Spotlights

2019 Annual Review: David O’Sullivan of O’Sullivan Architects, Inc.

What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2020? We have had a long period of construction growth and have seen many successful developments. I see 2020 as a time of caution with our clients as they look at new projects. They are bypassing some deals as overpriced or not feasible.

2019 Annual Review: Ed Silva of Vantage Builders

What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2019? Over the past few years, Vantage Builders has developed a strong presence in the cannabis construction industry and we continued that in 2019, with close to a dozen cultivation and dispensary projects.

2019 Annual Review: Lisa Saunders of D.L. Saunders Companies

What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2019? This year we were delighted to announce that Longwood Venues + Destinations has signed a long-term lease for our historic 101 Arlington St., rebranding it as The Tower, a unique venue for events and exhibitions, private and public, national and international.

2019 Annual Review: Nicole Reilly of DiPrete Engineering

What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2019? DiPrete Engineering has a staff of land planners, surveyors and engineers. Because of this we often get involved in projects early on via survey or land planning and it is exciting to see them form at concept level and ultimately get constructed and occupied.

2019 Annual Review: Eric Robinson of RODE Architects

What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2020? I love to build new partnerships, engage with communities to learn how a project can benefit their neighborhood, and work together towards common goals. In a city like Boston, the tensions between parties thriving off the city’s economic strength and the populations

2019 Annual Review: Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group Auctioneers

What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2019? Collaborating with officials from my hometown of Shrewsbury to generate $900,000 in revenues from the sale of surplus properties.

2019 Annual Review: Christopher Edge of the Town of Berlin (CT)

strong>What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2019? Bringing in a Newport Realty Group (based in Southington) to be approved for and construct a $15 million mixed-use development on a town-owned parcel by the train station. This project will include 76 market rate apartments and 19,000 s/f of medical office, retail and restaurant space.

2019 Annual Review: Scott Schwefel of Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel LLC

What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2019? Our firm negotiated reductions in property taxes for property owners in Conn. and Mass. One notable case involved a skilled nursing facility in Farmington, CT: The property’s assessment was reduced by 25%, saving the owner more than $250,000

2019 Annual Review: Drayton Fair of LLB Architects

strong>What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2019? I am particularly proud of the fact the LLB Architects had five projects selected by AIA Rhode Island to receive Design Awards this year. They highlight our work in education – both higher education and K-12 – as well as in designing public libraries to engage communities.

2019 Annual Review: Robert Marcus of Robert Marcus Real Estate/Home Maintenance Org.

What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2020? I feel that the residential side will continue to see growth but with caution from the banks. Concessions for residents and businesses in nonspecific markets will grow in order to fill vacancy. Focus on affordable housing for the boomers will need to be taken off the back burner and moved to the front.