If you’re like us, you’re always on the hunt for interesting networking events in Seattle that bring together business leaders, architects, and developers. We found an abundance of real estate networking events this quarter, and we hope to see you there!

CREW Sound Bytes: Networking Roundtable

  • Where: Washington Athletic Club
  • When: January 9, 11:30 – 1:00
  • Cost: Members $55, Nonmembers $65

Bring your elevator pitch, enthusiasm to meet new people, and at least 15 business cards to the WAC for the January 9th luncheon. This event is designed to give you meaningful connections and help you ask for business, personal growth, and/or other opportunities you’re seeking! You’ll be asked what your industry focus is when you register and you’ll be assigned a table of 9 others with the goal of providing a diverse mix of industry professionals to maximum networking.

The first twenty minutes will be for holiday catch-ups with CREW friends and warming up your personal introduction. We’ll then be seated for lunch and listen to announcements by our president, Ashley Sherwood. The next hour will be all about interesting conversations and getting to know the other 9 at your table. Table captains are equipped with questions to keep the conversation going and ensure everyone is heard. Collect business cards and create connections!

Social Impact Networking Happy Hour

  • Where: Optimism Brewing Company  |  1158 Broadway
  • When: January 14, 6:00 PM
  • Cost:  $5

A casual and fun networking opportunity for professionals interested in social impact careers with nonprofits, government, or socially responsible businesses. Whether you’re currently employed, looking to grow your team, or searching for new opportunities, come out to meet new people, build your network, and learn more about social sector work happening in Seattle.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to a community-based organization working on employment or job training initiatives in the Seattle area.

Bisnow: Seattle 2020 Forecast

  • Where: Renaissance Seattle Hotel  |  515 Madison St.
  • When: January 15, 8:00 – 11:00 am
  • Cost:  $99+

You’ll learn about the state of the multifamily and office investment market in Seattle and how these trends affect the whole Puget Sound. Speakers will explore the recent tech boom impact on commercial real estate investment, how sports and retail affect the Seattle market, and How the political climate, specifically foreign influence, is shaping the market. Super trends in tourism will also be covered.

WID: Guided Tour of CitizenM Hotel

  • Where: CitizenM – 201 Westlake Ave N.
  • When: January 16, 4:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $5

A European brand hotel built for the business traveler. All 264 guest rooms have been prefabricated off-site in a European manufacturing facility which reduced construction by three months compared to traditional building methods. The prefabrication process significantly reduces pollution and waste associated with construction. Attendees will learn about technology and sustainability goals; unique challenges in the pre-fabrication process; anticipated performance; and implications for the construction industry. Speakers include Suykee Pang of Gensler, Cress Wakefield of Arup, and Lucas Whitesell of Arup.

NAIOP 2020 Economic Forecast

  • Where: Greater Tacoma Convention Center
  • When: January 23, 11:00 – 1:30
  • Cost: Members $50, Nonmembers $70

NAIOPWA is proud to assemble a panel of the top national institutional investors in our market for our annual South Sound Economic Forecast. Come listen to the experts driving commercial investment in the Puget Sound region; get their perspective as to why the region is the top industrial investment market on the west coast, and hear why land prices and building values are setting national records.

What does it mean for your industry and how do you capitalize on their knowledge? How long will it last? To answer these questions, back again is the always entertaining Lynn Michaelis, Partner at Forest Economic Advisors and former Chief Economist of Weyerhaeuser, who will compare last year’s economic outlook to this year’s and give insight to where the economy may be headed.

2020 Medical Design Forum: Caring for People Caring for the Planet

  • Where: Mount Baker Community Club
  • When: February 6-7
  • Cost: $100 – $712

This year’s Medical Design Forum presents two days of interdisciplinary presentations, design case studies and conversations about how to address the magnitude of the climate crisis while meeting regulatory requirements aimed at ensuring a safe and healthy environment for patients. What are the obstacles to achieving sustainability goals in healthcare environments, and how can design teams, owners, providers, and communities respond? What are the policies and processes that support high-performance building strategies? What is driving innovation in community healthcare, rural communities, and urban organizations right now, and what can we expect next? We invite AEC and healthcare professionals to join us in exploring actionable solutions for better care–for people and the planet.

CREW Wood, Energy, and Structural Code Changes: What’s the Impact on Construction

  • Where: Washington Athletic Club
  • When: February 13, 11:30 – 1:00
  • Cost: Members $55, Nonmembers $75

​2020 will hold a host of building code changes in Seattle, the most interesting of which will be in the mass timber, energy, and structural arenas. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the changes and what it will mean for construction in Seattle versus the Eastside.

NAIOP February Breakfast: The Future of Co-Living

  • Where: Four Seasons Seattle – 99 Union Street
  • When: February 26, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
  • Cost: TBD

Co-living is a convenient, affordable housing model where residents share interests, values, and/or intentions. It can produce positive outcomes for developers and renters through density-driven design and community-centric buildings. Our panelists, representing leading companies in this new residential category, will discuss strategies and trends in co-living, provide insight into how to attract the capital necessary to finance and develop successful co-living ventures and share their thoughts on its future.

Speakers include Christopher Bledsoe, Co-Founder and CEO of Ollie, and others to be announced.

NAIOP March Breakfast: 2020 Real Estate Challenge

  • Where: Eastside Location TBD
  • When: February 26, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
  • Cost: TBD

Join the Real Estate Challenge Committee for the culmination of the 17th annual challenge, and hear from a panel of experts on downtown Bellevue and Eastside growth and development. Teams from the University of British Columbia, the University of Washington and Portland State University will compete to design the best proposal for the sponsor site. Speakers include: Scott Matthews, Senior Director of Real Estate, Vulcan Real Estate; and Ed McGovern, Managing Director, Security Properties

Bisnow: Seattle Architecture and Design

  • Where: TBD
  • When: February 27, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
  • Cost: $89+

Topics will include: The methods leading architects are taking to improve cost savings (Is mass timber the solution?); with new LEED requirements in place, what design innovations will we see more of in Seattle? How are interior architects incorporating smart tech into their projects? As tech workers stream into Seattle, what additions and amenities are architects utilizing to increase end-user productivity and experience? How are architects of the biggest Seattle developments working with developers, GCs, etc. to ensure projects fit the needs of tenants?

CREW March Luncheon

  • ​Where: CREW Washington Athletic Club
  • When: March 12, 11:30 – 1:00
  • Cost: Members $55, Nonmembers $75

Are you interested in networking with our DC area team? Here are the networking events coming to Washington DC in Q1. 

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