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June 13, 2008

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This is a story of breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the last 24 hours.


We did our Bisnow Breakfast yesterday at the great BLT, but speaker Debby Ratner Salzberg, above, actually had no time to eat. That's how badly we treat our honored guests: After the schmooze over coffee, we make them start talking while the audience dines. At least here she is chivalrously attended by WorkSpaces' Khalid Itum, EastBanc's Philippe Lanier, Orr Partners' David Orr, and Davis' Dennis Cotter. Debby gave a tour de force about the history and footprint of Forest City, its vision, and the amazing transformation going on at Waterfront Station and The Yards.

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It was too early in the morning to toast with other liquid, so coffee had to do: Reznick founder Dave Reznick, Arent Fox guru Richard Newman, OTO Development Under 35 star Gary Goodweather.


Sigal Construction's Stacey Coughlin, Arent Fox's Karolyn Blumer, Aerotek's Megan Anguish, and Fairfield Residential's Sharon Knuth. Stacey's managed to crack Bisnow's code, landing in this photo her first week on the job after sliding over from Mayhood. And congrats to Karolyn, who's getting married in two months.



Yesterday was also a good day for a great field trip:  The weather was balmy and 350 real estate-types got on buses for Arlington Economic Development's annual tour, riding through Ballston, Virginia Square, Clarendon, Columbia Pike, Shirlington, Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Rosslyn.


At the Westin on N. Glebe, Monday Properties' chief development officer Tim Helmig and JBG managing partner Brian Coulter talked about Rosslyn's two biggest developments: Monday's 35 story LEED Platinum 1812 N. Moore and JBG's 1M SF LEED Gold Central Place. Tim says the pre-existing structure for 1812 is being demolished next month and that Cushman's Dave Millard, Peter Berk, Audrey Cramer, and Lou Christopher are leading the leasing charge. Brian says Central Place breaks ground in the fall.


It was a really well organized trip, and don't they just look it? Our trusty bus tour captains: AED's Karen Vasquez, CBRE's Erik McLaughlin, Jones Lang's Dave Goldstein; AED's Kelly Rindfusz, Jennifer Ives, and Emily Cassell; and Cassidy's Marty Almquist.


The final stop was JBG's Waterview for lunch at Hotel Palomar restaurant Domaso: Vornado's Kay Chewning, CBRE's Kate Ahearn, and OTJ Architects' Laura Knox dine in the sun. Kate and partner Mark Teitelbaum are working on leasing the yet-to-be-built Siena Park on Columbia Pike. The development is 14K of office and 32K SF of retail and includes 188 condos, to deliver next summer.  Laura says OTJ is moving into a new office in a few weeks; it's the old Zei Club near McPherson Square at 1412 Eye.


Tishman Speyer's Brian Chen, New Boston Fund's David Roehrenbeck, Jones Lang's David Stoudt, Preferred Offices' Emilia Gallagher, and Meany & Oliver's Martin Griffin. Emilia tells us Preferred Offices is in rapid expansion mode: They just opened their 9th location at the Reston Town Center last week.   



300 were looking dapper last night at CoreNet's 4th Annual Corporate Real Estate Awards of Excellence at Lafayette Centre downtown, including Mid-Atlantic chapter prez Deane Edelman of General Dynamics, chapter secretary Sabret Flocos of FOX Architects, Himes Associates' Paul Himes, Vornado's Jim Creedon, and Office Movers CEO John Kane. John, a nominee for Service Provider Leader, told us Office Movers just moved Long & Foster to its new Chantilly HQ last weekend and also packed up Venable in Baltimore. He says that with gas prices going up so fast, he may start drilling for oil in his backyard.


Gala "pinnacle sponsor" Beacon Capital came out in force. Greg Popkin, Phil Branigan, Jeff Kovach, Karen Gentry, Joe Donovan, join Cassidy & Pinkard's Bob Pinkard whose firm manages Beacon's local properties: Market Square, Liberty Place, Army Navy Club Building, and, fittingly, Lafayette Centre.


Mancini Duffy's Anik Jhaveri, Allison Truesdell, and Yves Springuel, CBRE's Ellen Ratner, and Tishman Speyer's Dave Prestidge. Mancini Duffy was nominated for Best New Workplace for its design of UCG's new Gaithersburg headquarters. 


National Building Museum president Chase Rynd with Clark Construction's Bill Magruder and Brian Flegel. Brian, who heads up the interiors division, says he's looking forward to working with Vornado on DDOT's space at Waterfront Station which gets underway later this year. Bill's in the mood to celebrate: Clark just got the notice to proceed on Trammell Crow's 90 K Street.

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