New Business School Building Wins Craftsmanship Awards

February 26, 2010

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company Honored for Work on Rafik B. Hariri Building

Washington, D.C. – The Washington Building Congress recently announced that the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company will receive Craftsmanship Awards for its work on the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Rafik B. Hariri Building.

The building will receive awards for its ornamental metal and glass railing work in the Simone McDonough Atrium and Lohrfink Auditorium completed by Tate Ornamental; the woodwork in the atrium, auditorium, and caserooms completed by Fetzer; the Terrazzo floor and steps in the atrium completed by David Allen; and the paining and wall covering work throughout the building completed by Precision Walltech.

Last year, the Rafik B. Hariri Building received Craftsmanship Awards for work completed in 2008 in the areas of slate and copper roofing, exterior stone masonry work, and glass fiber reinforced gypsum panels present in the building’s curved light coves, rotunda’s dome ceiling, and V-shaped panels in the auditorium ceiling.

The Craftsmanship Awards are the only program that recognizes the outstanding skill and achievement of individual craftsmen in the local construction community. This year, the Washington Building Congress received 314 nominations this year for awards in 10 categories. The awards will be given during a banquet on Friday, March 26.
The Rafik B. Hariri Building at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business is a 179,000 square foot structure that opened in June 2009. It houses all of the school’s business education programs. Major gifts from alumni funded the design and construction of the $82.5 million facility.

Read more about the Rafik B. Hariri Building at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business online at Learn more about the Craftsmanship Awards at

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit