The District must pay more than $251,000 in damages to Fort Myer Construction Corp., one of the city’s most successful and politically connected contractors, following a court ruling on a contract dispute that’s played out over the course of the last decade.
The D.C. Court of Appeals decided against the city in an opinion issued Thursday, upholding a ruling by D.C.’s Contract Appeals Board back in 2018. The ruling should ensure that Fort Myer and its subcontractor, Metro Paving Corp., receive compensation for wages they paid out while managing a District contract between 2006 and 2011.
A spokeswoman for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s office, which represented the city on the case, did not respond to a request for comment. Fort Myer’s attorney on the case also did not respond.
Fort Myer, as led by President Jose Rodriguez and Executive Vice President Lewis Shrensky, is not only D.C.’s dominant contractor on major road projects, but also a big player in D.C. politics. The firm, its executives and their family members have chipped in tens of thousands of dollars in council and mayoral campaign contributions dating back to the late 1990s, up to and including contributions to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 2014 campaign.