Principal of the Year

Stephen P. Tarason, principal of Wilson Senior High School, has been named state principal of the year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife. Tarason, who lives in Ellicott City, has been an educator in the District and Maryland for 36 years. He is president of the Board of Senior High School Principals for the D.C. public schools, president of the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Supervisory Personnel and a member of the executive board of the Secondary School Administrators Association.

Preservation Honorees

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has honored three D.C.-based organizations for preserving architectural and cultural heritage by saving landmarks, restoring buildings, supporting preservation projects or legislation, or educating the public about the value of preservation.

A National Preservation Honor Award was given to Founders of Main Street members Mary Means, Scott Gerloff, Tom Moriarty and Clark Schoettle. The group has been making physical improvements in failing downtown business districts for 25 years in Washington and almost 1,800 other cities. It has aided 94,000 building rehabilitation projects and 57,000 new businesses, and has helped create 232,000 jobs.

Preservation Action, which lobbies for federal laws to help preservation efforts nationwide, won the John H. Chafee Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy. The group was noted for its work in promoting a 1976 measure to provide tax incentives to rehabilitate historic buildings and in the passage of a law on preservation-friendly transportation policies in the 1990s.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society received the Trustees' Award for Organizational Excellence. The society has worked to save landmarks on Capitol Hill and has organized a Preservation Cafe series and an annual house and garden tour. It also has been involved in planning and zoning efforts and legal initiatives including a demolition-by-neglect ordinance and a residential parking permit system.

Construction Awards

Excellence in Construction Awards were given to area construction companies by the Metro Washington and Virginia chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors. Thirty-four awards were given, 11 to D.C.-based companies or for D.C. projects.

Forrester Construction Co. in Rockville won in the category of Commercial (under $2 million) for Rosa Mexicano Restaurant near MCI Center. The restaurant's interior includes a water wall of blue glass tiles depicting monarch butterflies, as well as handmade Portuguese floor tiles, custom-designed carpets and ceiling panels containing rose petals.

In the category of Commercial ($40 million and over), the award went to Clark Construction Group of Bethesda for Terrell Place, a mixed-use complex near MCI Center consisting of 439,000 square feet of office space and 39,000 square feet of retail space. Three lobbies are highlighted by stone floors and walls covered in metal and wood paneling.

Glass Construction Inc. of the District won the Residential (single-family residence) award for HUIS JCMZ in Chevy Chase. Glass demolished a house and built a new one using corrugated aluminum panels, zinc diamond shingles, heavy-duty glass block, cement paneling and flat-seam tin roofing. A glass balcony was constructed to appear free-floating. Countertops and a china cabinet were constructed of formed concrete.

DPR Construction Inc. of Falls Church won the Commercial/Residential Renovation (under $2 million) award for a 3,800-square-foot renovation of the U.S. Green Building Council's ninth floor in downtown Washington. Existing materials were reused. Many other sustainable materials, furniture and labor were donated or provided at or below cost.

For the Walker House Apartments in Montgomery Village, D.C.'s Donohoe Construction Co. won the Commercial/Residential ($2 million to $4 million) award. A power plant was transformed into 16 apartments. Donohoe also drilled concrete pier footings for the balconies and created masonry and wood screen walls for noise reduction.

Hitt Contracting Inc. of Fairfax won the award for Medical Renovation (under $3 million) for Green Door in the District. The company transformed a warehouse into a mental health clinic and offices, incorporating natural light and bright colors. A cafe and a fishpond accent the reception area. Hitt also won the Interiors ($50 to $75 per square foot) award for work on Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal offices in downtown D.C. Hitt used custom millwork and installed video conferencing and custom lighting.

Rand Construction, an Arlington company, won the Interiors (under $25 per square foot) award for Ingleside at Rock Creek in Northwest D.C. The company combined tradition with innovation, adhered to a strict schedule and preserved the daily activities of the residents at the nonprofit care community during the construction.

A masonry award was given to Calvert Masonry Inc. of Alexandria for work on a George Washington University residence hall, Ivory Tower.

A joint venture of Tompkins Builders Inc. of the District and Grunley-Walsh of Rockville won both a concrete specialty award and a general construction specialty award for work on the National World War II Memorial on the Mall. Concrete foundations, slabs, tunnels and utility vaults extend more than 40 feet below the surface under the entire seven-acre memorial. The custom stone plaza incorporates a central pool, fountains, bronze sculptures, bas-reliefs, ornamentation, lighting, landscaping and visitor facilities. The project was completed ahead of schedule for its dedication on Memorial Day weekend this year.

Black Alumnus Honored

Jeffrey E. Thompson, a resident of Crestwood in Ward 4, was one of 10 people inducted into the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. Thompson was selected in the industry category for his leadership as the founder, president and chief executive of the D.C.-based financial planning firm Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates. He remains involved in community affairs and has contributed $140,000 to his alma mater, the University of the District of Columbia, since graduating in 1980.

Community Service Honors

The Appleseed Foundation and the D.C. Appleseed Center honored the community service of former Pepco chief executive John Derrick of Northwest D.C., Nextel and Piper Rudnick at a 10th anniversary dinner with guest speakers Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), and D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D). The Appleseed Foundation is a network of 16 legal centers focusing on issues such as public education, access to justice and economic opportunity.

Stephen P. Tarason