A industry-leading mechanical contracting company serving the Washington, DC metro area and beyond
David Welch is the owner–operator of Welch and Rushe Inc., a mechanical contracting company located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Co-founded by David’s father, Linden Welch, in 1966, WRI has grown from a two-man operation to a 200-person operation serving clients locally and internationally. Today, the company is recognized as a leading mechanical contractor in the Washington, DC market, and has worked on numerous projects of national significance, including the National World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the US Capitol Visitor Center.
OFFIT KURMAN: Can you tell us about some of the larger projects you’ve worked on?
DAVID WELCH: One of the things that Welch and Rushe is best known for is our historical retrofits. We are the premier mechanical contractor for government retrofits. We’ve done some tremendous amount of work at the Pentagon and the EEOB—we did the entire mechanical for the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It was about a seven- or eight-year job. We did every single phase of that job and the job turned out fantastic. We do quite a few ground-up jobs—the World War II Memorial, the FDR Memorial. When a memorial comes out to bid we are the first mechanical contractor called. They want us on-site. They want Welch and Rushe doing large private work downtown also. The International Monetary Fund—we are now in the process of renovating the entire building. It’s a 1.4 million square foot building. The job has been going on approximately five or six years. We will be out there for another two or three years.
On the mechanical side, the job is run extremely well. We have anywhere from 20 to 75, 80 people on that job between Welch and Rushe and our subcontractors at any given point. Another thing that Welch and Rushe does is we partner with fantastic subcontractors. Our subcontractors are a huge strength at Welch and Rushe. On bid day, the reason Welch and Rushe isn’t always the lowest on bid days because we don’t necessarily take the lowest subcontractor price on bid day. We pick the subcontractors—whether it be sheet metal, insulation, controls, we pick the contractor that is best suited for that project. We price the job accordingly. When an owner or a general contractor hires Welch and Rushe, they know that the team is professional and qualified, and will give a top-notch job beginning to end.
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