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June 25, 2008

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How do you set a new building apart in the crowded office market? Make it the first LEED platinum in the District. That's what Vornado announced last evening at a kickoff for brokers and friends at Equinox restaurant for its joint venture with PNC on "800 17th St/PNC Place," to deliver in mid-2010. The 365K SF trophy will serve as PNC's new local headquarters, of which 300k SF is available for lease.  


Last evening: PNC regional president Mike Harreld, Mayor Fenty, Vornado/Charles E. Smith chief Mitchell Schear, and PNC head of corporate real estate Gary Saulson. Green isn't new for PNC; they say they have more LEED-certified buildings than any other company in the world. Platinum obviously takew more trouble, and Gary said Mitchell kept pressing staff, "Is the juice worth the squeeze?" Their answer: A resounding yes. The mayor heaped praise on Vornado and PNC, saying their effort will greatly raise the "energy level" in the greening of DC, making it "the first but not the last" platinum space here. 

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Gensler co-managing partners of the DC office Jordan Goldstein and Jeff Barber flank green building consultant Tom Paladino. Three buildings are being deconstructed to make room for a much larger, perfectly rectangular footprint. Tenants will get views of the Washington Monument, Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, and Farragut and Lafayette Parks.


The 12-story building which construction company Whiting-Turner plans to deliver 2Q 2010 will include swanky green features like a three-story climate wall that radiantly cools the lobby with flowing water, glass walking bridge, and regenerative water system.


Get ready to start hearing more about them—and seeing them, maybe right out your window. Venture capitalist Mark Ein (who now qualifies as a commercial real estate guy because he bought Kastle Systems—you know, the key fobs you use) is busy building a 2,100 seat tennis-stadium that'll sit for the next couple years on the old convention center site, where he met us yesterday. It'll host DC's first co-ed pro sports team, the Washington Kastles tennis team he bought a few months ago. Mark's a tennis fanatic, who can't wait 'til the four-person team takes to the court July 8th for the opening of its three week season. He got the idea after being introduced to league founder Billie Jean King at last year's US Open. The Kastles will be the 11th World Tennis Team franchise, and play host in DC to the likes of Serena Williams, John McEnroe, and Anna Kournikova. Hurry up for tickets: Mark says the boxes are almost sold out and just a few seats remain for opening night. More info

Virginia Tech has announced it'll build a major research center in Ballston, with planned occupancy by late 2010. The center is part of JBG's North Glebe development and will include a seven-floor, 144k SF LEED facility designed by Cooper Carry. Virginia Congressman Jim Moran and VT president Charles Steger announced the plans at a lunch the other day at the Westin Arlington Gateway, saying the center will further the university's mission to expand its research portfolio and partner more with local companies and government agencies.
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