BusinessWire, June 18th, 2019
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is breaking ground on a $60 million project to develop a seven-story, four-star hotel. The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh will connect to the existing casino and offer 219 guest rooms and suites. The contemporary design features expansive riverfront and skyline views. DMA participated in the initial casino development and is supporting the hotel project. DMA team members also worked on the first location of The Landing Hotel, in Schenectady, New York.
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A team created by four brothers more than three decades ago continues its tradition of fundraising for MS research on June 22-23, cycling for the first time without leader Johnny Koys. The team has grown over the years with friends, supporters and sponsors, among them, Starwood Retail Properties and Heitman. DMA’s Tim Feldballe joined the group after he was diagnosed with MS himself in December 2010. He is among 40 participants on this year’s team, raising more than $53,000 and counting. The two-day ride begins in St. Charles, Illinois. Support the team: Starwood Retail Properties Go Johnny Go.
May 29th, 2019
DMA’s Heather Martin co-organized and hosted an event for CREW Chicago that focused on lifestyle hospitality development trends in the Chicago hotel market. The one-on-one conversation featured Chicago’s leading hotel developer, John Rutledge, and Sophie Bidek, a partner with Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA). Rutledge is CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC.
The talk included details on the recently opened Hotel Essex and Essex on the Park luxury apartment building, developed by Oxford with HPA as architect. CREW Chicago works to positively impact the commercial real estate industry by advancing the power and success of women.
May 14th, 2019
Illinois Green Alliance celebrated top achievements in green building and sustainability within Illinois at its 2019 Limelight event, held May 14 at Venue SIX10 in Chicago. This year’s Limelight drew more than 400 professionals and was one of the organization’s most successful fundraisers to date. Funds raised will support advocacy efforts and outreach initiatives designed to strengthen neighborhoods, reverse carbon pollution, and improve quality of life for all residents.
April 18, 2019
At a meeting of the Midwest chapter of AACEI, DMA Managing Principal Charles Porter gave a talk on building trends in the construction industry from the developer point of view. He shared DMA’s experiences working with regional mall owners to reconfigure and reuse vacant department store space, and he reviewed trends involving nontraditional users, such as entertainment venues, multifamily housing, grocery stores, and wellness, medical, and educational facilities. The presentation addressed important planning and cost considerations and the underlying challenges of repurposing assets given current economic realities and market forces.
AACE International serves members in the cost management community, including those working in project/program management, estimating, planning and scheduling and related fields.
January 19, 2019
DMA’s Jason Westrope helped evaluate student entries as a special awards judge in the regional Future City Competition, held on a snowy Saturday at Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School. Teams of middle school students interested in math, science, and engineering dedicated many hours to planning and preparing their projects for the event. Teams designed futuristic cities using Sim City software, built scale models with creative materials, wrote essays describing their cities and their solutions to the challenge of Powering our Future, and presented their ideas at the competition.
Many professional engineering and architecture societies were involved in the judging process, and the students delivered impressive presentations. The competition is part of a national program to introduce students to engineering.
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December 11, 2018
DMA sponsored an educational program at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) on December 11, featuring a panel of retail experts discussing new and notable projects in branded design on the Magnificent Mile and their larger meaning in the retail landscape.
The opportunity to sponsor "Design Dialogues: The Changing Face of Downtown Retail" grew from DMA Managing Principal Charles Porter’s support of the CAC as a donor. Porter introduced the evening’s expert panelists. Jay Longo, a principal at Solomon Cordwell Buenz, described the transformation of the Michigan Avenue Crate and Barrel store into the Starbucks Reserve Roastery that will open later this year. David Stone, a well-known Chicago retail broker, gave a fascinating retrospective of the retail history of Michigan Avenue. Ray Tareghian, a former visual merchandising manager for Burberry, shared his knowledge of the evolution of Burberry’s Michigan Avenue presence from 1981 through its current, iconic design. Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of the International Interior Design Association, served as the program moderator.
DMA’s Jaimie Bullla and Erik Haugsnes also attended the program. Many DMA team members are actively involved with the CAC and its mission to inspire people to discover why design matters. The nonprofit cultural organization opened its new home at 111 East Wacker, along the Chicago River, in August.
October 9th, 2018
Situated on Broadway beside New York’s Times Square, the Brill Building presents distinctive location challenges when managing restoration and improvements. To install new escalators in the landmark office property, part of landlord work for an incoming tenant, the DMA team coordinated a nighttime arrival by truck. The process minimized impact to tourists, locals, and businesses and ensured the on-time delivery of tenant space. It’s one more example of DMA’s responsiveness to client and project needs. (You want that where and when? Here’s how we’ll do it.)
July 25th, 2018
The DMA team took a hands-on approach to community service on July 25th, committing a day’s labor to a cause members care about in Chicago. DMA’s Chicago office team assisted the Habitat for Humanity building team at the construction site of a home being built in Fox Valley. Team members measured, cut and applied siding, and painted all interior baseboard finishes, enjoying the opportunity to collaborate skills in new ways and create needed affordable housing. For over a decade, DMA’s Tim Feldballe has volunteered in leadership roles with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.
June 6th, 2018
At 17,000 square feet, a new rooftop farm in the Pike & Rose development is the largest such space in the mid-Atlantic region. Situated on a retrofitted green roof above a parking garage, The Farm embodies the local food movement, growing produce closer to consumers. Some in the Pike & Rose residential and office communities have a window view of their growing veggies: kale, collared greens, lettuces, radishes, and more. Up Top Acres, which runs a network of rooftop farms across the DC metro area, is already harvesting its first season of crops at Pike & Rose. Members pick up a weekly share of produce. The Farm supplies local restaurants as well. The project also helps manage stormwater runoff and create greenspace in the urban neighborhood. DMA is proud to be part of the retail tenant delivery effort for this innovative, multiphase development.
June 27th, 2018
Reports of retail's demise are great clickbait, but the market is still very strong for many retailers. On June 27, 2018 at the East Bank Club, Michelle Panovich, Partner with Mid-America Real Estate Group, moderated a question and answer session that addressed questions like "How do I reinvent my marketplace?" "How can I use technology to get shoppers into my marketplace?" "How do I get a visitor to the center into my store?" "How do I deliver an integrated online and brick and mortar experience?" Panelists included: Jaime Bertsche, Vice President of Leasing, Mid-America Asset Management, Rick Filler, President and COO, The Harlem Irving Companies, Inc., and Samantha Schnell, Director of Leasing, IRC Retail Centers. DMA's Heather Martin, a member of Crew Chicago, helped plan the event and presented the various speakers.
With exterior construction in the final stages of completion and 24 of 28 homes sold, District House in Oak Park, Illinois has a new model unit open to prospective buyers. The luxury condominium development just west of Chicago features open floor plans, private terraces, and extensive green roof areas. Horizontal overhangs on the building’s exterior, designed by Seattle-based Miller Hull and Chicago’s Northworks Architects, nod toward the Prairie School style that’s part of Oak Park’s architectural legacy.
DMA team members are involved in District House as investors. Four distinctive homes are still available in the LEED-certified building. For more information, contact Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty (sales representative Frank Vihtelic) at 312-451-7903 or visit districthouseoakpark.com.
District House - Model Now Open
March 4th, 2018
The opening of two new stores at Brazos Mall in Lake Jackson, Texas made the front page of the local paper and attracted lines of shoppers. DMA provided development, project management, and retail tenant delivery services on behalf of owner Centennial Real Estate to facilitate the March 4 openings of T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods. Work involved the transformation and build-out of space previously occupied by a Sears anchor store on the mall’s southeast end.
Brazos Mall, about 50 miles south of Houston, is the only major enclosed regional mall in Brazoria County, Texas. DMA continues to assist ownership with renovation and improvement plans.
Dior launched a two-story retail presence in Chicago with a building design inspired by its flagship Paris store and a location in the luxury shopping heart of the city. Situated at the corner of Rush and Walton Streets, the boutique opened in November, in time for the holiday shopping season. Distinctive design features support the Dior brand throughout, from the star that tops the building to the floating silver shelves and plush sofas inside. DMA provided retail tenant delivery expertise that supported project success, coordinating the base building reconfiguration and tenant design and construction work.
January 5th, 2018
Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality group is curating the 21,000-square-foot food hall coming this fall to the 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago. The project, expected to feature between 12 and 15 vendors, landed on Vogue’s list of 2018’s “most anticipated American restaurant openings.” Sodikoff’s Chicago-based restaurant group includes Au Cheval, Gilt Bar, and Green Street Smoked Meats.
DMA is providing project management services to support this highly anticipated food hall and continues to manage other renovations and improvements throughout the building.
DMA co-founder, principal and industry leader Martha Spatz has a new project for the New Year: retirement. We announce this news at DMA with great pride in Martha’s career as an industry leader in retail tenant delivery, with gratitude for all that she has accomplished for DMA and its clients, and with the knowledge that her legacy of expertise will continue within the DMA team.
Martha has been a mentor to many professionals within and outside DMA over her 40-year career. She has helped building owners and tenants launch and sustain successful commercial properties across the U.S. and beyond. Most recently, she oversaw DMA teams on the large-scale mixed-use developments of Assembly Row, outside Boston, and Pike & Rose, in the Washington metro area. Earlier in her career, Martha contributed to the retail success of high-profile places around the nation such as 900 North Michigan, in Chicago, and The Streets at Southpoint, in Durham, North Carolina. Martha has also lent her experience and leadership to industry associations and events, including the International Council of Shopping Centers and its CenterBuild Conference. DMA will continue to benefit from her deep experience with Martha serving as a Senior Advisor for as long as she likes.
No doubt Martha will take on retirement with the same energy she has brought to her many colleagues, clients and projects. We’re confident she’ll outperform all expectations, and we look forward to staying in touch.
Development Management Associates Wins Commendation in the ICSC 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards - Country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC’s 2017 RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE, November 30, 2017 – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards competition, recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in the U.S. retail real estate industry. ICSC has named DMA, as a Commendation winner in the Retail Store Design category. DMA’s Karen Urosevich accepted the award for the team.
AceBounce’s all-inclusive social experience combines bar, restaurant, high energy entertainment, events and corporate meeting facilities set against an edgy, urban design. AceBounce offers unique socializing around a ping-pong table with Games Gurus, offering next level entertainment by arranging teams, organizing tournaments and games for guests. Conveniently located in the Loop, the city’s bustling business district, AceBounce offers an innovative approach to corporate and private events with its huge and versatile space built with state-of-the-art presentation equipment in a fun and unintimidating environment.
Professional recognition for this program was given to the following individuals: Owner- AceBounce; Project Manager- Development Management Associates; Interior Designer- Russell Sage Studios; General Contractor- Crane Construction’. Architect- Jonathan Splitt Architects; Engineer- MEPC; Kitchen Designer- Next Step Design; Lighting Designer- Lightswitch; IT Consultant- Switchfast; Signage- Poblocki; AV Consultant- Pentegra; and Acoustics- Talaske.
The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards competition was open to shopping center owners, developers, management companies, architects, designers, retailers, and other professionals responsible for retail projects or retail store designs that demonstrated outstanding development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of creativity and uniqueness within the continental U.S. The competition focused on four general categories: Renovations and Expansions; New Developments; Sustainable Design and Retail Store Design.
ICSC announced the winners during an awards ceremony at ICSC’s RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
For complete details on all the winners, visit ICSC’s web gallery.
ICSC serves the global retail real estate industry. We provide our 70,000+ member network in over 100 countries with invaluable resources, connections and industry insights, and actively work together to shape public policy. For more information about ICSC visit www.icsc.org.
November 3rd, 2017
This November, Rivers Casino & Resort – Mohawk Harbor was awarded LEED Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in the state of New York. Karen Urosevich, Senior Project Manager for DMA, led the team efforts to gain the certification for Rush Street Gaming’s latest Rivers Casino. The multiphased project included a casino which opened in February 2017 and hotel, which opened in July 2017 along the Mohawk River in Schenectady, New York. The design team included Klai Juba Wald Architects, Cleo Design, and ME Engineering. Guth Deconzo completed the commissioning effort. Norwood LeChase was the general contractor. This represents the second consecutive Casino for RSG for which the DMA team successfully received LEED certification.
November 1st, 2017
At the 900 North Michigan Shops, in Chicago, a new, 21,000-square-foot local food destination will be one of the final elements in a three-year update of the mall. Curated by Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality, the concept will feature 12 to 15 food stations on the fifth and sixth levels and is expected to open in fall 2018. Sodikoff’s Chicago-based restaurant group includes Au Cheval, Gilt Bar, Green Street Smoked Meats and The Doughnut Vault.
The 900 North Michigan Shops occupy seven levels within the building, which also contains condominiums, offices, and a Four Seasons Hotel. The DMA team has worked with ownership on numerous successful projects at this address and is pleased to be involved in the most recent improvements, including a 3,500-square-foot LED canopy in the atrium.
October 18th, 2017
The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards recognize premier shopping center and retail achievements in the United States. Awards are given for outstanding achievement in the design and development of retail properties and in retail store design. This year ICSC selected AceBounce as one of three finalists in the Retail Store Design - Restaurants category. Winners will be announced at the 2017 CenterBuild Conference, November 28 - December 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona, and DMA team members look forward to attending. Gold Award winners in the regional awards program are automatically eligible to win ICSC’s Global "Best-of-the-Best" VIVA Award, announced annually at ReCon.
DMA submitted AceBounce for award consideration and is proud to have participated in this distinctive Chicago project, a social entertainment concept blending ping pong, food and drinks in one place. The three-level, mostly subterranean venue occupies 14,749 square feet within a luxury apartment building at the corner of Clark Street and Wacker Drive.
October 5th, 2017
DMA’s Charles Porter and Adrian Hogg attended the opening of the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition to design and build solar-powered houses that demonstrate energy efficiency, sustainability, design excellence and market potential. This year’s competition launched October 5 in Denver with 11 teams—including one from Northwestern University, where Charles teaches a class about commercial real estate development in the McCormick School’s Master of Project Management program.
The homes showcased solar technology and other advanced systems. Adrian and Charles were impressed with the ideas and execution of all the houses and brought back techniques and materials that might apply to current and future client projects. Teams initially built their entries near the participating colleges and then partly disassembled and shipped the homes to Denver. For the House by Northwestern team, the planning, research and design effort began almost a year and a half in advance.
At the BuiltWorlds’ Buildings 2.0 Conference on September 19, 2017, DMA Principal Charles Porter participated on a panel providing “A Commercial Real Estate Owner’s Perspective on Driving Sustainability in Projects.” The panel, including Joe Harris from JMB and Benjamin Stephenson from Pepper Construction, addressed how to incorporate new and exciting technology into buildings and ensure that innovative approaches, including sustainability endeavors, are not “value-engineered” out of projects. Walker Thisted, of BuiltWorlds, moderated the discussion.
Buildings 2.0, held in Chicago at UI Labs, centered on the newest innovations and challenges of designing, building and maintaining smart buildings.
September 1, 2017
DMA and its clients are already familiar with the exemplary enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, and leadership talents that Karen Urosevich brings to her work. She’ll receive well-deserved industry recognition at the 2017 ICSC CenterBuild Conference, where she will be named a “Rising Leader Under 40.” Karen is one of 22 talented professionals identified through the 2017 nomination and selection process. Since 2013, the International Council of Shopping Centers has annually recognized future retail industry leaders with this prestigious award. This year’s CenterBuild Conference will be held November 29 – December 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona. DMA congratulates Karen on being selected as a Rising Leader and looks forward to her continued positive impact on the industry.
August 4, 2017
Centennial Real Estate’s Fox Valley Mall ranked first among suburban Chicago malls for retail sales in 2016. Retail analysts Melaniphy and Associates prepared the ranking, reflecting more than $5.5 billion in retail sales for the Aurora, Illinois mall last year. Owner Centennial Real Estate has invested in significant improvements at Fox Valley Mall since acquiring the property in late 2015. DMA is proud to be working with Centennial on retail tenant delivery projects at Fox Valley and other regional shopping centers across the U.S.
August 4, 2017
The DMA team took a hands-on approach to community service on August 4th, committing a day’s labor to causes members care about in Chicago and Boston. DMA’s Chicago office team pitched in at the construction site of a home being built by the Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. Team members measured, cut and applied siding, among other tasks, enjoying the opportunity to stretch collaborative skills in new ways and create needed affordable housing. For more than a decade, DMA’s Tim Feldballe has volunteered in leadership roles with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.
In Boston, team member Karen Urosevich spent the day at Women’s Lunch Place, an organization she has supported since 2015. Located in the heart of the Back Bay in the basement of one of the city’s most iconic churches, Women’s Lunch Place provides gourmet meals, daytime shelter, job resources, laundry facilities, and other services to women. Karen had previously volunteered in the kitchen but had the first-time opportunity this time to participate in the Friday lunch service, when guests are served restaurant-style. Karen enjoyed the chance to interact with guests outside the kitchen and deepen her connection to this nonprofit.
June 28, 2017
The Landing Hotel opens in July at Rivers Casino & Resort along the Mohawk River, and members of the media were given a preview on June 28. The $20 million, six-story hotel features 165 rooms as well as a meeting room, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a bar and lounge. Guests of The Landing Hotel will have access to in-room spa services as well as 24-hour room service.
Directly connected to the Rivers Casino and adjacent Event Center, the hotel is the final element in the $330 million Rivers Casino & Resort development in Schenectady, New York. DMA is pleased to have been involved in the successful completion of this significant project, helping to transform a former industrial site into a riverfront entertainment district.
May 18, 2017
Hundreds of industry leaders celebrated achievements in sustainability at the USGBC-IL’s annual Limelight event. DMA’s Jason Westrope serves on the board of this organization, and DMA is both a national member firm of the US Green Building Council and a local supporting sponsor of the Illinois chapter. This year’s Limelight fundraiser attracted a record number of attendees and sponsors and recognized winners of the 12th annual Emerald Awards for their contributions to the green building movement.
May 23, 2017
Reporting on the positive connection between rail stations and development, The New York Times cites Assembly Row as a prime example. A new subway station opened at the mixed-use development in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2014, fueling interest from office and retail tenants, among others. Transit-oriented development draws young workers and can stimulate further investment. The New York Times notes that Assembly Row has transformed a 45-acre former industrial site along the Mystic River into a neighborhood with housing, offices, restaurants, and pedestrian-friendly streets. DMA is proud to be part of this multi-phase project, situated just outside Boston.
For the second year in a row, The Shoppes at Grand Prairie won the Peoria Journal Star’s Best of the Best Award in the shopping center category. This “people’s choice” awards also recognized individual retailers in the center, including Bergner’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Apricot Lane Boutique. dma | property has served as general manager for The Shoppes at Grand Prairie for more than seven years. We’re proud of the center’s positive reputation in the area and pleased to see it recognized.
May 4, 2017
DMA’s Meghan Brown participated on a guest panel for ‘The Daily Drum,’ a radio program airing on WHUR 96.3 FM (Howard University Radio) and HUR Voices Sirius XM Channel 141. Contributing to a discussion focused on home decorating and renovation, Meghan offered design and project planning ideas, including an example of distinctive style from the Pike & Rose project. WHUR serves the business and public communities in the Washington area, also known as the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia).
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Assembly Row is changing the landscape for the better in Somerville, Massachusetts. Not only is the mixed-use development shaping a new neighborhood in the community, it’s restoring riverfront access to the public and providing thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces for pedestrians. The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) recently recognized the work of Copley Wolff Design Group on Assembly Row with a Merit Award.
DMA is proud to be part of the team bringing this multi-phase project to life along the Mystic River.
2017 BSLA Awards Announced
March 7, 2017
Visitors to the new Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York can now indulge in a variety of beauty and relaxation services at Splash Spa, offering massages, facials, manicures, and more. Local officials gathered to celebrate the spa’s official opening, about one month after Rivers Casino opened its doors to guests. Spa visitors were treated to free champagne and mini-massages. The new spa was a late addition to the casino’s offerings. DMA expedited its design and construction with Norwood LeChase’s construction team. The spa complements the entertainment and dining options available at Rivers, including some 1,150 slots and 67 gaming tables. DMA worked onsite in Schenectady throughout the casino’s construction and continues to be involved with work on an attached 165-room hotel, scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.
February 8, 2017
The opening of Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York was “all good news” for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who praised the project and its economic benefits for the area at Wednesday’s public opening. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and Rush Street Gaming’s Neil Bluhm also spoke about the positive transformation of the Mohawk Harbor site and the collaborative efforts that made it possible. Hundreds of interested visitors gathered to be among the first admitted to the $330 million entertainment facility, which opened almost exactly one year after the initial groundbreaking.
DMA team members Adrian Hogg, Glenn Bedford, and Ronnie Schermerhorn worked onsite in Schenectady throughout the construction process, completed ahead of schedule. They celebrated the milestone at a soft opening earlier this week, including owners, DMA staff, architects, contractors, designers, and others who contributed to the project. DMA will continue to be involved with work on an attached 165-room hotel.
January 11, 2017
A panel of experienced owner’s representatives, including DMA’s Charles Porter, shared their perspectives on successful strategies for winning project opportunities at the January 11 program for SMPS Chicago, the Society for Marketing Professional Services. Melissa Heiter, of ICON Venue Group, moderated the discussion, which also featured panelists Tina Millan of WSP | PB, Mike O’Keefe of Navigant, and Meredith O’Connor of JLL.
Because owner’s representatives typically guide the process of selecting architects, engineers, and contractors for commercial real estate projects, the SMPS program drew high interest from marketing and business development professionals in design and construction. Panelists addressed questions about the qualities of winning RFQ and RFP responses, the role of fees and interviews, and the use of collateral materials and social media. O’Connor described social media as an important expression of a company’s brand. Porter noted he uses Twitter and LinkedIn to share and find information of professional interest and is currently posting pictures of progress on Chicago’s new flagship Apple store, designed by Sir Norman Foster and located directly across Michigan Avenue from DMA’s offices in the Wrigley Building.
November 16, 2016
Rivers Casino & Resort will open in Schenectady, New York on February 8, just one year and five days from the project’s groundbreaking ceremony and 13 months from the approval of its license. The casino’s fast development timeline could make it the first newly built, state-sanctioned casino to open in New York. It is the first to announce a grand opening date.
Officials including Greg Carlin of Rush Street Gaming, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, and Rivers Casino General Manager Mary Cheeks gathered to unveil the opening date on an LED sign at the casino entrance and to thank construction partners and local trades for their efforts. DMA is pleased to be part of the team leading completion of the $330 million entertainment facility, developed to be LEED-certified. In addition to gaming, Rivers Casino & Resort will feature varied dining options, an attached 165-room hotel, a 10,000-square-foot banquet facility, and riverfront views and access.
October 16, 2016
Marking the completion of a building rehabilitation project, a helicopter lifted the new rooftop unit into place at 60 E Walton in Chicago. A long-time DMA client purchased the building in 2015 and sought to transform the aging four-story structure into a two-story space that would accommodate new retail and restaurant uses. DMA provided project management oversight of the demolition of four floors of existing construction and the installation of a new structural steel frame, second floor, and roof—all while maintaining adjacent neighbor walls. The new building shell, including upgraded utilities and mechanical equipment, is well positioned on Chicago’s burgeoning Walton and Rush Street corridor, adjacent to 900 North Michigan and at the doorstep of the Magnificent Mile.
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September 8, 2016
An entire construction management class from New York’s Utica College visited the site of Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor for a firsthand perspective on project delivery. Team members from DMA and contractor Norwood-LeChase provided an overview of the project and shared a detailed look at specific processes and delivery methods. The presentation included a look at contractor RFP and selection processes, scheduling techniques, subcontractor project management, and project challenges ranging from logistics to tight deadlines. Presenters emphasized the importance of a team approach to successful delivery. Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor continues to take shape along the riverfront in Schenectady, New York and is on schedule to open in early 2017.
August 16, 2016
Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor continues to take shape along the riverfront in Schenectady, New York. The casino is on schedule to open in early 2017, bringing 1,200 new jobs to the area and featuring a 51,000-square-foot gaming floor, an entertainment lounge, a marketplace, a day spa, a steakhouse and one of the largest event spaces in the capital region. Rush Street Gaming is now taking applications for casino staff.
June 20, 2016
A new social entertainment venue blending ping pong, food and drinks debuted in June in Chicago at the corner of Clark Street and Wacker Drive. The three-level, mostly subterranean space occupies 14,749 square feet and can hold up to 550 people at a time for ping-pong matches, specialty bar food and drinks, or restaurant dining. AceBounce is the first US location for UK-based Bounce Leisure Ltd, which launched the concept in London in 2012. DMA provided project management, retail tenant delivery and accounting services supporting the transformation of the AceBounce space and is involved with the client’s future projects in other major US markets. Chicago and UK-based artists created the artwork adorning the interior of AceBounce. The project team included contractor Crane Construction, architect JSA, and designer Russell Sage Studio. DMA is proud of their contributions to bring this innovative tenant to the market and we look forward to AceBounce’s success!
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie earned first place in the shopping center category in a Peoria Journal Star “people’s choice awards.” dma | property has served as general manager for this Illinois shopping destination for more than six years. We’re proud of the center’s positive reputation in the Peoria area and pleased to see it recognized among the Journal Star’s 2016 “Best of the Best.”
April 18, 2016
Construction progress on Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor hit a new milestone with the placement of the structure’s last steel beam, celebrated at a “topping out” event attended by Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Mary Cheeks of Rush Street Gaming, Dave Buick of the Galesi Group, other city officials and members of the development and construction management teams. The event took place just 20 weeks after construction began and marks the official handoff of work from the structural steel trades to the finish trades. An evergreen and an American flag on top of the final beam—part of the topping out tradition—represent continued project growth, a safe work environment and good luck for future occupants of the building.
DMA is providing ongoing project management oversight, on behalf of Rush Street Gaming, in collaboration with construction manager Norwood-LeChase. To date, the project has involved:
Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor is slated to open in the first quarter of 2017 and feature a 51,000-square-foot gaming floor, a marketplace, a steakhouse, a sports and entertainment lounge, two bars, a spa, an event space and exterior terraces with views of the Mohawk River. An attached 163-key hotel will open in summer 2017.
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'Topping off' ceremony completes casino framework
Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor began taking shape in steel this week on a 60-acre site in Schenectady, New York. In Shaftsbury, Vermont, at the plant facility of Daily Concrete, DMA’s Charles Porter and Adrian Hogg met with Joe Scibetta of Rush Street Gaming and team members from project architects KJW and Walker to review full-sized architectural precast mock-ups of the highly detailed façade planned for the casino’s structured parking garage.
DMA worked closely with Rush Street Gaming to create a site plan for the casino that won city plan commission approval in July 2015 and to secure a license from the state gaming commission, awarded in December. The casino is scheduled to open in one year, with DMA providing ongoing project management oversight in collaboration with construction manager Norwood-LeChase.
dma|property’s Jason McKee is the newly elected president of BOMA Peoria, in Illinois. Members of BOMA Peoria, part of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, recently voted in Jason McKee as president. Jason is an operations manager for dma|property with primary responsibility for The Shoppes at Grand Prairie, in Peoria, Illinois and The Shoppes at College Hills, in Normal. BOMA International works to advance the interests of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. In his volunteer role with BOMA Peoria, Jason will advocate for the greater Peoria area and help the local business community and association membership build and expand positive connections.
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October 23, 2015
Ignite Glass Studios and the OneEleven building earned 2015 Design Excellence Awards from AIA Chicago. DMA managed the development of Ignite Glass Studios, recognized with both a Distinguished Building Award and a Divine Detail Award. Congratulations to ownership, Epstein (architect) and Graycor (general contractor) for their central roles in bringing this award-winning glass art studio and event space to life in Chicago’s West Loop. Downtown along the Chicago River, DMA is proud to be involved in delivering new retail to OneEleven, a 60-story, mixed-use tower recognized by AIA Chicago with a Distinguished Building Award.
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AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards / 2015
October 8, 2015
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) sponsored an international competition seeking design ideas for a Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE). The CAF challenged competitors to propose a facility with a multifaceted purpose: headquarters for the CAF and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; home for a design and allied arts high school; and flexible learning spaces for youth programs. The challenge envisioned CADE as a learning campus, visitor welcome center, and hub for community engagement in architecture and sustainability issues. DMA teamed with VOA, a global architectural design firm, to pursue this challenge. Our collaborative solution reached outside the site initially suggested for CADE—a vertically oriented space surrounded by other Loop buildings. To best fulfill the facility’s goals, we designed CADE on the River—a horizontal, stepped form reminiscent of the river’s topography and situated at the nexus of Chicago’s commercial, cultural and tourist hubs, across the water from the Wrigley Building. The tiered form slides between the hard edge of the city and the soft edge of the river and allows more shared spaces to be carved out for CADE’s complex programming. Our design incorporated elements to ensure CADE’s environmental and financial sustainability, including spaces for restaurant, retail, hostel, and urban farming uses. We’re proud of our entry and pleased to congratulate the competition winners.
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ChiDesign Competition Entries and Results
October 7-8, 2015
The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is holding Chicago Deal Making October 7-8 at Navy Pier. The two-day event draws real estate owners, developers, retailers, public officials and others to share information and form new partnerships. Academy workshops, led by industry professionals, deliver hands-on knowledge and best practices on specialized topics. DMA’s Charles Porter will lead an intensive three-hour workshop October 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, on development, redevelopment and mixed-use concepts. Charles teaches a commercial real estate course for Northwestern University’s Master of Project Management program. His ICSC Academy workshop will help participants understand the shopping center development process from site identification to opening, explore the forces that shape redevelopment, and distinguish different types of mixed-use projects and opportunities. Topics will include working with ownership, development trends, site planning, sustainable design, community outreach and public process. Register as a member or non-member.
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ICSC Chicago Deal Making Academy Brochure
August 10, 2015
DMA goes to any length (or depth) to meet the project needs of our clients. In advance of site survey work for Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor, Adrian Hogg recently completed an eight-hour Confined Space Entry Training course focused on the scope and application of related OSHA standards. Confined spaces can include underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, pipelines and more. Construction in these spaces may require special permits and oversight programs. At the Mohawk Harbor site, Adrian participated in the survey of a 500-foot-long culvert to document pre-existing damage before a process of deep dynamic compaction begins nearby. On an ongoing basis, the project team will monitor vibration levels at the culvert to stay within safe ranges. Adrian’s specialized understanding of OSHA requirements and contractor responsibilities augments his deep experience in development management.
Fox 13 Tampa Bay - July 17, 2015
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Fox television reporter Charley Belcher were among those attending the grand opening of Fabrica Woodfired Pizza, a new dining option in the city’s Channel District. The restaurant features Neopolitan-style pizza baked in a 1,000-degree oven. Fabrica’s ground-floor space in Pierhouse at Channelside, an upscale apartment complex, offers indoor and terrace seating. DMA’s Elliot Vieceli provided retail tenant delivery services on behalf of building ownership to support this successful opening.
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Fabrica Woodfired Pizza - Fox 13 Tampa Bay
Architectural Digest - July 10, 2015
Chef Gabriel Kreuther, previously known for his work in the dining room at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, opened his first restaurant in the ground floor of Grace Building. DMA’s Esther Yi-Pin Chi served as owner’s representative during the critical construction phase of this space, as part of our retail tenant delivery services for Brookfield Office Properties. The Class A office tower in midtown Manhattan sits directly across from Bryant Park. Kreuther’s namesake restaurant features a design inspired by the town squares of Alsace, with custom-made light fixtures that resemble street lamps and reclaimed beams like those used in Alsatian homes.
The Daily Gazette - July 22, 2015
The new site plan for Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor won near-unanimous approval from the Schenectady, New York Planning Commission. The approved design reflects the community’s preference for a contemporary look for the casino structure and expands public access to the waterfront. DMA worked closely with client Rush Street Gaming to reflect community input in the design process and support project success with visible signage and amenities. A license from the state Gaming Commission could be awarded as early as September 30. Development plans for the 150,000-square-foot casino include pursuing LEED certification.
Schenectady casino design gets green light
The Daily Gazette - July 9, 2015
DMA is working closely with Rush Street Gaming to move a new casino project forward in the northeast. When community feedback in Schenectady, New York on the proposed Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor indicated a preference for contemporary design, DMA took that input seriously. As Mike Levin noted, rather than doing something “more reflective of the city’s industrial period,” the team embraced the community’s desire for the development “to symbolize the new Schenectady.” Renderings now feature more contemporary materials, such as precast stone and metal panels, and a cleaner look for the casino structure and adjacent hotel. The design also emphasizes the casino’s connection to the Mohawk River with a river-facing courtyard and patio space, steakhouse, banquet facility and swimming pool.
Latest casino look: 'New Schenectady’
ICSC News Letter - June 25, 2015
Brookfield Place is the first of three major new retail projects to open in lower Manhattan, leading a noted retail renaissance in the area. The project reimagined 375,000 square feet of retail space in the World Trade Center complex and debuted a full collection of luxury stores, restaurants and a new food marketplace this spring. Tenants have reported above-average sales, with marketing efforts drawing tourists, office workers and a growing population of residents. DMA led the retail tenant delivery effort at Brookfield Place on behalf of ownership. A three-story Saks Fifth Avenue will open at the property next year.
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Lower Manhattan's Retail Renaissance
Chicago Architecture Foundation - June 10, 2015
Members of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) Auxiliary Board held their annual meeting at Ignite Glass Studios, in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood. The building’s unique architectural elements and spaces, with its urban garden and rooftop deck, contributed to an inspiring evening. The event also featured a glass-blowing demonstration and an overview of Ignite Glass Studios’ concept and history by DMA’s Charles Porter and Epstein’s Andy Metter, principal design architect. The annual meeting program included a discussion of CAF’s youth education initiatives, the recently announced Newhouse Architecture and Design Competition winners, and the election of new executive committee officers.
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CAF Auxiliary Board Annual Meeting Photos
Commercial Observer - April 29, 2015
DMA client Brookfield Asset Management sits at the top of the list of New York City’s biggest landlords. With more than 27.5 million square feet of rentable building area, Brookfield owns a nearly 5% share of the commercial real estate market. The owner’s prominent properties include Brookfield Place, at the World Trade Center complex; the recently renovated One New York Plaza property; and Grace Building, across from Bryant Park. DMA is proud to be providing retail tenant delivery services at top Brookfield office buildings.
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NYC's Top 10 Biggest Landlords
Graycor News - 2015 Articles
DMA oversaw the delivery of three retail shells for H&M at different Midwest malls owned by Starwood Retail Partners in 2015. At the Chicago Ridge Mall in Chicago Ridge, Illinois, general contractor Graycor Construction Company completed the impressive feat of moving an 11,000-square-foot roof 20 feet higher, to accommodate a second floor for H&M, in three days. The effort required innovative solutions and extensive collaboration and planning across team members. Delivering the 24,745-square-foot shell also involved demolishing seven tenant spaces near the mall’s center court, with adjacent tenants open and operating throughout renovation. Other work took place at Southlake Mall, in Merrillville, Indiana and Louis Joliet Mall, in Joliet, Illinois.
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Graycor Construction Raises the Roof
https://www.bisnow.com/ February 11, 2015
Construction has begun on SoulCycle’s first-floor space at 1225 Old Town in Chicago. The 3,200-square-foot gym will be the fitness studio’s first presence in the Midwest and an ideal retail tenant for the 1225 Old Town building, which features 250 luxury apartments as well as a grocery store and coffee shop. Since SoulCycle opened in New York in 2006, the fitness studio has gained celebrity attention and a passionate customer following with its high-intensity indoor workout, mixing elements of cycling, dance, coaching, and candlelight. DMA is working with contractors, building management, ownership and studio representatives to deliver the perfect space for SoulCycle’s Chicago opening, planned for March 2015.
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4 Hot Workouts Coming to Chicago
Design Develop Construct Journal, Spring 2015
Amenities are growing at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia as DMA manages a $164 million expansion for Rush Street Gaming. DMA Principal Charles Porter notes that the original facility was designed with expansion plans in mind. SugarHouse first opened in 2010, during a serious recession. In keeping with ownership’s intense focus on creating a positive atmosphere for guests and employees, the expansion project will bring new food and beverage venues, a 30,000-square foot event area, a well-lit, seven-story parking structure, new ceilings and windows, an extended riverfront walkway, and VIP gaming spaces. Philadelphia newspapers have already recognized SugarHouse as a top workplace in the city four times.
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A Sure Bet on Expansion (pages 80-81)
http://www.peoplesworld.org January 28, 2015
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Century City Center project, clearing the way for the development of L.A.’s first LEED Platinum high-rise. DMA worked closely with ownership to define a compelling concept for the 35-story office tower and to support the complex entitlement process through significant community discussions. The project features one of the largest habitable green roof spaces in California, 7,000 square feet of photovoltaic panels, a passively cooled lobby, and a central plant that produces ice at night for efficient cooling during the day. The design also supports future advances in mass transit. Century City Center is expected to generate $4.3 million in annual revenue for the City of Los Angeles, and $400 million a year in economic activity.
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Historic environmental victory for L.A.'s Century City Center
Philadelphia Business Journal, November 3, 2014
Poker players had first-time access to poker gaming in Philadephia with the opening of SugarHouse Casino’s new poker room on November 2. One hundred new jobs, including 80 poker dealers, support the 24-table operation. It also features food and beverage service and a mobile app reservation system. The interim space will welcome players until a $2.9 million permanent room opens in 2015. Poker gaming is one part of a broader $164 million expansion project being guided by DMA at SugarHouse.
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Inside SugarHouse Casino's new poker room
The Courier-Journal, October 28, 2014
Work finished as planned this fall on a multimillion-dollar renovation project to upgrade features and amenities at Green Tree Mall, in a northern suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. The effort included façade and lighting improvements, a complete restroom remodel, and new landscaping and sidewalks. DMA directed the project, working with Pepper Construction, to minimize disruption of ongoing mall operations. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and onsite celebration of the mall’s new look—its first major update in 20 years. Green Tree Mall includes approximately 800,000 square feet of retail space.
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Green Tree mall renovation complete
www.chicagobusiness.com, October 13, 2014
A boom in downtown real estate and residential development has contributed to a wave of new projects north of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Some 571 new residences are proposed or under construction on property surrounding Cabrini-Green, the former site of high-rise public housing. Townhomes, condominiums, and apartment buildings are all part of the mix. Developers indicate high demand for available land. As the landowner of the 65-acre Cabrini-Green site, the Chicago Housing Authority is spearheading that area’s pending redevelopment. Plans unveiled in February call for retail and residential components, with a blend of subsidized housing and market-rate units. DMA is advising the CHA on retail and commercial development opportunities.
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Seeking room to build, developers push close to Cabrini-Green
www.philly.com, July 23, 2014
Philadelphia officials and SugarHouse Casino executives broke ground on a $164 million expansion to be completed in 2015. The project will more than double the size of the existing facility, to 260,000 square feet, accommodating new restaurants and event space with Delaware River views. Plans also include a new parking garage with 1,500 spaces. SugarHouse opened in September 2010, transforming a former industrial site that once housed the Jack Frost sugar refinery. DMA managed development and will oversee the expansion.
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SugarHouse breaks ground for $164M expansion
Chicago Architecture Foundation, May 22, 2014
The Newhouse Architecture & Design Competition, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), offers an annual opportunity for Chicago teens with a passion for architecture and design to showcase their talents. The 2014 competition attracted entries in 12 different divisions. DMA principal Charles Porter served on a diverse team of jurors assessing student work related to “Photography and Film: People and Place.” All entrants are eligible to apply for opportunities that include paid internships at Chicago firms and a unique study experience at Taliesin.
DMA supports the CAF as a corporate partner and is committed to its mission of promoting quality building design and education. In addition to contributing time to the Newhouse competition, Charles serves on the CAF Auxiliary Board.
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Newhouse Architecture & Design Competition
The New York Times, May 20,2014
New York City’s financial district is gaining a variety of distinctive dining and shopping options with the renovation of Brookfield Place, a retail and office complex on the Hudson River. Hudson Eats, among the first new elements to open, offers fast-casual food from more than a dozen top New York eateries. Coming within the next year are an Equinox Fitness Club, a French marketplace, and upscale retail tenants including Hermes, Ferragamo, and Diane von Furstenberg. DMA is leading the 200,000-square-foot retail tenant delivery effort for Brookfield Office Properties. The project has already had a positive impact on office leasing at Brookfield Place and is contributing to a broader reshaping of lower Manhattan’s retail landscape.
WBEZ 91.5, January 30, 2014
Chicago Housing Authority officials are gathering community feedback and holding open houses for residents, neighbors and potential developers as part of a renewed redevelopment effort for Cabrini-Green, a former site of high-rise public housing. Plans for the 65-acre, five-block area still open for redevelopment include retail and residential components, with a mix of subsidized and market-rate units. DMA worked with the CHA and UrbanWorks Ltd. to assess the area’s potential for retail and is assisting with the preparation of RFPs to be issued to developers.
Franklin Park Herald-Journal, January 22, 2014
Representing the US Green Building Council of Illinois, DMA’s Jason Westrope recognized the Franklin Park Police Station’s recent LEED Gold certification by presenting an award to the village president. Built in 2013, the station incorporates numerous strategies to trim energy and resource use and to reduce waste. Jason is a newly elected member and treasurer of the 2014 USGBC-IL Board.
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Franklin Park Police Station formally recognized for LEED Gold certification
Congratulations to the Tullman family and Ignite Glass Studios team for awards from AIA Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. AIA Chicago recognized the project with a SustainABILITY Leadership Award for Design Excellence. The Chicago Architecture Foundation chose the project for a Patron of the Year Award. The Tullman family’s vision, the design talents of Epstein|Metter Studio, and the construction expertise of Graycor were instrumental in successfully transforming an industrial building in the West Loop to a unique multipurpose space. DMA is proud to have managed the development effort.
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AIA Chicago SustainABILITY Leadership Award
Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of the Year Award
November 14, 2013
DMA’s Jason Westrope recently shared his expertise in sustainable real estate development with students at the University of Maryland. Jason has served as a distinguished guest lecturer for several years as part of UMD’s Economics of Land Use course. Introducing Net Zero and Passive House concepts and strategies, Jason outlined trends and forces shaping the industry, offered DMA case studies, and profiled other projects breaking new ground in minimizing energy use and environmental impact.
View Jason’s UMD Presentation: Green Development
The not-for-profit organization Keep Peoria Beautiful selected The Shoppes at Grand Prairie for a 2013 Orchid Maintenance Award. The award recognizes businesses that continue to demonstrate outstanding effort in landscaping and site beautification. DMA | Property manages the Peoria, Illinois retail center.
August 22, 2013
The grand opening of Arbor Hills attracted hundreds of early shoppers excited about opening-day discounts and the center’s specialty retailers. The boutique outdoor center is nearly fully leased, with 18 committed tenants and 11 already open, including Lululemon, Madewell, The North Face, Sur La Table, and more. DMA has led development and tenant coordination work on behalf of North Shore Properties Group. dma|property now manages Arbor Hills.
Read the Entire Article: Shopping frenzy: Hundreds of people swarm Arbor Hills center on opening day
Crain’s Chicago Business, June 24, 2013
Rivers Casino in Des Plaines was the top-performing casino in Illinois by far last year, earning $417 million before taxes and boasting some of the most profitable table games in the U.S. This report attributes the casino’s success in part to its “gleaming new facility.” DMA managed development and LEED certification for Rivers—the world’s first casino to earn LEED NC Gold.
Read the Entire Article: How Neil Bluhm’s Bet on Rivers Casino has paid off
www.prysm.com, May 21, 2013
DMA helped Chicago’s 900 North Michigan Shops select and implement one of the newest technologies in the onsite retail experience: Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) videowalls. The 3’ x 10’ videowalls combine industry-leading energy efficiency with high resolution images that engage and direct customers.
Read the Entire Article: 900 North Michigan Shops Chooses Prysm Videowalls to Make it Luxury Brand Shine
Modern Steel Construction, May 2013
DMA’s Charles Porter served on the eight-member jury of design and construction experts who judged the 2013 IDEAS2 Awards—for Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel. Conducted by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the awards represent the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry. The thirteen recognized projects include a retractable roof in Salt Lake City, a solar canopy in Chicago, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, in Charlotte.
Read Article [PDF]: 2013 IDEAS2 Awards
Progress continues on Assembly Row, a multi-phase, mixed-use development spanning 45 acres along the Mystic River just outside Boston. Construction began in April on a riverfront park that includes an outdoor amphitheater. Retail space is being prepared for tenant build-out on a block with residential units that will begin pre-leasing this summer, and work began this month on the addition of 32,000 square feet of retail to The Outlets at Assembly Row. On behalf of Federal Realty Investment Trust, DMA is consulting on the project’s retail component and leading tenant coordination.
MassLive.vcom, April 24,2013
A $240 million casino project under consideration in Worcester, Massachusetts could bring a downtown hotel and some 600 permanent jobs to the city. DMA client Mass Gaming & Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of Rush Street Gaming, recently presented plans and renderings to public officials. Pending city approval of the project, DMA will lead development. Previously for Rush Street Gaming, DMA led the development and LEED Gold certification of Rivers Casino, in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Crain's Chicago Business, April 15, 2013
A profile of former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman highlights Ignite Glass as his latest business venture—one that was personally inspired by his son. Ignite Glass opened in Chicago’s West Loop last October. DMA led work for the Tullman family to transform an existing building into the unique, multipurpose space that now hosts full-time studio artisans, glassblowing classes, and private events.
Read the Entire Article: Glen Tullman: Life after Allscripts
AnnArbor.com, April 14, 2013
Arbor Hills is a mixed-use development with more than 90,000 square feet of retail space taking shape in a highly visible location in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A design emphasis on walkability, connectivity, street appeal, and architectural style is attracting new retailers to the market. This former brownfield site will also feature restored wetlands with a viewing platform for the public. DMA is leading development and tenant coordination work for property ownership.
Read the Entire Article: Arbor Hills shopping center poised to alter Ann Arbor's retail landscape
March 29, 2013
The University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design (SACD) recognized DMA’s Jason Westrope with its Distinguished Alumni Award this year. Jason is only the fourth person to receive this annual honor, established in 2010. SACD was founded with a focus on sustainable community design and development, and Jason earned a Master of Architecture from the school in 1997. On behalf of DMA clients, he has led numerous sustainable development projects and LEED initiatives; including the development of almost an acre of green roof in Chicago, nearly a megawatt of photovoltaics in Los Angeles and the first LEED Gold Certified Casino in the world, Rivers Casino. Jason serves as the Co-Chair of both the USGBC Illinois Education and Research Committee and the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) Sustainability and Technology Committee. Jason became a LEED accredited professional in 2003.
Business on Main December 3, 2012
Small businesses are using tablets and smart phones to improve productivity for mobile employees, and Development Management Associates is one company taking advantage of the technology. Quoted in this report, Jason Westrope points out that using iPads in the field allows the quick capture and exchange of annotated plans and project images with off-site team members. A tablets larger screen and computing power also allow DMA staff to maintain productivity on the road.
Read the Entire Article: Should Your Business Go PC-Free?
PBS News Hour, October 9, 2012
DMA’s Jason Westrope comments on the financial and energy savings of green roof development in this PBS report on Chicago’s efforts to keep residents cool. Green roofs (like those DMA helped develop at 900 North Michigan) help reduce the urban heat island effect as well as storm water runoff. Chicago is encouraging their growth by speeding the permitting process for any project that includes a green roof in its plan.
Read the Entire Article: How to Build a Cooler City
gb&d, July/Aug/Sept 2012
Rivers Casino - Des Plaines broke new ground in the entertainment industry when it achieved LEED Gold certification. This feature article details the project’s sustainable strategies and energy savings—for example, Rivers has the largest, 100% LED-lit parking garage in the U.S.—along with DMA’s instrumental role in development management and LEED efforts. The article notes DMA’s unique history, expertise, and commitment to green ideas across a variety of project types. Charles Porter and Jason Westrope are quoted.
Read the Entire Article: Bet on the House
In a case study and photo gallery of the Rivers Casino - Des Plaines, lighting system vendor Philips Wide-Lite showcases the functionality, sustainability, and value of the system selected for the casino’s 1,560-space parking garage. DMA’s Charles Porter comments on the importance of providing a sense of security to patrons. The LED solution implemented in the garage creates a comfortable, inviting environment that has generated positive feedback from customers while minimizing maintenance and utility costs.
View photo gallery: Rivers Casino (VizorLED)
The Inquirer, June 30, 2012
Philadelphia’s SugarHouse casino unveiled a new, temporary feature offering visitors a beach experience without a drive to the shore. SugarBeach, with 110 tons of sand and more than 30 live Florida palm trees, created a waterfront bar and oasis along the Delaware River for nine days over the July 4th holiday. The casino opened in September 2010, with DMA providing development consulting services.
Read the Entire Article: SugarHouse Brings the Beach to Delaware
April 10, 2012
When Rivers Casino opened in Pittsburgh in August 2009, the development not only brought new gaming and entertainment options to the area, it also created a new recreational destination: Rivers Casino Riverfront Park. In April 2012, the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized the park with an Honor Award in the General Design category. The park's award-winning features include a public amphitheater, a river trail, an array of native plantings, and a comprehensive stormwater management system. Strada served as the landscape architect.
Rivers Casino – Pittsburgh sits on a former brownfield site along the Ohio River and has become a key piece of the city's riverfront renewal initiative. DMA helped new investors restart the once-stalled project and oversaw development, project accounting, and construction work through a successful grand opening.
ChicoER.com, April 6, 2012
A multi-million dollar renovation will enhance the exterior and interior of California's Chico Mall, with construction expected to be complete in fall 2012. On behalf of new ownership, Development Management Associates is managing the phased remodeling effort that will allow the prominent retail center to remain open during work.
March 16, 2012
The green roofs at Chicago's 900 North Michigan Avenue earned a 2011 President's Award in the Design, Constructed - Commercial category from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA). Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects designed these green spaces: one for luxury residences, one for office tenants, and one topping the parking garage. DMA managed the office and residential green roof projects on behalf of building ownership as part of larger redevelopment work. The President's Award recognizes truly distinctive landscapes and may not be awarded every year or in every category. The roofs feature plantings and structural patterns inspired by aerial views of the Midwest's agricultural landscape. DMA is pleased to have partnered with Hoerr Schaudt on these award-winning roofs, recognized at the ILASLA 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony. For more information click here and here.
March 15, 2012
Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the newest casino in the Chicagoland area, has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Rivers Casino is the first casino in the world to achieve the LEED Gold certification.
"We are proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainable development and we hope to set an example for the rest of the gaming and entertainment industries," said Greg Carlin, CEO of Rivers Casino. "It's important to all of our team members that we are a good corporate citizen."
"Achieving LEED Gold was challenging and expensive, but in the long run, the effort will improve the environment and reduce our operating costs," said Neil Bluhm, Chairman, Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, LLC.
Rivers Casino opened in July 2011 and has become the premier entertainment and gaming destination in the Chicagoland area. Rivers Casino was designed with a sustainability plan to achieve LEED certification for energy, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable elements. USGBC established LEED to encourage developers to design and construct buildings that protect and save precious resources, while also making good economic sense.
"This honor really belongs to our entire development team including Klai Juba Architects, Cleo Design, DMAC Architecture, Development Management Associates, our general contractor, Pepper Construction and the city of Des Plaines" said Carlin.
"The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "The work of innovative building projects such as Rivers Casino is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement."
Chicago Real Estate Daily, March 9, 2012
Rivers Casino and its development team, including Development Management Associates, earned the distinction of Special Achievement of the Year at the 24th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards. The event featured awards in 15 categories and raised $900,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Rivers Casino opened in July 2011 and is awaiting LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Read the Entire Article: See winners of the 2012 Food Depository awards
Real Estate Bisnow - Chicago, July 18, 2011
A report on the opening of the new Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois notes that the 137,000-square-foot facility contains more than 800 gaming positions, several restaurants, and many green elements. Midwest Gaming's Neil Bluhm and DMA's Charles Porter are pictured.
Read the Entire Article: Rolling on the Rivers
Daily Herald, June 20, 2011
The new Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois will open July 18 with amenities that include a 44,000-square-foot gambling floor, five dining options, a cocktail lounge, a VIP area, and a multilevel outdoor patio. The article reports the casino will be the first in the nation to apply for LEED certification, an effort that DMA has supported as development manager for the project.
Read the Entire Article: Des Plaines casino to open July 18
Real Estate Bisnow - Chicago, May 31, 2011
DMA's Charles Porter comments on work to complete the new Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, slated to open in July. This "sneak peak" at the facility includes two interior photos and cites unique features to accommodate guests and support LEED certification.
Read the Entire Article: Vice (and Windy) City
Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2011
A report on JMB Realty Corp.'s plans to construct a $350 million office tower in Century City, Los Angeles cites consistent demand for office space in the area and relatively high rents. JMB's Patrick Meara notes that buyers are seeking space with a green sensibility. DMA is providing development management services to JMB for the project, pursuing a goal of a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Read the Entire Article: JMB Realty wants to build high-rise in Century City
GlobeSt.com, April 13, 2011
A six-story retail property at Oak and Rush Streets in Chicago, housing the luxury department store Barneys New York, recently sold to an Israeli investment firm for $117 million. This report notes that the size of the deal makes it one of the year's largest retail real estate sales in Chicago at a top price per square foot. Development Management Associates served as the development manager for the core and shell of this structure, built to LEED-CS and including a 6,000-square-foot green roof.
Read the Entire Article: Behind the $117M Chicago Barneys Sale
Habitat for Humanity, March 2011
A 28,000-square-foot resale store opened its doors in Aurora on March 9th, 2011 with a uniquely green purpose. ReStore fosters the reuse of building materials, appliances and furniture, saves "green" for contractors and do-it-yourselfers, and funds affordable housing projects for the Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity®. Tim Feldballe, DMA's CFO and Development Accounting Manager, is a founding member of this new green resource. For more than six years, he's also served as an executive board member and treasurer of Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.
ReStore keeps construction waste out of landfills by accepting donated goods from retailers, manufacturers, distributors, contractors and homeowners. Shoppers have the opportunity to purchase items at greatly reduced prices, about 50% below retail. From idea to reality, ReStore's development was a three-year process, created during a drop in financial donations. Since 1990, Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 45 homes.
Development Management Associates is proud of Tim's contribution to this vital organization and supports all staff efforts to benefit communities in meaningful and sustainable ways.
TribLocal Des Plaines, March 29, 2011
DMA's Jason Westrope and Michelle Jaques comment in this article on LEED certification efforts for the newly named Rivers Casino, under development in Des Plaines. Use of sustainable materials, building practices, and green design elements are expected to help the project achieve LEED certification at the silver or gold level.
Read the Entire Article: Rivers Casino goes for 'gold' in green practices
TribLocal Des Plaines, March 24, 2011
In recognition of green development efforts and the nearby Des Plaines River, Midwest Gaming and Entertainment has named Illinois' newest casino complex "Rivers Casino." Scheduled to open in July, Rivers Casino could be the U.S. casino to earn LEED status, for numerous green design elements and construction practices. Development Management Associates, LLC (DMA) continues to provide development management, project accounting, and LEED-related support to this project.
Read the Entire Article: Des Plaines casino name unveiled
Real Estate Bisnow - Chicago, February 10, 2011
dma | property, LLC, an affiliate of Development Management Associates, recently announced its official launch. Blending expertise from DMA and JMB Financial Advisors, the property management team formed at the request of a client and is already managing additional projects. DMA's Jason Westrope and Mike Levin are pictured.
Hotelier International, February 2011
Sustainable, local agriculture is an increasingly popular trend, and urban green roofs are in on it. Executive Chef Kevin Hickey, of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, plans to use the new green roof over the hotel at 900 N. Michigan Avenue to produce the freshest possible vegetables and herbs for his specialties. DMA is proud to have played a role in creating this growth opportunity.
Chicago Real Estate Daily, December 9, 2010
DMA principal Charles Porter is profiled in this article, which notes DMA's role in managing four recent casino developments and Porter's experience in the development management industry.
Read the Entire Article: Pit boss: Casinos key for construction manager
Illuminate, October 2010
A supplement to Architectural Products magazine featuring energy strategies in lighting takes an in-depth look at the Rivers Casino's Wheelhouse Bar and Grill, in Pittsburgh. DMA oversaw design and construction of this high-end sports lounge after successfully managing the initial casino development. Interior designer Floss Barber and lighting designers Illuminating Concepts helped create an energy-efficient lighting scheme that fits the venue's multiple uses and views, from high-tech sports television to a glass-walled cityscape.
Read Article [PDF]: In the Wheelhouse