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December 7, 2007
 
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77 K TOPS OUT!

Stacey found her way there yesterday (with a quick phone-in to doublecheck if it was 77 NW or NE) because she thought this might make a good “Men of Washington” issue.  We’re not so sure.  But the building has become a new landmark for NOMA (or is it now called “Capitol Hill North”?), so we as your “tabloid of record” gotta be there.   ING and Brookfield are co-owners of the 326k SF, 11-story building two blocks from Union Station. From left, Brookfield’s ubiquitous Paul Schulman, Jim Berkon, and Eddie Trujillo, and Davis’ Mike Pittsman


DO YOU KNOW THEY HOLD “TOPPING OUTS” IN BASEMENTS??

It’s a dirty little secret, but there’s no elevator to the top, so when it’s FREEZING outside that’s the only closed-in heatable area.  And is there just one “Topping Out Caterer” listed in the Yellow Pages?  Because they always seem to serve the same pulled pork BBQ, although it happens we like that.  Anyway, from left, NoMa BID’s Liz Price and ING’s Alex Mitzner and Marc Deluca hang out in the basement of the new building.  Cassidy’s Zeke Dodson and Kerri Mulligan Salih are leasing, and Davis says it’s delivering on-time in July -- thanks to a dry fall.


LAST NIGHT:  AGC BASH AT “HOUSE OF SWEDEN”

That’s the fancy name for the year-old new Swedish embassy, that you enter from K St. in Georgetown but can see driving by the Watergate on Rock Creek Parkway.  And you can use it for events, as the creative people at DC’s Associated General Contractors did last night.  Above, we met up with Rippeteau Architects’ Darrel Rippeteau, AGC CEO Cherie Pleasant, Gilbane’s Christine Hackett, and George Mason’s Steve Fuller.  Darrel’s chairing the 2008 Builder’s Ball which he told us already has over 40 sponsors – not bad considering it’s next November. Cherie says her big task for ‘08 is helping GSA plan a delivery method for their $3B St. Elizabeth’s project.  Though she just got back from South Beach, she’s already planning a holiday get-away to London – and maybe even Dubai


COCKTAIL CHATTER ABOUT COMMERCE AND FDA PROJECTS

Also at AGC, WCD Metro Consultants’ Margaret Van Voast, Turner’s Joel Causey, AGC DC prez Clare Archer of Gilbane, Tetra Tech’s Fred Parker, and Tompkins’ James Tolbert.  Clare said Gilbane was awarded the $418M remodel of the Hoover Building for the Department of Commerce last Friday.  Not to be outdone, James said Tompkins just landed the 600k SF FDA project in White Oaks.  He also said Tompkins folks are packing for a 12-26 move to 1110 Vermont


WINTER BASEBALL!

Nope, not in Florida but here.  We put on our snow gear Wednesday and went to the NEW ballpark for a “holiday lighting ceremony.”  Wow, it’s really coming along!  Co-owner Mark Lerner, above left with PNC regional president Mike Harreld, says his own holiday plans are nixed because he’s working 24/7 to prepare for the March 29th exhibition game.


NEXT STAGE FOR ARENA

20 days until the big move.  The folks of Arena Stage have been waiting since 1999 for the massive $125M renovation planned by architect Bing Thom that overhauls theater acoustics, adds the Cradle (a 200-seat “black boxtheater), delivers underground parking, and gives the venue a whole new look. We met up with Arena’s Desiree Urquhart and Stephen Richards the other day on the very stage that produced the likes of James Earl Jones (in the Great White Hope in 1967).The company will use the Lincoln Theater on U Street and Crystal City Forum as their temporary home for the next 2.5 years. And while they have $106M already (they tell us it’s the largest fundraising campaign for a non-profit professional producing theater), they’re still looking for a few more donations to put them over the top.

 
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