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