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August 8, 2008
 
       
 
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LAST NIGHT'S
USGBC & ICSC
ACTION

Big shout-out to great sponsor Matan Realty. The Frederick-based developer has 2.9m SF of commercial space and just renewed the 14k SF lease of Tetra Tech at 20251 Century Blvd in Germantown.  Congrats to our friends at Matan, and welcome aboard!


 

Not everyone's playing hookey at the beach. 350 turned out last night for the first ever annual awards from the US Green Building Council National Capital Region. They've held a "Midsummer Night's Green" event for seven years, but just decided recently to use the occasion to recognize green leadership. They reminisced that seven years ago they had 50 attendees; now they needed to hold it in the big, beautiful World Bank atrium (about 10 stories high and clearly designed in an era before LEED certification).

 

Winners assembled on stage: Nationals Park won for best large project; PN Hoffman's Alta condo for best medium project; a yoga studio in Clark County, Va., for best small; Tower Companies for member firm of the year in the client category (ie, the ones who decide about green goals) and SmithGroup in the consultant category (the ones who implement); the Pentagon library renovation for best federal project; the Chesapeake Bay Foundation headquarters in Annapolis for best legacy; and consultant Paul Tseng for individual member of the year.

Green Earth
 

Brains behind the event were Peterson Co's Brian Gault, flanked by PN Hoffman's Susan Donkers and Phase 2's Lacy Brittingham (Tyler Coffey of Sigal was probably running around replenishing the bounteous food tables). Brian by day is director of sustainable development at Peterson, helping achieve LEED Gold on four buildings and counting. This summer he's making several trips up to Maine to surf and sail, in between working on an MBA from Hopkins, but husbanding his vacation time for a big winter trip to (we had to look this spelling up) Kyrgystan. In the winter, Brian?

 

Other chapter honchos: exec. director Tom Mawson, chair Kim Pexton of HITT, and board member Shannon Sentman of Holland & Knight. Kim's finishing up her 2-year term heading the 12-member board; at HITT she oversees green building and the LEED process. What's she up to this summer? Taking her kids several times to Rehoboth: "They're my exercise program." Tom's the chapter's first and only staffer. He's a 30-year association vet who started in March of last year, when they had 290 individual members, which he's brought to 900. When we asked if his pay has tripled now that he's made it three times bigger, he admitted he forgot to write that into his contract. But he says the USGBC is very generous and lets the chapter have two revenue streams: 100% of local dues, and 10% of dues from anyone in the area who belongs to the national association.

 

Calvert Jones' Mike Alexander, and AtSite's Nathalie Abutaha and Dave Pryor. Nathalie just started a month ago doing biz dev for the owner rep firm. Mike's high point lately? He attended his grandpa's 90th birthday party. What was that like? He said his grandfather was the youngest one there. Also on the b-day front: Dave just took his father to the Alpine (on Glebe and Lee Highway) for his big 79th. Both his parents were Marines: His mom actually modeled for Marine clothing, and later became a Studley broker working with legends Fred Ezra, Steve Goldstein, and Peter Speier.


ICSC'S NEXT GEN
 

Last night the ballpark was in action, too, at least in the Presidential Suite for 150 attending the ICSC DC and Maryland's Next Generation networking panel on the subject of the Capitol waterfront. Here, ICSC programs organizer Bradley Buslik of H&R Retail stands with event panelists Doug Olson of Monument, Ramsey Meiser of Forest City, and Nats' SVP of external affairs Al Maldon. Al says the new ballpark shows just how magical real estate can be:  he's seen SE transformed from a low density warehouse district with a trash transit station to one of the hottest parts of town.

 

Capitol Riverfront BID's Michael Stevens, Kathleen Kruczlnicki, Claire Schaefer, and Ted Skirbunt remind us that in addition to recently getting their own CoStar submarket, the first college bowl scheduled for the area will be at the new stadium: Navy vs. the 9th placed ACC team on December 20. They also said three new apartment buildings just opened in the area: JPI's Axiom and Jefferson (already 10% leased within six weeks), and Faison's Onyx on First.

 

Madison Marquette's Diana Plucinski, Pillsbury's Pete Freeman, Marilyn Coolidge, Antigone Realty's Logan Antigone, Victor Stanley's Claire Coolidge, and Martin Architectural Group's Justin Martino. Justin tells us he's busy on two big projects in Annapolis:  both the $1/2B Annapolis Towne Center at Parole for Greenberg Gibbons Commercial and also the Woodmore Towne Center for Petrie Ross Ventures.

 
 
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