinum (ASID)
A Living Laboratory (ASID Icon)
This could be the District’s first WELL-certified space (WBJ)
rand* is “Building the Future of Sustainability”
“Material transparency is more important than ever. Your space not only needs to function well and look amazing, it needs to be built with materials that are sourced and manufactured responsibly.”
Read more: Building the Future of Sustainability (Construction in Focus)
NAIOP NoVA recognizes rand* for Arlington County DHS
Architecture, Inc, and rand* construction are awarded the 2016 NAIOP Northern Virginia Award of Merit for Best Interior Tenant Space Over 50,000 sf for their work at the Arlington County Department of Human Services – Sequoia Plaza III.
Read more: 2016 Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards
Listen: Sustainability in Design, Construction and Development
rand* Sustainability Coordinator Beth Giltner and Gensler Associate Brynn Kurtzman discuss sustainability and its impact on design, construction and development with Streetwise host Paul Berry.
Listen to the show: Streetwise with Paul Berry Episode 11.13.16
rand* wins NAIOP Award of Excellence for ASID, Washington Post
NAIOP DC-Maryland chapter awards rand* construction with the Best Sustainable Project Award for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Best Interiors (Over 25,000 sf) for The Washington Post.
Spotlight on rand*’s renovation of Woodrow Wilson Library
“If you need proof of the transformative power of architecture, look no further than the Woodrow Wilson Library in Fairfax, Virginia. This budget-minded renovation of a modest, sorely outdated building serving a mostly low-income Latino neighborhood has brown into a vibrant venter of community life…”
Read more: Unwrapping the (Concrete) Box (Architecture DC)
Spotlight on rand*’s renovation of the One Franklin Square Rooftop
“The renovation focused on the rooftop spaces – both interior and exterior – which were transformed from utilitarian service spaces into attractive amenities…”
Read more: Rooftop Redux (Architecture DC)
rand* Austin named Best Place to Work in 2016 by Austin Business Journal
“rand* provides performance-based bonuses to all employees. Project management staff have project specific bonuses available if certain milestones are met at the end of the project…”
Read more: ABJ 2016 Best Places to Work Winners
Take a tour of rand* renovated GetWellNetworks’ HQ
rand* CEO Linda Rabbitt receives 2016 Horatio Alger Award”
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that Linda Rabbitt, founder, chairman and CEO, rand* construction corporation, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization.
rand* spotlighted for excellence in construction – ABC Building Washington Winter Issue
“The key to any successful project is that everyone on the team is clear on the project goals and design intent. On Manatt Phelps, rand* was lucky to team with an exceptional client and architect, who made working together a breeze and clear communication the primary solution to any challenge on site.”
– Jeff Osgood, Senior Superintendent, rand* construction
Read more: Building Washington, Winter 2015