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