Bognet Construction

Little did Bognet Construction founders Jim Bognet and Jeff Kaiser know when they leased their first office in 1998 for $500 per month in the basement of a Starbucks on MacAurthur Boulevard that 12 years later they would be manning a $50 million firm that employs 45 people.

“We love construction, and are relentless about delivering high quality, on-time, on-budget solutions for our customers,” the owners say. “Our goal is to continue to build this firm into a $150 million company in the next five years.”

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Bognet Construction wins bid to rebuild interior of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance

OTJ Architects, Inc. will design the project that is scheduled to be complete in June 2010, says Fernando Murias, founder of the GWSA

Washington DC, April 8, 2010 — Bognet Construction ( has sealed a deal with the Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA, to rebuild its new offices at 2300 14th St. in Washington, DC.

GWSA chairman Fernando Murias, who is also the global compliance services leader for Latin America for Price Waterhouse Coopers, said that the contract was also awarded to OTJ Architects, Inc (, and us because both companies truly understood the mission and vision for the organization.

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IN THE NEWS: Bognet to build Brookland apartments

Feb. 24, 2010, Washington Business Journal — Arlington, VA-based Bognet Construction ( has signed a deal to build the Brookland Artspace Lofts.

In today’s issue of the Washington Business Journal, reporter Tierney Plumb wrote: “Arlington-based Bognet Construction will build an affordable apartment complex where artists and their families can live and work. The four-story, 57,000-square-foot arts campus, located in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, will break ground April 9 and deliver in July 2011.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Bognet Construction to build Brookland Artspace Lofts

ARLINGTON VA, February 24, 2010 — Arlington, VA-based Bognet Construction ( has signed a deal to build the Brookland Artspace Lofts, a four-story, 57,000-square-foot arts campus in Washington, D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood.

The $13.1 million project will include 41 affordable apartment units for artists, and a dance and music rehearsal studio with gallery for Dance Place, a modern dance and arts education organization. The architecture firm is D.C.-based Hickok Cole, which has worked with Bognet Construction on prior projects.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for April 9; the project is expected to be completed by July 2011.

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Entrepreneurs of the Month: Jim Bognet & Jeff Kaiser

Jim Bognet’s father thought maybe his son would become a doctor. The lad was so good in math and science, it seemed a natural fit. The young Bognet thought differently. The family business was construction, and since he was 7 he’d snap on his little tool belt and head out on jobs with his dad, Rocco, owner of the general and mechanical contracting firm Bognet, Inc.

As he grew, Jim spent his summers as a laborer and estimator, and operated heavy equipment until he graduated from Penn State University in 1988 with a degree in mechanical engineering. One of his professors was a vice president from the George Hyman Construction Company and helped him land a job with Tiber Construction. By 1991, he was working for Oliver Carr and by 1996, was the director of the DC office for The Leapley Company. That’s where Jim met Jeff Kaiser.

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THE BOGNET WAY: The values that keep Bognet Construction on track

On the office door of Jim Bognet’s office is a sign that reads: “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

William Foster said that. He was a 28-year-old United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” during the World War II Battle of Okinawa, where he died on May 2, 1945.

Such a sentiment is part of what Jim, his business partner Jeff Kaiser, and their vice president Jennifer Bognet call “The Bognet Way.”

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