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February 21, 2008

Sponsor Update: Our friends at Total Engineering are keeping busy. New projects:  Laurel Highlands in Lorton for JPI, North Bethesda Market for Clark Construction, George Mason U. Academic Building II for Manhattan Construction. Congrats!


A little February snow dusting didn't deter the hardy real estate crowd from our Bisnow Happy Two Hours last night at Teatro Goldoni.  More than 200 packed into the K Street restaurant to mix and mingle. Thanks to fantastic sponsors Leo A Daly and US General Contracting for co-hosting.


Leo A Daly's DC managing partner, Richard Swett, second from left, may have had a stratospheric political career as a Congressman at age 33 and later ambassador to Denmark, but has now returned to his original architectural passion. Plus, he knows this industry has better parties. With him, colleagues Esther Simon, Alan Feltoon, Susan Boyd Merrigan, and Dianne Schachner. Alan heads the interiors division and says they're busy on a bunch of projects including renovation of the McPherson Building and DC Department of Mental Health.  And mark your calendar for next Tues, Feb 26, when they host an evening seminar on the "new urbanism" (walkable mixed-use cities, etc.):  contact sbmerrigan@leodaly.com.


The Great Eight last night from US General Contracting: Mark Scoffield, Larry Summers, Quin Shaffer, George Mautz, Karen Uceda, founder and CEO Randy Bapst, Brian Heretick, and Tom Baggerly. Randy tells us that even though 2007 was the company's first full year in business, they already have $11M worth of projects in the pipeline, plus the 20-person company is still in high expansion mode, looking to hire the best and brightest.


Teatro Goldoni owner Michael Kosmides, right, with the famous Milam Brothers:  Exodus Group's Derrick and Marcus Millichap's Stacey.  Michael, who also owns Play Lounge and Eye Bar, tells us he got into the restaurant biz after selling a real estate company in '05.  Plus, his dad's a chef, so it seemed like the thing to do. Don't be fooled by his last name:  Michael describes himself as a "Greek guy who only cooks Italian." Derrick has been involved in billions of dollars worth of transactions advising developers and municipalities on raising equity and debt. He and Stacey are jetting off this weekend to a wedding of a former business partner in Chicago.

Builders' Ball

Project Solutions Group's Elizabeth Tuico, Transwestern's Christine Masney, WDG's Bonnie Flippin and Julie Tice. Bonnie and Julie tell us WDG just completed the interior build-out for the new Tompkins' DC office on Vermont and  also just won the IDIQ for the Library of Congress. (Maybe more impressive is that they know what IDIQ stands for: Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity.)


Parking deck Kings Tom Ouska and Jerome Swantner of Desman Associates with Brennan Beer Gorman Architects' Sarah Szczygiel.  Tom says Desman's in the throes of designing two decks for Fort Belvoir in conjunction with Oncore's Bob MacDaniels, and finishing a deck at National Harbor for the Peterson Companies. Not least, their two structures at the new Nats' stadium wrap up in the next few weeks so we can all park!


Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers' Will Simpson, Ashley Brown, Avi Fisher, Michael Burke, and Wiencek + Associates' LaToya Thomas.


Mark your Rolodexes:  leading lawyer Ron Gart is now at Seyfarth Shaw together with a substantial group he brought over from his last firm (which shall go nameless), here with NorthMarq Capital's John Warden.


Bingham's Ryan Wolf and David Tiger chivalrously flank StructureTone's Joanna Hoffschneider. Joanna, who just made the jump from the world of architecture to construction, tells us she's "loving it."  Right now StructureTone's working on the SGI Buddhist Cultural Center on Mass Ave with HOK.  Ryan and David are busy with Bingham doing the legal work for Forest City's "The Yards." 


AEPA International's Alfred Liu has an amazing distinction: He was designer of the Chinatown arch!  With him, Blum & Company CEO Edward Blum.


Ah, red wine on a chilly night. OneMarketSpace CEO Michael Hines, Elliott Bisnow, Ballard Spahr's Jessica Pruette, BE&K Building Group's Kelley Milloy, and Staubach's Nick Hunter.  Nick tells us he's reading The Breakthrough Company which features Staubach as an example of a high performer.  As for Kelley and Jessica, they go waaay back:  best friends since attending Sherwood HS in Olney.

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