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January 12, 2010  

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It’s finally happening. After years of talk and prep, this is the week that DC’s biggest construction project since the Pentagon was built in the 40’s is turning the shovels—Phase 1 on the GSA-owned West Campus: 1.2M SF for a Coast Guard HQ and 800k for a parking structure.

No, this is not a rendering of government buildings from Thomas Jefferson’s day—with all that greenery in the middle of DC—but of the new CG complex; it’ll have a green roof and series of landscaped courtyards cascading down the hill to capture runoff for up to a 15-year storm event. The National Capital Planning Commission approved Perkins & Will’s concept design late last week and Clark Design/Build started yesterday. Occupancy is expected in 2013. DHS HQ gets going in 2011 for another 1.7M in office, and still more on DC’s East Campus.   

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This is Building A of the original St. E’s, designed in the early 20th century and used as the military school backdrop for the movie A Few Good Men. GSA plans to preserve and reuse 52 of the 62 original buildings. Construction management will be led by Tishman-AECOM, a joint-venture of Tishman Construction and AECOM Technology, which has been awarded a $16M contract. The entire project will cost $3B with scheduled completion in 2016.   




Kaiser Foundation Health Plan purchased Monument Corporate Center I from a joint venture of Monument Realty and Transwestern Investment Company for $42.8M and a loan balance of $33.7M. The 200k SF office building on I-270 in Gaithersburg is the first stage of a mixed-use project with 650k SF of office space and a 136-room hotel. Monument has owned the property since ’01 when it purchased the IBM building and adjacent 33-acres of land. It later sold the building to Wells REIT and started developing the empty land.



USGBC staff has spiked from 70 to 250 in just three years. We snapped its commercial real Estate Manager Nick Shaffer by a floor-to-ceiling logo carved in 200-year-old salvaged wood inside the new LEED Platinum HQ at 2101 L St. Despite tough times, the council continued to rapidly expand since ’07, outgrowing its 25k SF HQ space just two years into the lease. Nick says this year will continue to be a busy one, with a focus shift from new construction to existing buildings. There are currently 2,500 LEED certified projects worldwide and 26,000 more registered projects, showing a continued interest in sustainability.

USGBC occupies 75k SF of the 10-story building owned by Vornado. Repped by CBRE’s Sally Wilson, Pat Marr and Chau Leung, the Council moved into 2101 in March. Sally’s husband Ken designed the sustainable space, which takes green-chic to a new level. Every aspect of the office can be easily reconfigured using movable partitions and collapsible furniture. Besides automated window shades, occupancy and daylight-sensored light fixtures, carpet tiles made of recyclable materials, and waterless urinals, one of our fave features had to be the break room (where we learned their foosball and ping pong skills should earn them a LEED Gold medal).

Oak leaf push pins mark USGBC chapters across the globe (although someone snatched Italy’s pin; we blame the cast of Jersey Shore). Nick says look out for news about Standard 189, the first code-enforceable standard for green buildings, in the next three weeks. In development since ’06, Standard 189 will provide minimum requirements for the design of sustainable buildings using the LEED rating system.

Roberta Liss

One of the great fisherpersons of our time, Roberta Liss is now the big catch herself. Rand Construction tapped Roberta for a newly created position of executive director. Trained as an architectural engineer, the 26-year industry vet joined CBRE as EVP in 2007 after it acquired Trammell Crow. CB’s John Germano called the departure bittersweet, saying “she will be sorely missed here but at the same time, we are excited for her and the opportunity ahead at Rand.”


January 13 - Bisnow Back to Business Total Schmoozarama - Park at Fourteenth - 6-8pm - Network with top level business execs, enjoy open bar, and gourmet buffet. Crazy low price. Join us!

January 19 - CREW DC - "Roadmap to Economic Recovery" featuring Marci Rossell, former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-Host of Squawk BoxInfo

January 19 - CREW NoVa - State of the Real Estate Market - 6-8:30pm - Steve Fuller, Wendy Feldman Block, Kathy Keller, and Cathy Delcoco - Fairview Park Marriott - Info

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