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November 1, 2007



Sponsor Showcase:  Claims on condo warranties can range from nuisance (untrimmed bushes) to nightmare (water penetration).   In the developers’ corner:  Ballard Spahr law firm, one of the top practices around.  We interview Shelah Lynn and Tim Martin on what they do and how they do it.  CLICK HERE TO READ

The DC Jones Lang LaSalle folks are all settled into their new 84,000 SF pad at 1801 K St. as of Monday.  The move was a consolidation of five floors of over 400 people from their two old offices at 1717 Penn and 1627 Eye. Not only will all DC JLLers finally be housed in one building, they also happen to be in charge of renovating, leasing, and managing it. 

We took this picture yesterday of the agents behind the lease: JLL’s Trip Howell and Amy Bowser.  They told us they actually represented the building owner, NY-based Somerset Partners, on the deal.  1801, with its massive 42,000 SF floor plates , was ideal because it fit everyone on 2 floors and the open floor plan was chosen to promote collaboration.  They pump white noise through the vents so that you don’t hear the guy chattering ten feet away.

Broker Joe Delogu tells us it took him only 2 minutes to get comfortable in the new space. 

Meanwhile, over on Half Street, we visited Monument’s Russell Hines and Amy Phillips to see the progress at 55 M St, one piece of Phase I of their 750,000 SF project between Nats stadium and the Capitol. This week Clark Construction finished installing 60 feet of steel beam trusses above the Navy Yard Metro.  You may have heard that Monument is running behind, but they insist they’re on schedule.  Amy’s also sticking to a personal timetable:  She’ll be getting married in Martha’s Vineyard next September.

Here are Jeff Neal and Michael Darby waiting their turns at the barber.  Okay, they’re in their posh new 1700 K St. headquarters.  The duo is also happy to report that Columbia Center’s first tenant, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has moved into the top four floors.

We also caught up this week with CBRE’s global director of environmental strategy Sally Wilson (wearing an appropriately colored shirt) and Hickok Cole’s Yolanda Cole at Tuesday’s Potomac Conference on the subject “Green as Competitive Advantage.”  Author Andrew Winston told the audience to remember Tina Turner and the handy acronym: There Is No Alternative; either go green, or your business will suffer.

Happy One Year, Ballard Spahr! We met up with Ballard’s Mark Langdon, Brian Doerner, Kris Megna, Maureen McAnnar and Dan Tobin at the anniversary of their Bethesda office. Led by Roger Winston, the branch focuses on real estate acquisitions, sales, and mixed use development.  They celebrated with food and wine from all the regions of the firms’ 11 offices around the country.  Our favorite: the Philly cheesesteaks

Many have asked us the secret of our editorial brilliance.  It’s now out:  Bisnow dog and mascot Jinxie, seen at her endeavors above.  Please don’t interrupt her while she proofreads.


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