On the evening of Wednesday, March 8th, SPIRE members in Washington D.C. gathered in Alexandria, Virginia for a tour of Cafritz Interests’ recently opened e-lofts. E-lofts is a patented, proprietary brand of loft-style flexible apartments that can be customized into open, 1 and 2-bedroom spaces for use as a home, a workplace or both. A big thank you to Melanie Domres (’86), Senior Vice President at Cafritz Interests and SPIRE Regional Director, who led a detailed presentation and collaborative discussion about this innovative project.
On Thursday, March 9th, SPIRE members in Chicago enjoyed a first-class tour of Hines’ new office development, River Point. Greg Van Schaack, Senior Managing Director at Hines, shared the story of the 52-story office tower located in the downtown West Loop on the edge of the Chicago River. It is said to have set the standard for ultramodern office space in Chicago.
On February 9th, SPIRE and the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California co-produced the Sixth Annual REAL Symposium at Paul Brest Hall at Stanford University. Over 150 professionals attended, with SPIRE members attending in healthy numbers.
On Thursday, January 19th, SPIRE hosted “Mentor Program Kick-Off”, an event for the 2017 session of the SPIRE mentor program. Over 30 Stanford students and alumni attended the event held at the GSB Common within the Schwab Residential Center. Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird (’91), SPIRE Executive Director welcomed everyone to the evening with a brief overview of SPIRE and the successful Mentor program.
One of SPIRE’s primary goals is to support Stanford students in exposing themselves to the fields of real estate, place making and the built environment. With SPIRE’s assistance, for the first time, Stanford sent a student team to compete in the 8th Annual Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition in New York in November. A team of five enterprising undergraduate students pushed themselves to compete in an intensive five-day undertaking, culminating in a full day of presentations.
The 6th annual SREC Conference represented the largest assembly of SREC members and most diverse programming yet. Over 80 senior executives in the industry heard from professors and leading industry experts while engaging in substantive conversation with their colleagues. This year’s conference was held on November 5 at Paul Brest Hall at Stanford Law School. The program focused on core real estate industry topics, macro-economics and the upcoming federal election.
Southern California icon and 2012 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductee Henry Segerstrom ('46, MBA ’48) built C.J. Segerstrom and Sons into a real estate development and management firm anchored by the world renowned 2.8 million sf shopping center South Coast Plaza, and over 2 million square feet of office and commercial space. Mr.
On Wednesday, November 30th, SPIRE Members toured The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, and The Beekman Luxury condo residences. Recently renovated, this masterpiece has been rediscovered within the majestic walls of one of New York City’s most exceptional landmarks. Following the tour, members enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the Kelly Room at the hotel.