No sooner had Vornado/Charles E. Smith president Mitchell Schear told our 120 guests at breakfast yesterday at the City Club how great his Helmut Jahn-designed 1999 K Street building will be than he went out and inked a 15-year lease for the entire 242k SF with law firm Mayer Brown. We had asked him whether Vornado is pronounced like po-tay-to or po-tah-to, and now we understand his answer that it is meant to rhyme with "tornado."
Mitchell, third from right, is flanked by Davis’ Dennis Cotter, GGA’s Lewis Goetz, Beers & Cutler’s John Cutler, and Studley’s Nicole Miller and Rick Rome. Big thanks to awesome sponsors Group Goetz Architects, Reznick Group, and LandAmerica. (And congrats to CB's Pat Marr, who repped Mayer Brown.)
We learned not only about all his firm’s amazing buildings and ambitions, and his history at Blake and Kaempfer, but how Mitchell grew up working in his dad’s bakery in Westchester and today spins alongside Lewis Goetz at Sports Club/LA.
Doublemint Twins? Nope, it’s Reznick’s Stacie Benes and Leo Daly’s Dianne Schachner. Stacie just got back from Prague and Dianne’s been busy helping familiarize new managing principal Richard Swett with the DC market. Swett, an architect, is a former New Hampshire Congressman.
Perseus’ Jill Homan, Eastdil’s Nick Pappas, and Popadop’s Tom Papadopoulos.
WFT Engineering’s Reardon “Sully” Sullivan, Mancini Duffy’s Tina Bendetti, and Rand’s Matt Merz. Sully and Tina tell us the firms are working together on a large government project whose name will be released later this month. In other top secret news, Matt celebrated his 40th birthday over the weekend.
And last night we ran into CB’s Ernie Jarvis at ReedSmith’s reception for Mayor Fenty at the Mandarin Oriental. The “Guru of the Yards” (CB is exclusive listing agent of Forest City’s office component to be delivered in 2010), Ernie was headed to Morton’s on Connecticut Ave to watch the Indians game with Forest City Washington COO Tom Henneberry. Tom was architect of Jacobs Field where Game 4 was being played. Since Forest City is headquartered in Cleveland, Ernie's big smile above foreshadowed their delight at the Indians' thrashing of the Red Sox.