- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 28, 2004

Stephen S. Conley is cementing his role with New York construction company Bovis Lend Lease Americas as the new chief of the region’s office.

Mr. Conley, 47, has been promoted to principal of the Bethesda office, which oversees Bovis Lend Lease’s projects in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

He will oversee all aspects at the office, which include supervising construction and heading up campaigns to find new clients.

The local office is the third-largest nationwide for Bovis Lend Lease, which is a subsidiary of London real-estate company Lend Lease Group.

The Bethesda office has 37 project sites and 237 employees, bringing in $117 million in annual sales. Bovis Lend Lease brings in about $5.8 billion nationally, the company said.

Mr. Conley joined the company in 1996, serving most recently as operations director, where he was in charge of construction projects such as building and renovating schools, residential communities, hospitals and corporate and government buildings.

“I’m here to help set policy, provide vision of where we want to go next and be a resource for our people,” he said.

He plans to spend more money on employee training and seeking out public-private partnerships.

The company has finished an incinerator project for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Georgetown, and is building a condominium complex in Georgetown and a high-rise residential building in the District.

One of his pressing obstacles is dealing with the rising cost of steel, which increased as much as 83 percent in February, partly because of China’s rising demand for manufacturing raw materials.

“It’ll be a challenge getting clients to understand this is a blip on the radar screen that no one could have predicted,” he said.

Chief Operating Officer Peter A. Marchetto said he promoted Mr. Conley because of his experience in the D.C. area and his passion for the construction industry.

“Washington is an important market to us and we believe Steve has the capabilities to grow this office and help his clients,” he said.

Mr. Conley lives in Middletown, Md., with his wife, Sharon, and their three daughters.

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