GTC of IFMA Professional Only Event

GTC of IFMA Professional Only Event

By Connie Drake, CFM

This year’s annual Professional Only the event was a great success. We had over 40 people attend and had a wonderful venue at the Umstead Hotel. The event itself featured 3 speakers from around The Triangle that talked about how type of Workplace has changed.

The first speaker, Ken Atkins, Director of Economic Development for Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton talked about the new development of Chatham County.  Chatham Park is 7,000 acres where a new Live-Work-Play community is being creating to be the new hub.  This Community will really reshape the geographical area of The Triangle.  Chatham Park will be designed from the beginning to be a sustainable Live-Work-Play community with office buildings, apartments, residential and retail with a huge community park area and over 50 miles of walking and biking trails. Construction is starting now and the community will continue to grow over the next 40 years.

The second speaker was Scott Selig, Associate Vice President of Capital Assets and Real Estate, Duke University, and his job is to manage the real estate that is not on the Duke Campus.  His team manages over 3 million square feet and 350 leases, of which over a million of it is in downtown Durham. They are growing quickly in healthcare and research space.  One of his main goals is to continue to revitalize downtown Durham and make it “The Next Best Thing”.  Downtown Durham is more than just warehouse now thanks to Scott and his team.

The third speaker Gordon Merklein, AICP Executive Director, Real Estate Development University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill talked about the real estate portfolio on the campus and how that has grown and changed.  Back in 2001, they received government money do some improvements to the campus, but lately, there isn’t the funding that they need and they need to find new ways to expand and maintain the campus.  They need to improve to recruit new students and faculty. One of the ways they are doing this is to create a new 12 acre site on Franklin Street that will be a mixed use buildings and a Public/Private venue.  This complex will be office space, retail and apartments with over 800 parking spaces.  This project should be a win-win for the whole town of Chapel Hill and the University.

Following the event, the Professional Members along with the Chapter’s Annual Sponsors, attended a 2 hour reception.  This Reception allowed everyone an opportunity to network together.  Thank you to our Chapters Sponsors for making these types of events possible.