Hannon Armstrong Makes $115M Preferred Equity Investment in University of Iowa Utility System Project

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc. has made a $115 million preferred equity investment in a utility public-private partnership including the University of Iowa, ENGIE and Meridiam. ENGIE is a natural gas distribution company and Meridiam is a global investor and asset manager specializing in the development, financing and management of long-term public infrastructure projects. The partnership will operate, maintain and upgrade the university’s energy …

Stahl Completes Construction of 55,000 SF Public Library in Ankeny, Iowa

ANKENY, IOWA — Stahl has completed the construction of the two-story, 55,000-square-foot Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library. Located at 1250 SW District Drive in the Prairie Trail development, the $14 million library also houses the city council chambers and a multi-function meeting and conference room. Construction started in June 2018 and wrapped up in February. OPN Architects designed the library. A suburb of Des Moines, Ankeny is the 10th-fastest growing city in the United States, according …

J. Beard Arranges Sale of 100,000 SF Legends Sports Complex in Metro Houston

SPRING, TEXAS — The J. Beard Real Estate Co. has arranged the sale of Legends Sports Complex, a 100,000-square-foot commercial property located at 602 Pruitt Road in the northern Houston suburb of Spring. The asset was built in 2007 on 14.8 acres. Jeff Beard of The J. Beard Real Estate Co. represented the seller, Caduceus Management, in the transaction. Kevin Barr of Mohr Partners represented the buyer, Church Project, which will use the property as its new

McCarthy Tops Out 161,200 SF Academic Building at San Jose State University

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — McCarthy Building Cos., in collaboration with FLAD Architects, has topped out the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) at San Jose State University in San Jose. The project is the first new academic building to be built on campus in more than 30 years and the first new science facility in almost 50 years. The eight-story building will serve the 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students within the College of Science and STEM and is the first phase of the San Jose …

Developer Stephen Ross to Contribute $100M for Detroit Center for Innovation Project

DETROIT — Stephen Ross, philanthropist and chairman of Related Cos., has announced a $100 million gift to advance construction of the Detroit Center for Innovation (DCI). The project, which will be located on the former Wayne County Jail site on Gratiot Avenue will also be made possible by a contribution of land from Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert. The first phase of construction for the 14-acre project is expected to begin in 2021. Anchoring the project will be a 190,000-square-foot …

Avison Young Brokers Sale of Historic School Building in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Avison Young has brokered the sale of 9221 Minnesota Ave., a 22,259-square-foot, historic school building in St. Louis, for an undisclosed price. Known as Carondelet School, the property was built in 1871 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It underwent a $4.8 million renovation in 2009. The buyer, goBrandgo, is a marketing and brand management firm. Steve Stradal of Avison Young represented the seller, Carondelet Holdings LLC. Gershman Commercial Real …

JLL Completes $38M Iona College Building in New Rochelle, New York

NEW YORK CITY — JLL Project and Development Services has completed construction of Iona College’s new LaPenta School of Business, a 68,000-square-foot building in New Rochelle, a northern suburb of New York City. Development costs were approximately $38 million. The project included a complete renovation of the college’s existing four-story business school and the ground-up construction of a 35,000-square-foot addition. Peter Rader led the JLL project management team. Gensler served as …

Passive House Construction Can Help NYC Developers Save on Emissions Costs

Recently, New York City passed the Climate Mobilization Act bill as a way to counter climate change. If passed into law, the bill’s foundation would require buildings that are larger than 25,000 square feet to cut climate emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and by more than 80 percent by 2050. The legislation also requires certain buildings to cover roofs with plants, solar panels, small wind turbines or a combination of those elements. Rent-regulated housing, as well as structures of worship, …

The Whittle School to Open 620,000 SF Campus at The Wheeler in Brooklyn

NEW YORK CITY — Private education institution The Whittle School & Studios will open a 620,000-square-foot campus at The Wheeler, a 10-story tower in Brooklyn. Tishman Speyer recently completed construction of the tower, which is situated on top of a renovated Macy’s department store. The developer is finalizing construction of 11 Hoyt, an adjacent 48-unit condominium tower on the site of the former Macy’s parking garage. Shimoda Design Group was the architect of the project. The …

Local Architect Uses Texas Civic Project to Exemplify Sustainability of Design

Tony Schmitz, vice president and senior project manager at Dallas-based Hoefer Wysocki, has been leading the architecture and design firm’s sustainability initiatives across all sectors. With an academic foundation in environmental design, Schmitz has most recently taken his green building and design expertise to Collin College, in McKinney, Texas. Sustainability features of the up-and-coming campus include improvements in the areas of water conservation, design strategies and efficient …

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