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Bellevue & Seattle MFTE Updates [Member Advocacy Update]

Alongside our efforts at the state level to ensure the continuity of MFTE, the NAIOPWA government affairs/advocacy team continues to work in Seattle and on the Eastside on MFTE program implementation. Over the past year, our East Side Task Force in particular has worked with Bellevue city staff and council members on program amendments that would ensure the program operates more successfully going forward.

Based on feedback from many of our members, our primary areas of focus were:

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Three Big Wins in the 2021 Legislative Session

NAIOPWA has been involved with the state legislative process for more than four decades. It’s with this depth of experience that we report both that the 2021 session was one of the more challenging for our industry in recent years, and how we managed to come out with three significant wins this year.

During the session, dozens of bills were introduced that, if passed, would have had a devastating impact on the commercial real estate development community. While in the end, some of these were favorably amended and several others failed, many of the same issues are expected to return in 2022.

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Washington State Legislature 2021 Report – Week 10

The state legislative session heads into the home stretch this week, with just 33 days left in session, a Friday deadline for bill reporting and a draft budget expected from the senate this week. Click here to continue reading this post (login required).

NAIOPWA's state lobbyist, Greg Hanon, sends weekly reports for NAIOPWA members during the legislative session. These include a brief overview of session activity and highlights of the most pertinent issues for our industry. Additionally, Greg includes a complete list of bills and hearings that inform how we do business in Washington State. You'll see a link to download that list at the end of each short weekly update. Member login is required to view the full update. 

State Capital Gains Tax & CRE - WA Legislature 2021 Report – Week 8

On Saturday, March 6, the state Senate passed a bill that would create a new capital gains tax in Washington State affecting any assets sold in excess of $250,000. Although the bill excludes real estate, as written, it would still have significant impact on the CRE industry. 

Click here to read more about the Senate bill and how it defines real estate, and how you can take action today. (Login required; member-only content.)

February 2021 Government Affairs Update + WA Legislature 2021 Report – Week 7

NAIOPWA Member McKenzie Darr of The Wolff Company has compiled a concise update of our chapter advocacy updates, including news and bills we're keeping our eye onFor more information about getting involved with NAIOPWA's government affairs efforts, click here.

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The 2021 legislative session is underway. NAIOPWA is publishing exclusive weekly legislative updates online for chapter members. Select key pieces of legislation proposed this session are outlined below. 

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Washington State Legislature 2021 Report – Week 2

NAIOPWA's state lobbyist, Greg Hanon, sends weekly reports for NAIOPWA members during the legislative session. These include a brief overview of session activity and highlights of the most pertinent issues for our industry. Additionally, Greg includes a complete list of bills and hearings that inform how we do business in Washington State. You'll see a link to download that list at the end of each short weekly update.

The Washington State Legislature has completed its second week. Each chamber is drafting preliminary 2021-23 budgets, which are likely to be released shortly after the March revenue forecast.

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Washington State Legislature 2021 Report – Week 1

NAIOPWA's state lobbyist, Greg Hanon, brings years of experience to his role supporting commercial real estate and the business environment in our region. While his work goes well beyond legislative session coverage and seasonal advocacy efforts, January through March (and sometimes longer) is a fast-moving period where experience and energy make a big impact. Each week, Greg sends reports for NAIOPWA members through our Government Affairs committee, which are posted in our app and online in this members-only blog space. The reports include a brief overview of session activity and highlights of the most pertinent issues for our industry. Additionally, Greg includes a complete list of bills and hearings that inform how we do business in Washington State. You'll see a link to download that list at the end of each short weekly update.

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Member Advocacy Update: What's Ahead in 2021 for Cities & WA State

What's ahead for commercial real estate in 2021? Seattle will have another wide-open mayoral election, Olympia will battle huge shifts in revenues related to COVID-19, NAIOPWA's seeing movement on initiatives on the Eastside, and much more is on the table. Click here to continue reading this post (login required). 

2020 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winners Announced

2020 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winners Announced

Fourth Annual People’s Choice Award with Daily Voting 9/16 – 10/6

SEATTLE – Announced today, category finalists for NAIOP Washington State’s 2020 Night of the Stars Awards showcase the best commercial real estate development projects in Washington State completed between July 1, 2019, and August 1, 2020—a period in which we have faced a global pandemic, as well as the effects of new legislation and rapidly evolving municipal planning in our region. The 2020 finalists on the whole reflect major shifts in our region toward affordable, mixed-use housing developments that embody and honor community heritage, as well as the rapid increase in industrial real estate supporting last-mile delivery. 

As always, Night of the Stars finalists and winners show how a world-class commercial real estate industry supports the evolution of our region’s businesses, homes and organizations. The first two winners for 2020 are Kirkland Urban, Mixed-Use Development of the Year, and NEXUS, High-Rise Residential Development of the Year. While these two winners stand alone in their respective categories, we again saw a significant number of multi-family nominees, meriting separate categories based on size. 

Notable 2020 finalists include, among dozens more: 
  • The Starlite Distribution Center, entirely conceived and developed on a former drive-in movie theater site in the midst of quarantine;
  • Seattle Children's Research Institute: Building Cure, the first high-rise building to provide office space, lab space and outreach facilities for patients in a single location;
  • and Solis, a first for NAIOPWA's Night of the Stars: a passive house multi-family project that achieves significant environmental gains without a big price tag.
Winners will be announced on Friday, November 6, at our first-ever virtual Night of the Stars. Thanks to new online event software, pre-registered guests will enjoy conversation and camaraderie at their virtual tables online before winners are announced. Learn more about Night of the Stars 2020 online. 

The 2020 finalists' gallery is now live in the NAIOPWA app where the commercial real estate community may cast their first votes for this year's People's Choice honor; voting will continue in the app and online through October 7. NAIOPWA supporters, project team members, and the industry community can vote for one project per day that they feel represents best-in-class in CRE for our region. Visit NAIOPWA.org/app for download links and information on setting up an account or resetting passwords. 

Night of the Stars 2020 Winners & Finalists
WINNER: High-Rise Residential Development of the Year: NEXUS
WINNER: Mixed-Use Development of the Year: Kirkland Urban

Affordable Housing Development of the Year
An Lạc 
Mercy Magnuson Place

Community Impact Development of the Year
Seattle Children's Research Institute: Building Cure
Gardner House and Allen Family Center

Developer of the Year
Panattoni Development Company
Vulcan Real Estate 

Hospitality Development of the Year
7 Cedars Hotel
citizenM South Lake Union hotel
Hotel Indigo Everett Waterfront
Capitol Hill Food Hall

Industrial Build-to-Suit Development of the Year 
Ballinger Heated Storage
Best Buy Fulfillment Center
UNFI Pacific Northwest Distribution Center

Industrial Speculative Development of the Year
Frederickson ONE
Glacier Peak at Riverside Business Park
Starlite Distribution Center
Sumner Ridge

Multi-Family Residential Development of the Year: Fewer than 100 Units
Flyway
Robin’s Nest
Solis
The Village at Westgate

Multi-Family Residential Suburban Development of the Year: More than 100 Units
Bell Marymoor Park Apartments
The Main Apartments + Lofts
Modera Redmond
The Pop

Multi-Family Residential Urban Development of the Year: More than 100 Units
Jackson Apartments
Koz at the Dome 

Office Development of the Year
2+U
333 Dexter
Cedar Speedster

Office Interior of the Year
F5 Headquarters
Digital Streaming Firm
EY Seattle
Highspot Seattle Headquarters
Hudson Pacific Regional Corporate Office

Redevelopment/Renovation of the Year
BMW of Bellevue
Columbia Center Sky Lobby
DeLille Cellars Wine Production Facility & Corporate Headquarters
Lam's Seafood Asian Market - Tukwila
Pacific Place Repositioning
T-Mobile Headquarters - Building 2

Retail Development of the Year
Pioneer Crossing
Wilburton Village

Sustainable Development of the Year
Inspire at the Russell W. Young Building 
Watershed

NAIOP Washington State thanks its 2020 Night of the Stars Judges:
Jessica Clawson, Partner, McCullough Hill Leary, PS
Mark Dibble, Partner, DSC Capital
Travis Hale, Partner, Panattoni Development Company
Cleita Harvey, Managing Director, JLL
Kristin Jensen, Managing Director, Gensler
Warren Johnson, Director of Business Development, The Walsh Group 
Chris Rossman, Senior VP, Development Sourcing, The Wolff Company
John Savo, Partner, NBBJ
Derek Speck, Economic Development Director, City of Tukwila

Night of the Stars 2020 is sponsored by O’Keefe Development (Platinum Sponsor) and Puget Sound Business Journal (Media Sponsor). For a complete list of sponsors, visit our website.

About NAIOPWA Night of the Stars
NAIOPWA's Night of the Stars identifies outstanding real estate developments and activities in a variety of market types and the individuals who made the projects happen. The awards aim to honor the teams who build our landscape in this annual celebration of the industry. Each finalist project was evaluated for impact on the community, market adaptability, ingenuity and local contributions.

NAIOPWA Requests Extension on Implementation of State Construction Code | MFTE Task Force

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In support of our 1,000+ association members, the commercial real estate business industry and the community at large, NAIOP Washington State has submitted an official request to Governor Jay Inslee and to the State Building Code Council requesting a 6-month delay in implementation of new building codes, to January 1, 2021.

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NAIOP Washington State Honored as 2020 Chapter of the Year – Repeat Achievement Signals Continued Strength of Organization

NAIOP Washington State Honored as 2020 Chapter of the Year

Repeat Achievement Signals Continued Strength of Organization

SEATTLE – NAIOP Corporate has honored NAIOP Washington State as Chapter of the Year for its 2019 performance, recognizing the chapter’s advocacy efforts, exceptional diversity and inclusion efforts, member engagement, and organizational growth. NAIOP’s annual merit awards program evaluates chapters on a national basis by chapter size for their education, government affairs involvement, member recruitment and retention, communications, and chapter management. 

“NAIOP Washington State is consistently among our best-performing chapters,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president and CEO. “This year, it was our honor to recognize them as Chapter of the Year for their significant lobbying efforts, their strong membership recruitment and retention strategies, and their successful education and networking events that raise the profile of NAIOP and commercial real estate in the greater Seattle market. Congratulations to the chapter and its leaders for their commitment to and enthusiasm for our industry and association.”

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NAIOPWA Member Profile: Shaun C. Leiser, Owner, SCL Enterprises LLC

A white male in a baseball cap smiles at the cameraNAIOPWA is proud to welcome Shaun C. Leiser, owner of SCL Enterprises LLC, as a new member! Shaun is our lucky 1,000th member, receiving a free breakfast meeting ticket and an introduction to the community here in our blog and newsletter.

Did you know? The Washington State Chapter of NAIOP is the fourth-largest in North America, providing new members like Shaun immediate access to a wide, influential network of professional leaders. We also strive to offer networking opportunities—both online via our app and in real life via carefully curated events—that create deeper and longer-lasting relationships within the industry.

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Winners of 2019 Night of the Stars Include MainStreet Property Group, Eastside Community Center and Georgetown Crossroads

John Torrance inducted to the NAIOP Washington State Hall of Fame in recognition of his visionary work and its impact on the industry and the Seattle community | Double honors laud Microsoft’s Building 121 + 122, which won Redevelopment/Renovation Project of the Year & People’s Choice 2019
 
SEATTLE – Announced on Friday, November 8, at the annual gala event, NAIOP Washington State’s 2019 Night of the Stars Awards highlight how the development community continues to find creative solutions to support the Puget Sound market. For 2019, new categories this year in particular acknowledge growth in multi-family and affordable housing development to serve the fast-growing population and to address housing needs for families at all income levels.
 
Each year, Night of the Stars also honors an individual whose outstanding contributions in the CRE industry have changed the field and the region we call home. Best known for conceiving and promoting the “StarDome” retractable roof stadium concept for the Mariners’ home field, John Torrance, Principal of J.R. Torrance Properties, is this year’s honoree and the newest member of the Hall of Fame. In addition to the development of T-Mobile Park (then Safeco Field), Torrance has been involved in dozens of significant projects over the years, including Microsoft Headquarters, Washington Park Tower, and Insignia Towers, and helped create and build the company now known as CBRE. Click here to watch a video interview with John Torrance
 
Finally, each year, our judges recognize projects that make a special impact with the Judges’ Innovation Awards. These honors go to projects that stand out for criteria not strictly required for their category. They are projects make a strong impression on the judges, often transcending categorization. This year, the Judges’ Innovation Award for Regional Impact honors Propeller Airports Paine Field Passenger Terminal, which is enhancing traveler experiences at Paine Field as well as alleviating congestion at Sea-Tac Airport. And the Judges’ Impact Award for Innovation went to 621 Woodland Square Loop SE. The judges appreciated the risks undertaken to revitalize and redevelop a former utility office building into a Class A campus in Lacey, especially in consideration of the potential long-term positive impact on the city.
 
NAIOP Washington State congratulations all nominees, finalists and winners of the 2019 Night of the Stars for achieving tremendous success this year. The association also offers appreciation for the dozens of commercial real estate professionals and firms that participate as sponsors, judges, volunteers, and committee members to make NAIOPWA’s Night of the Stars awards and gala possible each year. Thank you.
 
Visit the Night of the Stars 2019 Project Gallery for project information and photos.
 
Night of the Stars 2019 Winners

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CREW Seattle & The Registry Recognize NAIOPWA Volunteer Leaders for Diversity & Inclusion Work

Photo of a glass award or trophy in a black and beige fabric box throwing off lightThank you, CREW Seattle and The Registry! On Wednesday night, NAIOP Washington State was honored as the 2019 Association Ally at the second annual Elevate Awards. This honor reflects the work of NAIOPWA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee to support the objective of providing opportunity and furthering D&I in the CRE industry.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is concluding its second year and has been behind efforts to bring more young and diverse individuals into CRE and NAIOPWA through efforts such as a new D&I internship program, the Hip Hop Architecture program at the UW, and student memberships. The team also hosted chapter events open to anyone involved in CRE interested in learning about increasing opportunities and representation for diverse individuals in our field.

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2019 Night of the Stars Finalists [Member News]

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NAIOP WA Announces 2019 Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winner: Best of Industry Honors Projects & Teams that Take Risks & Deliver World-Class Development Results

Third Annual People’s Choice Award with Daily Voting in the NAIOPWA app begins Wednesday, September 18

View the finalists via the NAIOPWA app or click here to open our online project gallery

SEATTLE – Announced today, category finalists for NAIOP Washington State’s 2019 Night of the Stars Awards highlight an era of tremendous growth in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and show how a world-class commercial real estate industry supports the evolution of our region’s businesses, homes, and organizations.

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A BIG Thank You: Big Invitational 2019 Raises $112,000+ for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Four white men pose at a hole on a golf courseOn June 20, the South Sound Committee, in conjunction with several local, active companies, including Davis Property and Investment, joined in on the Big Invitational, a fundraiser golf/networking event held annually at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn and put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

Over the years, BBBSPS has worked with the South Sound Committee to keep the tournament specific to commercial real estate, and the excitement in the south-end development market shone strong this year with this twelfth annual Big Invitational selling out more than a month ahead of time and raising over $112,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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Len Psyk [Member Profile]

Headshot of Len PsykLen Psyk is NAIOPWA's lucky 1,000th member! 

Len joined Panattoni Development in October as their Senior Development Manager. Panattoni has developed more than 14 million square feet of industrial, office and build-to-suit projects in the Pacific Northwest, with 4.6 million currently under development. The Seattle office focuses on industrial and office development with 17 active projects from Everett to Portland.  Panattoni was named NAIOP Washington’s Developer of the Year 2017.

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Welcome New Members - Fall 2018

Welcome and congratulations to our new members!

NAIOPWA is proud to support more than 1,010 professionals and students in Washington State's commercial real estate community. We provide incomparable membership benefits, more than 40 educational, networking and community support events annually, and supports a beneficial environment for business in the state

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Char Patterson [Member Profile]

Char Patterson headshot - woman looking at camera and smilingChar Patterson is NAIOPWA's 975th member and is an architect and partner with JPC Architects. The company opened its doors in 1986 with a primary focus on interior architecture and design. Based on their long-term relationships and the strength of their work, JPC Architects has evolved into one of the largest firms of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. While corporate interior architecture is the foundation of their portfolio, they also excel in retail, healthcare, small-scale shell and core, and hospitality. JPC Architects' collective team of 75 includes architects, interior designers, technical and administrative staff who share a commitment to meeting the business objectives of our clients while crafting inspirational, sustainable, and productive work places.

How long have you been with your company?
Since 1994 – 24 years.

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The Ada Healey Playbook: How to Build a City [Hall of Fame 2018]

Night of the Stars 2018 Hall of Fame graphic - Ada Healey

Photo of Ada M. HealeyWith more than nine million square feet of real estate development to her name, Ada Healey’s name is synonymous not only with Seattle commercial real estate, but also with thoughtful, holistic development that carefully considers its community.

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