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January 10, 2008


Sponsor Update:  The GSA has awarded our friends at Grunley Construction the $40M Phase 1 project for the modernization of the Herbert Hoover Building as part of a joint venture.  The 100k SF demolition and rebuild will be complete in April ’09. 

If you’ve talked to popular NoVa architect Doug Carter of McLean-based Davis Carter Scott, then you know:  Smart growth, specifically in Tysons, is his crusade.  Instead of “treating the effect and not the cause” by building roads and adding Metro, Doug’s working to change what he thinks is the real problem: zoning.  He told us DCS is working with 32 land owners on both sides of Rt. 7 from 123 to the Toll Road to do everything from increase FAR density to work out an urban grid plan. Of the unplanned city that sprung up in a quick 30 years Doug says, “Don’t kill it, nurture it.”

We visited Doug at his Tysons office yesterday.  He doesn’t just talk the talk; he’s been designing green ever since planning Reston’s underground Terraset Elementary School during the oil embargo of ‘73.  Flash forward 35 years and the Yorkshire native is designing Rosslyn’s first proposed LEED platinum skyscraper.  Above he shows us renderings for the 32-story, 610k SF, pyramid-topped office tower being developed by Monday Properties at 1812 N. Moore St.  The plans were just approved mid-December and the FAA’s even signed off on the height.  Doug says Tim Helmig of Monday has been an “architect’s dream,” not afraid to try new things and push the design envelope.  As testament to their work, Doug tells us the number of Au Bon Pain sandwiches they’ve consumed in the last six years around the boardroom table while plotting 1812’s approval could “sink a battleship.” (Hmm, our clever headline writers could have called this the “Battle of 1812.”)

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Doug must have passed on entrepreneurial genes: Both daughters run their own companies.  After years of family sailing and scuba trips, his youngest, Mischi, owns a scuba excursion business that dives out in the Pacific Northwest, while his other daughter, Tanya, manages her own international branding business in Munich. Above, Doug points to the boat on which the family spent many a day sailing – a 41’ Irwin Catch he sold last year.  He’s now captain of a Mariner 35’ power boat; on nice days you’ll find him docked at Cantler’s in Annapolis cracking blue crabs – but only if they have the right mix of Old Bay and malt vinegar


No, this was not an Old White Guys Convention—but simply some of the top real estate players who gathered with us for lunch yesterday at one of our favorite places, Zola in East End, for cured salmon pastrami, lamb sandwiches, basil crème brulee, and a discussion of what 2008 may bring.  Among other tidbits:  It might be a good thing if we’re already in a recession (as Goldman Sachs speculated yesterday) because it means it’s closer to being over; in two years’ time, green buildings will not be a differentiator as tenants will expect them; local community banks will hold up much better than national banks through the credit crunch; and it’s still a bad time to be selling a condo in Florida, where we learned in some places you can now buy 2-for-1.  From left, Orr Partners founder David Orr, Arnold & Porter real estate practice head Gary Humes, Fraser Forbes co-founder Rich Samit, ONCORE Construction president Bob MacDaniels, Reznick principal Jim Martinko, ING Clarion Asset Director Marc DeLuca, Penzance principal Peter Greenwald, LandAmerica regional head Chris Naughten, Calkain Companies founder Jonathan Hipp, and Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers CEO Joe Stettinius.    

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