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December 12, 2007


Sponsor update: Bisnow strategic partner LandAmerica conducted the closing and issued the title insurance for Prudential Real Estate Investors’ recent acquisition of Boston Properties' 464k SF office portfolio in Loudoun County. Congrats!

Well, we’re at that time of year where the parties are not only at night but even during the day.  And we’re loving it!


This was the scene at the Palm yesterday, as 20 self-styled “old-timers” of brokerage gathered for the annual lunch of a club that’s met every year since 1989.  They swear the club has no name, but maybe they mean no printable name.  And they’ve gone upscale:   They used to meet at that well known gastronomic paradise AV Ristorante, and several expressed nostalgia for the “lukewarm food” of yore, but there were enough pickles at the Palm to make them happy.  From left, Studley’s Adam Singer; FBR’s Paul Adkins; J Street’s Bruce Baschuk; Power Loft’s Jim Coakley; CB’s Carden McGehee; fixed-income retiree, Bisnow advisory board chairman, former Carr America guy, and now NPR space consultant John Donovan; and CB’s Scott Leachman.    

With Cushman’s Brian McVay peeking out in the lower left, CB’s Peter Carroccio, Diamond Property’s Brian Tucker, and Randall Hagner president Petch Gibbons toast to lots more decades of fun.   They also poignantly remembered three beloved chums who are no longer with them:  Transwestern’s Pete Wysocki (outside linebacker of Redskins glory days in the late 70s), Cassidy & Pinkard co-founder Pat Cassidy, and Smithy Braedon pioneer Jim Eichberg.  Others we saw on hand: Woodmark's Alex Green, Archon's Bob Milkovich, WLS' Rich Lane, and Newmark's Pat Nalls and Larry Bank.


When we left them last night at Congressional, over 600 were going strong at the Washington Building Congress holiday party.  Above J Street’s Jay Bothwell and wife Pam with Truland Corporate Systems’ Robert Truland.  Jay’s breaking ground on a 90k SF office condo project at 111 K St. in NoMa next week, with the 200k SF 100 K St. to follow.  Jay and Pam are jetting down to celebrate New Year’s in San Miguel.  He’s got a reason to celebrate: he tells us the buildings are over 80% committed.

Finally, a picture where the women outnumber the men.  JBG’s Amy Navabi, Belasita Tamang, and Paul Elias with KTA’s Amy Talton

JPI’s Jeremy Hogg, Mike Leavitt, and Brett Snyder; BE&K Building Group’s Lisa Newton and Mike Sloan; and Balfour Beatty’s Bob Frew. Mike S. tells us that BE&K broke ground on 2 Metropolitan Park in Crystal City in October and now there’s a really big hole in the ground for the 300 unit high-rise apartment building.  This weekend Mike’s tackling a smaller project: grouting his bathroom.


Columbia Center (the snazzy new office building that’s risen on the old Washington Post parking lot) played host to DCBIA’s annual holiday party Monday night.  From left, Mid-CityUrban president Vicki Davis (working on 16 city blocks around the stadium and planning 1700 units of housing, 500 k SF of office, and 100 k SF of retail); Capitol Riverfront Bid’s Claire Schaefer (getting ready to go to Machu Picchu); and Bixler Smith Studios’ Anna Smith, who told us she would be onsite at 7 AM this morning painting tropical flowers on the bottom of the rooftop pool of the Thomas Circle Hotel.  

For the record, all the people above are stars, but only one has played for the Buccaneers, Jaguars, Raiders, Redskins, and Giants.  No, it’s not our friends Pam Stanziani or Joe Zingeser (right) of our beloved sponsor Grunley Contruction, nor Pepco’s head engineer Joe Schall (left).   It is of course Grunley’s Regan Upshaw (yes, cousin of Gene), who also played for Cal Berkeley and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Oncore Construction’s Bob McDaniels and Paula Mararac (they’re the concrete experts), Desmond Associate’s Tom Ouska (heading out to Tahoe—he’s got a sister in Sacramento and parents in Reno), Haley & Aldrich’s Hamid Riahi, and Clark’s head of institutional public works Bill Calhoun.   We could tell you about Bill’s deal with the Army Corps of Engineers for a $1.2 billion, 2.4M SF office data center, but here’s the real scoop:  his 17-year old daughter, who just did gymnastics up until last year, switched to pole vaulting and is now already ranked second in all of Maryland!

WC Smith’s Brad Fennell, Capitol Riverfront Bid’s Michael Stevens, WCS Construction head Jim Anglemayer, WC Smith's namesake (and ever amazing philanthropist) Chris Smith, and Ed Wolynak.

Happy architects of Columbia Center:  our friends Mike Hickok and Yolanda Cole.

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