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D.C.'s CRE Industry Pauses To Watch Solar Eclipse

D.C.'s CRE Industry Pauses To Watch Solar Eclipse
NKF's Doug Damron, CBRE's Scott Frankel and NKF's Chris Lucey at CBRE's viewing party on the roof of 1800 K St. NW

Throughout the country, people stopped what they were doing Monday afternoon to see the solar eclipse, and D.C.'s commercial real estate industry was no exception. 

CBRE hosted a viewing party on the newly renovated rooftop of 1800 K St. NW that was attended by about 100 real estate professionals. The hosts served themed offerings like Moon Pies, Eclipse gum, Starburst candies and Blue Moon beer, and created a playlist of space-themed songs. 

JLL's solar eclipse viewing party
JLL's solar eclipse viewing party at 800 17th St. NW

Less than two blocks away, JLL's property management team hosted a rooftop viewing party at 800 17th St. NW. Guests were treated to cookie dough sundaes and played large games of Jenga and Connect Four. 

D.C. was not in the path of totality for the solar eclipse, but the moon covered 81% of the sun when the eclipse peaked at 2:42 p.m. 

Transwestern - Metro Park Eclipse viewing party
Transwestern's solar eclipse viewing party at Metro Park in Alexandria

Transwestern's property management team held a viewing party on top of the parking deck at Metro Park, 6363 Walker Lane in Alexandria. Ice cream was served to the dozens of guests in attendance. 

Peterson Cos. Solar Eclipse
Peterson Cos.' Jim Vecchiarelli, Paul Weinschenk, Bryan Lytton and Joe Ciardiello at the viewing party in Fairfax

Peterson Cos. hosted a viewing party at its HQ in Fairfax, where there were apparently four separate solar eclipses happening in all different directions. 

Space lovers will have to wait another seven years before enjoying another solar eclipse in the U.S. That one will also not be a 100% eclipse in D.C., but District residents looking for a better viewing experience can travel to cities like Austin, Cleveland and Rochester, which will all be in 2024's path of totality