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February 1, 2008
IT'S 2007

Next Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze:  We are delighted to announce that Jon Peterson, who's heading the Peterson's Company's stunning creation of National Harbor, will be our guest Friday morning, February 29, at the Tower Club.  (Note:  We decided to try a new venue, in Tysons rather than downtown, for a little variety.) Big thanks to sponsor Clark Construction!


Yep, the partiers got in under the wire.  We think you're allowed to keep celebrating last year up until about January 31.  So, congrats to all of you below—you made it!



Last night we headed to Hotel Palomar in Rosslyn for a "winter networking" event of the Johns Hopkins real estate program.   Over 100 joined Hopkins chair Mike Anikeeff, left, and panelists Taylor Chess of Regency Charters, Tower Companies' Marnie Abramson, and Mortgage Bankers Association's George Green for an open forum on current trends in green development. Marnie, a student in the program, enrolled after giving up an investment banking career in LA and moving back to DC. George tells us that, from a lenders point of view, green buildings have 3% higher rents, 3.5% higher occupancy, and lower tenant turnover.

Event masterminds from the program's executive committee: JM Zell's Adam Gass, Madison Marquette's Kinnery Ardeshna, Holland & Knight's Shannon Sentman, Cushman's Kassi Saridakis, O'Neill Realty's Andrew O'Neill, and Archon Group's Tricia Moore-Wiesenfelder.  Hopkins says it's the only school in the area to offer a master's in real estate.  The program has 250 students with an average age between 32 and 35.


Also last night, we joined Duke Realty at the Tysons' Ritz for its annual broker appreciation dinner as it thanked friends who helped the DC office close 2007 transactions of over $110M and 400k SF.  Above, we took it as a personal challenge to see how many guys with red ties we could fit in one picture: Transwestern's Caulley Deringer, Duke's Scott Rabin, Cushman's Brian McVay, Duke's Peter Scholz, CBRE's Brad Davis (hey, Brad, get with the program!), Duke's Battista Orcino, and Grubb & Ellis' John Dettleff.  Battista tells us Duke's busy with approvals for a 12-story, 360k SF office building at Mark Center (395 at Seminary Rd) expected to break ground Q3.  But not so busy they can't head to Orlando next week for an all-company meeting.  Peter told us he's bringing his wife and son to celebrate his son's 13th birthday; of course, while Peter's in a windowless room, they'll be at Disney.


Duke East Coast EVP Andrew Kelton, Staubach's Allen Tucker, and Cushman's Jude Collins.  Although we complain about traffic, Andrew's commute may have us beat:  He flies to DC from his home in Raleigh each week; sometimes he even catches a flight home for Wednesday night dinner and comes back Thursday morning. 



Yesterday we joined Arent Fox's extraordinary Dave Osnos for lunch at his favorite restaurant, Morton's.  We don't use the word "extraordinary" lightly. Dave, who's in his 52nd year with the firm and is longtime closest legal advisor to Abe Pollin and Jim Clark, is also the Wizards general counsel.  He goes to most every home game, and can cite every statistic about every player.  But that's not the incredible thing:  He can also to that about every opera singer, ballet dancer, wine, and in 100 other categories.  BTW, his prediction:  If Gilbert Arenas comes back from knee surgery and Antawn and Caron perform, we are going far in the post-season.


We joined the SmithGroup gang Saturday night for their in-house bash at the new Harman Center (part of the Shakespeare Theatre) across from Verizon Center. Above, principal Elaine Gray and husband Tom cutting it up. The firm designed the base building of the trophy office condos, also occupied by the Bricklayers Union.


SmithGroup eminence Coke Florence and wife Nancy look like they want to start a Conga line in the lobby as they head up to dance but colleague Andy Rollman, left, doesn't bite.

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