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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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Due to public health concerns and strong advocacy from NAIOPWA, Governor Jay Inslee has announced an extension to the 2018 state building code effective date. The new code implementation will take effect on November 1, 2020. This follows a similar order by the City of Seattle to delay code changes that came at the start of the novel coronavirus crisis in March. The original effective date of July 1, 2020 would have placed a significant burden on many construction projects, a number of which are specifically targeted at addressing Seattle's affordable housing shortage. 

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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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Seattle Construction Code Adoption Delayed to Nov 1

The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) has provided an important update to NAIOPWA to share with our commercial real estate community. Please distribute widely. 


SDCI is in the process of updating Seattle's construction codes to the 2018 versions of the building, residential, existing buildings, mechanical, energy, fuel gas, and plumbing codes. We have been aiming for an effective date of July 1, 2020, to align with the effective date of the Washington State building codes. However, due to many factors, including the impacts of COVID-19, the effective date of Seattle's codes will be delayed until November 1, 2020. If the 2018 Washington State construction codes effective date is delayed past November 1, we will align the effective date of our codes with the State.

Please visit our code update website for continued information and to review proposed code change documents.

If you have questions, please contact Micah Chappell, Technical Code Development Manager, at [email protected].

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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NAIOPWA Member Profile: Shaun C. Leiser, Owner, SCL Enterprises LLC

A white male in a baseball cap smiles at the cameraNAIOPWA is proud to welcome Shaun C. Leiser, owner of SCL Enterprises LLC, as a new member! Shaun is our lucky 1,000th member, receiving a free breakfast meeting ticket and an introduction to the community here in our blog and newsletter.

Did you know? The Washington State Chapter of NAIOP is the fourth-largest in North America, providing new members like Shaun immediate access to a wide, influential network of professional leaders. We also strive to offer networking opportunities—both online via our app and in real life via carefully curated events—that create deeper and longer-lasting relationships within the industry.

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Winners of 2019 Night of the Stars Include MainStreet Property Group, Eastside Community Center and Georgetown Crossroads

John Torrance inducted to the NAIOP Washington State Hall of Fame in recognition of his visionary work and its impact on the industry and the Seattle community | Double honors laud Microsoft’s Building 121 + 122, which won Redevelopment/Renovation Project of the Year & People’s Choice 2019
 
SEATTLE – Announced on Friday, November 8, at the annual gala event, NAIOP Washington State’s 2019 Night of the Stars Awards highlight how the development community continues to find creative solutions to support the Puget Sound market. For 2019, new categories this year in particular acknowledge growth in multi-family and affordable housing development to serve the fast-growing population and to address housing needs for families at all income levels.
 
Each year, Night of the Stars also honors an individual whose outstanding contributions in the CRE industry have changed the field and the region we call home. Best known for conceiving and promoting the “StarDome” retractable roof stadium concept for the Mariners’ home field, John Torrance, Principal of J.R. Torrance Properties, is this year’s honoree and the newest member of the Hall of Fame. In addition to the development of T-Mobile Park (then Safeco Field), Torrance has been involved in dozens of significant projects over the years, including Microsoft Headquarters, Washington Park Tower, and Insignia Towers, and helped create and build the company now known as CBRE. Click here to watch a video interview with John Torrance
 
Finally, each year, our judges recognize projects that make a special impact with the Judges’ Innovation Awards. These honors go to projects that stand out for criteria not strictly required for their category. They are projects make a strong impression on the judges, often transcending categorization. This year, the Judges’ Innovation Award for Regional Impact honors Propeller Airports Paine Field Passenger Terminal, which is enhancing traveler experiences at Paine Field as well as alleviating congestion at Sea-Tac Airport. And the Judges’ Impact Award for Innovation went to 621 Woodland Square Loop SE. The judges appreciated the risks undertaken to revitalize and redevelop a former utility office building into a Class A campus in Lacey, especially in consideration of the potential long-term positive impact on the city.
 
NAIOP Washington State congratulations all nominees, finalists and winners of the 2019 Night of the Stars for achieving tremendous success this year. The association also offers appreciation for the dozens of commercial real estate professionals and firms that participate as sponsors, judges, volunteers, and committee members to make NAIOPWA’s Night of the Stars awards and gala possible each year. Thank you.
 
Visit the Night of the Stars 2019 Project Gallery for project information and photos.
 
Night of the Stars 2019 Winners

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CREW Seattle & The Registry Recognize NAIOPWA Volunteer Leaders for Diversity & Inclusion Work

Photo of a glass award or trophy in a black and beige fabric box throwing off lightThank you, CREW Seattle and The Registry! On Wednesday night, NAIOP Washington State was honored as the 2019 Association Ally at the second annual Elevate Awards. This honor reflects the work of NAIOPWA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee to support the objective of providing opportunity and furthering D&I in the CRE industry.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is concluding its second year and has been behind efforts to bring more young and diverse individuals into CRE and NAIOPWA through efforts such as a new D&I internship program, the Hip Hop Architecture program at the UW, and student memberships. The team also hosted chapter events open to anyone involved in CRE interested in learning about increasing opportunities and representation for diverse individuals in our field.

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2019 Night of the Stars Finalists [Member News]

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NAIOP WA Announces 2019 Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winner: Best of Industry Honors Projects & Teams that Take Risks & Deliver World-Class Development Results

Third Annual People’s Choice Award with Daily Voting in the NAIOPWA app begins Wednesday, September 18

View the finalists via the NAIOPWA app or click here to open our online project gallery

SEATTLE – Announced today, category finalists for NAIOP Washington State’s 2019 Night of the Stars Awards highlight an era of tremendous growth in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and show how a world-class commercial real estate industry supports the evolution of our region’s businesses, homes, and organizations.

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A BIG Thank You: Big Invitational 2019 Raises $112,000+ for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Four white men pose at a hole on a golf courseOn June 20, the South Sound Committee, in conjunction with several local, active companies, including Davis Property and Investment, joined in on the Big Invitational, a fundraiser golf/networking event held annually at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn and put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

Over the years, BBBSPS has worked with the South Sound Committee to keep the tournament specific to commercial real estate, and the excitement in the south-end development market shone strong this year with this twelfth annual Big Invitational selling out more than a month ahead of time and raising over $112,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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Port Report: Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton and Everett [June 2019 Breakfast Recap]

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Most of us know the ports in Washington as little industries within themselves, responsible for Washington’s link to international trade around the globe and the distribution infrastructure of our region. Ports also manage airports and public marinas, and support additional recreational opportunities via parks and open spaces. 

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2019 Broker’s Forecast [May Breakfast Recap]

The predictions for the year ahead at the annual Broker Forecast were as sunny as the morning itself. The words butterflies and pots of gold, and phrases like riding the top of the wave, were used amid the rising lines of the charts and statistics shared as the three key real estate professionals talked about the aspects driving tenant decisions today and for the year ahead, as well as trends driving the industrial market.

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What’s Next for Seattle NHL Redevelopment [April Breakfast Recap]

I didn’t think I was surrounded by hockey fans, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Belltown: A Changing Neighborhood | REC 2019 [March 2019 Breakfast Recap]

Stack of three photos showing college students presenting to a group at a tableAt the March breakfast, we joined the Real Estate Challenge Committee for the culmination of the 16th Annual Challenge with three university teams presenting their proposals for Merlino Properties’ 5th and Bell site, and we heard from four Belltown neighborhood experts on the area’s future growth.

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Opportunity Zones [February 2019 Breakfast Recap]

Stack of three photos showing speakers, audience at February NAIOPWA breakfastWednesday’s meeting started with the passing of the gavel and official induction of Scott Mathews as the 2019 President of NAIOP Washington State. Scott is the Senior Director, Acquisitions & Residential Development, for Vulcan, Inc. Much gratitude was given to Tony Toppenberg of Turner Construction Company for his service this past year.

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Len Psyk [Member Profile]

Headshot of Len PsykLen Psyk is NAIOPWA's lucky 1,000th member! 

Len joined Panattoni Development in October as their Senior Development Manager. Panattoni has developed more than 14 million square feet of industrial, office and build-to-suit projects in the Pacific Northwest, with 4.6 million currently under development. The Seattle office focuses on industrial and office development with 17 active projects from Everett to Portland.  Panattoni was named NAIOP Washington’s Developer of the Year 2017.

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