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April 18, 2008


With this beautiful weather, we're doing our spring planning. (Don't worry, Power 50 List resumes Monday.)


June 24, Four Seasons. We're delighted to announce our first-ever STATE OF THE MARKET confabjust two quick morning panels with 10 all-stars, sponsored by Arent Fox, Reznick Group and Gilbert Randolph:

Panel 1: "What's Going on Here?": JBG's Mike Glosserman, Clark's Larry Nussdorf, Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers' Bob Pinkard, Boston Properties' Ray Ritchey, and Vornado/Charles E. Smith's Mitchell Schear; and

Panel 2: "How to Do Deals Today":  Lowe's Mike Balaban, Carr Properties' Oliver Carr III, HFF's Steve Conley, Monument's Michael Darby, and MRP Realty's Bob Murphy.

Wow, those names are like the Academy Awards, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Cooperstown rolled into one!  Sign up here.  Space is limited.

June 3, Pillsbury rooftop.  Our Second Annual "35 Under 35" Real Estate stars, sponsored by Skanska, Reznick, Pillsbury, WorkSpaces, and eCRE SystemsSubmit nominations (give us a couple sentences about their activities over last 12 months).

Last night, we dropped by a WorkSpaces party—at the offices of Hounshell Real Estate, their very first client years ago; after, all the cultural people trooped across the street to Studio Theatre to see The History Boys. 


We know things remained civil because brick was the only thing exposed in this photo. We convinced Hounshell's Bill Hounshell, Structure Tone's Joanna Hoffschneider, Workspaces' Khalid Itum, Fox RPM's Staci Wilson, Workspaces Rebecca Bell Nordin and Amanda Toporcer and VOA Architecture's SVP Pablo Quintana that this was a photo of them and not Butch, the office's canine mascot. Joanna got a nice tan taking her 9-year-old son to see the Pontiff; also recently, she's helped Structure Tone do Merrill Lynch's new 80k SF office in Columbia Center. Staci tells us that, taking a page from Cardinal John Ratzinger, Fox Relocation Management changed its name to Fox RPM. Since then, they signed on to help the American Academy of Otolaryngology (say that one fast).

Green Earth

Also last night, we dropped by the Four Seasons for the African American Real Estate Professionals Conference for their 5th Annual Awards Gala:


Victor MacFarlane (we don't need to tell you who he is—don't you read our stuff?) keynoted, here surrounded by Cassidy & Pinkard's Darian LeBlanc (winner of year's best deal award for the DoJ lease), AAREP prez Caryn Bailey, Community Preservation and Development Corp's Shelynda Burney, and Prince George's County Economic Development Corp. CEO Kwasi Holman. Victor just got back from Amsterdam, London, Zurich, and Munich where he tells us he was raising money for what he hopes will be a $1-2B third fund.


Tompkins James Tolbert, Hines' Mia Robinson, OPX's Steve Polo, and Neighborhood Development Company's Adrian Washington.  Adrian tells us NDC is in pre-development for a 100k SF, mixed-use project, The Heights, which will break ground next year on Georgia Ave. James says Tompkins will begin a new "green" Starwood called "One Hotel" on 27th and M later this summer.


Hickok Cole's Yolanda Cole, Mike Hickok, and Vanessa Bridges were practicing their celebratory techniques last night: Later this month they will also be celebrating the firm's 20th anniversary. Mike tells us he just got back from golfing at St. Andrews in Scotland, where he swears he hit a 320 yard drive (downwind of course), while Yolanda says she'd much rather be doing her beloved horseback riding. And Mike: Nice "glasses cord" look.


We joined 150 for NAIOP NoVa's lunch at the McLean Hilton the other day, focusing on JBG's Reston Heights. Above, JBG's Jeff Kelley, John Schlichting, Brian Fitzgerald, Dulles Corridor Rail Association's Patty Nicoson, JBG's Jill Goubeaux, and leasing guru Rob Faktorow of CBRE. A 35-acre mixed-use is planned at the intersection of the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Parkway.


SmithGroup's Andy Rollman shows us the massing-model (so that's what those things are called) of the project which includes three buildings designed by his firm, totaling over 900k SF of office and 100K SF of what he calls "healthy lifestyle retail."  The 16-building master plan (minimum LEED Silver rating) includes residential and two hotels, eg, Westin Reston Heights, to open May 1st.


We can barely tell who they are under those hats, but we know those were Bloody Mary's at the Loudoun Hunt Point to Point races at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg last weekend.  In Architecture, Inc's tent were Applied Risk Management's Amy Talton and Kimball Office's Christian Gillette (second and fourth from right) with Arch Inc's Clint Brackman, Arch Inc's Katherine Drews, prez Buzz Drury, and Ken White.


Jair Lynch Development Partners know how to make team meetings fun.  Last Friday, we stopped by their offices at 15th and U for their weekly productivity analysis meeting, otherwise known as margarita hour.  Their latest project, Solea (the name comes the similarly named Miles Davis song), is being built at 14th and Florida, has 75k of residential, 5k of retail, and delivers this fall.

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