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February 23 , 2010

Hammerin' for Habitat

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February 23, 2010 

From the granite and glass Trammell Crow Center to the keyhole top of the Chase Tower, the architecture that defines Big D’s skyline is about to get some deserved attention. Greg Brown, program director for the Dallas Center for Architecture, clued us in.
Greg Brown, program director for the Dallas Center for Architecture

The Center has events planned ranging from sponsoring student art contests to holding monthly architecture film screenings. Created and funded by the Dallas AIA, the Center promotes discussion about architecture and design in a collaborative fashion. Greg, pointing out a model of the new Wyly Theatre in the Arts District here, says “Few of us pay attention to the great architectural detailing all around us. We all drive by and don’t even look up.”

In October 2008, the center opened at its location across from Woodall Rodgers and the Arts District (here with a view of the Woodall Rodgers construction equipment). Greg’s quick fact: the 72-story Bank of America building is the tallest Dallas skyscraper, and he recommends checking out the elaborate beaux arts rooftops of the Adolphus Hotel; most people, he wagers, have never even looked up at the historic 1915 hotel to notice. The Center offers a film on the second Wednesday of each month, and an architectural drawing exhibit currently fills the Center.

JLL's Roger Staubach and Jeff Staubach

The impact of the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium ranges from the football field to the board room. And now your laptop. Jones Lang LaSalle launched a blog called “Countdown to the Super Bowl: The Economic and Social Impacts for North Texas.” JLL Americas executive chairman Roger Staubach (who chaired the North Texas bid committee) will write about the football dynamics and his son, JLL SVP Jeff Staubach, will analyze the anticipated business and economic impacts. Other contributors include Dallas’ research manager Steve Triolet and FW market director Todd Burnette.



Not only do UCR and The Retail Connection partner in real estate deals, but 30 employees of the two firms teamed up earlier this month to work on a three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity house in East Dallas. TRC’s brokerage managing director Steve Zimmerman tells us the project provided employees a chance to make an impact on the community. “The biggest issue was trying to keep the brokers from negotiating tasks.” Looks like a Class A building to us.

Hall Financial Group’s former director of leasing Jean Farris (right, here with Hall’s prez Donald Braun

Dallas real estate veteran and Hall Financial Group’s former director of leasing Jean Farris (right, here with Hall’s prez Donald Braun) recently celebrated her retirement. Earning many accolades in her career, Jean was named to the DBJ's Heavy Hitter list nine times, including taking Top Office Leasing Representative in DFW in 2006. She was named a DBJ Super Broker by her peers and was a NTCAR Commercial Division All-Star. At her retirement reception, friends signed a six-liter bottle of HALL Wine as a memento. (We recommend that she share with some of them.)

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