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May 8, 2008

Bisnow, Smith Pachter McWhorter, and Destination Cellars are hosting a discussion and wine-tasting for all you cool construction industry execs. Panel: Tishman Construction regional head Steve Dalton, Grunley’s Ken Grunley, Buch’s Carl Buch, and Bozzuto president Mike Schlegel. May 13, 5-7pm at Il Mulino. More info.


Here’s a stamp of approval developers must love: Top brokers chosing your building for their own office. So it seems with Vornado’s 2101 L Street (we admit we just think of it as the building where Galileo used to be), in which Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers is leasing 28k SF for its headquarters, move-in slated for August 15. Last night for the grand debut we joined 100 brokers, building tenants, and, well, people who just like an open bar.    


Cassidy CEO Joe Stettinius and Vornado head of leasing Brendan Owen in the lobby of the 35-year-old building that was taken down to its concrete superstructure and redelivered like new. Brendan tells us the 378k SF space is 85% leased, or with leases out for signature, to the likes of C&P, American Insurance Association, and retail renters Citibank, Starbucks, and Bruegers Bagels. 20k SF fronting 24th Street is still up for grabs, and Brendan tells us they’re open to anything. 

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Vornado head Mitchell Schear and artist Ben Edwards stand in front of the newly unveiled lobby centerpiece painting, “The Triumph of Democracy,” commissioned especially for 2101 with help from an art consulting team from Lehman Smith McLeish.  Mitchell told us WDG designed the building while Balfour Beatty was the general contractor. (Tidbit: We ran into our old friend Geoff Garin, now chief strategist of the Clinton campaign replacing Mark Penn, among the guests. He said he’d come to show support because the artist’s wife works for Hillary. Or is it that they don’t have much to do anymore in the Clinton campaign?) 


CBRE power broker Pat Marr, in the day-glo orange tie, negotiated the building’s first tenants, law firm Greenberg Traurig, back in January. Here he stands with HITT's Drew Mucci and president Jim Millar, Greenberg’s Ron Kleinman, and HITT’s David Doherty.  HITT did the interior build out for Greenberg’s space on the top three floors.


Newmark Knight Frank’s Paul Chandler and Studley’s Jack Schneider aren’t moonlighting as disc jockeys, but are co-chairing a Doo Wops Concert to aid pancreatic and prostate cancer research for Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday, September 6. Vornado donated use of its 2000-seat Warner Theater for the concert as well as the lobby of 1299 Pennsylvania Ave for the pre and post parties. Smith Barney’s Marvin McIntyre has signed on as $100k presenting sponsor, but many more sponsorships levels are still available. This is not just going to be an amazing evening of music but a fantastic cause. More info.


Clark Construction’s Matt Haas and James Barvinchak sample the libations at Goulston & Storrs’ “Evening of Beer and Baseball” the other night in their offices. Haas was project executive and Barvinchak a project manager on Nationals Park. Haas, who just returned from a vacation to Napa Valley (apparently he does a lot of sampling), says he wouldn’t mind working on another stadium, saying he’d like to put DC United soccer team in a new home. And despite not being a soccer buff says, “I’d cheer for them if I built their stadium.”


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