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September 26, 2008

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Big crowd at CREW's monthly luncheon today at the Capital Hilton—and no wonder: Famed architect Debra Lehman-Smith, Brookfield head of construction Sabrina Kanner, and consulting maven Mark Anderson talked about what they're up to, moderated by Rand head Linda Rabbitt. (Wait a minute, what's the guy doing at CREW? Well, besides the fact they generously welcome men, we guess he qualifies because, as pointed out in his intro, every morning he rows on the Potomac.)


Mona Electric's Elaine Colton, Apex's Audrey Kunkler, Jones Lang's Kathy Allgier, Mohawk Group's Cynthia Bell, Hickok Cole's Vega Overby, and DLA Piper's Betsy Karmin. Elaine tells us her company did all the electrical work for the Newseum, Mandarin Oriental, Howard Hughes Medical Center, and Comcast Arena. But here's the real scoop: She's a movie fanatic who goes twice a weekend, usually to Bethesda Landmark or (#2 in her book) Mazza. Friday she'll see Burn After Reading, and on Saturday Spike Lee's Miracle at Saint Anna; her movie last weekend was one she urges everyone to see: Man on Wire (about the tightrope walker between the World Trade Center Towers in 1974).


Standing: Jones Lang's Lindsay Cureton, DMJM Design's Ruth Jansson and Ivonne Garcia, and AtSite's Nathalie Abutha. Sitting: Brick Companies' Emily Herson and Betty White. Ivonne, who does corporate interiors, was attending her first DC Crew; she just relocated from Miami, where she was a member of the chapter there. She was born in Cuba, but we doubt she was a member of Cuba CREW.

Exotic Stones

Unlike meetings of Commercial Real Estate Men, where use of silverware is optional and extra rolls are supplied for members on one side of the room to get the attention of friends on the other side, CREW's meetings are a model of good manners.

YMCA Hoorah!

The threatening skies held back at noon today for the groundbreaking at 14th and W of a new YMCA developed by Perseus Realty and FLGA Real Estate. The 45k SF facility will have 241 apartments above ground and 12.5k feet of retail. The Y will feature a fitness center in the lobby and day care, pool, and basketball courts underground. FLGA Real Estate’s Fred Green, Councilman Jim Graham, Perseus’s John Wood Bolton, Mayor Fenty, Perseus president Bob Cohen, and YMCA’s Angie Reese Hawkins and Bob Bolle. FLGA co-developed 1 million SF Gallery Place.


DLA Piper’s Fred Klein, Citizens Financial Group’s Timothy Leon and Corey Dendy, DLA’s Betsy Karmin and Citizens’ Michael Reale.  DLA Piper represents RBS/Citizens in the region, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Fred says RBS/ Citizens opened an office in Tysons this spring and is making a $68M construction loan to finance the project. Busy Betsy raced from the CREW luncheon to the groundbreaking and back to her desk to continue working on the loan docs.


J.P. Morgan’s Rose Cohen and Councilman Graham, who is worth appearing in two pics with the dandy tie and spectacles combo. Another reason: Jim says he’s an avid Bisnow reader admiring the “brief, terse phrasing.” Asked if it made him chuckle, he said “it’s amusing,” but only the Washington Post makes him laugh out loud (which we assume is inadvertent). If you’re in the market for a bow-tie, Jim recommends mail ordering through Bow Ties of Vermont. If you’re a low budget aspiring bow-tie wearer, he recommends Filene’s Basement (conveniently located below the National Press Building). Good luck to Rose, who’s running a Rockville 10k this weekend in her Saucony running shoes.


This is Katie's dad, a picture we took at lunch today at BLT. For those of you who don't know Katie, she's the seven-week-old daughter of former CarrAmerican and Monumentarian Bill Krokowski, who with wife Sherry runs their own firm Requity. He says one of their projects, Silo Point in Baltimore with Carlyle, has already sold 52 out of 250 condo units in the last six weeks. (We love to hear things like that.) Inasmuch as we announced Sherry and Bill's engagement in these pages once upon a time, then their wedding plans, we figured we should maintain our pattern of keeping the world informed. We'll let you know when Katie gets her driver's license.


To tell you the truth, we didn't know of the International Facility Management Association until yesterday. They've got 900 members and last night 200 in the Capital Chapter assembled at Capital One for a 25th anniversary gala. Above, KTA Group's Kim Dize, Fanelli McClain Design's Richard Fanelli, Washington Workplace's Sarah Gabriel, Facility Engineering Associate's Anne Moser and Chris Hodges, CAN's Beth Borowski (who heads the group), and Kiplinger's Doug Colley.


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