- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2001


Gaithersburg development group Buchanan Partners has completed a 56,000-square-foot training facility for the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Sterling, Va.
The new building features a flight simulator bay that is 300 feet long and 50 feet wide with a 30-foot ceiling. The academy, the largest flight training service in the United States, has moved four multi-million-dollar simulators into the building. The building can hold eight.
In addition, the building has classrooms and a mock airplane cabin that will be used for training purposes.
"The expansion … illustrates the diversity of the county's economy and its strength in the aerospace industry," says Robert Buchanan, a Buchanan Partners principal.
Larry Rosenstrauch, director of the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, says the flight academy will offer training services primarily to local airlines, but it could also be used to lure other airlines to the Washington area.
"This means that our aviation industry can continue to grow in new ways," he says.
The new training facility is expected to boost eastern Loudoun County, an industrial area that is being transformed as technology businesses drift closer to Washington Dulles International Airport.
Last month, Buchanan announced it would lease 40,300 square feet to technology security firm Crypteck Secure Communications at the Moran Technology Center, 162,300-square-foot building near the airport and a proposed Metrorail station.

Manekin making news

Regional developer Manekin is keeping busy this summer.
The Columbia, Md., company recently completed construction on Bechtel Group's fifth building in the Westview Corporate Campus, located at Crestwood Boulevard and Route 85 in Frederick, Md.
Bechtel will use the new 123,000-square-foot building for employee training and research. The engineering giant also occupies 450,000 square feet on the 35-acre campus.
In addition, Manekin has finished the first of two buildings on Forbes Boulevard in Lanham. The buildings, which can be used as offices or warehouses, will have 110,500 square feet when completed.
Software company Vocus will lease 24,000 square feet in the first building; the remaining 30,000 square feet is still available. Construction on the second building is expected to begin soon, Manekin says.

New projects

DPR Construction will build the 56,000-square-foot office Bank of America is planning in Rockville, one of nine new projects the Falls Church builder announced last week.
The bank's new three-level office will be located in the Tower Building on Wootton Parkway.
In addition, DPR has started an 80,000-square-foot building for DeVry Institute of Technology in the Crystal City section of Arlington.
DPR is also building projects for Arcus Data Security, Bernstein Cos., Culligan, Lam Research, Urban Institute, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Verity.

In other news

Perot Systems, the Dallas technology consulting firm founded by billionaire and presidential wannabe Ross Perot, is moving its Washington area office from Reston to Herndon. The company has signed a 10-year lease for 75,000 square feet at Park West, a 150,426-square-foot building near Dulles International Airport. Another Dallas company, real estate investment trust Prentiss Properties Trust, bought the building in July. Perot is expected to move in by November.
MetLife and the Peterson Cos., a Fairfax developer, will renovate the 445,000-square-foot building they own at 1500 Tysons McLean Blvd. in McLean, beginning in spring 2002. Local brokerage Grubb & Ellis will handle leasing for the building when the renovation is completed during winter 2003.
The Joint Partnership and Training Trust Fund has leased 18,155 square feet at Two Mercury Center, a 46,000-square-foot building at 7016 Infantry Ridge Road in Manassas, Va. Local brokerages Grubb & Ellis and Cresa Partners arranged the deal.
Cato Research, a pharmaceutical regulatory consulting firm, has leased 17,373 square feet in Shady Grove Medical Village II, a 70,000-square-foot office in Rockville developed by Atlantic Realty and Foulger-Pratt. Local brokerage Scheer Partners helped arrange the deal.
Research and engineering giant Science Applications International Corp. will lease 15,653 square feet at One Annapolis Exchange, a new five-story office building in Columbia, Md. Local brokerages the Staubach Co. and Colliers Pinkard arranged the deal. Seventy-two percent of the 120,000-square-foot building is leased, according to the developer, Constellation Real Estate.
Officials broke ground last week on the new 200,000-square-foot National Center for Health Statistics headquarters in Hyattsville. The building is the first phase in the 1.65 million-square-foot University Town Center project that developer Herschel Blumberg is planning near his Prince George's Metro Center office building.
Mancini-Duffy/Liminality, a D.C. design firm, has finished renovating the Associated Credit Bureaus office at 1090 Vermont Ave. NW.
Chris Baker can be reached at 202/636-3139 or [email protected]

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