Construction starts with a concept, and that concept should be an accurate reflection of a client’s vision. In such a diverse and voluminous industry, there are only a handful of contractors that make the entire process, from design to delivery, a true collaboration that prioritizes client satisfaction and peace of mind above all else. Liberty Group Construction & Design is proud to be one of them. Providing business owners in the healthcare and commercial industry with a complete package to turn their vision of building an efficient and successful business into a reality, Liberty has been a name synonymous with industry excellence for almost a decade.
Founded in 2012 by the firm’s President, John Sanati, Liberty Group: Construction and Design was created as a full-service contracting company that goes beyond the typical role of a quality builder. A previous owner of another design-build firm, John already had a pedigree of expertise gained in his 40 years of working as a commercial contractor. “My goal was to provide clients the assistance they need as soon as they decided to start or expand their business,” believes John, “and to help business owners in every step toward making their vision a reality.” This started the all-inclusive service that Liberty is now able to offer clientele. The firm’s strong workforce of space planners, interior designers and CAD specialists are capable of developing concepts for potential customers the same week they contact Liberty with their vision. John understood that as soon as a build-out project was close to being completed, clients had a need to get a head start on advertising their business and create awareness for the grand opening. To meet that need, he started the Liberty Group Productions service, where he added graphic designers and producers to the team to step in and create media that advertises the new space for his clients. To further that client experience, Liberty Interiors was started in 2019, a subsidiary that specializes in larger scale commercial projects (multifamily, hospitality, and largescale apartment complexes) with in-house installers. Today, Liberty Group Construction & Design is a father-son owned and operated company with offices in the Washington Metro and Richmond, Virginia markets, servicing all of Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia with a diverse team of in-house designers, engineers and consultants to make them a truly unique and valuable partner for every project.
With numerous strengths that set them apart, one of the most obvious is the strong leadership of both John and his son, Aras Sanati, who is LEED Green certified with an MBA from University of Maryland. As Operations Director, Aras oversees every project to a precise degree and is always available to clients whenever needed. He makes sure that clients always have a direct line to leadership, as no real construction project goes from concept to completion without questions and changes. It is paramount that the clients’ needs and expectations are set as a priority and that their questions are answered so that when John Sanati hands over the key, the only thing on the client’s mind is bringing their business to life in the space Liberty built. Never in the company’s history has a project been built where John was not heavily involved in consulting the client through every aspect of their buildout. This includes everything from understanding the vision, to making sure there is a set budget that allows the client to have both the space they need to run their business successfully while still having the necessary capital left to hit the ground running when we finish the project.
At the very heart of each successful project undertaken by Liberty is our commitment to strong communication with all parties involved. Our team’s communication standard is something our clients have told us makes them feel very confident in us, which in turn builds a level of trust that helps the entire process. This means ownership being hands-on from the minute a client contacts us, and this extends to our staff as well. Members of Liberty’s project teams are very quick to adapt to the company’s ideology that any client that puts trust in us to build the structure for their next business or practice has to be kept consistently in the loop on where their project stands. In fact, Liberty’s philosophy is that high-end design and construction can only be coordinated and completed in a fast and error-free manner if all parties are communicating and cooperating from day one.
For John, Aras, and the team at Liberty, being known as one of the premier contractors in all of Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia certainly is a source of pride and self-satisfaction. The company strives to uphold its reputation building structures with quality and design that stand the test of time. By establishing trust and communication with all parties involved, the team at Liberty Construction will uphold our pledge to stay under budget and on time, and continue our reputation for excellence from design to delivery, and beyond.
John Sanati is a licensed contractor in DC, MD and VA with over 40 years of experience in commercial construction and design. He has earned a strong reputation in the area for his expertise in healthcare and commercial projects, assisting hundreds of small business owners and healthcare professionals with their vision of building and operating a successful office space. With his educational background in architecture and construction management, he serves as both a design consultant and project executive for every Liberty client. Creativity and forward thinking drives John’s daily routine of project planning and problem solving for every job site he steps foot in.
When John isn't at job sites or staying in shape at the pool, he likes to bring work home with him as continues re-designing and renovating his current home in Potomac!
As Director of Operations, Aras Sanati oversees every project to ensure that the clients' schedule and budget stays on track and that they are kept in the loop with crucial updates on their project. His number one priority is client satisfaction, so he makes it a point to meet with every client during the design phase and uses this insight to assemble the project team that is best tailored for each specific project's needs. Certified by USGBS as a LEED Green Associate and with a background in Sustainability, Aras is pivoting Liberty's design and engineering team to shift focus towards green initiatives to give client's a finished space that is environmentally friendly but also more affordable to operate in the long term.
Aras received a degree in Architecture from University of Maryland, and is currently living in Baltimore, MD to complete his MBA program at UMD. During the warmer months, if you can't reach him by phone, you can most likely find him at the rooftop pool in one of the nearby Merritt Clubs.
As a Vice President taking on the Healthcare Project Consultant role, Robert brings 29yrs of commercial financial experience in multiple commercial industries with a specialty in healthcare. He is highly recognized for his attention to detail, caring of his clients, understanding of their vision, and step-by-step consultative approach to educate them on the many aspects of their project to ensure success. From business planning, budgeting, to ribbon cutting ceremonies, and all that comes in between, Robert's handling of his construction projects makes him an essential part of the Liberty Group client experience.
Originally from Virginia, Robert lived his younger years with his family overseas. He has lived in Portugal, Chile and Brazil. He now resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and four children. He enjoys time with his family at the beach, amusement parks, and spending time on the weekends with his children at their soccer and baseball games.