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January 30, 2014
The Only Hall Of Fame That Matters
Tomorrow some brave souls will don their snow pants and take to North Avenue Fields for the Fifth Annual DRESL Winter Classic, followed by an after party at Gamekeepers and a Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We caught up with this year's four honorees.
Bill Lawrence, former leasing head at Tishman Speyer, started with DRESL and commish Richie Klein from day one and played on several teams until his mid '50s. Fun memory: one time Gary Beban hit the ball so hard at Bill at second base that his wristwatch and glasses flew out into right field, resulting in his inability to find the ball. "I think he may have made it to third," Bill laughs.
US Equities EVP Drew Nieman first learned about DRESL in 1983 when he joined John Buck. (Back then JBC and Irvine combined to form one team called the Irvucks.) A college football player at Miami of Ohio, Drew initially played center field and got by speedily running down fly balls. As time wore on, he moved to pitcher and even eked out a championship with the commish as third base on his winning team. At the office, Drew's busy working with John O'Donnell's team on 150 N Riverside. William Blair committed, construction kicks off this summer, and delivery of the 1.2M SF building is slated for Q3 '16, he says.
Cresa Chicago managing principal Brad Metzger is in Phoenix for the Phoenix Open (where Cresa is sponsoring a touring pro), so Richie gave us a little background. A 20-plus year industry vet, Brad's also a “plus” handicap golfer (which means he's really really good) and played on champsionship DRESL teams with Realbuck$ and Equis in the ‘90s. He hit the ball a ton and was human backstop at the hot corner (3rd base), Richie says. Snapped: the '93 champion Realbuck$ squad with five future DRESL Hall of Famers: the late great Rob Salbego (back left), Richie (front row, second from left), Lee Golub (back row, middle), Drew Nieman (front row, far right), and Brad (back row, far right).
JLL managing director Michael Burns has been in the league since the beginning. He calls DRESL a friendly platform for Chicago commercial real estate to compete hard on the softball field and enjoy a beer together afterwards (or several before hitting the snowy fields). It's given him the opportunity to meet and make friends with a lot of people in the industry. Michael's bullish on the market's prospects in 2014 and he's honored to be inducted with Brad (whom he played against for many years), Bill (whom he played with in the Arthur Rubloff & Co days), and Drew, his college roommate (whom he also played with for years).
10 Major Mayors Scrubbing Their Buildings
Yesterday, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Institute for Market Transformation, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (above), and several current mayors (including our own Mayor Emanuel, below) announced the City Energy Project. The goal, according to NRDC president Frances Beinecke: cut pollution, create jobs, and save money by sharing ideas (many mayors during the press call promised to gleefully steal from each other). Ultimately, the plan is to reduce carbon emissions from commercial buildings by seven million tons/year (that's the output of one million homes) and spread the gospel on best practices with suburbs and other cities.
The 10 cities that joined forces are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, LA, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City. Bloomberg says his city is the opposite of most US cities, emitting most greenhouse gases (75% to 80%) from buildings rather than transportation. Still, half the 5,000 landlords have converted from the super dirty No. 6 heating oil to cleaner fuel, and carbon emissions from buildings are down 19%. The City expects the PlaNYC sustainability efforts to save $7B in the next two years. Where do you think Chicago stands in the fight against climate change and how can the commercial real estate community do more? Tell firstname.lastname@example.org
One Creative Morning
More than 450 of you joined Bisnow this morning to take in the breathtaking views on the 39th floor of GlenStar Properties' 55 E Monroe. Our speakers included owners, developers, construction, design, and co-working gurus, who discussed trends in creative office space. For example, did you know pets and bikes have changed the way offices design their lobbies and elevators? And Millennials may only complain about private offices until they get one. (That may have happened with us and iPhones not that long ago.) Stay tuned for our full event coverage on Monday and Tuesday!