About Us

Built on a Legacy

Our History

Our company opened its doors in 1884 as John F. Donohoe Real Estate, a residential real estate broker. We transitioned into commercial real estate at the turn of century and continued to evolve over the decades by expanding on our real estate expertise and local knowledge. In 1955, Donohoe Construction Company was formed and soon became one of five divisions under The Donohoe Companies.


For more than 65 years, Donohoe Construction Company has been creating landmark buildings and shaping the real estate industry in the Washington DC area. We are among the “Top 25 General Contractors” in the region according to the Washington Business Journal, and have been on Engineering News-Record’s “Top 400 Contractors” list for over 35 years.

Industry Leaders

At Donohoe, we are not just leaders within the construction industry.  We are leaders of the construction industry.  Donohoe employees have consistently held leadership roles in many associations and foundations that help support, advocate, and improve the construction industry, including its contribution to the communities we serve.   We are honored to have played a significant role in the many advancements in construction since our founding, and we remain committed to providing continued stewardship for the benefit of all stakeholders.

sustainable construction

At Donohoe we recognize our responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. Virtually every project Donohoe has built over the past ten years utilizes sustainable construction practices and has been certified by a qualified organization such as LEED. Our thorough understanding of sustainable design and construction regulations and program requirements enables us to help our clients achieve their goals in the most cost-effective and impactful manner.

Top 400


Top 25

General Contractor – WBJ

Top 100

Building Design + Construction

Top 25

Interior Construction – WBJ

“Since we are part of a bigger organization that owns and operates buildings, we can bring a different perspective to our construction clients.”

steve Donohoe, president