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Keeping Teachers in Communities

Autumn 2023

Former Pacifica City Council Member Mike O’Neill wrote an op-ed for the San Mateo Daily Journal, endorsing the extraordinary measures being taken in California school districts to accommodate the affordability crisis for teachers, notably in the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Mateo Daily Journal

O’Neill references three Brookwood clients, Jefferson High School District, Pacifica School District, and Cabrillo Unified School District, and notes that these expenditures will have long-lasting effects on recruitment and retention of educators, saying “These are all real, successful solutions that demonstrate what communities can achieve when they work together.”

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Schools Turning to Creative Housing Solutions

Autumn 2022

ABC’s Good Morning America program recently reported on the creative efforts of the Jefferson Union High School District to provide its teachers and staff with below-market-rate housing during a period of escalating housing costs.

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In Memoriam

January 24, 2021

We celebrate the life of George Thomas Heery, Sr., a cofounder of Brookwood Group and Heery International – and an influential architect, author and mentor to many people around the world.

George Heery

George T. Heery (June 18, 1927 – January 21, 2021)

George passed away peacefully at his home in Atlanta on January 21, 2021 surrounded by family including the true love of his life, Maude Elizabeth Wood (“Betty”) Heery, to whom he was married for more than 70 years.  He was 93.

He was tremendously appreciated and respected by his family, friends and professional colleagues and partners, a good many of whom, in fact, were his close friends or family members.

George was a loving husband, a fine brother to his two younger sisters, a wonderful father of four, and grandfather of seven grandchildren as well as an uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews.

George Heery

George had a splendid sense of humor.  He was open-minded, determined and driven in positive directions.  He was a natural leader, setting great examples by his own conduct and actions.  He also was a creative disruptor, thoughtfully challenging the status quo – well ahead of his time, especially in pressing for social equity – and, within his industry, consistently seeking new and cost-effective ways to improve performance, especially for the benefit of his clients in the realms of strategic planning, architecture and management of design and construction.

George lived life large.  He truly was “A Man in Full” in the best sense of that phrase.  He was born in Athens, Georgia and grew up in Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia.

In 1942 & 1943, he and his family lived in Silver Spring, Maryland where he attended Montgomery Blair High School while his father, architect, C. Wilmer Heery, Jr., was serving in Washington, D.C. with the Emergency War Housing Division of The Federal Housing Authority, the predecessor agency to the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).

In 1944, at age 17 (with written permission of his parents as required for a minor), George enlisted in the United States Navy.  He was trained as a shipboard anti-aircraft gun crew chief.  He also was among many who practiced night-time amphibious assault landings (possibly in preparation for an attack within the Bay of Tokyo that, thankfully, never occurred).  He observed his 18th birthday on-board a troop carrier transporting U.S.  Marines and Navy Sailors through the Panama Canal as it begin its trip across the Pacific.  Later, he served in the Philippines where his duties included being an air traffic control tower operator at Sangley Point.

Upon being honorably discharged from military service in 1946, George returned home to Athens, Georgia.  A young veteran of World War II, he had an opportunity to serve as a math tutor for 17-year old Betty Wood.  (That first tutoring session was suggested and arranged by their mothers.) From that point forward, their mutual interests expanded well beyond the field of mathematics.

Prior to George’s graduation from Georgia Tech, he and Betty were married on June 19, 1950 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia.  The newlyweds honeymooned at Chimney Rock, North Carolina and then made their home in Atlanta, starting first at Georgia Tech’s married student housing apartments on North Avenue.

During and after his college years at Georgia Tech, George worked with several architectural firms including: Moskowitz, Willner & Milkey; Finch, Barnes & Pascal (both in Atlanta); and also his father’s architectural practice in Athens.  In November of 1951, he became licensed to practice architecture in Georgia.

George and his father, architect C. Wilmer Heery, Jr., cofounded Heery & Heery, Architects in 1952.  Initially, the firm had offices in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia.  The firm served residential, commercial, industrial, educational and institutional clients.

In 1961, George became Heery & Heery’s Chief Executive Officer and went on to lead the firm, later known as Heery International, Inc., which grew into a 600-person, multi-disciplinary professional corporation with offices throughout the United States and Europe.

George led the design of many sports facilities, including major league stadiums in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Boston (Foxborough), and Buffalo, as well as collegiate stadiums and sports arenas, notably the Carrier Dome in Syracuse and the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill.  

George and his colleagues designed and managed projects across a broad variety of sectors, including infrastructure, healthcare, corporate, and education. These projects and programs were executed around the country, from Florida to Alaska – and internationally, from Scotland to Portugal, Jordan to Japan.

From the 1970s, George maintained offices in New York City, after Heery & Heery was selected by Mayor Lindsay and the New York City Parks Department for thirteen innovative and highly accelerated projects including community swimming pools and related recreational centersLater, he led design work for the renovation of Rockefeller Center streetscapes.  George spearheaded innovations in energy efficient design to the transformative redesign of Buckhead’s Peachtree corridor from urban highway to boulevard.

George loved to travel.  He and his family also loved being in Highlands, North Carolina where they maintained a second home for many years.

While consistently committed to civic betterment in Atlanta, he and Betty and their two younger sons, Neal and George, Jr., enjoyed the opportunity to reside in the Knightsbridge area of London (England) during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 1986 George and his colleagues sold Heery International, Inc. to BICC, a British conglomerate that owned the Balfour Beatty Construction Company (of which Heery International, Inc. became an operating subsidiary).  In accordance with the terms of the sale, George remained CEO of Heery International until early 1989.  (Heery International Inc. is now part of CBRE, a worldwide real estate services firm.  Most of the architectural studios of CBRE|Heery that were located throughout the USA became part of The S/L/A/M Collaborative in early 2020.)

In 1989, George retired from Heery International and promptly cofounded Brookwood Group together with his two partners including his son, San Francisco based developer, Shepherd (“Shep”) Heery (who had been employed for the previous seven years with Gerald D. Hines Interests), and daughter, New York City based architect/planner, Laura Heery (who had worked with: Johnson Burgee Architects; I.M. Pei & Partners; and Red Roof Design).

Over the course of George’s career, he became an author and an internationally recognized leader in the professional practice of architecture and also within the field of construction program management, of which he was a pioneer.

His legacy is one of innovation and leadership.  He was among a small group of American design and construction professionals (including his Houston-based friend and frequent competitor, Charles B. (“Chuck”) Thomsen) that, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, created the new professions of construction management and construction program management.

George and many of his colleagues at Heery International and at Brookwood Group including Louis N. (“Vic”) Maloof, W. Ennis Parker, Jr.,  and many others created advanced project management procedures (now widely utilized) for controlling project time and cost through the pre-design, design and construction phases of major building programs.

In 1974 George authored Time, Cost and Architecture, said by its publisher, McGraw-Hill, to have been "the first definitive work on construction management".

In 1981 he developed a real estate and facilities planning concept, Strategic Facilities Planning (“SFP”), a specific business planning methodology for business corporations and institutions with multiple facilities and real estate holdings (both leased and owned).

In 1983, after working for several years to devise new and better ways to organize the roles and responsibilities of architects, engineers and contractors, George refined his new method of design and construction procurement to a point of specific procedures.  His goal was to reduce risks, costs and post-construction problems for project owners.  In 1989 (in conjunction with the formation of several new business entities), his son, Shep, suggested that the new method be referred to as “Bridging”.

George considered the Bridging method to be his most important contribution to the advancement of professional practice in the design and construction industry, especially in the United States.  In 2010, he authored a book on the subject, and he later became one of the founders of the Bridging Institute of America.

Over the past four decades, the Bridging method has been embraced by many project managers, architects, engineers and building owners (including U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department).  A hybrid of traditional design-bid-build and design-build approaches, Bridging retains the better features of both and eliminates those aspects of each that often cause problems for the Owner.  Bridging greatly reduces the Owner's risks and costs while retaining full control over design and construction quality and details.

Also, during the period of 1994-96, George and his son, Shep, together with other colleagues, led Brookwood Group into real estate development by designing and developing The Wakefield, a residential cooperative high-rise located at the northwest corner of West Wesley and Peachtree Roads.  The Wakefield proved to be a trend setter for the Buckhead area of Atlanta.

In the mid-2000s, George and his daughter, Laura, together with other Brookwood colleagues, served as planners and advisors to the Buckhead Coalition and Buckhead Community Improvement District for the enhancement and transformation of Peachtree Road (from Piedmont Road to Wieuca Road) into a tree-lined boulevard, with landscaped center medians, new traffic signal and other streetscape design standards (including replacement of overhead lines with underground utilities).

George’s professional experience was long and far-reaching, resulting in the completion of projects throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Canada and Latin America.  His range of experience included major projects in the fields of: K-12 & higher education; healthcare; research, sports & athletics; corporate facilities; and a host of infrastructure projects including water, wastewater, utilities and highway systems.

George’s design projects included: The Coca-Cola Company corporate headquarters expansions during the 1980s; the Woodruff Medical Center Administration Building at Emory University; the 999 Peachtree high-rise office building; and many collegiate and professional sports stadiums along with many institutional, commercial and industrial projects.

In addition to his degrees from Georgia Tech, George completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.  He was a frequent lecturer on Best Practices for Owners in construction procurement and on the Bridging method.  He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Fellow and cofounding member of both the Construction Management Association of America and the Bridging Institute of America.

George is survived by his beloved wife of more than 70 years, Betty; by their son, Shep (and his wife, Liz) Heery of Ross, California & Whitefish, Montana; their daughter, Laura Heery of Miami Beach, New York City & Atlanta; their son Neal (and his wife, Rebecca) Heery of Atlanta; their son George Jr. (and his wife, Constance) Heery of Atlanta; their grandchildren: Eliza Heery of Seattle & Friday Harbor, Washington; Charles (and his wife, Kelley) Heery of Bozeman, Montana; Anna Heery of New York, New York; Liam Heery of Atlanta (currently a student at Elon University); Georgia Heery of Atlanta (now a student at American University); Emma Neal Heery of Atlanta (now a student at Eckerd College); and Aidan Heery of Atlanta (a senior at the Atlanta International School); plus nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and extended family throughout North America and Europe.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Sara & Wilmer Heery of Athens, Georgia and by sisters: Caroline (Heery) Berry of Manlius, New York and Harriett (Heery) Kasak who lived in New York City’s East Greenwich Village area of Manhattan.

George’s family will hold a small memorial service and a larger celebration of his life in the months ahead on dates to be announced after the Pandemic has subsided.

In lieu of flowers, the family and a number of friends are working with Georgia Tech to establish a professorial chair at the School of Architecture in the names of C. Wilmer Heery and George T. Heery.  Donations earmarked for this new chair may be sent to the Georgia Tech Foundations, Inc., designated the “Heery Professorship” at 760 Spring Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

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Jefferson Union Project Wins Gold Nugget Award

Summer 2020

Jefferson Union Project Wins Gold Nugget Award

Jefferson Union High School District’s Faculty and Staff Housing Project, developed in collaboration with strategic partner Brookwood Advisors, earned the Judges Special Award of Excellence at the 2020 PCBC Gold Nugget Award ceremony. The innovative 122-unit workforce housing development in Daly City, California, broke ground Q1, 2020 and provides affordable housing for the District’s employees.

Seidel Architects was the Design Architect with BDE serving as the Bridging Architect. The Design/Build construction team for the project is builder J.H Fitzmaurice, Inc. with architect SVA Architects. Financial consulting for its unique bond financing structure for a K-12 in California was provided by Dale Scott & Co.

The Gold Nugget Awards honor those who improve our communities through the development of projects with exceptional architectural design and planning excellence.

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Groundbreaking on Historic Faculty & Staff Housing Project

February 12, 2020

Groundbreaking on Historic Faculty & Staff Housing Project

Photograph by Andrew Lie.

Jefferson Union High School District made history on February 5, 2020 with the groundbreaking for a 4-story development featuring 122 apartments to be offered at below market rents to faculty and staff.

The school district is the first in the nation to use bond financing as a solution to the challenges the Jefferson Union High School District has faced in recruiting and retaining faculty and staff, due to the high costs of housing in the region.

Brookwood has been honored to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jefferson Union High School District on this very exciting project.

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Brookwood opens South Florida Office

March 9, 2015 / West Palm Beach

Brookwood Group has opened a Palm Beach office under the direction of Senior Vice President, Mark L. Troen.

Mr. Troen, a senior principal of the firm, has broad responsibilities throughout Brookwood’s organization and its various divisions including: project development activities of Brookwood Equities; strategic real estate services for private investors, corporate entities and the public sector with Brookwood Advisors; and project management activities of Brookwood Project Services.

With 30 years of real estate experience, Mr. Troen has managed more than $10 Billion in transactions, achieving excellent returns on high-risk, turnaround and problem assets including mixed-use, retail, office, industrial, and residential projects nationwide and internationally, ranging in size from $5 Million to $1 Billion and up to 1,000,000 square feet and 3,000 acres.

“Having been associated with Brookwood Group since the early 1990s, I am very excited to be leading operations for Brookwood in South Florida” said Mark Troen.

Previously, Mr. Troen was Managing Partner and Principal of The Winnmark Group, a strategic real estate services and development firm; cofounder of Racebrook Capital Advisors where he specialized in the acquisition of opportunistic real estate assets, non-performing/sub-performing loans, and distressed properties; and Chief Operating Officer of Sheldon Good & Company, one of the most recognized and respected names in real estate auctions in the United States, achieving nearly $400 Million in closed real estate sales during his tenure.

“Opening an office in South Florida under the direction of Mark Troen is a strategic and significant step for our firm,” according to Brookwood’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, S. Shepherd Heery. “With impressive growth in the Southeast and with Florida now the 3rd most populous state in the nation, Brookwood is fortunate to have Mark leading our business in the region, especially given his experience in all aspects of real estate investment and development.”

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Liza Gray joins Brookwood’s Executive Team

July 1, 2014 / Atlanta

Liza G. Gray has returned from New York to Brookwood Group’s Atlanta office and she has accepted an appointment as Vice President of the firm. Now serving as a Brookwood principal, and corporate officer, Liza has a strong track record that includes more than 15 years in managing project development and construction activities.

Liza’s extensive experience at Brookwood includes her work: as a project manager for the restoration and conversion of the historic Atlanta Biltmore Hotel; as a manager for the design phase of the Fine Arts Center at Albany State University; and as assistant project manager for the construction program management of Georgia State University’s Student Recreation Center in downtown Atlanta. She was also involved in the administration and management of design and construction activities for The Wakefield, a luxury cooperative apartment building in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Liza was a key member of Brookwood’s team that served College Partners Inc. (Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) in a complex land swap with the Atlanta Housing Authority. The initial 120-acre land acquisition process coordinated by Brookwood included managing the negotiations, title work, closings, demolition, legal agreements, property management and insurance procurement. Thirty-four parcels owned by separate families or entities were acquired for the three colleges.

During a recent leave of absence from Brookwood Group, Liza was based in New York where she served as the Capital Project Manager for Harlem RBI, a youth development non-profit organization. She managed the design and construction of a $90 million mixed-use project consisting of a K-8 charter school, a non-profit office space, 89 units of affordable housing and the renovation of a public park. The project was a public-private partnership between the NYC Housing Authority, NYC School Construction Authority, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Jonathan Rose Companies and Civic Builders. She coordinated with a New Market Tax Credit consultant to close $26 million in New Market Tax Credits for the school.

Liza holds a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia Institute of Technology College of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Georgia State University.

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Winnmark & Brookwood merge Real Estate Activities;
Mark Troen joins Brookwood as Senior Vice President

June 17, 2014 / New York

Mark L. Troen, Managing Partner and Principal of The Winnmark Group, a long-time affiliate of Brookwood Group, has been appointed Brookwood Senior Vice President. With the merger of The Winnmark Group’s strategic real estate services and development activities, Mark now serves on Brookwood’s Operations Committee and he has broad responsibilities throughout Brookwood’s organization including the identification of development opportunities for Brookwood Equities and strategic real estate services for private investors, corporate entities and the public sector with Brookwood Advisors.

Mark is focused on activities in both the Palm Beach and New York offices, while supporting Brookwood nationally. In connection with this merger, he has become a shareholder of Brookwood Group, Inc.

Mark has experience in all aspects of real estate investment, development and management, including: acquisitions and dispositions; financings and re-financings; asset repositioning, workouts and restructurings; management, leasing, marketing and sales; and construction, redevelopment and new development. He has a multi-disciplinary educational and professional background, with an MBA from the Wharton School and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College, AB cum laude, while majoring in economics.

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Brookwood Advisors Launched

March 12, 2014 / San Francisco

Brookwood Advisors has been formed as the strategic management consulting division of Brookwood Group, Inc. This team of highly experienced executives can provide conceptual and early stage advice to senior managers of corporations and institutions that are contemplating new capital investments in real estate, facilities and campus expansions. Within Brookwood Advisors, extraordinarily creative visioning and conceptual skills coexist with intense commitments to clear project definition, risk mitigation strategies, effective organizational governance and investment returns. Early engagement of Brookwood Advisors can result in the most valuable contributions to project planning and execution. For more information about Brookwood Advisors, please contact Shepherd Heery at (415) 402-0801 or at [email protected].

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Larry Kelley joins Brookwood Group;
Leads Higher Education Practice

January 28, 2014 / Akron

We are extremely pleased to announce that Lawrence R. Kelley has agreed to become a Brookwood Group shareholder and employee. Larry will join Alan Katz, Jim Mueller, Doug Bulleit and Shepherd Heery as a member of Brookwood’s Board of Directors. As a new Principal of Brookwood Group, Larry will lead the firm’s Higher Education practice. This will include strategic advisory services for colleges and universities, collaborative property development activities, and program management services.

As Brookwood’s Managing Principal, Higher Education, Larry will work with every member of our firm, especially including Mark Zuffo who, like Larry, has many years of career experience as an employee of a university. These extraordinarily valuable experiences enable both Larry and Mark, as leaders within Brookwood Group, to help us all more fully understand and effectively serve the needs of our clients and development partners.

For the past decade, Larry has been Brookwood’s client at Cal Poly and Georgia State University. Upon his recent retirement from Cal Poly, Larry and his wife, Diane, relocated from San Luis Obispo to their home state of Ohio. They are based in Akron, which now becomes a new service delivery location for Brookwood Group.

As a former university senior executive officer, Larry has a passion for higher education and, specifically, for discovering and implementing new, better and more cost effective ways to help university leaders deliver services and facilities that ultimately benefit students.

The focus of Larry’s career has been in financial and administrative leadership in both private business and not-for-profit environments. At Cal Poly, Larry was an executive officer in support of the University’s President. During Larry’s nearly twelve years at Cal Poly, twenty major capital projects were completed with a combined cost of $750 million. The projects included new student housing, housing for faculty and staff, a major stadium renovation, new academic and administrative buildings, a recreation center, and a technology park, among others.

At Georgia State University in Atlanta (from 1996 to 2002), Larry was involved in the development of a new recreation center, a second campus outside of Atlanta, acquisition, demolition and construction of a new academic building and an innovative public/private partnership for student housing.

Previously, Larry also served in senior leadership roles at the University of Maine, Kent State, Miami University and the University of Akron where he began his career in higher education as Budget Director.

Larry has been active in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Society for College and University Planning.

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Doug Bulleit serves on Brookwood's Board of Directors

January 14, 2014 / Atlanta

Douglas A. Bulleit is among the new shareholders of Brookwood Group and he will serve on the firm's Board of Directors.

Other new shareholders include Linda & Bill Manry (of Monte Sereno, California), Junwei Zhou (of San Jose and Shanghai), Will Semmes (of Berkeley, California), Claudia Fitch (of San Francisco) and Thomas Farrow (of London).

Doug is semi-retired and remains active in various communications, search and social networking projects particularly as they relate to healthcare consumerism.

From 2006-2012, Doug served as Managing Partner of DCS Health, an Atlanta-based company that he founded. DCS Health was comprised of leading network executives and developed Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) portals and search technologies using proprietary Health over Internet Protocols (HoIP). In 2012, DCS Health Technologies merged with Research Triangle-based Family Heath Network.

Until BellSouth was acquired by AT&T in late 2006, Doug served as BellSouth's Chief Strategist where he focused primarily on core business growth initiatives. In particular, his work resulted in a material expansion of BellSouth's convergent digital networking, broadband/IP, electronic commerce and Managed Services positions. Prior to his corporate-level post at BellSouth, Doug spent six years developing an assortment of enhanced network services during his tenure as President of BellSouth's Advanced Networks Group. Doug also maintained a key position in the fashioning and management of BellSouth’s strategic alliances such as those with CommerceNet, Integrated Communication Systems (ICS), and others.

Before joining BellSouth, Doug founded ICS TranstexT, and before that, he served as Heery International's Vice President of Planning & Corporate Development. Doug was a key executive at Heery International and served in a number of leadership roles at Heery from 1971-1983.

Subsequent to undergraduate studies at Purdue and Georgia Tech, in electrical engineering and information systems respectively, Doug became a registered Professional Engineer in ten states. He also completed the Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Singularity University at NASA Ames and the Management of Technology Program at MIT's Sloane Business School.

In addition to Doug’s new role with Brookwood Group, he has also served on the Boards of Atlanta's Resource Opportunity Center, the Atlanta Metro Group, Point B Communications, Inc. and Atrica Networks, Inc. Board of Advisors as well as the University of Georgia's College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors.

Doug lives in the midtown area of Atlanta and on Lake Burton near Clayton, Georgia.

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Formation of Brookwood Equities LLC

March 1, 2013 / Seattle

Senior principals of San Francisco based Brookwood Group, Inc. and Seattle based JC Mueller LLC have announced the recent formation of Brookwood Equities LLC, a national real estate development and investment firm with offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookwood Group, Inc., Brookwood Equities LLC and its capital partners focus on high density urban and transit-oriented properties in technology-intensive markets. Asset classes include multi-family residential, office and mixed-used projects. The firm also specializes in collaborative public private development partnerships with colleges, universities, municipalities and other public or quasi-public agencies.

Today’s announcement was made by Brookwood’s Chief Executive Officer, S. Shepherd Heery, Brookwood’s President, Alan M. Katz, and Brookwood’s Executive Vice President & Pacific Northwest Region Manager, James C. Mueller. Mr. Mueller became a Brookwood principal in 2012. He also has continuing responsibilities with JC Mueller LLC.

Brookwood also recently announced the promotions of Kenneth R. Klebanoff to Senior Vice President and Mark C. Zuffo as Vice President.

Mr. Klebanoff is based in Atlanta and is the lead executive for activities of Brookwood Equities in the Southeast. He is an experienced developer and architect with significant project experience including high-rise multi-family housing, office/warehouse developments and high-rise office buildings across the United States.

Mr. Zuffo is based in San Francisco. He leads the firms collaborative efforts with colleges and universities throughout North America. Mr. Zuffo recently served as President of the Association of University Real Estate Officers (AUREO). Prior to joining Brookwood in 2011, Mr. Zuffo was the Director of Real Estate Services - Leasing and Property Management for the University of California, San Francisco.

Brookwood Group is an international real estate development, investment, planning, design and management consulting firm that was founded in 1989 by siblings Shepherd and Laura Heery, together with their father, George T. Heery. George Heery serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors The firm is owned by 20 of its principal executives and 8 private investors who are based in the states of Washington, Montana, California, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, New York and Connecticut.

Brookwood has long been regarded as a innovative industry leader, and has a highly collaborative approach, guided by an intense commitment to advancing and protecting the interests of its clients and capital partners. Since 1989, Brookwood Group has completed projects in North America, Europe, Asia and South America with aggregate valuations that exceed US$8 Billion.

JC Mueller LLC was founded in Seattle by James C. Mueller in 2005. Mr. Mueller was formerly the Senior Director of Development with Vulcan, Inc., a Seattle based Paul Allen Company. Previously, Mr. Mueller was an executive with Koll Development. Mr. Mueller serves as Brookwood's partner in Seattle and as one of the firm’s Directors. He leads Brookwood’s activities in the Pacific Northwest.

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Alan Katz named President

June 11, 2012 / San Francisco

Brookwood's CEO, Shepherd Heery, announced the decision by the Board of Directors to name Alan Katz as President of the company. In making the announcement, Shep commented that: “Alan has demonstrated tremendous leadership and skill since joining Brookwood in 2009. He also has pioneered the principles and concepts of Collaborative Public Private Partnerships (CP3s). Alan also now serves as a member of Brookwood's Board of Directors.”





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March 1, 2012 / San Francisco

Since May of 2010, Brookwood has provided a broad range of strategic advisory services to Salesforce including site selection, due diligence, acquisition and development planning for its proposed two million square foot campus in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco.

From July 2011 through February 2012, the team of K|D|A Brookwood provided management services in support of Salesforce for the design and entitlement phases of its proposed Mission Bay campus. The team has included the following firms under sub-contract to Brookwood:

  • KASA Partners LLC
  • Daniel Management Services LLC
  • Owen Adams Consulting and
  • Antaeus Properties

Design Architect, Legorreta + Legorreta of Mexico City, has worked with the San Francisco office of Flad Architects. Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company has provided pre-construction services.

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Poly Canyon Village attains LEED Gold Certification

March 16, 2011 / San Luis Obispo

Heart of New Development

The Plaza at Poly Canyon Village provides residents with services, retail and franchise restaurants.

Carried out by the Bridging project delivery method, Cal Poly’s new Poly Canyon Village at San Luis Obispo is completed, furnished and occupied. In keeping with the school colors of green and gold, the Project was recently awarded a LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Poly Canyon Village aerial view

As seen from the air, it’s clear to see why Poly Canyon Village is regarded as the largest student housing complex undertaken by an American university to date in a single construction program.

Located in San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the project sits at the base of picturesque Poly Canyon. This project is believed to include the largest student housing complex undertaken by an American university to date in a single construction project.

Much more than student housing, the project consists of four and five story apartment buildings comprising 2,676 beds for students in a variety of suite and apartment plans.

The village center has food vendors and retail shops and provides students outdoor recreation areas including a swimming pool as well as study rooms, a knowledge center, and a Post Office. On opposite sides of the village are two 950-car parking decks.

New Housing at Poly Canyon Village

As the largest LEED™ certified project in the California University System, Poly Canyon Village is redefining what can be achieved by a university when employing full Program Management services from pre-design through construction.

The $299 million campus expansion construction program also includes extensive roadway and utilities installations as well as new facilities for the College of Agriculture, built on another site several miles away, replacing those facilities that were previously located on the Poly Canyon Village site.

Brookwood provided full Program Management services for the project from the pre-design planning phase through construction. By employing the Bridging project delivery method the project experienced very cost effective original construction bids within the original budget. The project has had only 5 contractor initiated Change Orders, totaling less than 0.002% of the construction contract price.

Design began in August 2004 with McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., Architects as the Owner’s Design Consultant (“Bridging Architect”). The Bridging type design-build construction contract was awarded to Clark Design/Build of California as a result of competitive proposals. Niles Bolton Associates served as the Contractor’s Architect and Engineers.

Poly Canyon Village is LEED Gold. This certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets high green building and performance measures. Some of the specific items for which Poly Canyon Village will earn certification points include a new storm water system and a 30% water use reduction. The facilities have operable windows and natural ventilation and will recycle 75% of its construction waste. 10% of the total value of the materials in the project will be recycled with 20% of the materials having been manufactured regionally. The structures will use low emitting sealants, paint, carpet and composite wood products. 90% of the regularly occupied spaces will provide daylight and most of the 3,500 windows in the project will have views of the surrounding area. Care was taken in the project’s planning to reduce the number of buildings in the project as well as their footprints, while at the same time retaining the initial requirements of the program.

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Spelman College’s New Residence and Dining Hall

August 18, 2009 / Atlanta

Dining Hall

The curved window "columns" at the ends of the building are common study areas located at the end of the hall on every floor.

“The Suites” is Spelman College’s newest facility. At the opening ceremonies, Spelman College’s president, Dr. Beverly Tatum, stressed the importance of colleges and universities designing and building “green” facilities. She made sure that Spelman was leading the way in this respect, building the first LEED Silver certified facility on a Historically Black College or University campus. 

This high quality and handsome new facility has 300 beds, mostly in single occupancy rooms within suites, a dining hall with a seating capacity of 175, several guest apartments for visiting faculty and trustees, and a structured underground parking garage which accommodates 100 vehicles.

Brookwood served as Spelman’s Program Manager for the project from pre-design planning through construction and furnishing. Under Brookwood’s guidance, the project has been designed for LEED Silver certification with Brookwood adding this requirement for the Design Architect for this Bridging method project as well as in the Bridging Contract Documents for the Design-Build Contractor and its Architectural/Engineering subcontractor. It will be the first LEED certified building on the campus as well as the first LEED certified building on a Historically Black College or University campus.

The Owner’s Design Consultant was Sizemore Group of Atlanta. The Bridging Design-Build Contractor was New South Construction Company of Atlanta. The Contractor’s AE was the architectural and engineering division of The Facility Group of Cobb County, Georgia.

While COO of Facility Design Group, Inc., Ennis Parker served as Principal in Charge for the architectural and engineering design of Spelman College's new student residential building

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Brookwood serving Atlanta Public Schools

July 17, 2009 / Atlanta

Preliminary Study

A major part of Brookwood’s professional practice includes serving education clients in both the public and private sectors, providing construction program management (“program management”), design consulting and planning services. Atlanta Public Schools ("APS") is one of the “K-12” systems for which Brookwood is currently providing services.

The present construction program of the Atlanta Public Schools (a separate governmental body from the City of Atlanta) includes the remodeling, expansion and “greening” of existing schools, as well as the construction of new schools, along with services related to some school closings as the system continues to respond to changing neighborhood needs.

Brookwood project managers, Danny Gutlay and Al Scenna are two members of the Brookwood professional staff who are assigned full time to the Atlanta Public Schools; usually working from the system’s new headquarters in downtown Atlanta. Brookwood is in a joint venture with the firm A. L. Johnson & Associates, project managers, costing consultants and construction schedulers on this program.

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Monongalia County Board of Education Building Program

May 3, 2009 / Morgantown

Monongalia School System

Brookwood has provided a series of full program management and advisory services to the Monongalia County Board of Education at Morgantown, West Virginia, since early 2005.

The six-project school building program included three new schools, Skyview Elementary, Mylan Park Elementary, and Mason Dixon Elementary, and three school expansion projects. Morgantown Senior High received additions including a media center, a distance learning lab, a new lobby and administration offices. Brookwood also provided program management services for the new 217,330 square foot University High School complex. Renovations and additions to Clay-Battelle Middle/High School rounded out the program for the Monongalia County Board of Education.

Monongalia County Board of Education Superintendent, Frank Devono, had this to say about Brookwood: “Brookwood’s attention to detail in the management of the pre-design, design, construction, and closeout phases of all six of the Monongalia County School facilities has been exemplary. The Board, administration, school principals, students, and the community have all been extremely pleased with the results.”

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The Blooming of Buckhead

April 5, 2008 / Atlanta

New Boulevard along Peachtree Road in Buckhead

Looking north on Peachtree Road at the intersection with Piedmont Road, the features of the new boulevard are easy to see. Maintaining six lanes of moving traffic, the corridor includes wider sidewalks, new tree plantings along the curb, bicycle lanes, a center median wide enough to accommodate left turn sideslips, all utilities underground, all new street lighting and more attractive traffic signal boom arms.

Completion of Phase One of the Peachtree Boulevard transformation, carried out as result of the efforts of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, was celebrated in October 2008 with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Shirley Franklin and other community officials. The Peachtree Road transformation is the major enhancement of a section of Peachtree Road in Buckhead into a more livable, walkable, bikeable and drivable avenue.

New Boulevard along Peachtree Road in Buckhead

The new Peachtree “Boulevard” and some of the recent and in-progress new high rise office, retail, hotel and condo projects.

Portion of the full-length study rendering for the new boulevard

One of Brookwoods original design studies along the new “boulevard” in the vicinity of Lenox Square.

In the past twenty years the population of the Atlanta metropolitan area has doubled and the resultant increase in vehicular traffic has created problem spots around the city, on roadways that were never intended or designed to accomodate this increase in volume. As the traffic around the city grew, so too grew the market for high-end, high rise, in-town, multi-family residences, especially along the Buckhead corridor of Peachtree Road. While the increased population density in Buckhead reduced traffic elsewhere, it meant a more constant flow of traffic along Peachtree during the day, and at peak hours the volume became overwhelming.

The idea of developing the street into a destination, not just a thoroughfare, was originally envisioned by Sam Friedman, Chairman of the Buckhead Coalition. The Buckhead Coalition is a group formed by former Mayor Sam Massell and is made up of property owners and others interested in improving the urban development of Buckhead and the well-being of the area.

As a member of the Buckhead Coalition, architect George Heery, Brookwood’s Chairman, contributed preliminary ideas in the form of a study and design concepts for transforming the Peachtree Road corridor into a handsome and more convenient boulevard. This conceptual design, which was based on Sam Friedman’s vision, covered the entire length of Peachtree within the greater Buckhead area, from the Peachtree Street overpass at I-85 at Brookwood Station running northward through the old original Buckhead area to the City Limits on the north.

Later a number of property owners who were associated with the Buckhead Coalition formed the Buckhead Community Improvement District with David Allman of Regent Partners as Chairman of the Board of BCID and with Scotty Green as BCID’s Executive Director.

Brookwood was subsequently retained by the Buckhead Community Improvement District to develop more details of a design for a portion of the Peachtree corridor from just south of the Peachtree-Piedmont intersection to a point north of Phipps Plaza.

Architect Laura Heery, then a member of the Brookwood management team, with her father, George and other members of the Brookwood firm, developed the original concept for the new Peachtree Boulevard. In the development of the concept Laura Heery and the Brookwood team worked closely with David Allman and Scotty Green, both of whom continue to provide guidance and leadership to the BCID and other developments of the Buckhead area.

In the mid 1990s, Brookwood, as both designer and development manager (with George and Shepherd Heery as development principals), broke ground on the highest quality high-rise multi-family project built to date in Atlanta, The Wakefield. The Wakefield is a luxury cooperative located on the Northwest corner of Peachtree Road and West Wesley Road, NW. The building permit for The Wakefield was the first private sector high rise building permit issued within the City of Atlanta in over two years at the time it was issued and the building was sold out shortly after its completion.

It is evident today to those in the real estate development field that The Wakefield set in motion the raising of design and construction quality standards of mid to high rise multi-family housing projects. The Wakefield also sparked the acceptance in the Atlanta market of the idea that very high quality homes could be located in high rise structures with settings that allowed easier access to work, shopping, places of worship and community activities.

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Transaction with LaSalle Partners

January 5, 1998 / Chicago

LaSalle Partners Incorporated (NYSE: LAP) today announced it has acquired two business segments of Satulah Group, a leading national project and facility management service provider with operations across the United States. LaSalle acquired Satulah Project Management operations and the project and facility management software known as SWIMware. Not included in the transaction is the Brookwood Design Group, an Atlanta-based architectural design business formerly under the Satulah banner that now will operate as an independent entity. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

"Adding Satulah Group business to LaSalle Partners is a strong enhancement to our existing project management service," said Stuart L. Scott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Partners. "This transaction also supports LaSalle's long-term growth strategy of expanding our capabilities through a series of domestic and international real estate service firm acquisitions."

With the addition of Satulah, LaSalle Partners Project Management is one of the largest providers of project management services in the country. According to M.G. Rose, President of the Tenant Representation Division of LaSalle Partners Corporate & Financial Services, Inc., LaSalle Partners Project Management now has a strengthened ability to meet client needs in nearly every major city in the United States with offices in New York, Atlanta, Columbus (Ohio), Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and seven other regional locations.

"In addition to this extensive market reach, Satulah Group offers vast experience in managing design and construction projects, especially for clients in the financial services and banking industry," added Mr. Rose.

According to Tod D. Lickerman, President of LaSalle Partners Project Management, "This depth of expertise, coupled with Satulah's effective SWIMware tools and systems, offers significant advantages to clients seeking broad, integrated capabilities for geographically diverse portfolios."

The Satulah Group was founded in 1989 by George T. Heery and his two oldest children, Laura M. Heery and S. Shepherd Heery. Formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Satulah, Shepherd Heery now will serve in a business development capacity for LaSalle Partners in San Francisco.

"We are very pleased to combine our project management resources with LaSalle Partners," said Shepherd Heery. "This is a move that makes sense based on our shared common operating principles, expanded opportunities with Fortune 500 strategic alliance clients, and the long-term career opportunities available to our management and employees."

With over 130 professionals, LaSalle Partners and Satulah together provide a range of interior project management and facilities conversion and consolidation services to clients such as AON, Bank of America, California Federal, Ernst & Young LLP, First National Bank, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Platinum Technology, Sanwa Bank, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Turner Broadcasting, Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, among others. In particular, LaSalle Partners will draw upon Satulah's experience in managing banking industry facilities integration projects such as First Interstate Bank with Wells Fargo Bank, as well as Home Savings with Coast Federal Savings, to serve and develop new client relationships in the financial services industry.

LaSalle Partners Project Management, an operating unit of LaSalle Partners Corporate & Financial Services, Inc., now is one of the nation's foremost providers of integrated occupancy solutions, project management and relocation management for national and international clients. LaSalle Partners Incorporated, founded in 1968, is a leading, vertically-integrated global real estate services firm providing management services, corporate and financial services, and investment management services for public and private corporations and other real estate owners and investors worldwide.

Statements in this press release regarding, among other things, future financial results and performance, achievements, plans and objectives may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance, achievements, plans and objectives of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include those discussed under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's prospectus filed as part of its registration statement (333-25741) with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 17, 1997, as well as in periodic reports filed with the Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Company expectations or results, or any change in events.

SOURCE LaSalle Partners Incorporated

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