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May 16, 2008

Big welcome to new sponsor Himes Associates, an owner's rep for over 25 years! The Fairfax firm provides great development, project and relocation management for corporate clients. Welcome!



We put on our mud boots this morning and headed to the gravelly lot at 22nd and Eye known as Square 54 for the official ground-breaking of Boston Properties' much anticipated mixed-use project at the old GW Hospital site. Although the first phase of the project (1000 underground parking spaces and 436k SF office) won't deliver until Q1 2011, BP says it's been "overwhelmed with interest" and hopes first floor retail will include a white tablecloth restaurant. Excavation will start as soon as they get the final sign-off on their "sheeting and shoring permits." (Impressed with our lingo? Don't be. We probably misused it.)


This morning we snapped GW Medical Faculty Associates CEO Steve Badger, University President Steve Knapp, GW Board of Trustees Chairman Russ Ramsey, and architect of record Mike Hickok. The 2.6 acre smart growth site plan also calls for 333 rental apartments, full-service grocery store, 84k SF street level retail, and office building with the address 2200 Penn.


Staubach leasing guru Pete Larkin, zoning queen Maureen Dwyer of Pillsbury, Arnold & Porter's Justine Fitzgerald, and ubiquitous BP honcho Ray Ritchey. We also saw Ray last night at DCBIA where he got their big annual award (so, Ray, you don't get another picture below). Knapp congratulated Pillsbury for shepherding three simultaneous projects: the 20 Year Campus Plan, the School Without Walls public-private partnership, and zoning for Square 54.


These are/were EVP Lou Katz's right hand gals behind the deal over the last four years. Jody Winter, now of JFW Consulting, helped secure Boston Properties as developer, Sherry Rutherford Krokowski now of Requity Real Estate, took the project through entitlement, and GW's Alicia O'Neil, now working to close the deal.


We were at the Hilton last night with 950 others for the great annual DCBIA schmooze and banquet. The Miller & Long gang was all smiles since Chairman John McMahon, second from left, took home a Building Achievement Award for helping found Cardozo Academy of Construction and Design, a DC vocational program to give students hands-on experience in the building business. With him: son Brett, John Anders, wife Dade McMahon, Mike Lenkin, Katie Doran, president Nick Paleologos, and Bill Hudak. Brett tells us their next project is small scale but exciting: pouring concrete for a new pool at Woodrow Wilson High, John's 1958 alma mater


DC Sports and Entertainment Commission's Greg O'Dell, DC Public Education Fund's Sara Lasner, and Mumin  & Associates president Ibrahim Mumin. The Commission took a Building Achievement Award for helping develop the new ballpark.


The bright hued ladies of Brennan Beer Gorman Architects, Sarah Szczygiel and Ronda McCrea, flank LCOR men in black Brad Thompson and Todd Parker. Sarah tells us BBG is currently working on a W Hotel and Turnberry Place in Arlington.


Goulston & Storrs' Kelly Bissinger, Greenberg Traurig's Jerald Cohn; and Goulston & Storr's Elizabeth Bullington and Chris Cardinale. Goulston's working on the historic Howard Theatre redevelopment and helped on Square 54.


Randall Hagner's Andy Wolf, JPI's Greg Lamb, and LCOR's Tim Smith. Tim tells us LCOR is opening its first building at North Bethesda Center later this month, called Wentworth House. 


Beers + Cutler's John Cutler, Pillbury's Wendy White, LandAmerica's Candace Chazen, Venable's Robert Gottlieb, and Beers + Cutler's Dwayne Holt.  John tells us Beers + Cutler's expanding its Tysons office from 75k SF to 100K, with 25 new hires this month alone.


We went last night to Loudoun's 7th annual VIP reception at the National Conference Center in Leesburg.  Quick:  Can you name the fastest growing large county in America? However did you guess!  We were delighted to join 250 new friends and witness the excitement happening out there. Some of our new friends, from left: Prototype Production CEO Joe Travez, Loudoun County marketing queen Dorri O'Brien Morin, Telo's John Wood, and Salamander Hospitality president Prem Devadas (that is, of course, Sheila Johnson's great Middleburg-based enterprise).


Loudoun Country Economic Development director Larry Rosenstrauch, Reston Limo founder William Bouweiri, Reston Limo CEO Kristina Bouweiri, MarcParc's Robert Judith, and First Class Plumbing's Mary Ann Judith. We had a great time, had our eyes opened to amazing new things happening in those parts, and hope to be telling you a lot more about them.



We prayed to the Google Map gods and found our way to the Milestone Building Park in Germantown. Ice cream and BBQ were on the menu, but we swear we would have gone no matter what, because it was Trammell Crow's Silver LEED pre-certification party for the building. We assume we will also be invited to a post-certification party.


Trammell Crow's Aaron Evanson and Jennifer Dix surround Buch's Tiphanie Purkat and Carl Buch, and Extreme Steel president Kevin Rodney. Buch handled construction on the 156k SF NRA space. Congrats to Jennifer on just passing her LEED AP Exam. We assumed she would party and she did not disappoint: "I'm headed to Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards." Not to be outdone, Aaron, along with his wife and 18-month old, is already on a plane to Cancun for a friend's wedding.


Kennedy Associates' Jim Landau joins the team from CBRE that brokered the building: Dennis Owen, Ben Powell, and Dave Palank. Dave's closed eyes suggest he's dreaming of this weekend when his daughter graduates from Salisbury. But he better wake up fast; he's still got two more children who will soon be asking for tuition. He helped his cause by recently leasing 80k SF in the Cloverleaf Center, just across I-270, for Texas Instruments and Comtech. As for Jim, he says this won't be the last celebration at Milestone Park. In due time, he envisions both a hotel and residential properties on the land.



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