Civic Responsibility

DUNS: 147251888 | CAGE Code: 0M2Z9

MCA’s successful work for U.S. federal agencies and organizations spans our full range of core competencies and project types – from healthcare to research, from workspace to workplace, and from Master Planning through Design and Construction. We have great respect for the missions of the agencies we support and are proud to serve as their trusted partner – often as an extension of their staff. Working under a variety of contract mechanisms and acquisition strategies, our planners and design professionals create environments that are efficient, resilient, sustainable, and focus on the health and wellbeing of the people that use them.

Our professional staff is skilled in helping federal agencies build consensus and address operational challenges. We understand the nature and intent of a wide-range of federal guidance, regulations, standards, and specifications, and are successful at navigating projects through funding cycles and phases, when necessary.

MCA appreciates the varied and unique design considerations within the federal market, including anti-terrorism/force protection, security, high-hazard research and manufacturing operations, energy reduction mandates, and historic properties. Our team’s leadership, experience, technical capabilities, and thorough approach to project management, have led to MCA’s exceptional past performance ratings and our extensive private sector experience enhances our ability to provide thought-leadership and innovative approaches to our government clients.

Federal Government

MCA is qualified under the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes:

541310     Architectural Services (Primary, Small Business)

541320     Landscape Architectural Services
541330     Engineering Services (Small Business)
541340     Drafting Services
541350     Building Inspection Services
541410     Interior Design Services
541420     Industrial Design Services
541430     Graphic Design Services
541490     Other Specialized Design Services
541611     Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services (Small Business)
541614     Process, Physical Distribution and Logistics Consulting Services (Small Business)
541690     Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services (Small Business)
541990     All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (Small Business)
561320     Temporary Help Services (Small Business)

MCA has performed under many different contract mechanisms and roles for our federal clients:

  • As prime consultant
  • As a sub-consultant
  • Owner’s Architect of Record
  • Owner (Part 1) Architect for Design Build
  • Contractor (Part 2) Architect for Design Build
  • Under IDIQ contracting environments

Each federal organization we work with has its own unique standards, procurement requirements, and specialized needs for design and technical competencies. However, they are alike in expecting a consistent approach to project management, communication, quality assurance, and on-time/on-budget performance – all areas in which MCA has a superb track record with our federal clients. We have provided planning, design, and construction administration services for many civilian federal agencies and organizations, including:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Smithsonian Institution (an Independent Federal Trust organization)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • United States Postal Service (USPS)

We have provided services for both private and public sector projects designed and constructed under federally-funded research grants in conformance with their applicable requirements, through organizations such as:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Academy of Sciences

MCA feels it is a privilege to work for the Department of Defense (DoD), the nation’s largest federal agency. Since 1986, we have supported hundreds of projects across the four DoD military branches, as well as multiple DoD Intelligence agencies. We assist these organizations with making informed and fiscally-responsible design decisions – while recognizing that the military mission and personnel wellbeing come first.

MCA finds this work challenging and extremely rewarding. Given the diverse nature of DoD installations, we’ve had the opportunity to work on a myriad of facility types, including research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) laboratories, historic chapels, explosives assembly facilities, SCIF, BEQs, aircraft hangars, dining halls and welcome centers. MCA’s experience is both broad and deep.

DoD installations have unique characteristics, land development constraints, and technical and operational challenges that require creative solutions and out-of-the-box thinking. We excel at meeting with and building consensus among various stakeholders, including senior leadership, planners, engineers, regulatory agencies, community interest groups, and environmental representatives. During a time of decreased new construction budgets, MCA is skilled at identifying alternative funding strategies, phased implementation approaches, and innovative facility re-use options, bringing new life and improved efficiencies to aging facilities while respecting their historic context.

MCA is honored to have supported a wide variety of DoD agencies, including:

  • Air Force
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID)
  • Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)
  • Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Defense Security Service (DSS)
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)

Since 1986, MCA has been privileged to work for various Department of Defense (DoD) agencies. We support military construction (MILCON) projects from “cradle to grave” – from concept through construction. MCA’s planners assist our clients with scope development, requirements analysis, site selection, and programming, ultimately resulting in the development of a complete DD Form 1391 package. These efforts include identification of alternatives, consideration of various phasing approaches and acquisition strategies, and preparation of life cycle economic analysis to justify projects based not only on their mission impacts, but also their cost avoidance and savings potential.

MCA understands the importance of proper up-front planning and accurate project documentation – often years in advance of execution – in order to justify the project to senior leadership and have it rank well among competing priorities for limited funding resources. We consider it an honor to support our military and play a role in shaping its real property assets.


Russell-Knox Building – Military Department Investigative Agencies, Quantico, VA
719,000 square feet, 129 acres, 3000 employees

  • OUR PRACTICE

    Quality: Assurance + Control


    Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) are daily activities that involve all of MCA’s staff and apply to every aspect of our business. Our approach is built around a philosophy of continual improvement, and processes that make that a reality.  The underlying objectives remain the same regardless of project type or size – provide a complete, effective, accurate and professional response to every task.

    MCA has a well-documented Quality Assurance Program, built around the following principals:

    • Utilize a standards-based process and workflow
    • Follow established communication standards – disciplined, clear, concise and accurate
    • Standardize project documentation and tracking procedures
    • Provide formal review and feedback on all deliverables
    • Provide ongoing employee education
    • Document lessons-learned and deploy to improve our work process

     

    We believe that the quality of the deliverables provided by MCA are second to none in the industry based on both objective, measurable criteria and client testimonials that we are willing to share upon request.

  • Our Practice

    Stakeholder involvement creates Project Advocates


    This project is a very complex construction project with five distinct and different end-users who have competing technical and space requirements with limited financing. All five end-users are required to be placed in one building within an almost impossible deadline. Marshall Craft Associates’ technical expertise and professionalism made it possible for this project to be a success.

    -Department of Defense client of 15+ years

    Facilities and land-use projects affect many stakeholders, from the agency that funds the project to the end users. Through detailed communication and documentation, our experienced professionals will lead constituents through our inclusive process. We listen to participants to understand the difference between “wants” and “needs”, which we then help prioritize against the budget, schedule, and available space. When people are involved in the planning and design, they become invested – and invested individuals become advocates for the end result.

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