Last Night's NAIOP Gala
|1,100 guests swarmed the Westin Waterfront for NAIOP's gala last night, with high-powered networking around the open bars. It was also a time to honor an outstanding real estate company and its co-founder for contributions to the industry and community. The evening, as it turned out, belonged to Boston Properties and Ed Linde.
|We visited the Boston Properties table where regional manager Bryan Koop (3rd from left) and Ed Linde?s son Doug (4th) were surrounded by some of their team. In accepting the award for outstanding achievement as a company, Bryan stressed Boston Properties' pioneering role in green building. At times, he says, it was lonely being first. But it's led to new projects like the Biogen Idec HQ and Atlantic Wharf, where all rain that hits the building is captured for reuse. Bryan stressed that ?the DNA of Boston Properties is about owning and operating real estate? not slicing and dicing mezz loans.
|Although surrounded by well-wishers, we were able to snap Bryan and Doug, who accepted the public service award for his father. Doug thanked his family, which he says includes Boston Properties staff, vendors, and associates. Indeed, longtime friend Moriarty Construction's John Moriarty said of Ed that he was ?honest, fair, philanthropic, and brilliant.? Ed had key roles in the Boston Symphony, the Museum of Fine Arts, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, WGBH, Beth Israel Deaconess, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Doug says that Ed was so dedicated to the community that even when he was seriously ill with a compromised immune system, he went to a local public school to talk to the students, despite the risk to his own health.