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October 27, 2008

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We agreed to serve as a celebrity judge at the Second Annual Posh Pumpkin Design Contest sponsored by Office Environments and Allsteel (hosted in their I Street showroom), thinking it’d be a laid back gig. But then we showed up and learned all 20 entries were from architecture firms, and prizewinners took home a flat-screen TV and Nintendo Wii. Talk about pressure.


This cannibalistic jack-o’-lantern didn’t win, but we were impressed by the sick minds behind it.

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Fellow judges included former ‘Skins defensive end Charles Mann and former Reliable Source writer Annie Groer. After a 12-year career (4-time Pro Bowl, 3 Super Bowl rings), Charles co-owns Alliant Merchant Services with teammate (and newly minted Hall-of-Famer) Art Monk. Together, they arrange for metro area merchants to accept Visa and Mastercard. We don’t make a habit of pointing out tardiness, but we think it’s cool that Charles strolled in a few minutes late because he wanted to see the end of his daughter’s soccer game. She’s a freshman at the Potomac School.

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The Grand Prize winner, by Cannon Design’s Buffy McCord, Elisa Mesch, Daniel Krause, and Blake Bowen. Yes, that’s real meat. Other winning teams were from Gensler, Fox Architects, and Wisnewski Blair Associates.


Office Environment’s Chris Stellato, Becky Irons, Rick Espinoza, and Mike Camp buzzed about landing a 5-year national contract to furnish all of CACI’s offices. Not wanting to ruin the excitement, we neglected to tell Rick he’d been impaled; we hope a kind co-worker broke the news.


Those are not cobwebs in their hair but Halloween decorations at Luna Grille downtown, where we went on Thursday for lunch with ULI Washington executive director Lisa Rother and chairman Brian Cullen, who by day is head of Keene Enterprises. Lisa just celebrated her first anniversary on the job; she’d spent 23 years in Rockville and Montgomery County government planning. In the last five years, Keane’s delivered 130 SF of office space in Loudoun, including a “five-pad” restaurant park at Ashburn Cross Roads. And it’s celebrating the 10th anniversary of building the Ashburn IceHouse, which has led to more hockey jobs. Ted Leonsis, whose son played on the dual rinks there, came to know Keene and asked it to manage the Caps’ Kettler Iceplex in Ballston. And Brian spent this weekend visiting his son who plays hockey for Rensselaer in upstate NY. Now, back to ULI. Next event: Lifetime Achievement Award dinner honoring Tom Buzzuto, Dec 3 at the Building Museum.  


Speaking of ULI Washington, Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers co-founder Bob Pinkard, second from right, will assume Brian Cullen’s two-year job as chairman in six months. But that’s not why he’s in this picture. We snapped this Thursday night at Teatro Goldoni’s 7th Annual Chef Night to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. From left, Cardinal Bank president (and benefactor) Kevin Reynolds, event creator (and guest chef) Barry Glassman, and Cassidy CEO Joe Stettinius. TG executive chef Enzo Fargione joined Barry in preparing a five course tasting menu with things like roasted stuffed quail risotto with prosciutto and artichoke hearts, and baked Chilean sea bass with fennel saffron broth. We did our part and ate it.


Congrats to Crystal City for once again putting on a great show for the 30,000 marathoners who trooped on through—music, food and drink, and glorious sunshine!


Tower Companies’ Marnie Abramson will help us welcome guests tomorrow night when we introduce the winners of our First Annual Green Leadership Awards, at a reception hosted by the Lerner and Abramson families at their new headquarters in Rockville. It’s mainly a schmoozarama but also honors the five law firms, five hospitals, five trade associations, five tech companies, and five real estate firms whom our judges picked as exemplifying the best green practices of the region. Thanks again to judges from the US Green Building Council National Capital Region, the Sustainable Business Network of Washington, the George Washington University, and The Tower Companies. And especially to generous support from the University of Maryland School of Engineering; Bowers, Inc.; and the 2000 Tower Oaks Design Team (KGD, TOLK, and SK&A).   

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