Rick Forrester, founder of Forrester Construction, died suddenly over the weekend, the company confirmed Wednesday.

The company issued a brief statement:

“Forrester Construction Company is deeply saddened to report that company founder, Rick Forrester, passed away suddenly over the weekend. Rick started Forrester in 1988 and was a cherished leader, co-worker and friend. Although we are mourning the loss of Rick, Forrester remains a strong, well-established company that will continue to service our current and future clients. The Forrester Family, the Company and our Team Members ask for respect and privacy during this time.”

Based in Rockville and founded in 1988, Forrester Construction is a private, family-owned firm in which Rick and brothers Scott and David all played leading roles.

The firm became one of the top general contractors in the Washington area, building everything from schools to office buildings to parking garages.

Its recent work on high-profile projects include renovations at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and a $59 million expansion project at Arlington National Cemetery.

Last year, the company agreed to pay $1 million to the D.C. government to settle claims by the D.C. attorney general that Forrester engaged in a pattern of fraudulently bidding on District government contracts.

D.C. developer Jair Lynch, who has built recreation centers, a primary care facility and other projects with Forrester, said he called Rick’s brother Scott to express his condolences shortly after hearing the news. Forrester and Lynch are presently working on an office project on H Street Northeast.

“It’s a tough loss,” Lynch said. “We’ve worked with his company for a long time and we’ve really looked up to them. We’ve been in business for 15 years and they’ve been in business for about 25, so they really kind of showed us the way.”

Forrester Construction did not disclose Rick Forrester’s age or cause of death.

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