Went to the Big 7-0 anniversary party last night of the WBC thinking we were going to see a prize fight, but it turns out that stands for Washington Building Congress, not World Boxing Council. But we did see a bunch of heavyweight champions—300 members dining on “bull and oysters” at Columbia Country Club.
Rand’s Matt Merz, WBC Prez Steve Kenton, Cagley Structural Engineers’ Debby Orsak, and Hitt’s Steve Richbourg. Steve K told us that WBC’s big push this year is to recruit younger members, or Hammerheads as they’re called. While Steve R is set to become a WBC officer this year, Debby is moving to greener pastures: PTA president. Matt is the bravest man we know: This weekend he’s taking his wife and three daughters (ages 1, 5, & 7) camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The generations mingle: Skanska’s Brennan McReynolds, 1986 Chair Bill Magruder of Clark, 1990 Chair Bob Reaves of RM Thornton, and DPR Construction’s Karin Weinstein. Bob had an altruistic summer: building stoves for poor families in Guatemala. Brennan tells us that Skanska was just named #1 green building contractor in the country, but he seemed almost as excited about heading to the Brad Paisley concert this weekend (that’s a country singer for you city folks).
Capital Lighting & Supply’s John Hardy, left, was inducted as WBC’s 2008 Chairman during last night’s ceremony. We tried to get him to spill the beans on their secret handshake, but he hasn’t been taught it yet. With him, P&P Contractors’ Don Owens, and Fougler-Pratt’s John Barron.
Frost Miller Group’s David Irish, Exponent’s Anne Marie Tombros, Boston Properties’ Jon Kurtis, and Grunley’s Joel Zingeser. Jon tells us that in his 23 years of working with BP they’ve never been busier; he’s supervising work on Wisconsin Place (you know, all that stuff going up around the new Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase). At least he’s enjoying downtime on the home front as a brand new empty nester now that his daughter’s at U of FL and son is at U of Denver. Joel pointed out to us that only a couple days remain in the Feds’ fiscal year, so all the contractors who deal with GSA are hoping for a little Christmas in September.
Then it was off to an ING/Calkain party at 2121 K St. to show off its three new floors (52k SF) with sweeping views from Catholic U to Key Bridge. Among the 100 guests: Lincoln Property’s Ed Gilpin, Grubb & Ellis’ Ashley Blum, Brookfield’s Paul Schulman, G&E’s Keith Lipton, and Popadop’s Charlie Popadopoulos. Keith won the grand prize of the evening: 4 president’s box seats for a Nat’s game at the new stadium. He’s also gearing up to start 1m SF of property management for ING in January.
Nats president Stan Kasten, center, spoke to the group about how he’s going to create a first place team by investing in player development. With him are co-hosts Marc DeLuca of ING, and Calkain’s Jonathan Hipp. Tip to Stan: Your batters will need a steadier hand than our cameraman’s.
On Tuesday, we joined interior designer SKB to celebrate its 25th anniversary at one of its buildings, 1640 Rhode Island. From left, SKB’s Nestor Santa-Cruz, Jenner & Block’s Sabine Curto, Kane Company’s John Kane, and SKB’s Ruth Oczkowski, Mark Baughman, and Mark Guild.
And last Sunday, we got nostalgic for summer so we assigned Master Chef Elliott to BBQ filet mignon (nothing but the best for a real estate crowd) at Chez Bisnow. From left: K3’s Jeff Martello and wife Cathy, GGA’s Lewis Goetz, LandAmerica’s Candace Chazen and husband Joe, Ballard Spahr’s Roger Winston, and Woodmark’s Geoff Kieffer. Hey, we even barbeque in the snow.