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September 26, 2007



Many of you real estate junkies know the storied name Wilkes Artis, oldest and once-largest real estate firm in these parts. Being a vast media empire, we publish other newsletters, too, and thought you might like to see an update that appeared Friday in our Legal edition.

Ooooh, felt very chic last evening. Went to the Bloomingdale’s pre-opening reception in Chevy Chase. Never seen so much black and white marble, or heard so many electronica re-mixes of ‘60s songs. Lots of sushi. Doesn’t seem like a government town anymore.

Bloomingdale’s CEO Mike Gould last night with Annette and Ted Lerner. Annette tells us she’s been going to the White Flint Bloomies since it opened, and of course being developers of Tysons they know something about the one there, too. They were eager to see this one—smaller, but state-of-the-art. Mike came in from NYC and tells us he likes the home furnishings department the best. They now have 40 stores, and the last one he opened was in South Coast Plaza in the O.C. in May.

Mancini Duffy was the store’s interior architect, whose regional head Yves Springuel, right, and principal Anik Jhaveri flank store GM Julia Palmer. Julia started in the Tysons store five years ago, became GM in Orlando, and arrived here with her young family in the spring. Yves and Anik are also busy these days designing the new Council on Foreign Relations DC headquarters at 18th and G.

Also last night, over 200 celebrated the 26th Annual Metro Washington Excellence in Construction awards at the McLean Hilton. Foulger-Pratt’s Scott Vossler is joined on either side by Miller & Long’s Brett McMahon and CFO Mike Burlas. Miller won for Concrete Subcontractor of the Year. How much concrete do they pour annually? Brett told us that it’s more than two Pentagons. He also said he lives his life in two hour increments—the amount of time it takes for cement to dry. We don’t think he’s joking.

Rand’s Linda Rabbitt and BAE Systems’ Eric Baugh. Even though Linda, a native Michigander (Michigandian?), was saddened that Volkswagen is leaving her home state, she’s not too sad that Rand won the 200,000 SF VW headquarters that’s heading to VA.

Goldin & Stafford’s Brian Mattingly and Ralph Goldin flank WCS Construction’s Ken Hammond. This is the 4th year in a row that G & S has won Excavation Subcontractor of the Year. They just moved 100,000 cubic yards of earth and rock for Rosslyn’s Turnberry Towers. Ralph will rest from that labor by cruising later this fall to Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand.

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with commercial real estate, but it’s on my film card from last night, so what the heck. That’s because I also stopped by the US Chamber of Commerce for its annual Hall of Fame dinner, which honored Dick Davidson, second from right, longtime CEO of Union Pacific. With him, at left, were Washington Examiner publisher Michael Phelps and DC Chamber president Barbara Lang, and US Chamber president Tom Donohue and wife Liz, who had the right idea by trying to grab a little shut-eye in preparation for speeches.


Reznick Group
Brookfield Properties - 77 K St.
Buch Construction
Fraser Forbes Land Sales
Total Engineering, Inc.

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