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Dewberry Marks 50th Anniversary

April 14, 2006

Established Friday, April 13, 1956, Dewberry is celebrating 50 years of architecture, engineering, surveying, planning, and program management services to communities nationwide. Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, the firm has 1840 employees in 30 offices across the United States. Dewberry’s support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) operations in the Gulf Coast following the 2005 hurricane season has received positive national media attention over the past several months.

Dewberry began operations as an engineering and surveying firm under the name Greenhorne, O’Mara, Dewberry & Nealon. The firm played a significant role in the development boom of the late 1950s and 1960s as the Metropolitan Washington area struggled to keep up with a growing population. Over the years the firm has helped survey and design recognizable projects such as Montgomery Village, MD; Tysons Corner Shopping Centers, VA; Pentagon City, VA; and the Fair Oaks Shopping Center, VA.

Dewberry also designed significant portions of the Metropolitan Washington Area’s transportation corridors, to include the Dulles Toll Road, the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, the recent realignment of Route 110 around the Pentagon, and currently the Virginia Route 28 Public-Private Transportation Act design-build project.

In 1974, Dewberry was awarded a contract to support FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Project and continues this work today. In 1981, consulting services to FEMA were expanded to include nationwide response to Presidentially-declared disasters, such as the Northridge, CA, earthquake; New York City terrorist attacks; and the 2003 Midwest floods. Currently, Dewberry continues to assist FEMA with its response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with more than 250 employees in the Gulf Coast.

Through growth and acquisitions, Dewberry has established a strong highway and rail transportation, environmental, telecommunications, and program management practice in the Northeast, operating out of eight offices. Because of another major acquisition in 2004, Dewberry’s architectural design and building services operation, PSA-Dewberry, increased to more than 245 employees. PSA-Dewberry’s offices have extended the firm’s reach to the Midwest and Southwest.

During a recent celebration of Dewberry’s 50th anniversary, Chief Executive Officer, Ronald L. Ewing, announced that the firm exceeded its 2005 sales goal, reaching a new benchmark of $300 million. “This is a landmark year,” said Ewing. “As we celebrate 50 years of achievement, this milestone is a reflection of our employees’ hard work and dedication to our clients.” The firm is on track to meet a similar goal in 2006 and is exploring future expansion opportunities.

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