Author Archives: ULI Washington

Washington, D.C. is featured in a new ULI Stormwater Report.

Two projects in Washington, D.C., Canal Park and The Avenue, are featured in new ULI stormwater report.  The report, titled Harvesting the Value of Water:  Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, was prepared by ULI’s Urban Resilience Program.  Canal Park is a neighborhood park developed by a public/private partnership and located on the site of a former D.C. waterway, with 95 percent of the park’s irrigation, fountain, toilet-flushing and ice rink water provided through rainwater recycling.  The Avenue is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development in downtown D.C. that features a robust stormwater management system in a … Read More

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Release: ULI Washington Congratulates Leadership Institute Class of 2017


ULI Washington is pleased to announce the graduation of its 2017 Leadership Institute class and is proud to welcome them as alumni of the program. Consisting of 25 mid-career professionals from the public, private and nonprofit real estate and planning professions, this year’s class was selected from a competitive applicant pool of professionals from around the region. The graduates of 2016/2017 Leadership Institute are: Deborah Albert: Principal Planner, Arlington County Government Allison Anolik: Environmental Planner, Louis Berger Melissa Bird: Neighborhood Planning Coordinator, DC Office of Planning Martha Coello: Transportation Planner, … Read More

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ULI Washington Young Leaders Get their Hands Dirty with City Blossoms!


On Saturday, April 29th, the ULI Young Leaders held a volunteer event with City Blossoms, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces. The weather was great and the turnout was fantastic. About 25 ULI members provided volunteer service at an outdoor vegetable garden located at a local public charter school located in Northeast DC. Volunteer activities included weeding, mulching, planting, painting signs and other general cleanup duties. The event was a huge success and expedited the preparation/cleanup time normally required in getting the vegetable … Read More

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Advisory: Panel to Develop Marketing Strategy for White Oak Science Gateway Revitalization

On May 16-17, ULI Washington will host its second Technical Assistance Panel (TAP), in conjunction with Montgomery County, as part of its new Regional Fellows Program. The purpose is to examine opportunities to market the White Oak Science Gateway (WOSG) that will both encourage already planned redevelopment projects and promote revitalization in areas not currently slated for redevelopment. After spending two days conducting interviews with various stakeholders and holding an internal strategy and brainstorming session, the ULI Washington Panel will hold an open press initial presentation of their findings, the … Read More

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Opportunity to Submit Plan Amendments for DC Comprehensive Plan

The DC Office of Planning is seeking recommendations for Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.  Amendments generally fall into one of the categories below: Technical Changes Reflect New Plans Other New or Modified Narratives, Policies or Actions Map Changes Resilience Element Any individual or company can submit a proposed Amendment, and the Open Call period for submissions ends May 26. For more information on how to submit an Amendment, click here: For more information on the process and timeline, click here: Background on the Amendment Process The 2006 Comprehensive … Read More

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Sustainability and Urban Resilience – Making a Business Case for Stakeholders


Helen Gurfel, Executive Director of ULI’s Greenprint Center in New York led a thought provoking conversation about advances of green and sustainable building methods and practices and how to make the case for building owners and developers to incorporate these advances into their business model. Joining her were Tommy Wells, Director of DC’s Department of Energy and Environment, Chrissa Pagitsas, Director of Fannie Mae’s Green Financing for Multifamily and Jon Penndorf, Sustainability Leader of Perkins + Will’s DC office. Helen posed the challenge of how to incorporate new technologies into … Read More

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Faster Project Delivery Is a Hidden Feature of Sustainable Mass Timber


Although still far from mainstream, mass timber is emerging as a more sustainable alternative to concrete and steel for constructing mid-rise buildings. An engineered product made from mature fir trees, mass timber sequesters carbon, allowing buildings constructed with it to have a carbon-negative impact on the environment. While its sustainable qualities are attracting developers and architects, so are the speed and cost-efficiency with which mass-timber buildings can be delivered to market, noted an expert panel at the recent ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference. Construction with mass timber can shave … Read More

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Congratulations to ULI Washington’s 2017 Trends Awards Winners


The annual ULI Washington Trends Awards program identifies and sets new standards of excellence in real estate development in the Metropolitan Washington Area. The Awards recognize innovative projects, policies, and initiatives that contribute to the enhancement of vibrant neighborhoods, exemplify creative problem solving, and celebrate visionary thinking. Fifty-five award applications were submitted in six categories including Office, Residential, Institutional, Mixed Use, Adaptive Reuse and Impact.  Fifteen finalists were chosen from among the applications and the Trends jury visited each finalist project.  Six winners were chosen, and a special award was … Read More

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Real Estate Investment Strategies of the Past, Present and Future


Several of the most influential people in real estate offer their views on investment and capitalization strategies in real estate development and investment spanning back 20 years, comparing them to strategies implemented today, and forecasting what investment and capitalization strategies and opportunities may look like in the future based on emerging social, economic and industry trends. Bill Collins started the discussion by going down memory lane starting with 1991 when the internet was introduced to 2016 when 10 year treasuries were down to 1.4% with negative 10 year bonds in … Read More

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In Washington, D.C., New Urgency for “Missing Middle” Housing Types and Price Points


Since 2000, Washington, D.C., has added more than 100,000 residents as a robust job market has attracted people both domestically and from abroad. The city’s population is expected to reach 1 million by 2045. The influx of new residents, most of whom are high-wage earners, has placed enormous pressure on the city’s housing market and has created new urgency around the production of so-called missing middle housing types. A term coined by architect Daniel Parolek, missing middle housing lies on a spectrum between single-family homes and apartment units—townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, … Read More

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