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October 1, 2007



You must think we love happy hours—and we do! Please join Bisnow and Workspaces, LLC, Oct. 11 in the Kimball Office Showroom downtown. No charge but you must RSVP.

Beautiful weather, we’re having, huh? There was only one thing to do Friday: ask our resident Bisnow sailor, Stacey Pfarr, to slip on her top-siders and life vest and head to Port Annapolis for the 2007 BIG Team DC Regatta. For landlubbers, that’s the real estate world’s fundraiser for the National Maritime Heritage Foundation.

Akridge’s John Otto and Katie Burton, Bisnow’s Stacey Pfarr, and Staubach’s David Houck aboard “Bear Instinct.” Akridge needed a little R&R: Today they’re taking on over 1.6 m SF of new management for ING including the McPherson Building at 901 15th, 2121 K, One Metro Center, Chevy Chase Pavilion, and MetroPark. Plus, their “new look” debuts: snazzy new logo, business cards, and signage. More sailing pics farther down.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, while the rest of you were chipping your birdies in, some of us were judging the 6th annual CanStruction competition at 2000 Penn, with 17 amazing entries that each used as many as 5000 cans of food (the displays are later “de-CAN-structed” and delivered to the Capital Area Food Bank). Above, overall winner Winnie the Pooh by Hickok Cole. As fellow judge Nadine Post of Engineering News Record said, it had everything: charm and ingenious structure and even balanced food groups. With her, saintly architect Darrel Rippeteau, who chaired the event.

On the other hand, when I said I loved the Battle Bots, Nadine opposed celebrating such pugilism. Our solution: Two honorary mentions, one which I awarded in a “Violence” category, and another for “Serenity” which she gave to the bumblebee entry.

By the way, the names of the designers were withheld from us during judging, but it turns out HDR did the Bots and Hartman-Cox did the Bees. Other winners were SmithGroup, HKS and Mancini Duffy.

We were also outside Friday night, on the 16th floor patio of a “platinum penthouse” suite at the new Odyssey condos on 15th Street in Rosslyn, developed by Monument. It was a party hosted by co-founder Michael Darby, above right, here with guest (and vc) Jeff Weiss. Truly stunning views of all Washington, which you would see better if someday I read the instruction book for my camera.

Okay, we now resume the sailing story, already in progress. Above, PN Hoffman’s sailing team. Skipper Paul Nassetta, Kevin Riegler, Carolyn Desmond, and Josh Dix have a pre-race powwow. Paul’s been sailing all his life; his latest boat is a Beneteau 46’ he docks in Galesville. Now we know the real reason PN Hoffman bid (and won) the Southwest Waterfront project.

Team Madison Marquette, David Brainerd, Jonathan Shartar, Katie Rothenberg, and Tyson Pitzer, de-rigging and docking their boat, “Dasher.” We’re taking Stacey’s word on these sailing terms.

Just another day at the office! Akridge’s John Otto shows that his leg doubles as a jib sheet going downwind during the race.


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