Alliance for Construction Excellence

The members of ACE represent over 1,200 specialty construction contractors employing more than 57,000 employees, and generating annual gross sales of $6.5+ billion.

We are a coalition of the premier construction specialty contractor associations, allied to create awareness of the value of quality construction. ACE represents subcontracting firms that employ highly skilled technicians for field construction work, and provide those employees with high-value wages, family medical care, retirement plans, and continuing education through workforce development and apprenticeship training programs.

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Companies struggle to get paid for building first new D.C. homeless family shelter

An exterior view of the Kennedy, a new homeless shelter in Northwest Washington where officials celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 26, 2018. The companies that worked to build the shelter are now locked in a payment dispute. (Fenit Nirappil/The Washington Post)

July 24 at 4:45 PM

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) last fall proudly celebrated the opening of the first new homeless family shelter, part of a network of planned smaller facilities to replace the troubled D.C. General megashelter.

But almost a year later, a host of local companies that built the shelter in Northwest Washington known as the Kennedy have been struggling to get paid.

Businesses that furnished the 45-unit shelter, handled landscaping and built its heating and air conditioning system say the general contractor on the project has refused to fully compensate them.

The dispute escalated to a point in February when the D.C. government threatened to ban the developer, 5th Street Partners, and Moseley Construction, which oversaw the subcontractors, from receiving new city contracts.

At least 16 companies involved in the project started receiving checks late last week, after The Washington Post inquired about the situation, city officials said.

“We were not going to sit by idly and allow these people to not be paid,” said Keith Anderson, director of the D.C. Department of General Services, the agency overseeing the construction of new homeless shelters.

One of the family rooms available at a new homeless shelter in Ward 4, shown during a tour in September 2018. The company that furnished the shelter said it has struggled to get paid for its work for more than a year. (Fenit Nirappil/The Washington Post)

But his agency refused to detail whether the payments were partial or full and how many claims are still outstanding, saying those details are a matter between the construction company and its subcontractors.

Some of the businesses reached by The Post said their disputes have not been resolved and that the damage to their livelihoods cannot be undone.

Hugee Corporation, which installed the shelter’s heating and cooling systems, was able to secure $170,000 from the project’s bonding company, an entity that can resolve payment disputes, but is still fighting for another $80,000.

Perry Hugee, the company’s president, said any profit from working on the shelter would be wiped out by the costs of borrowing money and paying interest to suppliers while waiting for payment.

“How many minority contractors can stay alive after being owed all that money?” Hugee said. “I would have been better off telling them, ‘No thank you,’ and writing a check for $30,000 and giving it to the homeless shelter.”

On government construction projects, the city generally enters into a contract with a private business that submits the best proposal.

The city sets targets for contractors to subcontract a portion of the work such as electricity or roofing to local companies, with preferences for those owned by women or people of color. The city is not directly responsible for paying subcontractors.

The District awarded the contract to manage the $14 million Ward 4 homeless shelter project without competitive bidding to 5th Street Partners, which in turn hired Moseley Construction to oversee construction and enlist other subcontractors.


June 10, 2019


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Permit Application Enhancements


The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is streamlining the construction permitting process starting with updates to the online building permit application. This will be the first of a series of enhancements geared towards improving the customer application submittal experience.
Effective June 29, 2019, the following are required for all building permit applications at the specified time noted below:
At application submission:

  • Documentation supporting the estimated construction value


Before permit issuance:

  • Contractor, subcontractor and registered design professional information


In addition, the following changes will be made to the permit application system in the June 2019 release:

  • Editing capability for contractor, subcontractor and registered design professional information before and after application submission
  • Automatically populated information that includes building age
  • Elimination of redundant information in the “Green Building” section
  • Statistical data gathering for Opportunity Zone financing and Affordable Housing Projects


Coming soon:

  • Elimination of the requirement to submit a brand new application for permit revisions

Stay tuned to learn of additional application enhancements to come. Click here for more information and frequently asked questions.

Permit Application Enhancements FAQs

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May 13, 2019

Standing Up for District Workers


From the Office of the Attorney General

A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that low-wage workers lose an average of $64 per week—or more than $3,300 per year—when employers refuse to pay employees what they are rightfully owed. This is called “wage theft” and it is illegal in the District of Columbia.











In instances where employers take advantage of their workers, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) can take legal action to hold them accountable. Last week, we announced our largest wage theft win to date. OAG secured a settlement with Airway Sheet Metal Co. that will provide more than $100,000 in unpaid wages to 40 workers. Our investigation found evidence that, from 2015 to 2017, Airway failed to properly pay its workers overtime rates and failed to provide them with any paid sick leave, as required by District law.

Last year, OAG stepped up wage theft enforcement after working with the D.C. Council on legislation granting the agency independent authority to investigate and bring these cases. To date, OAG has obtained over $250,000 in judgments and settlements against businesses that have stolen wages from District workers.

If you believe your rights have been violated by your employer, report it to OAG at (202) 442-9854 or submit a complaint to the Department of Employment Services. Workers can also learn about their rights to fair wages, overtime pay, and sick leave with our free resources.

OAG will continue to hold employers accountable when they fail to pay workers what they have rightfully earned.




Karl A. Racine
Attorney General