BIT Hosts Worker Appreciation at National Square


(l-r) AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation (ITC) President Mike Stotz with union member at National Square worker appreciation luncheon. 



Workers Thanked for Their Commitment
to Excellence at D.C. Project

Washington, DC 
More than 175 workers attended a worker appreciation luncheon last Thursday, June 25th, hosted by the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) in conjunction with C.H.O.I.C.E, the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, and  the Maryland State & District of Columbia AFL-CIO. 



These union workers have nearly completed National Square,  a Class A office building project located in the heart of Washington, DC. Once completed, the 344,000 square foot project is expected to receive a LEED Gold certification. 


National Square is located at 400 6th Street, SW (corner of 6th Street & D Street, SW) in Washington, DC.


Rendering of National Square in Washington, DC.


“It is terrific to see an AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust project less than two miles south of the White House and within a quarter mile of the National Mall,”* stated Fred Douglas Mason, Jr., President, Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO.


President Mason of the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO addresses the crowd at the National Square worker appreciation. 


The area surrounding the property consists almost entirely of office buildings, with a majority of occupants representing or having an affiliation with the federal government.


“It's great to see the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust deploying more capital in prudent real estate investments and also creating much-needed jobs in the construction industry”* said Mark Coles, Executive Director of the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE).


Stephen W. Courtien, Field Director of C.H.O.I.C.E, addresses the crowd at the worker appreciation. 


Since 2011, the BIT has invested in 15 projects totaling over 1.6 billion dollars in development costs. It is estimated that these projects collectively will create 16.1 million hours of union construction work by completion.


President Williams of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO addresses the crowd at the National Square worker appreciation. 


“The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust is a great example of putting union pension dollars to work, creating thousands of union jobs across the country, including a long history of job creation in Washington, DC,”* said Jos Williams, President, Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO.