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September 19, 2008
Last Night at

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The rooftop terrace of DLA-Piper on 8th Street in East End was the place to be last night: not just because it was a picture perfect pre-fall evening, but because 400 commercial real estate players were on hand to demonstrate that, whether the markets are up or down, the community hangs together. The occasion: the DC Building and Industry Association's annual "back to business" party. DCBIA's sort of on a school year calendar, and the marked the start of their active event calendar. (Next stop: seminars October 16 and 23 on the states of the leasing and sales markets.) 


Fresh from a DCBIA board meeting: Bundy Development Corp's Pam Bundy, Goulston & Storr's Linda Goldstein, DCBIA EVP Gail Edwards, and SunTrust SVP Marge Everett. Linda's been busy doing transactional and regulatory work on affordable housing in DC neighborhoods like Shaw and Anacostia. Marge recently finished up financing for Federal Capital Partner's Monterey rental project in north Bethesda.

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Pillsbury's David Miller, Goulston & Storr's Shelly Weisel, and Boston Properties Meredith Konrad and Drew Thomas.  Meredith reports the retail space for their three buildings in Reston Town Center are 85% leased, with anchors like Anthropologie, J Crew and Sephoria. Drew is down from Boston looking for acquisitions. Shelly's working with developer Chip Ellis on the restoration of the famed Howard Theatre at 7th and T, dormant 30 years, where historic jazz greats like Miles Davis and Duke Ellington played. David and his wife had the excuse to visit Oxford over the summer where their son was studying medieval history, which he says friends joke may be what you're driven into when both your parents are lawyers. 

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DCBIA board members Phil Miller of MDC and developer Merrick Malone, with Capitol Riverfront BID executive director Michael Stevens


DCBIA board member Bob Brams of Patton Boggs, DCBIA VP Silvia Dumitrescu, and DLA's Jay Epstein, who's off to Chicago next week for his firm's annual global real estate conference.


Group Goetz Architects' Aleksandar Jocic, Stanton Development Corp's Ken Golding, Blake Dickson's Karen Nelson (it was her birthday!), Rippeteau Architects' Darrel Rippeteau, and Washington Economic Partnership president Steve Moore. We are counting the days to the Builders' Ball (50 to be exact—Nov 8 at the National Building Museum) which Darrel is chairing for the "fifth or sixth time." (If he doesn't know for sure, we're not going to research it.)  Darrel tells us Brookfield Properties is the latest "Pillar" sponsor of the event, pushing it over the half million dollar mark. Contributions this year are going to Covenant House of Washington, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes in Rockville, and the Perry School Community Services Center.


Rand president Jon Couch, Crystal City BID director Angie Fox, and Envision principal Kendall Wilson. Jon, we believe, started the "Couch glasses" fashion that is sweeping America and has now been adopted not only by Kendall, but also by actress Tina Fey and VP nominee Sarah Palin.


JPI regional's head Greg Lamb and development manager John Begert with Terra Nova Title president Chris Clarke. By the way, Lehman Smith McLeish designed much of the 500 8th Street interior, including the rooftop terrace and, for its own record, had a camera crew on the building across the street (that we have helpfully circled in this picture) taking some pics of the party. 


Developer John L. Kirlin's Brad Bolino and Boston Properties' Jon Kurtis. Brad tells us he's hopeful falling commodity prices means construction prices will start dropping. Aren't we all!


Chase Communications' Yolanda Woodlee, and McKissack & McKissack's Trisha Grant and Felicia Bullock. Trisha says McKissack has two new projects in the design phase: Waterfront offices with architect Shalom Baranes and the DC Consolidating Laboratory. After laborious architectural work, Felicia likes to jog up the National Mall while listening to some smooth R&B from Beyonce and John Legend.


Opus' Steve Cohen, Capital Riverfront BID's Claire Schaefer, and Gensler's Jeff Barber. Jeff says his son's 17th birthday this weekend will be a trip to Yankee Stadium for the penultimate game in the House that Ruth Built.


Donohoe Construction's Charlie Mead, Venable's Sarah Smith, Schirmer Engineering's John Devlin and Loiederman Soltesz's Carlos Ostria


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