Bethesda, MD – The Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County is announcing that RKR Construction will be crowned 2012 Builder of the Year at its 21st annual housing summit on May 7. The award will be presented to RKR Construction President Ken Rehfuss during the day-long conference at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center.
The 21st annual conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will begin with remarks from County Executive Ike Leggett. Luncheon speakers include former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, former Senator Paul Sarbanes and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, the keynote speaker. There are eight panels scheduled during the day, focusing on different aspects of affordable housing, including: foreclosure, housing and jobs, trends/challenges in multi-family rental housing, transit-oriented housing development, sustainable and green design, housing for veterans and people with special needs and best practices from the Atlanta Housing Authority. DHCD will have an exhibit during the event.
The conference is open to the public. Learn more.
This year’s Builder of the Year, RKR Construction, is best known for its work on older, affordable multifamily buildings in the Washington area. Montgomery County buildings renovated include: Pooks Hill Apartments in Bethesda (Montgomery County’s oldest high-rise building), Gilbert Highlands in Takoma Park and Forest Oak Towers, an elderly apartment building in Gaithersburg.
Other honorees include:
|Richard Y. Nelson, Jr. director of Montgomery County Department of Housing & Community Affairs, who will receive the Paul Sarbanes Excellence in Community Service award for his lifetime contributions to affordable housing;Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, who will receive the prestigious Robert C. Weaver Housing Champion award. As HUD Secretary during the Clinton administration, Cisneros is credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments. Cisneros is also a diligent advocate for the Latin community.