Hanscomb Consulting Welcomes Three New Hires

Summer is off to a great start at Hanscomb Consulting! We recently added three new hires to our talented staff – Rod Strickland, Victor Han, and Andy Welsh.

Rod has been hired as a Senior Electrical Estimator. He is skilled in government, institutional and commercial sectors providing cost estimating, project management, design reviews, material procurement and construction oversight, with 25 years of experience. Other than estimating, he is also adept in the areas of procurement, scheduling and supervising multiple team members, particularly in the mechanical and electrical disciplines.

Victor joins us as a Senior Mechanical Estimator. He has more than 11 years of experience in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area in a wide range of projects from government, private, multi-family, data centers, schools, and healthcare to specialty projects like breweries, private airports, and theatres. Victor comes to us from the subcontracting community and as such brings a wealth of field experience in means and methods as well as pricing.

Andy Welsh has been hired as a Senior Project Manager. He has more than 37 years of project and construction management experience with a depth of experience in managing large-scale, commercial buildings, warehouse, industrial, conference center, healthcare, higher education and many other types of projects.

Hanscomb Consulting Works with JBG Smith at New Amazon HQ


We are extremely excited to announce that Hanscomb Consulting has recently been awarded a contract with JBG Smith to provide Project Management support for the first of several buildings, which will become part of the new Amazon Headquarters office complex located at National Landing, Arlington, Virginia.

The project, located at 1770 Crystal Drive is a 284,749 SF repositioning of the existing building, which includes structural modifications, a full façade replacement, complete renovation of the building core systems, elevator lobbies and restrooms as well as select public and retail spaces. Features include a new entry connecting to an existing below-grade mall, new public arcade and future building lobby facing Crystal Drive and two new roof terraces at the top two floors of the building overlooking the Reagan Airport and DC monument landscape.  The building renovation will pursue LEED-CS at a Silver certification level.

Hanscomb Consulting Moves Offices in VA and DC

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We have recently moved our offices in both Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC. Let us know if you would like to stop in to see our new space in Alexandria, and someone will gladly take you on a quick tour. (The group shot above does not do it justice!) Our new addresses are below:

Alexandria, VA Office:
225 Reinekers Lane
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

Washington, DC Office:
1077 30th Street NW
1st Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Hanscomb Consulting Welcomes New Cost Manager

Hanscomb’s Alexandria office is pleased to announce that we have added to our ever-growing estimating department. Recently, Melissa Smith has joined out team as a cost manager.

Melissa has over 6 years’ experience in the design and construction phase. Throughout her career, she has worked on major projects across most sectors including residential, commercial, education, health and aged care, defense and infrastructure. Melissa has extensive experience in project feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed cost estimates, Bills of Quantities, progress work reporting, pay application review, change order assessment and project risk assessment.

Hanscomb Consulting Welcomes New Estimator

We are pleased to welcome a new hire to the Hanscomb Consulting team! Ermias Abraham has joined the Alexandria office and will be a part of our growing estimating department. 

Ermias Abraham is an experienced estimator and also has experience in project controls, scheduling and project management in various construction sectors ranging from government, commercial, residential, communications and energy sectors. Ermias has more than 20 years’ experience. He has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering, his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management, and his Masters degree in Project Management. 

Hanscomb Consulting Hires Javier Tarifa and Tobin Joseph

Hanscomb Consulting has had a busy summer, expanding offices into the Northeast and Rocky Mountain regions and adding two new hires. Javier Tarifa joined our Virginia office in July, while Tobin Joseph joined our New York office early September. 

Javier is a Registered Architect; well-rounded with a strong foundation in cost and change management. He has over 39 years of experience working with owners, consultants, and contractors to successfully deliver a wide variety of projects. He brings his comprehensive design and construction expertise to complete each project in a professional and collaborative manner. His sector background includes commercial, government, residential, mixed-use, hospitality, and industrial projects. He is proficient in identifying components, assemblies and details, facilitating a robust quality control function. 

Tobin graduated from Rutgers University in Spring 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He has gained valuable cost estimating and project management experience from various internships while at college. These experiences included quantity take offs for various trades with contractors, along with site supervision for a heavy civil contractor. Tobin works out of our New Jersey office, providing detailed quantity take-offs and assisting with preparing estimates. He is well versed in the various quantity take off software available such as Bluebeam, PlanSwift and OST and provides the team with efficient and accurate take-offs. 

Thomas Joseph Joins Hanscomb Consulting

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Joseph has joined Hanscomb Consulting as Vice President in charge of our New York/New Jersey office. His experience covers both national and international projects with emphasis on the Tri-State Area. Always a team player when working with owners, designers, vendors and contractors on several projects at the same time, Thomas thrives in managing teams and multiple assignments. He brings extensive experience in conceptual stage cost estimating through 100% detailed estimates, continuing that expertise during construction for change management.

Hanscomb Expands Offices to New Jersey and Colorado

Hanscomb is pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our footprint beyond the
VA/DC/MD geographical area to both New Jersey and Colorado! Thomas Joseph will head up our New Jersey/NYC operation out of East Brunswick, New Jersey, and will be providing the Northeast with the same level of quality and effectiveness Hanscomb is known for. 

Our New Jersey office is located at: 
197 Route 18 South
Suite 3000
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(o): 732.514.6654

We have also expanded to the Rocky Mountain region, where we have an office in Avon, Colorado. Matt Owens recently relocated there and as Operations Director will be managing this office for us while he continues to provide all our clients with excellent cost management services.  

Our Colorado office is located at: 
216 Main Street
Suite 204D
Edward, Colorado 81632
(o): 703.835.3362

Hanscomb Consulting is Providing Project Management Services for JBG Smith at 7900 Wisconsin Avenue

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Hanscomb Consulting was recently awarded a contract to provide JBG Smith with Project Management services on their brand new 7900 Wisconsin Avenue development. On completion, this 17-story high-rise building will include 322 apartments, 21,600 SF of ground-floor retail, and an 11,000 SF two-level park.

7900 Wisconsin Avenue will be a community destination - a vital hub where neighbors come together day after day to shop and mingle. Soon, the burgeoning Woodmont Triangle will be home to the most sophisticated rental building in all of Bethesda.

Hanscomb Consulting Conducts Tour for CMAA NCC

On May 15, 2018, Owner’s Representative Project Manager, Hanscomb Consulting, hosted a tour for CMAA’s National Capital Chapter of JBG Smith’s new office building, which is currently under construction in Bethesda, Maryland.  Chapter members were briefed on the project and then led through an on-site tour.

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The new building will not only be a new trophy asset for the REIT developer, but also their new headquarters. Nestled into the bustling Bethesda Row area, the building is located within steps of popular restaurants, new offices and condominiums as well as other commercial centers. Upon completion, JBG Smith will occupy a significant portion of the available square footage alongside other high-profile tenants, such as HOST Hotels. 

The 14-story property is a post-tensioned, poured-in-place concrete frame clad in a full glass curtain-wall exterior. The progressive design will feature a monumental stair in the lobby and 2nd floor, along with several other communicating stair openings on upper tenant floors, a fitness center, and a penthouse amenity space for tenant use and interaction. Currently underway pouring the 10th floor, the building structure is set to be topped out this summer, with substantial completion scheduled for early 2019.

NCC President, Cindy Quiroz, welcomed chapter members and guests to the tour.  Hanscomb Project Manager, Jack Mutty, presented rendered images of the building at its completion, showing how architects MGMA and Shalom Baranes have worked together with their team of consultants to produce a trophy-level building design.  Jack reviewed the project team players and their roles and responsibilities, including general construction contractor, Lendlease, and explained how the project team interacts and works well together to solve challenges.  Included in the presentation was a review of project’s safety programs and management systems/software for tracking and controlling schedule, cost and managing information.

Following the presentation, Chapter members were led through the building where they were shown several areas of construction underway.  The tour witnessed the very early stages of curtainwall installation.  One of the more challenging areas of the structure is in the area where the new building bridges over an alley and ties into the neighboring building. 

Overall, an excellent tour and presentation, and a great chance for chapter members to see first-hand best practices in use on a challenging project. 

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Hanscomb Consulting is Helping UVA Move Alderman Library into the 21st Century

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Hanscomb Consulting is proud to announce that we are providing the University of Virginia with Cost, Scheduling and Value Engineering services on their $160 million renovation of Alderman Library. Alderman, completed in 1938, is at capacity and far out of code. Replacing its book stacks and adding more classrooms and workspaces should take the building into its second century.

The first phase of the two-stage renovation would require demolishing the Old and New Stacks and permanently moving some of the collection off-site to the new Ivy Stacks building, located on Old Ivy Road and set to be completed this spring. By 2023, planners expect the cramped stacks to be replaced with brighter and cleaner compact shelves that are easier to navigate and aren’t a fire hazard. They also want to add more seating and open stacks, as well as update the electric, fire safety and plumbing systems.

Hanscomb Consulting Awarded GSA Schedule


Hanscomb Consulting is pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded a GSA SCHEDULE contract.  The Professional Services Schedule (PSS) enables Federal agencies to procure total professional service solutions using a single Multiple Award Schedule (MAS).  Following a rigorous approval process, which includes a review of the firm’s established quality control standards, relevant project experience, as well as outstanding past performance, Hanscomb has successfully demonstrated to GSA our capability to provide services under two Special Item Numbers (“SIN’s”) for Construction Management and Engineering Consulting Services, and Budgeting.

Services provided under SIN 871-7 Construction Management and Engineering Consulting Services include construction management, engineering consulting, project management, and related professional services specifically pertaining to real property.  As an approved contractor performing construction management services, we can become the professional adviser to the customer agency, and as principal agent, advise or manage the process over the project regardless of the project delivery method used.  Construction Management and Engineering Consulting services include, but are not limited to, facility condition assessment, design phase support, procurement support, commissioning services, testing services, construction claims support, post-construction engineering services, and other related technical consulting services.

Under SIN 520-12 Budgeting, Hanscomb can provide services to the Federal government and related agencies for budgeting, estimating and cost management services.  Services under this SIN include assessing and improving the budget formulation and execution processes, conducting special reviews to resolve budget formulation or budget execution issues and providing technical assistance to improve budget preparation or execution processes.

Hanscomb Consulting "Takes Off" in Support of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority


Hanscomb Consulting recently teamed with McKissack & McKissack in support of the Airports Authority in providing Project Controls services on a number of design and construction projects at both Ronald Reagan National and Washington Dulles International Airports as well as the Dulles Toll Road.

Reagan National Airport has begun work on “Project Journey”, a $1 Billion multi-project intended to transform the passenger experience by freeing up movement inside Terminal B/C and ending busing to remotely parked aircrafts at Gate 35X. The result will provide passengers with greater connectivity, more shopping and dining choices, and a more pleasant post-security environment.

Our Project Controls Services include Construction cost estimating, Contractor’s proposals review, Value Engineering, Claims Analysis, Design submittal estimate reviews, Pre-bid estimate validation, Bid negotiation support and Special projects.

Hanscomb Consulting Hires Jack Mutty

We are delighted to announce that Jack Mutty has joined the Hanscomb Consulting team as a Project Manager. Jack has a background in commercial construction, specializing in base building, retail, and restaurant construction. His experience includes managing multiple base building projects with concurrent landlord and retail build-outs, which allows him to bring first-hand knowledge of the construction management process, from preconstruction/design planning and permitting through scope development and procurement through the entire construction process and close-out. With a degree in business management and experience as a general contractor, Jack brings with him an invaluable perspective and a unique understanding to of the commercial development, leasing and business management processes, leasing, and management business from a builder’s perspective. 

Hanscomb Consulting is Now Supporting Puerto Rico in Disaster Recovery

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After Hurricane Maria tore a path through the Caribbean, almost completely replicating the damage of Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands suffered catastrophic losses of life and property. Hanscomb has teamed with Goodman-Gable-Gould/Adjusters International to send staff to San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide damage assessment, project management and cost estimating services to multiple storm-damaged properties for insurance recovery.

Hanscomb Consulting is providing resources from various specialties to build an advisory team consisting of both home office and field staff able to travel to the properties to inspect, document and quantify the damages, and provide cost estimates for reconstruction and repair. Our team will be providing services for at least 40 damaged buildings on the island, starting with the repairs to a major hospital, and including hotels, shopping malls, self-storage facilities and office complexes.

Hanscomb Consulting is Continuing Work at the National Institute of Health with Three New Projects

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Hanscomb Consulting is pleased to announce its continued work at the National Institute of Health (NIH) with the addition of three new projects, all with HOK: Surgery and Radiology Building (Building 10), Utility Vault and Patient Parking Garage, and National Library of Medicine (First Floor).

For the Surgery and Radiology Building, Hanscomb will be verifying and validating the approved NIH-developed Program of Requirements (POR) for the 475,000 SF of created space (385,000 SF new building plus 90,000 SF renovation) to house critical hospital functions.

The Utility Vault and Patient Parking Garage project includes a 700-car-space garage, including all necessary support spaces and utility systems, which will allow for the existing garage to be closed, repaired, and repurposed. The new garage will accommodate the surface patient and visitor valet parking spaces and will also include an underground pedestrian tunnel linking the garage to the new Surgery and Radiology building.

The National Library of Medicine project involves repurposing the existing reading room spaces, the library’s entrance foyer, and existing exhibition space to better meet current needs.

Hanscomb Consulting is Now Working with ACG Architects on the Embassy of Kenya Renovation

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Hanscomb Consulting has recently begun working with ACG Architects on proposed renovations to the Chancery and staff residences for the Embassy. Services include cost estimating during design, phasing plans/scheduling, preparation of bid documents/procurement advice, bid analysis and recommendation, payment application reviews, and change order reviews during construction.

The Embassy of Kenya is in a historically protected zone where the building facades are to be preserved. The interior of the building will be remodeled to replace all existing electrical and mechanical installations and to create modern office spaces. The project will be completed in six phases with the first five phases focusing on the renovation and remodeling of the main building including security enhancements, window replacement, re-roofing, and the creation of a modern reception space. Phase six will focus mainly on the renovations to the Ambassador’s Residence in Potomac, MD and redevelopment/repairs to three staff residential houses, all in Washington, DC.

Hanscomb Consulting Hires Sam Ayodele and Anu Pillai Bowers

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We are pleased to announce that Hanscomb Consulting has hired two new cost managers! Sam Ayodele and Anu Pillai Bowers joined the Hanscomb team early this September.  

Sam is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 20 years of experience working in cost management in Africa and the United States. He brings with him experience working in different capacities on government, public and private projects. He is experienced in government software such as SUCCESS and MII for conceptual, cost planning and detailed cost estimating. Sam’s sector experience includes hospitality, defense, aviation, education and commercial real estate.

Anu brings with her experience in construction-phase field operations and pre-construction cost management in many different market sectors, including working with a general contractor on industrial, healthcare, education, and stadium projects. Prior to joining Hanscomb, she worked in field cost management and procurement, most notably for the DC United MLS Stadium in Washington DC, and the $1B expansion of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Hanscomb Consulting is now supporting Washington REIT at The Trove

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Hanscomb Consulting is pleased to announce that we will be working with Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (Washington REIT) to provide construction support services for The Trove, an apartment community redevelopment located along the close-in Columbia Pike corridor of Arlington, VA. The project involves construction of 401 new units in three seven-story buildings, and renovation of the existing 711-unit apartment complex.  With completion scheduled to start delivering units 2019, the transformed complex will offer an array of new, up-to-date amenities to the community.

The Trove is designed to provide the convenience of comparable apartment communities, but with more amenities and at a lower price point. Residents will enjoy a rooftop deck overlooking the area and featuring a pool, cabanas, amphitheater-style decking, fire pits, grills, large screens for movie nights, and communal dining tables. The Trove will offer a range of apartment sizes ranging from studios to three-bedroom units, all built according to environmental and sustainable design standards to achieve LEED Silver certification from the USGBC. Select apartments will enjoy views of the Army Navy Club golf course on one side, and city vistas above the tree line on the other side.

Hanscomb Consulting Hires John Adams and Lindsey Gregg

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We are pleased to announce that both John Adams and Lindsey Gregg have joined Hanscomb Consulting. John joined in May as Assistant Cost Manager. He has more than 8 years of field and consulting experience within the construction industry in the Washington D.C. area.  Working as a subcontractor in the field and then as an estimator has given him insight into the construction process as well as means and methods which is an asset as he continues his cost management career with us. 

Lindsey recently joined Hanscomb Consulting as Marketing Coordinator at the end of July. Lindsey graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. Since then she has been providing dynamic marketing materials to multiple real estate brokers, owners and architects/engineers in the commercial real estate market and beyond. Her experience includes being responsible for the composition and upkeep of marketing materials for print, web, and mobile applications, reinforcing corporate identity and maintaining brand recognition in the marketplace.