COLUMBIA, Md., Oct 07, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Fortress International Group (Nasdaq: FIGI), a company providing comprehensive services for the planning, design and development of mission-critical facilities and information infrastructure, today announced new engagements for services, including technology consulting, construction management and facility management awards totaling $25 million for the 3rd quarter of 2008, bringing booked business for 2008 to $111 million. The cumulative sales figure for 2008 includes an adjustment reducing the amount by $4.5 million related to an unused contract maximum value on a completed project, in which the savings went back to the owner. This represents a 39% increase over the $80 million of new business booked during the first nine months of 2007.
The new business brings work to all Fortress business units and includes owner representation services, at risk design-build construction management services, technology consulting services and facilities management business. A break down of the divisional work booked for the quarter and year to date is as follows:
3rd Qtr. Year to date -- Technology consulting- $3 million $7 million -- Construction management- $18 million $93 million -- Facility management- $4 million $11 million
Fortress International Chief Executive Officer Tom Rosato commented, "Despite the broader economic difficulties our bookings for this quarter exceeded last year's 3rd quarter bookings by 20%. At the same time, our proposal activity exceeded $64 million for the quarter, a 28% increase over the same quarter last year. We continue to see positive trends in two key areas that point to strength in future business. First, technology consulting continues to trend upward, which indicates we are increasing our new customer base and our opportunities to provide follow on services. Second, we expect that the amount of revenue we will recognize in future quarters from our Facility Management Division will continue to increase. Many of the design build projects that were delayed in late 2007 and early 2008 are progressing to completion. Many of these customers have already contracted with Fortress to provide our maintenance and management services which will increase the flow of Facility Management backlog dollars into revenue in future quarters. This is an important development as it begins to fulfill our original strategy to of generating an increasingly significant percentage of our EBITDA dollars from recurring business."
ABOUT FORTRESS INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC.
Fortress International Group Inc.(FIGI) and its subsidiaries Total Site Solutions, Rubicon, Vortech, and Innovative Power, plan, design, build and maintain specialized facilities such as data centers, trading floors, call centers, laboratories, medical facilities, network operation centers, communication facilities, and secure facilities. For nearly 30 years, the FIGI team has pioneered building robust and scalable infrastructure into mission-critical facilities. The firm offers unsurpassed expertise in the infrastructure systems (electrical, mechanical, telecommunications, security, fire protection and building automation) that are the critical facility's lifeblood. FIGI's comprehensive portfolio of services and multi-disciplinary expertise provide customers a highly respected single source for critical services that bridge the gap between IT and facilities.
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