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Circular Charlotte

submitted by Sivilay Xayasaene with Gresham Smith

Our virtual June luncheon presented by Amy Aussieker, Envision Charlotte Executive Director, highlighted Charlotte as the first in the US to take on the challenge to become a circular city. Circular Charlotte’s model is designed to produce zero waste simply by adopting a comprehensive waste diversion strategy while also creating more than 2,000 jobs. Amy identified business cases of textiles and food waste that can be diverted from landfill and be reused or upcycling food waste into compost.

The Innovation Barn will be the hub for circular economy, housing many case studies. Within the barn is an incubator lab, plastics lab, 3D printer, chipper, extruder, aquaponic garden and hydroponic garden. The labs are open to the public and provide opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop their circular economy ideas. People will have the ability to bring in plastic and make a new phone case or rapidly prototype products straight from the lab. In addition, Electrolux will have a teaching kitchen that will also supply the Café and serve refreshments. Maintained by Envision Charlotte, the Barn is designed by Kim Marks’ team at Progressive AE, constructed by JEDunn at 932 Seigle Avenue and schedule to open late fall.

Members who attended the luncheon expressed excitement to tour the new facility as well as volunteer. More information on the Innovation Barn and what can be recycled can be found here.

To see Amy's complete presentation, please click here.

CREW Charlotte October Luncheon – Empty Spaces

Submitted by Holly Alexander, New South Properties

CREW Charlotte featured “Empty Spaces” as the topic for the October virtual luncheon.  The panel consisted of Cassie McCrain, Managing Director of Real Estate Asset Management at Barings; Paula Saunders, broker at New South Properties of the Carolinas; Jessica Brown, Executive Director at Cushman Wakefield; and moderator Holly Alexander, also a broker at New South Properties.  These local experts dove into how leasing office and retail space has been changing and will accelerate in a post-Covid world.  Many landlords are getting creative with repurposing traditional space and several tenants are looking at those empty spaces opportunistically.  Regardless, retail will likely not look the same and “real estate operators will have to sharpen their pencils and look for creative ways to add value,” McCrain said.  Our local office marking is faring well to date.  Unlike other major metropolitan cities who have seen a dramatic uptick in the subleasing of office space, Charlotte remains relatively unaffected.  Brown stated about 60% of the sublease opportunities in Charlotte measure less than 10,000 square feet, with about a quarter of all sublease space in uptown.  While the jury is still out on the what, we will see changes to how we approach space design, layout and features, including how to better integrate health and wellness into our everyday spaces.

Nancy Olah

Nancy Olah Law

I’d like to thank Julia Taylor (Dentons), a Past President of CREW Kansas City, for asking me to serve as local North Carolina counsel for her client who is acquiring two apartment complexes in Wake County.

Sophie Wiley

PMC Commercial Interiors

I want to thank Sloan with Edifice for her referral of myself and PMC Commercial Interiors to a recent client. Sloan is one of the best business developers I know and has become a friend. We look forward to working with Edifice and the end user on this project! Go team!

Sallie Jarosz

Park National Bank

A huge shout out to Marie McLucas of Primax Properties for your continued support and business and thank you to Wanda Townsend and Courtney Volz of Parker Poe for representing the bank in a professional way. I love working with these ladies!

Carrie Sharp

Indoff Commercial Interiors

Thank you to Sloan Kormelink of Edifice for her referral to a medical office group. Sloan’s crew have been wonderful to work with on the jobsite. They really earned everyone’s trust quickly. Sloan’s team is top notch!

KIMLEY-HORN NAMED ONE OF FORTUNE's BEST WORKPLACES FOR WOMEN 2020

Kimley-Horn was recently named one of FORTUNE’s and Great Place to Work’s Best Workplaces for Women! This recognition is based entirely on the employee feedback that Great Place to Work receives from the survey distributed each spring. The list was identified by analyzing how positively women rated their organizations on metrics including ethical leadership, respectful and fair workplace interactions, great benefits and development, and strong and caring personal support. Congratulations on this stellar achievement! Find more information and read their company profile here.

Robin Turner

O’ Leary Group Waste Systems, LLC

Thanks so much to Gold Sponsor, Trinity Partners, for selecting O’Leary Group Waste to provide waste and recycling services to two of their newest properties! It is always a pleasure working with such a professional property management team. We value our relationship with you all!

Amy Massey

Kimley-Horn

Really appreciate the opportunity to team up and support Little with traffic engineering expertise on a recent pursuit. Thanks for thinking of Kimley-Horn!

Carrie Sharp

Indoff Commercial Interiors
Thank you to Russ Angelo of Angelo Architecture for his referral to one his clients. The client just moved into their new space and needed some additional furniture quickly and we were able to help them! Russ, as always, thank you for thinking of me.