In late 2005, after the successful effort to persuade Major League Baseball to relocate the Montreal Expos franchise to Washington, instead of a host of competing localities, to become the Washington Nationals, Events DC engaged Brailsford & Dunlavey, along with McKissack & McKissack and Turner, to provide program management services for the design and construction of a new $611 million major league baseball park. B&D managed the project from design through a record 22-month construction period. In doing so, we helped define the program for the next generation of MLB ballparks, coordinated the design input of the DC government and the Washington Nationals, secured zoning and other public approvals, and negotiated a guaranteed maximum price with a builder within the city-mandated cost cap. The project faced several unique challenges: as the first LEED Silver certified “green stadium” in America, as a new model facility for ADA compliance in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice, and as the new home for the national pastime in the nation’s capital. Nationals Park opened on time and on budget in March 2008, when a sold-out crowd and a nationally televised audience watched the host Nationals win their first regular season game in the new ballpark with a two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth-inning home run. The project has since received two "Top Project" awards and a “Project of the Year” award from Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine, as well as an Achievement Award from the District of Columbia Building Industry Association.