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.
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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.
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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
Real Estate Bisnow - Chicago, October 25, 2010
A gathering to mark the completion of the new 15,000-square-foot green roof at 900 N. Michigan Avenue included professionals from DMA, Hoerr Schaudt, JMB, and several office tenants. DMA managed development of this project and a previous green roof project for the mixed-use building - now featuring more than an acre of planted roof area. Recent work also included a renovation of office space overlooking the new roof.
Read the Entire Article: Green Parties
Daily Herald, October 21, 2010
A construction update with photos offers an early look at the emerging Des Plaines casino. The project is set to be finished by summer 2011 and on schedule despite a three-week laborers' strike that stalled construction across the Chicago area several months ago. Jaimie Bulla of DMA, managing development of the casino, comments on plans to seek gold-level LEED certification for this project.
Real Estate Bisnow - Chicago, October 6, 2010
An article about the Des Plaines casino describes the project's unique solution to a requirement in Illinois that casino gaming floors be built over water. The story also notes that the casino may be the first in the country to be LEED-certified and cites some of the project's green elements. DMA's Charles Porter, Mike Levin, and Jason Westrope are pictured.
Read the Entire Article: Wait, That's Not a Riverboat...
PlanPhilly, September 22, 2010
A detailed review of the architectural elements of the SugarHouse casino cites many positives–some accolades–and a few suggestions for future phases. The article notes that the building is "appropriate for its function and respectful of its setting" and calls attention to interior and exterior details, including lush plantings and green walls, sweeping river views, subtle design touches, and luscious metal hues on the walls of the gaming floor. As development manager of the project for SugarHouse ownership, DMA worked with Cope Linder Architects and Floss Barber, Inc. on the architecture and design of the casino, opening September 23.
Read the Entire Article: Looking at SugarHouse in an architectural context
TribLocal, August 30, 2010
A tower, loading dock, and steel beams are among the visible signs of progress at the site of the new Des Plaines casino. Charles Porter of DMA, managing development on behalf of Midwest Gaming and Entertainment LLC, notes in this article that the façade and building exterior will soon be evident. Porter expects to complete most exterior work on the casino before the onset of winter weather. Plans call for a summer grand opening.
GreenBeanChicago.com, July 22, 2010
Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, LLC is working toward LEED certification for the Des Plaines casino, a 147,000-square-foot casino under construction on a 20-acre site at the northwest corner of River Road and Devon Avenue. DMA, development manager on behalf of Midwest Gaming, is also providing LEED consulting services on the project. Green elements detailed in this article include a high-efficiency heating, air ventilation, and cooling system, LED signage and lighting, and site enhancements. Creative accommodations for "green" drivers and smoking guests are also planned. If successfully certified, the Des Plaines Casino would be the first LEED casino in Illinois.
Daily Herald, June 8, 2010
A reconstruction and widening project on Des Plaines River Road between Touhy and Devon avenues is set to begin June 14. Work will be funded primarily by the Illinois Department of Transportation, with contributions from the city of Des Plaines, village of Rosemont, and Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, LLC. Midwest Gaming is developing a 147,000-square-foot casino on a 20-acre site at the northwest corner of River Road and Devon Avenue and will contribute $320,000 to upgrade traffic signals at that intersection and $140,000 to speed road reconstruction. Development Management Associates is serving as development manager and providing LEED consulting services to Midwest Gaming for the casino project.
Chicago Tribune, March 19, 2010
With approval of a special sign ordinance by the Des Plaines City Council, Midwest Gaming continues to move forward with plans for a Des Plaines casino. Development Management Associates is serving as the project manager on behalf of Midwest Gaming. Mike Levin of DMA notes in this article that signage — large-scale LED monitors and electronic murals — will contribute to a fun and entertaining environment for the project, featuring 45,000 square feet of gaming space and an additional 30,000 square feet for restaurants and bars on a 20-acre site. The project is expected to open in fall 2011.
Read the Entire Article: Des Plaines OKs 57 signs for coming casino
Providing development management services to JMB Realty for The Residences at 900, on Chicago's North Michigan Avenue, Development Management Associates sought out a source for high-end home automation technology. DMA partnered with Crestron Electronics to offer a flexible set of options that enhance the market appeal of these distinctive luxury condominiums and include distributed audio, video, lighting control, and phone system communications.
Chicago Tribune, April 17, 2009
In an article documenting a growing preference among condo buyers for sizable units, DMA's Charles Porter discusses the evidence at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. Working on behalf of JMB Realty in 2007 and 2008, DMA managed the adaptive reuse of eight floors of office space into 47 luxury condominiums, The Residences at 900. The units range from 1,900 to 4,800 square feet, sized to suit buyer demands for more storage, larger master bedrooms, eat-in kitchens, dining rooms, family rooms, and dens. Condos developed in the same building in 1990 offered 1,470 to 2,700 square feet.
Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 2009
One of the country's greenest retrofitted buildings can now generate up to 30 percent of its daily power from its parking garage - specifically, from 1,408 solar panels installed on the garage's top level. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and officials from Constellation Place, LLC, an affiliate of JMB Realty Corp., unveiled the new photovoltaic system on MGM Tower on January 14, 2009. On behalf of JMB Realty, Chicago-based Development Management Associates, LLC (DMA) managed the project from concept to completion, beginning with the selection of SPG Solar Inc., specialists in solar power installation.
MGM Tower is a 35-story office building with more than 775,000 square feet of Class-A office space in Century City Los Angeles. The new photovoltaic system topping its parking garage is the third largest in Los Angeles to date. The completed system at MGM Tower will produce 570,095 kWh annually, cutting the building's purchase of electrical power by approximately 12 percent. Over it's service life, the system will prevent an estimated 277 metric tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting 92 acres of trees.
Mike Levin, DMA principal, worked with JMB Realty on the original development of MGM Tower in 2003. The building earned LEED® Silver certification in the existing building category from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008, a distinction recognizing previous, substantial improvements in energy efficiency.
DMA oversaw completion of this photovoltaic project within a tight timeframe to ensure owner eligibility for solar investment tax credits. As part of the economic stabilization package, the U.S. Congress recently extended commercial and residential solar investment tax credits for eight years — an opportunity for other building owners to explore the potential of solar power and save both energy and investment costs.
Retail Facility Business, December 2008/January 2009
A retail development trade magazine quotes DMA's Jason Westrope on the opportunity for energy efficiency to open conversations about sustainability. Landlords and tenants have a mutual interest in reducing energy costs. Westrope also shares his experience that education and leadership can align landlord and tenant objectives more effectively than edict.
Read Article [PDF]: Making 'Green Retail' Design Worthwhile
Development Management Associates congratulates HCW Development Company, LLC on the selection of Branson Landing for a design award, announced by the International Council of Shopping Centers at its 32nd annual awards ceremony December 3rd. ICSC's awards honor outstanding achievement in the design and development of retail projects and retail store design. From among 63 entries, representing 25 countries, just six projects including Branson Landing earned a design award in the category of Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project.
Branson Landing is a remarkable mixed-use, master planned development that has redefined and reestablished the viability of downtown Branson, Missouri with a unique combination of amenities, including distinctive waterfront shopping, dining, residential, and civic space and a spectacular $7.5 million water feature. Congratulations to HCW as well as design and production architects tvsdesign and Crawford; graphic designer McBride Company, lighting designer Illuminating Concepts; landscape architects Butler Rosenbury & Partners and Yung Design Group, Inc.; and general contractor Killian/Turner.
The Vicksburg Post, October 29, 2008
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Riverwalk Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi on October 28th to be among the first to enter the city's newest casino, according to this report. The Mississippi Gaming Commission's Executive Director calls the project "first rate" and expects it to both sustain and spur growth in the market. Development Management Associates provided development consulting services to Riverwalk's parent company and congratulates Magnolia Hill LLC on the project's timely and successful launch. The company plans a grand opening celebration December 11 - 13.
The Vicksburg Post, October 21, 2008
With the Riverwalk Casino and Hotel near opening, a front-page photograph in Vicksburg, Mississippi's daily paper captures one of the development's unique features--a commitment to exhibit works by local and regional artists in interior and exterior spaces. Development Management Associates, LLC is pleased to have contributed to the public appeal of this project by providing development consulting services to Magnolia Hill LLC, parent company of Riverwalk Casino and Hotel.
Bloomberg.com, October 8, 2008
A Bloomberg news report about Chicago's status as the North American city with the most green roof space begins with a description of the award-winning green roof at 900 North Michigan Avenue, part of The Residences at 900 condominium development. The article notes that green roofs, beyond providing aesthetic benefits to residents, can speed approvals for development projects and generate energy savings. Grace Rappe, of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, and Jamie Bulla, with Development Management Associates, are quoted.
Read the Entire Article: Chicago Out-Greens New York, L.A., Growing Lawns in the Clouds
The Vicksburg Post, September 21, 2008
Mississippi gaming commissioners, casino operators, and industry experts are betting that the gambling market in Vicksburg will grow with the October opening of the Riverwalk Casino and Hotel, according to this report in The Vicksburg Post. The article cites the project's unique amenities, including plans to feature work by local and regional artists, a large meeting and reception space, an outdoor river walk, and a sculpture garden with native plants. Development Management Associates, LLC is providing development consulting services to Magnolia Hill LLC, parent company of Riverwalk Casino and Hotel, and has helped to expedite the project.
Management-Marketing-Leasing Today, September 2008
The International Council of Shopping Center's newsletter for certified professionals features an article by DMA Principal Martha Spatz. Spatz draws on more than 25 years of tenant coordination experience to outline the skills and qualifications for a team that can guide every project to a timely and successful grand opening. She addresses the selection process, typical team member responsibilities, and the need for initial and ongoing training and development.
Garden Design, Sept/Oct, 2008
Garden Design magazine's three-page feature on The Residences at 900 - Green Roof describes and depicts the many standout features of this unique rooftop prairie. Douglas Hoerr, of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, LLC, is credited with a design that combines modernism and agricultural history--a feat that both lifts and grounds the spirit. A quote from Jamie Bulla of Development Management Associates, LLC, notes the daily enjoyment condominium residents take in the amenity. DMA worked on behalf of JMB Realty to realize The Residences at 900 project, including the notable green roof.
Read Article [PDF]: Green Living: Prairie Light
The Vicksburg Post, July 18, 2008
Vicksburg, Mississippi's daily newspaper reports that the Riverwalk Casino and Hotel is on track to open ahead of schedule and notes that parent company Magnolia Hill, LLC is the first company to receive a gaming license for a Vicksburg casino since the early 1990s. Helping to facilitate rapid progress on the Riverwalk project, Development Management Associates LLC is providing development consulting services to Magnolia Hill. The Mississippi Gaming Commission approved the gaming license for Riverwalk July 17.
More About This Project: Riverwalk Casino
Crain's Chicago Business, May 26, 2008
An article about busy CEOs, seeking homes with services like those available at hotels, describes The Residences at 900 and quotes JMB Realty's Pat Meara. The article notes that buyers of these luxury condos can take advantage of amenities like the health club, spa, and concierge available through the Four Seasons Hotel next door. Development Management Associates, LLC worked as the development manager for JMB on this unique project, positioned in an iconic Chicago landmark. Principals of DMA led the original development of 900 North Michigan and are pleased to continue to deliver high-quality products within the building.
Greenroofs.org, May 2, 2008
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a not-for-profit industry association, recognized only seven green roof and green wall projects nationwide in 2008 for exemplary design. Sophisticated design and craftsmanship, along with environmental benefits, distinguished the green roof created by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, LLC for The Residences at 900. Development Management Associates, LLC congratulates Hoerr Schaudt on its well-deserved 2008 Award for Excellence. DMA is proud to have been responsible for coordinating design and construction of this notable green roof on behalf of JMB Realty, as part of the successful transformation of high-rise office space to luxury condominiums at 900 North Michigan Avenue.
CBS 2 Chicago, August 14, 2007
Mayor Daley inaugurated the recently planted intensive green roof at 900 North Michigan in an event attended by representatives from landscape architect, Douglas Hoerr, the project architect, Booth Hansen, and DMA, LLC.
DMA, LLC was responsible for the coordination of the design and construction of this amenity which will serve as a private deck for residents of The Residences at 900. The view from the office component of this iconic high-rise is also greatly enhanced by the greening of this important "fifth elevation". This, the newest of Chicago's green roofs, is also one of its largest.
More About This Project: The Residences at 900