Chicago Tribune, April 24, 2023
A recent review of Kindling, in Chicago’s Willis Tower, calls out the strength of Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s wood-fire grilling and notes that the two-level venue offers a choice of dining experiences. The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group teamed with Sawyer to create the newly opened Kindling. DMA worked with EQ Office to deliver the 17,000 square feet of retail space.
Review: Chef Jonathon Sawyer strikes back with Kindling in the Willis Tower – Chicago Tribune
January 11, 2023
Rosa Mexicano Restaurants announced plans to open its first Las Vegas location in the iconic Miracle Mile Shops, located directly on the bustling Las Vegas Strip, with a fantastic Strip-front patio in late 2023. Marking the dynamic brand’s largest location, Rosa Mexicano Las Vegas features an immersive, vibrant atmosphere and an eclectic, made-from-scratch menu steeped in Mexican culture and tradition, including Rosa’s famous table-side guacamole, house-made mole, award-winning margaritas and more.
An extensive interior and exterior renovation of the Miracle Mile property has transformed this mile-long stretch of shops and attracted new interest. DMA provides retail tenant delivery services on behalf of ownership.
Miracle Mile Shops Press Release
September 12, 2022
The Harbour offers emergency shelter and supportive services to youth and young mothers in Chicago’s north and northwestern suburbs. A project creating a new home for this non-profit organization earned a Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award Honorable Mention at AIA Chicago’s 2022 DESIGNNIGHT event. DMA founder and senior advisor Martha Spatz was part of the project team recognized for this work, led by OKW Architects in partnership with Designs for Dignity.
The Harbour celebrated at AIA Chicago’s DESIGNNIGHT
Chicago & Midwest CRE News, January 20, 2023
A new lease for some 62,000 square feet at The Terminal makes NuMat Technologies the largest tenant to date in the Humboldt Park redevelopment project. NuMat, a leader in the field of programmable chemistries, will relocate from Skokie to a space that’s triple the size of its current one.
The Terminal recently won an award from NAIOP Chicago for Office Redevelopment of the Year. DMA assisted with the transformation of the former industrial complex, which now encompasses 250,000 square feet of innovative workspace. Tech tenant EeroQ signed the first lease in January 2022.
Humboldt Park Redevelopment Lands Its Biggest Tenant to Date
NAIOP Chicago recognized The Terminal with an award for Office Redevelopment of the Year at the association’s 35th Annual Awards for Excellence, held in November 2022. The multiphase revitalization project in West Humboldt Park transformed a former industrial complex that once housed the Pyle-National Company, a manufacturer of railroad headlights. The Terminal now includes 250,000 square feet of innovative workspace with high ceilings, wide windows and integrated outdoor decks and courtyards. Tech tenant EeroQ signed the first lease in January 2022. DMA assisted with The Terminal’s transformation and congratulates developer IBT Group, RATIO Design, ARCO/Murray and The Mansueto Office on this award.
Congratulations to our 35th Annual Awards for Excellence Winners
Chicago Eater, November 10, 2022
The Chicago dining scene will heat up at Willis Tower with the arrival of Kindling Downtown Cookout & Cocktails, expected to open in January 2023. Chef Jonathon Sawyer, winner of a James Beard award, will head the two-level restaurant featuring live-fire cooking. Fifty/50 Restaurant Group originally planned the 17,000-square-foot restaurant and teamed with Sawyer to create Kindling. DMA is working with EQ Office to facilitate the final transformation of space and a smooth restaurant debut.
Willis Tower Nabs James Beard Winner for Lavish Live-Fire Restaurant
Crain’s Chicago Business, October 4, 2022
Bob Mariano’s newest grocery store concept will soon open its second Chicago location. Dom’s Kitchen & Market anticipates opening 15 stores by 2025. The Old Town neighborhood store, located at 1233 N. Wells and slated to open November 1, will include a wine department co-designed by Brendan Sodikoff of Hogsalt Hospitality. The first Dom’s Kitchen & Market opened in Lincoln Park in 2021. DMA is supporting building ownership by providing retail tenant delivery services to assist in the smooth opening of Dom’s in Old Town.
Dom's Kitchen opens in Old Town Nov. 1
AIA Chicago, September 13, 2022
The repositioning of Willis Tower, a design transformation that reshaped the iconic building’s amenities and street presence in Chicago, won a 2022 Design Excellence Award from AIA Chicago. The honor distinguished Willis Tower among four finalists in the Interior Architecture Large category. AIA Chicago is the second largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Design Excellence Awards recognize the global design achievements of Chicago architects. Award winners were announced at Designight 2022, an event held at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion and open to the public. DMA led retail tenant delivery efforts throughout the redesign and congratulates Gensler and the Willis Tower team on this honor.
AIA Chicago Announces Winning Designs for the Design Excellence Awards, Decarbonization Award, Feldman Award and the New Lerch Bates People’s Choice Awards
August 9, 2022
As part of its 2022 Vision Awards, ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean named CocoWalk one of five Project of the Year finalists. The awards recognize excellence in land use and development, honoring leaders and projects that elevate industry standards and exemplify the Urban Land Institute’s commitment to responsibility. The CocoWalk project transformed a 90s-era retail center in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood into a more vibrant, mixed-use space that better serves and connects the community. DMA congratulates our client and project team partners on this honor.
Announcing the 2022 Vision Awards Project of the Year Finalists
Crain’s Chicago Business, August 24, 2022
With only a two percent retail vacancy rate compared to 29 percent across Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, The Shops at 900 North Michigan are thriving in a difficult retail climate. Building owner JMB Realty undertook a $52 million renovation in 2018 that helped position the six-story mall to flourish through challenging pandemic times. A mix of retailers, a food hall, Equinox Fitness, Bubbles Academy and a Tricoci Salon & Spa are among the tenants drawing local residents on a regular basis. DMA is proud to have led recent remodeling and retail tenant delivery work at The Shops on behalf of building ownership. Our team has a long history of supporting redevelopment activities in the mixed-use tower, including condominium, office and green roof projects at 900 North Michigan.
Why one mall on the Magnificent Mile is thriving while others fight to survive
AIA Chicago, August 16, 2022
The repositioning of Willis Tower, a design transformation that reshaped the iconic building’s amenities and street presence in Chicago, earned recognition as a finalist for AIA Chicago’s 2022 Design Excellence Awards. AIA Chicago is the second largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Design Excellence Awards honor the global design achievements of Chicago architects. The announcement named Gensler, EQ Office and the Willis Tower project as a finalist in the Interior Architecture Large category. DMA is proud to have led retail and office tenant delivery efforts throughout the transformation of Willis Tower and congratulates the architects on this well-deserved recognition.
AIA Chicago Announces Finalist Designs for the Design Excellence Awards and Decarbonization Award
New York Post, July 25, 2022
Despite the pandemic and other challenges in the commercial real estate market, Brookfield Place is thriving in downtown New York City. The mixed use complex reports high office and retail occupancy rates. Two of five office towers are 100 percent leased, with the others at 90 percent or higher. Retail space is 94 percent leased, and foot traffic is up 53 percent from the prior year. Ownership’s significant past investment in property redesign and amenity upgrades no doubt contributed to this success. DMA is proud to have supported retail tenant delivery efforts at Brookfield Place, bringing new dining and shopping experiences to energize the area.
Brookfield Place defies pandemic pains to thrive downtown with new deals
Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2022
Work to modernize the design and amenities at Willis Tower began well before the pandemic. A five-year, $500 million remodeling project now positions the iconic, 110-story building to attract the interest of visitors, neighbors and prospective tenants returning to downtown spaces. Energy and sustainability improvements also helped Willis Tower become the largest building in the U.S. to earn LEED Platinum certification. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the finale of the transformation, which created more welcoming entrances, updated building systems, refurbished common areas and added a five-level shopping, dining and gathering space called Catalog. Already 70 percent leased, Catalog features retail, restaurant and entertainment options as well as an event space and a rooftop terrace. DMA led retail tenant delivery efforts on behalf of building ownership throughout this significant project.
Willis Tower owners wrap up $500 million makeover
May 5, 2022
After a competitive RFP process, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the selection of Bally’s as the preferred bidder for the city’s sole casino license. The Bally’s Chicago proposal envisions a $1.7 billion destination casino, entertainment and hotel project on the 30-acre site of the Tribune Publishing Center. A 3,000-seat theater, 20,000-square-foot exhibition space, two-acre park and Riverwalk extension will further enhance the location. Bally’s Chicago has already entered into an agreement with organized labor and made strong commitments to minority hiring and opportunities for local businesses and investors. The development is expected to create more than 3,000 construction jobs annually and 3,000 permanent casino jobs.
DMA congratulates Bally’s Chicago and Mayor Lightfoot on this significant step, as the Chicago casino moves toward final project approval and licensing. Our team is proud to have assisted Bally’s in the proposal process and continues to support the progress of Bally’s Chicago.
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot Announces Bally's at Tribune Publishing Center as Selected Proposal
Bally's Chicago Selected As Preferred Bidder For City's Casino
Crain’s Chicago Business, March 15, 2022
San Francisco-based Stripe, an online payments business, signed a lease for 45,000 square feet of office space in River North. The tech company’s increased commitment to Chicago is a promising sign for downtown office building owners facing a market with high vacancy rates. Stripe is expected to add to its Chicago workforce and move to its new location at 350 N. Orleans Street later this year. DMA is assisting EQ Office with project management activities readying the space for Stripe.
CityBiz, March 3, 2022
Darien Commons is a mixed-use, transit-oriented destination bringing new retail and residential options to Fairfield County, CT. Federal Realty Investment Trust recently announced the addition of six new tenants: five new-to-market dining concepts and a new fitness offering. DMA is involved in retail tenant delivery work for Federal Realty. The development will open in phases beginning this year.
Darien Commons Expands Tenant Line Up With Six New-To-Market Dining And Fitness Offerings
Fast Company, February 25, 2022
Construction is expected to start this year on a new gondola line linking a Paris suburb to the city’s metro system. The electric-powered aerial service will reconnect locations separated by highways and a rail line and carry an estimated 11,000 passengers per day. In the U.S., the recent infrastructure bill may contribute to more serious consideration of urban gondolas as a public transit option. DMA’s Jason Westrope is quoted in this article on the topic.
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How urban gondolas grew from a tourist attraction to a viable transit option
Crain’s Chicago Business, January 6, 2022
A young tech company signed the first lease at The Terminal, in West Humboldt Park. EeroQ is developing a commercial quantum computer chip with technology that traps and controls electrons floating above superfluid helium. The company signed a five-year lease for 9,600 square feet and will move its headquarters from Michigan to The Terminal, a major redevelopment project intended to attract creative and tech companies to the neighborhood. DMA worked with The Terminal’s development team on the transformation of former industrial space to more than 250,000 square feet of workspace.
Mansueto-backed Humboldt Park project lands tech firm as first tenant
Chicago YIMBY, December 12, 2021
Nearing completion in December, the charcoal metal façade at 15 N. Elizabeth Street brings a fresh look to its West Loop neighborhood and blends contemporary and industrial influences. The five-story condominium development features seven distinctive units. Design elements include cantilevered balconies or outdoor terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows and high-end interior finishes. DMA invested in this multifamily residential project, now almost fully sold.
Façade Nears Completion at 15 N Elizabeth Street in West Loop
Bally’s Corporation submitted two proposals for a City of Chicago casino, featuring two prospective sites for a world-class resort and entertainment destination. Each proposal represents a potential $1.6 billion investment in developing a flagship property on a currently underutilized site: the Tribune Project, situated at Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street; or the McCormick Project, at the McCormick Place Truck Marshaling Yard. Bally’s community-first approach emphasizes local opportunities for minority partners, suppliers and other Chicago stakeholders.
DMA assisted with the development of the Bally’s Chicago proposals. From among five submitted proposals, the City of Chicago will select one project to move forward.
The Next Miami, October 4, 2021
Leasing activity at Miami Worldcenter continues with commitments from three prominent tenants. Lucid Motors will open an electric vehicle showroom, delivery center and service facility. Bowlero plans a bowling lounge, arcade and sports bar, and Sephora will bring its inviting beauty shopping experience to the $4 billion mixed-use development. Combined, these three leases total 60,000 square feet of retail space. DMA is leading retail tenant delivery activities for Miami Worldcenter, which also recently announced the creation of a central public plaza and park within the downtown site.
Bowlero, Lucid Motors, & Sephora Are Coming To Miami Worldcenter
Real Estate Weekly, September 28, 2021
Brookfield Properties officially opened Manhattan West, a major mixed-use development with eight acres of residential, retail, hotel, dining, entertainment and office space. Creative retail and restaurant concepts surround a 2.5-acre public plaza designed by James Corner Field Operations, responsible for New York City’s High Line. Free arts exhibitions and events planned by Arts Brookfield will take place on the plaza year-round, and a contemporary variety theatre opens in October. Numerous office tenants, a fully leased luxury residential building, and the Pendry Manhattan West hotel bring added energy to property. DMA continues to support retail tenant delivery activities as Manhattan West draws new brands and opportunities.
Brookfield officially opens Manhattan West
Florida YIMBY, August 19, 2021
Construction is poised to begin on a prominent part of the new Miami Worldcenter development. Legacy Miami Worldcenter, a 50-story mixed-use tower, will ultimately rise to 691 feet. Plans call for 310 luxury condominium units, 220 hotel rooms, and more than 100,000 square feet of wellness-focused space within the building. DMA is leading retail tenant delivery activities for Miami Worldcenter, which spans ten city blocks in downtown Miami’s Parkwest neighborhood.
RPC Files Notice Of Commencement For 691-Foot-Tall Legacy Miami Worldcenter
Crain’s Chicago Business, July 22, 2021
As founder and former CEO of Chicago-based Morningstar, Joe Mansueto has a long history in the city. He is known for his significant charitable commitments and high-profile investments, among them, buying the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team in 2019. Mansueto has continued to invest in Chicago real estate and development through the pandemic, purchasing the Waldorf Astoria Chicago hotel and backing The Terminal, a major redevelopment project reimagining a former industrial space in West Humboldt Park. DMA is proud to be part of The Terminal team and working on behalf of this client.
This billionaire is bullish on Chicago
Commercial Observer, June 30, 2021
The first restaurant leases signed at Miami Worldcenter total 30,400 square feet, with two prominent chefs opening four different venues. Danny Grant, a former Michelin-starred chef based in Chicago, will launch a steakhouse and an Italian eatery. Michael Beltran, a Miami chef and James Beard nominee, will open a Cuban-influenced bistro and separate cigar bar. A major mixed-use development emerging in downtown Miami, Miami Worldcenter spans ten city blocks and blends residential, hospitality, commercial, retail and entertainment spaces. DMA is leading retail tenant delivery activities for some 300,000 square feet of planned retail space.
A profile on longtime DMA client Patrick Inaba features his positive impact on CocoWalk, a shopping center redevelopment in the center of Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the redesigned retail and office complex is seeing rising occupancy rates. Patrick’s design, construction and leadership expertise has contributed to a career with many more successes for Federal Realty Investment Trust and others.
Elle Decor, March 24, 2021
The newest location of Sant Ambroeus, at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan, features a distinctive design intended to capture the historic grandeur of Italy and New York City. The Italian restaurant offers a formal dining area, private dining rooms, and a more casual café and coffee bar in the newly opened two-story space. Design elements include bronze-colored architectural fins on the building’s granite facade and an 18-foot-tall Murano glass chandelier inside. DMA helped ensure a smooth space design and delivery process as part of ongoing retail tenant delivery work for Brookfield Place.
February 26, 2021
A major remodeling of a six-story building at Oak and Rush streets in Chicago signals investor confidence in the area’s future. Once home to a flagship Barneys store, the property at 1-15 E. Oak Street occupies an important place in the Gold Coast shopping district. DMA is providing project management assistance with reconfiguration and remodeling work. The 95,000-square-foot building will accommodate retail and office tenants.
November 9, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended the ground-breaking ceremony for The Terminal, in West Humboldt Park. This $50 million development will transform a group of three aging industrial buildings into a 240,000-square-foot “creative office campus,” intended to attract creative and tech companies and spark economic development in the neighborhood. The privately funded project supports the city’s aim to champion investment in South and West side communities. DMA’s Jaime Bulla is working with the development team on The Terminal. Construction is expected to begin soon.
Developers Break Ground On Massive, $50 Million 'Creative Office Campus' in West Humboldt Park
September 14, 2020
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities recognized District House with a 2020 Award of Excellence. This 28-unit, LEED-certified condominium development in Oak Park, Illinois won the only award in the multi-unit residential category. Award recipient Omni Ecosystems created the building’s extensive green roof areas. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is an industry association for professionals working in the green roof and wall industry throughout North America. Judges reviewed submissions in seven project categories and identified nine award winners.
DMA team members invested in the development of District House and congratulate all those involved in the project.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Announces the 2020 Awards of Excellence Winners
A new flyover video of CocoWalk highlights a new five-story, mixed-use building with four levels of Class A office space, outdoor decks, plantings, and rooftop leisure and greenspace. DMA continues to lead project management and retail tenant delivery work to transform this former retail center in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood.
July 20th, 2020
Whole Foods Market opened at 5 Manhattan West, part of a six-building development blending retail, office, and residential space with a public plaza and other amenities. DMA’s Julie Brock and Anusha Leyden helped to support this latest opening as part of ongoing retail tenant delivery services for the Manhattan West complex. The new Whole Foods grocery spans 60,000 square feet and features many local products and vendors, as well as take-out cocktails and outdoor dining.
NYC’s latest Whole Foods store opens at new Hudson Yards development
The Real Deal, February 24, 2020
Crain’s Chicago Business, February 21, 2020
A new lease deal will bring Target to a major warehouse under construction in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The space is part of a redevelopment project transforming the 70-acre site of the former Crawford Power Plant, at 3501 S. Pulaski Road. DMA’s Mike Levin has been providing equity investor advisory services.
Target takes aim at massive warehouse in Little Village
Target to Open Huge Warehouse in Little Village
DMA worked with the people behind Chicago’s Englewood Brews to create something special in memory of founder Charles Porter, who passed away in 2019. We think our Charles would appreciate The Charles Porter: a homebrewed prototype porter developed with a recipe Englewood Brews plans to include in its future beer portfolio. The neighborhood-oriented craft brewery is in the process of renovating an historic building on Chicago’s south side for a production facility and taproom, slated for a spring 2020 opening. With the support of investors including DMA, Englewood Brews is collaborating with community partners to engage and employ Englewood residents and celebrate community pride.
December 12, 2019
A new multi-use event venue at Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan opened 73,000 SF of stylish, flexible space. Convene’s purpose-driven design hosts large-format events in two premium spaces accommodating 500 people each. The venue also contains rooms tailored to smaller meetings and activities and offers production support and hospitality services. Convene at 225 Liberty Street transformed an anchor tenant space previously occupied by a Saks Fifth Avenue women’s store. DMA provided retail tenant delivery services to support Convene’s opening as part of ongoing work with Brookfield Place.
Convene, Brookfield Open 73K-SF Event Venue Downtown
December 3, 2019
A look at the Pike & Rose development in North Bethesda, Maryland calls out the living advantages of this new community, from varied residential options to dining, socializing and gathering spaces. DMA supported the opening of two phases of retail space within the neighborhood, part of a $500 million, mixed-use project.
Ready to Really Live? Consider the Incomparable Pike & Rose Experience
December 4, 2019
The Illinois Green Alliance hosts an annual Women in Green Building Leadership Luncheon celebrating women in the local green building community. DMA co-sponsored this year’s event, held at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, and team members Jason Westrope and Heather Martin attended. A multi-generational panel of women leaders shared stories and insights related to this year’s theme, creating a culture of courage and encouragement.
Illinois Green Alliance
October 19-20, 2019
The Chicago Architecture Center’s annual Open House Chicago showcases significant sites across the city over a single fall weekend, offering visitors free behind-the-scenes tours led by informed volunteers. DMA’s Jason Westrope, Erik Haugsnes and Heather Martin were among those providing an inside look at the iconic 900 North Michigan building, one of 250-plus sites participating in this year’s event.
DMA supported recent renovations and enhancements at 900 North Michigan, including a new entry, updated common areas, lighting and illuminated signage. Among the facts shared on the tour:
The Canopy—an LED “canvas” of 20 million pixels on the ceiling of the 900 North Michigan Shops—is the largest horizontal digital art installation in North America.
Aster Hall, a 22,000-square-foot food hall operated by Hogsalt and served by a new express elevator, was named for the Aster flower, native to Chicago.
Ignite Glass Studios, another DMA project, also participated in Open House Chicago. The site featured glassblowing demonstrations and rooftop and gallery access.
A 28-unit luxury condominium development in Oak Park, Illinois, just west of Chicago, is now fully sold, and ground-floor retail is fully leased and open. The soon to be LEED-certified building’s exterior design includes extensive green roof areas and horizontal lines that reference the Prairie School style, part of the community’s architectural legacy. District House homes feature open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private terraces.
Retail tenant Club Pilates began serving customers in November 2018. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea opened on September 25, 2019. District House is the café’s fourth Chicago-area location and sixth in the nation.
DMA team members were involved in the project as investors. Ranquist Development Group and Campbell Coyle developed District House, and Northworks and Miller Hull served as architects.
District House - Model Now Open
Blockclubchicago.org, August 13, 2019
In Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood, three warehouses that once served as the home of a lighting and electrical equipment manufacturer are being transformed into a creative office campus. “Humboldt Lit” will make creative use of the historic buildings on a 6.5-acre site with more than 250,000 square feet of space. DMA is consulting with development partners on the project, expected to welcome tenants in June 2020. Design plans call for incorporating interior features like old industrial doors and creating a courtyard green space open to neighbors.
$50 Million 'Creative Office Campus' Planned for Old Lighting Warehouses in West Humboldt Park
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.
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh Greenlights $60 Million Hotel Project
WGNTV.com, June 17th, 2019
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.
After oldest dies from MS, brothers continue to race against the disease
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.
DMA’s Jason Westrope serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Green Alliance, a membership-driven nonprofit and local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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.
READ MORE: Future City Chicago
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.
Au Cheval Owners to Collaborate on a New Michigan Avenue Food Hall
Sodikoff working on Mag Mile food hall
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.
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017
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.
Fox Valley Mall retail area ranks 1st in suburban sales
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.
New hotel final piece in Schenectady's Rivers Casino complex
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.
Rivers Casino in Schenectady to Open February 8
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.
THANKS TO THE DMA/VOA TEAM:
Charles Porter (Leader), Samra Ansari, Meghan Brown, Jaimie Bulla, Robert Chorazy, Renato Gilberti, Devin Gora, Jess Libby, Grace Rappe, Elliot Vieceli
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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.
Chef Gabriel Kreuther Debuts His Highly Anticipated First Restaurant
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