About Us


First Impression is the realized vision of owner and founder, J. Donald Watson. He started the company in 1972, building an exceptional reputation as an affordable provider of excellent contracting services.

For more than 40 years we’ve completed many new construction projects, but also recognize that many companies and households look for ways to upgrade and protect their existing properties. First Impression developed a specialty in the design, fabrication and installation of architectural awnings and canopies. We work with a number of excellent manufacturers to be able to provide awnings and canopies in several price ranges.

Our work with many large commercial construction projects gives us a depth of experience to bring to your most important investment—your home. Whether the project is large or small, we provide the same attention to detail and quality advice on what will work best for your particular circumstances. We know what will add beauty and functionality (shade, weather protection, etc.) and will hold up over the long term. We understand return on investment – the awning or canopy we recommend will bring added value to help you grow your business.

Today, you won’t find anywhere in the region a better or more affordable way to get top-quality services. With our help, your building or property will always make a great first impression to your visitors.

Satisfied clients include:

  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • HITT Construction
  • Clark Construction
  • Sbarro's Pizza
  • Sequoia Restaurant
  • Bacchus Restaurant
  • Howard University
  • University of Maryland
  • Bolling Air Force Base
  • Andrews Air Force Base
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • National Presbyterian School
  • Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church