- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2002

The Tower Cos. broke ground last month on the Blair Towns, an environmentally friendly apartment complex in downtown Silver Spring and the first new apartments in that area since 1990.
The Blair Towns will be an 80,000-square-foot complex with 78 units. The $17 million project will be built near the Blairs, a 27-acre complex with 1,300 apartments near the Silver Spring Metrorail station.
The Blair Towns will feature an energy system that is 30 percent more efficient than systems used in most apartment buildings, as well as special glass windows that reduce noise and glare. In addition, the project will use low-toxin paints, sealants, adhesives and carpeting.
The project will be the first LEED-certified apartments in the Washington area.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is the standard used for so-called "green" buildings, as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification includes requirements for energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
"We are providing a healthy place to live, while at the same time promoting local retail and urban growth in the gateway between Washington and Silver Spring," says Jeffrey Abramson, a Tower Cos. partner.
The Tower Cos. also built the Tower Building in Rockville, one of the region's first LEED-certified office buildings.
The Blair Towns will be the first apartments built in Silver Spring since the area embarked on its ambitious redevelopment campaign in 1998.
Montgomery County officials have lured several new offices and retailers to the once-decaying suburb, including Charlotte, N.C.-based Consolidated Theatres, which said last month it will build a 20-screen multiplex near Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue.

Turner turns 100
The Turner Corp., one of the nation's top construction companies, is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington.
"The Turner City Collection: Rendering a Century of Building" is a collection of drawings and photographs of key Turner projects, including the General Motors Pavilion in New York and the Republic Bank Tower in Houston.
The exhibit is on view at the museum, located at 401 F St. NW, until Nov. 3.
The museum presented its first Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology, a new award named for the founder of Turner Corp., last week. The recipient was Leslie Robertson, the structural engineer for the World Trade Center.

Plans approved
The Arlington County Board has approved plans for roads, utilities and landscaping for Potomac Yard, a large office, retail and housing project.
Developer Crescent Resources plans to build 2.8 million square feet of office space, 1 million square feet of housing, 100,000 square feet of retail space and a 625-room hotel in Potomac Yard, a former rail yard that straddles the border between Alexandria and Arlington County.
In April, Arlington officials approved Crescent's plan to build roads between Four Mile Run North and Crystal Drive, Potomac Avenue and Crystal Drive and Potomac Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway.
In addition, the developer agreed to build utilities and do landscaping once the new roads are built.
The approval allows Crescent to begin seeking tenants before new Potomac Yard construction begins.

In other news
Eli Lilly and Co. will build a $425 million, 600,000-square-foot insulin manufacturing center on 120 acres at Innovation, a Prince William County business park. The pharmaceutical company will employ about 700 workers at the facility. Construction will begin this year and conclude in 2004.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States has purchased a 15,000-square-foot building at 1744 R St. NW from the Trans Africa Forum for $5.3 million, or $353 per square foot. Brokerages West, Lane & Schlager and Pardoe Real Estate arranged the deal.
Cresline Capital, the parent company of Crestline Hotels & Resorts, has leased 21,465 square feet at Greensboro Corporate Center, located at 8405 Greensboro Drive in McLean. Brokerage Grubb & Ellis helped arrange the lease.
The Jefferson Investment Group has purchased a 19,708-square-foot office building at 1964 Gallows Road in Vienna for $4 million. Brokerage Randall & Hagner & Co. helped arrange the deal.
Wisnewski Blair & Associates has leased 18,148 square feet at 44 Canal Center Plaza in Alexandria. Canal Center Properties and Beacon Capital Partners own the property. Grubb & Ellis helped arrange the lease.
Washington-area brokerage Scheer Partners has moved its headquarters from Rockville Pike to a new seven-story office building at 11 N. Washington St. in Rockville. The firm will occupy 11,588 square feet on the third floor of the 98,533-square-foot building, which opened last month. Scheer will also be the leasing agent for the building.
Strategic Analysis, an information technology services company, has leased 11,409 square feet in Virginia Square Plaza at 3811 N. Fairfax Drive in Alexandria. New Boston Fund and Meridian own the building. Grubb & Ellis helped arrange the lease.
Cavalier Telephone has leased 10,210 square feet at 200 Fairbrook Drive in Herndon. Brokerage Spaulding & Slye Colliers arranged the deal.
Property Lines is published every other Monday. Chris Baker can be reached at 202/636-3139 or [email protected]

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