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NAIOPWA Member Profile: John Pietromonaco, Pietromonaco Jackson Properties

John Pietromonaco of Pietromonaco Jackson Properties has been a NAIOP Washington member for a very long time – 32 years, to be exact – and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a developer in the Puget Sound area. After serving as president in 1999 and spending 20+ years involved heavily in NAIOPWA’s annual Community Enhancement (CE) projects, Pietromonaco is a wellspring of NAIOP memories and institutional knowledge.  

A lot has changed since he joined in 1988, between technological advancement and market fluctuations. John says that “real estate is more complicated [now] than it was in the 70s-80s,” but that ultimately, the industry is very reliant on community and connection. “The only way to get the info you need is through contacts… I even talk to people who are competitors (friendly competitors). It makes the job easier than being a lone wolf and doing it from scratch.” 

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Survey: Washington State Clean Building Energy Performance Standard

Washington State University Energy Program (WSU) is requesting your input on a short online survey about the upcoming Washington State Clean Building Energy Performance Standard. The intention of the survey is to help WSU create an effective support program for those involved with complying with the law, such as building owners, facility and energy managers, energy service providers, and utilities. 

The standard is undergoing rule-making by the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) and will be established November 1, 2020, per the Clean Buildings bill (HB 1257). In short, the performance standard requires all commercial buildings (both public and private) over 50,000 square feet to lower their energy consumption by complying with a specific energy use target. Please refer to Commerce’s Clean Buildings website for more information. 

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Inslee Delays State Building Code Effective Date to Nov 1 Due to COVID-19, NAIOP Advocacy Efforts

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UPDATE [06/29/20]: After an emergency meeting of the State Building Code Council, the state code implementation effective date has now been pushed back to February 1, 2021.

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Exploring Real Estate and Race Through Education

“This isn’t just about programming for us. This is about a group of people called to action on something we are very passionate about, and we felt we had no choice but to do something.” – Serena Sayani, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

In the moments, days and weeks since the death of George Floyd, many of our members have felt a similar call to action. Leading this charge for our organization is the Diversity and Inclusion committee. They have put together two events: A Candid Discussion about Racial Barriers in Commercial Real Estate, on June 30, and, in partnership with the Programs Committee, our July breakfast on Race and Real Estate, on July 15. Both panels are intended to shed light on the intersections between race and real estate through discussion of the history of real estate laws across the country, and to spark thoughtful dialogue with industry leaders on how to make positive changes to alleviate racial inequities in our communities and the built environment.

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NAIOPWA Advocacy Update: Expedited Voluntary Cleanup Program

Update & Summary for August 3, 2020: 
The WA Dept. of Ecology's new Expedited VCP, launched on July 1, 2020, is a self-sustaining process with dedicated staff to respond quickly to the needs of developers working under compressed schedules. The time to get through the expedited VCP could be as short as 4 months compared to 18 months (or more) under the regular VCP. The new program also allows moving sites in the regular VCP to the Expedited VCP as long as certain requirements are met.

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Standing in Solidarity

NAIOPWA acknowledges the impacts of racism on the built environment and within the commercial real estate industry. We stand with our community in solidarity against systemic racism, unconscious bias and all forms of inequality and injustice, including police brutality, which disproportionately affect people of color and specifically, Black people.

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Stepping into a New Normal: Redefining the Future of our Cities

Conference area at Gensler demonstrating physical distancing with clear signageWe’ve now reached 2+ months of working from home and have settled—as best as possible—into a new routine that revolves around juggling family, colleagues, and clients, while maintaining our personal health and well-being 24/7. That’s a lot. Some of us may be embracing this new work style while others are still overwhelmed by the daily challenges. But what’s top of mind for us all is what’s looming ahead. What will our new normal look like when our stay-at-home restrictions are lifted and more importantly, what changes can we expect to stick?

There has been much speculation and publication around what we could see when we return to the office. There will undoubtedly be the anticipated ongoing requirements of continuing to practice frequent hand washing and safe distancing. Health screenings for body temperature and the need to wear face masks in public places will become part of our routine. Physical changes to the work environment such as greater space between workstations, one-way traffic flow and limited occupancy of meeting rooms and elevators will also be necessary to maintain a safe space. We are all becoming more familiar with general changes that will certainly be in force on day one. The real question is, which of these changes and other modifications will be part of the workplace going forward, even after the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 has subsided?

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NAIOPWA Member Profile: McKenzie Darr, Development Manager, The Wolff Company

McKenzie Darr (The Wolff Company) is one of the current co-chairs of NAIOPWA's Real Estate Challenge Committee. In her capacity as a co-chair, she helped spearhead the 2020 Challenge, even as COVID-19 altered in-person presentation and competition judging. She has been recognized by her peers for her excellent leadership and dedication to the committee's educational efforts. We asked McKenzie about her work with Wolff, the REC Committee, and her love of live music.  

How would you describe your company’s primary work and scope?
The Wolff Company is a fully integrated real estate investment firm focused on multifamily investment and development. Since 2000, Wolff has invested in, acquired, or developed more than 150 multifamily assets and more than 35,000 multifamily units.
The Northwest Division based in Seattle is responsible for the investment and development of multifamily and senior housing communities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

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NAIOPWA Celebrates Mother's Day with Interviews from Professional and Working Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to show our appreciation for the many working moms within our NAIOP chapter and for all the professional women that make our organization great. With 40% female representation on our board and steadily increasing female membership over the last decade, empowering the voices of women in commercial real estate committee rooms, leadership positions, and on event stages remains a top priority of NAIOPWA.

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NAIOPWA Member Profile: Ben Waiss, Development Manager, Tarragon Property Services

Ben Waiss (Tarragon) is one of the Co-Chairs for NAIOPWA's South Sound Committee. He has been recognized by his peers for his outstanding leadership and continued commitment to the committee's efforts. Ben joined NAIOP in 2014 after he began working for his current company. We spoke with Ben about his work with Tarragon, what he enjoys most about CRE, and what he does in his spare time. 

How would you describe your company’s primary work and scope?
Tarragon is a locally owned commercial real estate development company operating across multiple asset classes. The following are a few company highlights that have shaped my real estate “toolbox” and give me a unique perspective on the commercial real estate industry:
  • Hands on developer that provides services from feasibility thru lease up and stabilization
  • Portfolio developer that delivers highest quality assets designed to operate at a high level throughout the lifespan of the development
  • Long term outlook that allows us to accumulate and hold land in the portfolio until market conditions are optimal to construct a commercial asset

How long have you been with your company?
I have been with Tarragon for about 6 years. In a previous life I was a Civil Engineer.

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NAIOPWA Member Feature: Morgan Sly, Land Acquisition Associate, The Rush Companies

Morgan Sly (The Rush Companies) is a dedicated volunteer member of NAIOPWA's South Sound Committee. She's been with Rush since 2018 and has been an active NAIOPWA member since June of 2019. Her peers have recognized her for outstanding efforts in organizing unique and engaging events for the South Sound. We asked Morgan about her work in CRE, how she spends her time outside of her profession, and interesting tidbits about herself. 

NAIOPWA: What do you like best about your industry? 
Morgan Sly: My favorite part about working for Rush - a developer/builder is creating communities where people want to live and work. I enjoy identifying the next place where we believe future tenants or buyers will want to move to, through our projects we have the ability to add value to people’s day-to-day lives and that is exciting!

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NAIOPWA Flash Poll Results: As Tenants Struggle, Property Owners Reach Out in Support 

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Poll Results: As Tenants Struggle, Property Owners Reach Out in Support 
"We will do what it takes for the tenants to survive. Their success is our success."

SEATTLE - On April 16 and 17, NAIOPWA circulated our first “flash poll” to the region’s commercial real estate community, including members and the community at large. Over two days, 54 professionals representing property owners and developers responded to the survey, providing 119 total responses across seven asset types: office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality, mixed-use, and healthcare. 

Poll results represent a snapshot of the current state of the industry, which relies on a diverse business environment that abruptly narrowed in early March. As we might expect, rent/lease payments were down in April and are expected to drop further next month. But regional CRE owners and property managers are clearly united in creative and proactive solutions to keep tenants in their properties.


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Sustainable Buildings = Healthier Occupants = Organizational Savings

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Investing in people could be one of the most inexpensive ways to invest in our businesses.

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SBA Loan Program Intended to Help Businesses Cover Rent Costs During COVID-19 Crisis Begins April 3

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Beginning April 3, small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) are eligible for forgivable SBA loans under a provision in the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed into law to address the growing COVID-19 crisis. Primarily intended for businesses to retain employees during the crisis, certain provisions in the program would allow for borrowers to use some of the funds to cover monthly expenses like mortgage interest, rent, and utilities to help stay afloat. NAIOP has compiled a list of resources to help small businesses and other stakeholders navigate the program. 

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NAIOP Washington Seeks Expanded Construction Guidance Under COVID-19 EO; Memo from Inslee Regarding Mortgages

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In response to Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order, NAIOP Washington has called for expansions to construction guidance to include private-sector residential and commercial construction. Among the organization's concerns are the growing housing crisis in Seattle and the impacts of slowing development of housing in the area. The recommendation includes advocacy for strict personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for job sites as well as preparedness plans for battling the COVID-19 risks.  

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Executive Order: Construction Guidance Released on Washington State's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order

NAIOP, along with AGC, requested clarification on Governor Inslee's recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order as it relates to construction activities. The newly released Construction Guidance Memo is online.

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Moved Online: April Sustainable Development Education Event

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With target dates for code implementation changing quickly, this webinar is a must for NAIOPWA members. Our experts will cover the three new pieces of legislation upping the ante for energy efficiency throughout Washington state for both new construction and retrofits: the Seattle Energy Code, the Washington State Energy Code commercial section, and the state's new Energy Performance Standard for [Existing] Commercial Buildings.

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NAIOPWA Requests Extension on Implementation of State Construction Code | MFTE Task Force

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In support of our 1,000+ association members, the commercial real estate business industry and the community at large, NAIOP Washington State has submitted an official request to Governor Jay Inslee and to the State Building Code Council requesting a 6-month delay in implementation of new building codes, to January 1, 2021.

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17th Annual Real Estate Challenge

PSU Edges Out UW and UBC for NAIOP Real Estate Challenge Victory

Portland State University won NAIOP Washington’s Real Estate Challenge for the second year in a row, besting both University of British Columbia and University of Washington with a mixed-use multifamily and retail project that featured, among other things, cross laminated timber (CLT). The innovative PSU proposal named The Lighthouse, “pays homage to the history of the Pacific Northwest’s timber industry,” and seeks to cater to the tech innovation playing out in Bellevue.

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NAIOP Washington State Honored as 2020 Chapter of the Year – Repeat Achievement Signals Continued Strength of Organization

NAIOP Washington State Honored as 2020 Chapter of the Year

Repeat Achievement Signals Continued Strength of Organization

SEATTLE – NAIOP Corporate has honored NAIOP Washington State as Chapter of the Year for its 2019 performance, recognizing the chapter’s advocacy efforts, exceptional diversity and inclusion efforts, member engagement, and organizational growth. NAIOP’s annual merit awards program evaluates chapters on a national basis by chapter size for their education, government affairs involvement, member recruitment and retention, communications, and chapter management. 

“NAIOP Washington State is consistently among our best-performing chapters,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president and CEO. “This year, it was our honor to recognize them as Chapter of the Year for their significant lobbying efforts, their strong membership recruitment and retention strategies, and their successful education and networking events that raise the profile of NAIOP and commercial real estate in the greater Seattle market. Congratulations to the chapter and its leaders for their commitment to and enthusiasm for our industry and association.”

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