October 18th, 2017
The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards recognize premier shopping center and retail achievements in the United States. Awards are given for outstanding achievement in the design and development of retail properties and in retail store design. This year ICSC selected AceBounce as one of three finalists in the Retail Store Design - Restaurants category. Winners will be announced at the 2017 CenterBuild Conference, November 28 - December 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona, and DMA team members look forward to attending. Gold Award winners in the regional awards program are automatically eligible to win ICSC’s Global "Best-of-the-Best" VIVA Award, announced annually at ReCon.
DMA submitted AceBounce for award consideration and is proud to have participated in this distinctive Chicago project, a social entertainment concept blending ping pong, food and drinks in one place. The three-level, mostly subterranean venue occupies 14,749 square feet within a luxury apartment building at the corner of Clark Street and Wacker Drive.
October 5th, 2017
DMA’s Charles Porter and Adrian Hogg attended the opening of the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition to design and build solar-powered houses that demonstrate energy efficiency, sustainability, design excellence and market potential. This year’s competition launched October 5 in Denver with 11 teams—including one from Northwestern University, where Charles teaches a class about commercial real estate development in the McCormick School’s Master of Project Management program.
The homes showcased solar technology and other advanced systems. Adrian and Charles were impressed with the ideas and execution of all the houses and brought back techniques and materials that might apply to current and future client projects. Teams initially built their entries near the participating colleges and then partly disassembled and shipped the homes to Denver. For the House by Northwestern team, the planning, research and design effort began almost a year and a half in advance.
At the BuiltWorlds’ Buildings 2.0 Conference on September 19, 2017, DMA Principal Charles Porter participated on a panel providing “A Commercial Real Estate Owner’s Perspective on Driving Sustainability in Projects.” The panel, including Joe Harris from JMB and Benjamin Stephenson from Pepper Construction, addressed how to incorporate new and exciting technology into buildings and ensure that innovative approaches, including sustainability endeavors, are not “value-engineered” out of projects. Walker Thisted, of BuiltWorlds, moderated the discussion.
Buildings 2.0, held in Chicago at UI Labs, centered on the newest innovations and challenges of designing, building and maintaining smart buildings.
September 1, 2017
DMA and its clients are already familiar with the exemplary enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, and leadership talents that Karen Urosevich brings to her work. She’ll receive well-deserved industry recognition at the 2017 ICSC CenterBuild Conference, where she will be named a “Rising Leader Under 40.” Karen is one of 22 talented professionals identified through the 2017 nomination and selection process. Since 2013, the International Council of Shopping Centers has annually recognized future retail industry leaders with this prestigious award. This year’s CenterBuild Conference will be held November 29 – December 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona. DMA congratulates Karen on being selected as a Rising Leader and looks forward to her continued positive impact on the industry.
August 4, 2017
Centennial Real Estate’s Fox Valley Mall ranked first among suburban Chicago malls for retail sales in 2016. Retail analysts Melaniphy and Associates prepared the ranking, reflecting more than $5.5 billion in retail sales for the Aurora, Illinois mall last year. Owner Centennial Real Estate has invested in significant improvements at Fox Valley Mall since acquiring the property in late 2015. DMA is proud to be working with Centennial on retail tenant delivery projects at Fox Valley and other regional shopping centers across the U.S.
August 4, 2017
The DMA team took a hands-on approach to community service on August 4th, committing a day’s labor to causes members care about in Chicago and Boston. DMA’s Chicago office team pitched in at the construction site of a home being built by the Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. Team members measured, cut and applied siding, among other tasks, enjoying the opportunity to stretch collaborative skills in new ways and create needed affordable housing. For more than a decade, DMA’s Tim Feldballe has volunteered in leadership roles with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.
In Boston, team member Karen Urosevich spent the day at Women’s Lunch Place, an organization she has supported since 2015. Located in the heart of the Back Bay in the basement of one of the city’s most iconic churches, Women’s Lunch Place provides gourmet meals, daytime shelter, job resources, laundry facilities, and other services to women. Karen had previously volunteered in the kitchen but had the first-time opportunity this time to participate in the Friday lunch service, when guests are served restaurant-style. Karen enjoyed the chance to interact with guests outside the kitchen and deepen her connection to this nonprofit.
June 28, 2017
The Landing Hotel opens in July at Rivers Casino & Resort along the Mohawk River, and members of the media were given a preview on June 28. The $20 million, six-story hotel features 165 rooms as well as a meeting room, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a bar and lounge. Guests of The Landing Hotel will have access to in-room spa services as well as 24-hour room service.
Directly connected to the Rivers Casino and adjacent Event Center, the hotel is the final element in the $330 million Rivers Casino & Resort development in Schenectady, New York. DMA is pleased to have been involved in the successful completion of this significant project, helping to transform a former industrial site into a riverfront entertainment district.
May 18, 2017
Hundreds of industry leaders celebrated achievements in sustainability at the USGBC-IL’s annual Limelight event. DMA’s Jason Westrope serves on the board of this organization, and DMA is both a national member firm of the US Green Building Council and a local supporting sponsor of the Illinois chapter. This year’s Limelight fundraiser attracted a record number of attendees and sponsors and recognized winners of the 12th annual Emerald Awards for their contributions to the green building movement.
May 23, 2017
Reporting on the positive connection between rail stations and development, The New York Times cites Assembly Row as a prime example. A new subway station opened at the mixed-use development in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2014, fueling interest from office and retail tenants, among others. Transit-oriented development draws young workers and can stimulate further investment. The New York Times notes that Assembly Row has transformed a 45-acre former industrial site along the Mystic River into a neighborhood with housing, offices, restaurants, and pedestrian-friendly streets. DMA is proud to be part of this multi-phase project, situated just outside Boston.
For the second year in a row, The Shoppes at Grand Prairie won the Peoria Journal Star’s Best of the Best Award in the shopping center category. This “people’s choice” awards also recognized individual retailers in the center, including Bergner’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Apricot Lane Boutique. dma | property has served as general manager for The Shoppes at Grand Prairie for more than seven years. We’re proud of the center’s positive reputation in the area and pleased to see it recognized.
May 4, 2017
DMA’s Meghan Brown participated on a guest panel for ‘The Daily Drum,’ a radio program airing on WHUR 96.3 FM (Howard University Radio) and HUR Voices Sirius XM Channel 141. Contributing to a discussion focused on home decorating and renovation, Meghan offered design and project planning ideas, including an example of distinctive style from the Pike & Rose project. WHUR serves the business and public communities in the Washington area, also known as the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia).
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Assembly Row is changing the landscape for the better in Somerville, Massachusetts. Not only is the mixed-use development shaping a new neighborhood in the community, it’s restoring riverfront access to the public and providing thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces for pedestrians. The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) recently recognized the work of Copley Wolff Design Group on Assembly Row with a Merit Award.
DMA is proud to be part of the team bringing this multi-phase project to life along the Mystic River.
2017 BSLA Awards Announced
March 7, 2017
Visitors to the new Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York can now indulge in a variety of beauty and relaxation services at Splash Spa, offering massages, facials, manicures, and more. Local officials gathered to celebrate the spa’s official opening, about one month after Rivers Casino opened its doors to guests. Spa visitors were treated to free champagne and mini-massages. The new spa was a late addition to the casino’s offerings. DMA expedited its design and construction with Norwood LeChase’s construction team. The spa complements the entertainment and dining options available at Rivers, including some 1,150 slots and 67 gaming tables. DMA worked onsite in Schenectady throughout the casino’s construction and continues to be involved with work on an attached 165-room hotel, scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.
February 8, 2017
The opening of Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York was “all good news” for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who praised the project and its economic benefits for the area at Wednesday’s public opening. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and Rush Street Gaming’s Neil Bluhm also spoke about the positive transformation of the Mohawk Harbor site and the collaborative efforts that made it possible. Hundreds of interested visitors gathered to be among the first admitted to the $330 million entertainment facility, which opened almost exactly one year after the initial groundbreaking.
DMA team members Adrian Hogg, Glenn Bedford, and Ronnie Schermerhorn worked onsite in Schenectady throughout the construction process, completed ahead of schedule. They celebrated the milestone at a soft opening earlier this week, including owners, DMA staff, architects, contractors, designers, and others who contributed to the project. DMA will continue to be involved with work on an attached 165-room hotel.
January 11, 2017
A panel of experienced owner’s representatives, including DMA’s Charles Porter, shared their perspectives on successful strategies for winning project opportunities at the January 11 program for SMPS Chicago, the Society for Marketing Professional Services. Melissa Heiter, of ICON Venue Group, moderated the discussion, which also featured panelists Tina Millan of WSP | PB, Mike O’Keefe of Navigant, and Meredith O’Connor of JLL.
Because owner’s representatives typically guide the process of selecting architects, engineers, and contractors for commercial real estate projects, the SMPS program drew high interest from marketing and business development professionals in design and construction. Panelists addressed questions about the qualities of winning RFQ and RFP responses, the role of fees and interviews, and the use of collateral materials and social media. O’Connor described social media as an important expression of a company’s brand. Porter noted he uses Twitter and LinkedIn to share and find information of professional interest and is currently posting pictures of progress on Chicago’s new flagship Apple store, designed by Sir Norman Foster and located directly across Michigan Avenue from DMA’s offices in the Wrigley Building.