The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse

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E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse
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Ceepco Contracting is a minority-owned construction and building-maintenance company with headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and a satellite office in North Miami, Florida. Over the years, the company has been involved in the repair or restoration of structures of historic significance.

Ceepco Contracting performed concrete slab repairs on Washington, DC’s E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse from September 2009 to June 2010. The courthouse dates from 1950, when it became one of the last substantial additions to the Judiciary Square and Municipal Center complex. President Harry S. Truman laid the building’s cornerstone in June 1950, and the courthouse opened in November 1952.

Over the years, it has earned a reputation as an exceptional specimen of Stripped Classicism, an architectural movement that dominated government architecture after World War II. Officials renamed the building in 1997 in honor of Elijah Barrett Prettyman, the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The courthouse is currently included on the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing property to the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site.

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The Dangers of Asbestos

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Ceepco Contracting
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Since 2003, Ceepco Contracting has offered construction, facilities maintenance, and engineering services from its offices in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ceepco Contracting employs a highly trained professional staff that includes certified asbestos building inspectors.

Asbestos comprises six natural mineral fibers that are resistant to fire, heat, sound, and electricity. They are all microscopic, durable, and impervious to chemical reactions. These properties made them seem like a logical choice for a construction material in various sorts of buildings during the 20th century.

Unfortunately, inhalation of these microscopic materials can cause serious diseases, such as asbestosis, a degenerative respiratory disease resulting from scar tissue in the lungs. Asbestos exposure can also lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer affecting the vital organs in the torso.

Asbestos was used widely in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1970s. Nevertheless, numerous buildings throughout the nation still contain asbestos, which remains the leading cause of occupational cancer. It is projected that over 10,000 Americans will die this year from asbestos-related diseases.

CEEPCO Contributions to the Judiciary Square Federal Building

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Judiciary Square Federal Building
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CEEPCO Contracting is a minority-owned design-build consulting firm that provides a variety of services to private, commercial, and government organizations. CEEPCO Contracting engages with clients in diverse areas of construction and has contributed to several high-profile projects throughout Washington, DC.

The garage and balcony repair project at the Judiciary Square Federal Building was completed in collaboration with supervisory architect William Wilson. Specific repairs made over the course of the project included concrete slab repair and the supplemental reinforcement of critical steel structures. The CEEPCO team provided additional support in other areas and removed any unsafe building materials. The project also involved a number of cosmetic jobs, such as the reapplication of parking and traffic markings throughout the facility.

For a more in-depth look at CEEPCO’s work on the Judiciary Square Federal Building project or to learn about other completed projects, visit CEEPCO online at www.ceepcocontracting.com.

Benefits of Design-Build

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Ceepco Contracting
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A design-build consulting firm serving clients throughout the public and private sectors, Ceepco Contracting employs a team of professional engineers, environmental scientists, management planners, and more. Thanks to its multidisciplinary technical team, Ceepco Contracting oversees all projects from initial design through construction.

Design-build offers a number of advantages over other construction strategies, many of which center on singular responsibility for each stage of the project. Because design-build companies oversee a project from start to finish, there is no diffusion of responsibility when it comes to quality, cost, or timeliness. Design-build companies are better equipped to handle multiple aspects of a project, especially considering they maintain sole oversight of all activities. Architectural teams and builders work hand-in-hand throughout the life of the project, ensuring that objectives remain closely aligned.

From a financial perspective, the centralized oversight of design-build allows for early, accurate assessment of construction costs. A team of loosely organized contractors may each have their own budgetary philosophies, while a design-build company uses the same types of materials and can predict labor costs with a greater degree of certainty. This translates to better financial planning and fewer surprises down the road.