Holiday 2015 Developments

A Warm Engagement on a Cold, Rainy Morning

A sold-out crowd packed into Congressional Country Club in Bethesda for NAIOP DC|MD’s year-end Chapter Member-Guest Holiday Breakfast at for a look back on the Chapter’s year, networking, philanthropy and remarks from economist Anirban Basu (Sage Policy Group), who offered insightful, candid and occasionally personal appraisals of market conditions locally, nationally and internationally.  Topics spanned from vacancy in the local office real estate market in the context of the changing workplace to pictures of the larger economy and why years of moderate growth have failed to feel like a full-on domestic recovery to many Americans.  He urged attendees to consider for themselves the implications of the slowing Chinese construction market and its worldwide effect on commodities pricing.

The full breakfast agenda included introductions of new committee leadership, a look back on the Chapter’s year from Chapter President Tim Zulick (CBRE), including of course the name change to NAIOP DC|MD, and a donation to Bread for the City presented in remarks from Outreach Committee Chair Roseanne Beattie (DBI Architects).

Spotlight CBD
The latest installment of Real Estate Emerging Leaders’ (REEL) Neighborhood Spotlight focused on Washington’s Central Business District and new trophy projects and repositionings from Tishman Speyer, Skanska, Brookfield, RREEF/CBRE and Akridge.  The projects were presented in the unfinished 2nd Floor of Tishman Speyer’s 2000 K Street project.

Of course location, location, location remained essential to each building’s development strategy, but each sought to distinguish themselves with more than standard amenities: a place of distinction in the Washington streetscape. Learn more about the projects here!: The next Neighborhood Spotlight is being planned for early 2016.  Join us and meet committee members including new Committee President Phil Dickinson (Cushman & Wakefield).

Gear Up for Year Up

Chapter members volunteered as professional instructors to assist students of Year Up, for a Professional Coaching Day at Haworth’s showroom in downtown DC. Year Up offers urban young adults aged 18-24 the skills to succeed in the workplace and the support needed to achieve higher education and their professional goals. Many students hold internships throughout the region and are often offered jobs upon graduation.

The showroom served as a perfect location to host mock interviews and private discussions, with an abundance of small classrooms, comfortable seating and workstations. Introductory remarks by NAIOP CEO Tom Bisacquino, Roseanne Beattie (DBI Architects), Chair of NAIOP DC|MD’s Outreach Committee and Mark Wilson of Year Up kicked off the event and the clock began. Each student moved throughout the space discussing varying professional topics with a different coach every 15 minutes, from how to dress professionally to personal elevator pitches. Following the one-on-one sessions, students and coaches joined on the roof for networking and light fare.

What You Need to Know
NAIOP DC|MD’s Legislative Committee is pleased to introduce Need to Know…, a new member resource of up to the minute information regarding important legislative and regulatory changes impacting real estate and related markets in Suburban Maryland and the District. 

The Future of Stormwater is DC and Its Impact on You
Stormwater regulations had to be the furthest thing from attendees’ minds as crisp skies and unseasonably high temperatures were unexpected guests at the panel discussion, “forcing” the event onto the gorgeous rooftop terrace of CoStar’s 1331 L Street NW headquarters.

Nonetheless, changes to the District’s stormwater regulations, the first in nearly three decades, affect nearly all of us in the built environment as many property types will see their water retention requirements nearly double.  Panelists described the background and implementation of the new regulations, and paths toward compliance that property owners and managers can implement, including a trading program of Stormwater Retention Credits.
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Gold Sponsors

Altus Group
The Bernstein Companies
Bohler Engineering
Boston Properties
Brandywine Realty Trust
Chevy Chase Land Company
Chicago Title - National Commercial Services
Costello Construction
DAVIS Construction
Grunley Construction
The JBG Companies
National Building Museum
Powers Brown Architecture
SIGAL Construction
US Bank

Washington Property Company

Silver Sponsors

Balfour Beatty Construction
B.F. Saul Company
City of Bowie
Cooper Carry Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
EDGE Commercial Real Estate
Macris, Hendricks & Glascock, PA
PNC Real Estate
Rodgers Consulting
Therrien Waddell
VIKA Companies, LLC


Bronze Sponsors

Apex Companies, LLC
ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
Federal Realty
Fidelity National Title - National Commercial Services
Hubert Construction, LLC
KGD Architecture
Lerch Early & Brewer
Ruppert Landscape
University of Maryland/Colvin Institute
Washington Gas
WFT Engineering
Wilkes Artis, Chartered

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