Empire State Realty Trust secures 63,173 s/f lease at Metro Center

Stamford, CT According to Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., (ESRT) Berkley Insurance Co. (BIC), a subsidiary of W. R. Berkley Corp., has signed a new lease through 2033 for 63,173 s/f at Metro Center. BIC, A+ rated by both Standard & Poors and A.M. Best, will occupy 1.5 floors in ESRT’s suburban 285,258 s/f flagship property, located at I-95’s exit 7, at the Stamford Transportation Center.

R. Calabrese Agency, LLC sells six acres for $1.3m

Bristol, CT Ralph Calabrese and Tony Valenti of R. Calabrese Agency, LLC completed the $1.3 million sale of six acres located at Mitchell St. and Pine St. The purchaser, Bristol Pine Developers, LLC, received approvals from the town to build 126 units of senior market-rate apartments on the site.

Pritchard joins Pearce Real Estate

Milford, CT According to Barbara Pearce, chair and CEO of Pearce Real Estate, Jack Pritchard has joined as a commercial sales associate. “Jack comes to Pearce Commercial Real Estate with a financial and wealth management approach,” said Pearce. “We look forward to him having a productive and fulfilling career at Pearce.

Aubuchon and Wickey of SCRE exclusively sell 9,100 s/f building

Westport, CT According to Saugatuck Commercial Real Estate LLC, (SCRE) Laure Aubuchon and Penny Wickey were the exclusive real estate agents in the sale of 10 Bay St.  The sale price was not disclosed. The 9,100 s/f fully-leased boutique office building, formerly owned by Leifer Properties, was sold to ACM Realty. This off-market transaction marked the second sale to ACM Realty by SCRE.

Thames River Properties installs solar PV system

New London, CT Thames River Properties LLC completed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of their 75 Crystal Ave. property using Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing through the Connecticut Green Bank.  The 69.9 kilowatt (kw) system will be installed by JD Solar Solutions of Glastonbury. John Johnson, principal of Thames River Properties, said, “Working with Advanced Energy Efficiencies, we created a great clean energy project. Our tenants will benefit almost as much as the owner of the building.

Goedecke & Co. welcomes Shepard to Darien office

Darien, CT Goedecke & Co., LLC welcomed Rory Shepard, as vice president in their local office. Prior to joining the team at Goedecke, Shepard held the position of director in the capital markets team at both Jones Lang Lasalle, Inc. (JLL), and its predecessor, HFF, Inc., (HFF) in Manhattan. While at JLL/HFF, Shepard was responsible for the origination, execution, and underwriting of structured finance deals across all asset classes for both debt and equity. During his tenure at JLL/HFF, Shepard participated in the closing of over $4.7 billion of debt and equity transactions across the U.S.

Connecticut Society of Civil Engs. honors engineers and firms virtually

Deep River, CT Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE) did not have an in-person Achievement in Civil Engineering (ACE) Awards ceremony in 2020. Instead, CSCE recognized the achievements of the following Connecticut civil engineering projects, companies, and individuals virtually on September 15th, 2020. CSCE plans to hold the in-person ceremony in conjunction with its 2021 ACE Awards event

The 2020 AEC Leadership Conference

Think back to pivotal moments in your life and career. How many of those involved leadership? Whether by taking action yourself, accepting an invitation or responding to a decision, a large percentage of our significant moments are influenced by leadership roles and styles. We know that leadership is not limited to offices, organizations, and boardrooms. We know it is more than corner offices and annual reports. We can recognize good leaders when we see them, but how did they get there?

CT/Western MA SIOR Chapter hold annual meeting

Branford, CT Twelve members of the Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Chapter of SIOR held their annual September meeting at Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club, with another ten members joining virtually via Zoom connection. The main agenda business item was the election of chapter officers for a new two-year term.

Guilford Savings Bank breaks ground on new one-story, 2,000 s/f branch

North Haven, CT At the invitation of the Quinnipiac and Greater New Haven Chambers of Commerce, Guilford Savings Bank (GSB) broke ground on their new one-story, 2,000 s/f branch office at the intersection of