Oklahoman Takes Helm of NAHB

Oklahoma is at the helm of the National Association of Home Builders.
As first reported on tulsabusiness.com, Joe Robson, founder and president of Tulsa-based The Robson Companies Inc., was elected 2009 chairman of the board of the NAHB.
Robson has long been a driving force in local, state and national home builder associations. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1990, has served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association since 1990 and was the association’s president in 1993.
Locally, he has served on the board of directors of the Tulsa Home Builders Association since 1986 and was the association’s president in 1991 and 1992.
Robson said he expects to draw on his experience to help NAHB members during the housing downturn.
“These are challenging times,” Robson said. “We don’t expect a significant turnaround this year, but it appears we are near the bottom, and we have reason to hope that we will come out of 2009 on a modest upswing.”
Though deemed relatively recession proof, Tulsa stands to benefit from national economic improvement.
“Fortunately, Tulsa is fairing better than most of the country. We never got that far out of whack,” Robson said. “Unfortunately, we can’t be an island forever. We have to get the rest of the country going again so we can hopefully only experience a small dip as opposed to what everyone else is facing.”
Robson has been working with federal lawmakers and regulators to find ways to shore up the housing market and renew confidence in the American economy.
“We look forward to working with the Obama Administration and the new Congress to develop policies that will help families facing foreclosure, stabilize home prices and put America’s home builders back to work as the engine of the economy,” Robson said. “NAHB will be pushing very hard for an economic stimulus package that recognizes the important role that residential construction plays in generating economic activity and jobs.”
In recent testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Robson noted that the Troubled Asset Relief Program, up to this point, has failed to expand the flow of credit to business and consumers on competitive terms, and favors stricter regulations on how the money is spent.
“There really weren’t any rules on the TARP money,” he said. “A lot of banks used it to simply shore up their books or to acquire other failing banks. That doesn’t get the money to main street, where it was supposed to end up. They need to be lending that money to stimulate the economy.”
In addition to Robson, the NAHB elected three other senior officers to top leadership positions:
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based home builder Bob Jones was elected first vice chairman of the board. Jones is president of Robert R. Jones Homes.
Reno, Nev.-based builder Bob Nielsen was elected second vice chairman. He is president of Shelter Properties.
Barry Rutenberg, a Gainesville, Fla.-based home builder, was elected third vice chairman. He is president of Barry Rutenberg and Associates Inc.
2008 NAHB Chairman of the Board Sandy Dunn remains on the leadership ladder as immediate past chairman. She is president of Point Pleasant, W. Va.-based B.J. Builders Inc.
Centennial Waterfall Gains International Acclaim
Caviness Landscape Design Inc. won an international award from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals for its design of the Oklahoma Centennial Waterfall at State Fair Park.
The Edmond-based landscape and pool firm won the 2008 Silver Award in the Commercial Water Feature category for the 11-foot-tall, 24-foot-wide lighted waterfall that has become a focal point at the fair park.
“When people see the waterfall they just want to enjoy it,” said Tim O’Toole, fair park president and general manager. “It’s a magnet within itself and is just a spectacular addition to our grounds.”
Kelly Caviness, owner of Caviness Landscape Design, said winning an award was the last thing on his mind when he designed the project, which includes a Color Kinetic lighting system capable of displaying millions of colors.
“I was really trying to see this project from every angle,” Caviness said. “I wanted people to be able to interact with it and for it to look as cool at night as it does during the day.”
Caviness says he’s honored to win such a prestigious award that brings international attention to the state.
The Centennial Waterfall is not the only project for which Caviness Landscape Design was honored. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals also awarded Caviness a Silver Award in the Residential Water Feature category for the 70-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall waterfall the company designed on a 130-acre private residence in north Oklahoma City. Like the Centennial Waterfall, the residential project has Color Kinetic lighting and cascades into a lake.
“This waterfall is about a quarter of a mile away from the actual house, so our challenge was to build it big enough so it can be enjoyed from the house,” Caviness said.
Caviness Landscape Design, Inc. is the only Oklahoma company to win an award from the APSP.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is the world’s largest international trade association representing the swimming pool, spa, hot tub and recreational water industries with a mission to enhance the business success of members. The over 4,500 member companies of the APSP include manufacturers, distributors, designers, builders, installers, retailers and service professionals. APSP members adhere to a code of business ethics and share a commitment to public health and safety in the use of pools, spas and hot tubs.
Walter P. Moore Announces Promotions
Walter P. Moore recently announced the promotion of two employees in the firm’s Tulsa office.
Hollis Allen, P.E., has been named senior associate. Bill Diedrich has been named associate.
A national engineering and consulting firm, Walter P. Moore creates solutions that help clients turn their ideas into structures and infrastructures that work. The company has been recognized for great client service, engineering excellence and as a “best place to work.” In 2006, the firm celebrated its 75th anniversary.
PCM Announces Green Build
PMC Homes Corp., announced it will be the pioneer of green homebuilding in the Tulsa area by constructing the first National Association of Homebuilders Certified “Green Home.”
PMC will partner with KTUL so viewers will be able to watch the evolution of the build and get educated at the same time on the benefits of building green.
“Building green used to be too expensive and impractical,” said Bo Armentrout, sales manager for PMC Homes. “Now, building green is a better investment for the earth and your bank account by using both earth friendly techniques and materials while saving you money with lower heating/cooling bills. A green home is simply a great investment.”
The PMC Green Home is located at 20511 E. 32nd St. South in the Renaissance Park subdivision in Broken Arrow and will be the PMC Model home in that neighborhood.
PMC Homes has been in business for over 21 years.
Steve Harris, president and founder of PMC Homes Corp., was recently deemed a “Certified Green Professional” by the National Association of Homebuilders. This certification is currently held by only 5 Greater Tulsa homebuilders.
CB Richard Ellis Completes Transactions
CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma announces that negotiations have been completed on the following transactions:
Tulsa City-County Library Commission purchased 32,565 SF at 1339 North Lansing for $1,400,000.00. The seller was Kathleen H. Moore. Bobby Pielsticker, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Acre Drive LLC has purchased 0.6 acres at 2125 Southeast Washington Boulevard in Bartlesville for $355,000.00. The seller was Southeast Restaurant Properties LLC. Mark Rooney with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma represented the seller and David Glasgow, Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM and Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma represented the buyer.
Medley Material Handling has purchased 25,070 SF at 10910 East 56th Street South for $950,000.00. The seller was J&R Investments of Afton, Okla. Shawna Hale, Dwayne Flynn, SIOR, CCIM and Bill Mizener, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Anthony W. Hunter has purchased 6,000 SF at 2874 North Sheridan Road for $225,000.00. The sellers were Roy L. Hull and Jerry Hull. Shawna Hale, Dwayne Flynn, SIOR, CCIM and Bill Mizener, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Tooman Partners Makes Sales
Triad Business Group LLC has purchased a 20,236-SF office building at 1609 S. Boston Ave. for $875,000 from Robert Monnet. Ken Tooman, SIOR, CSM, of Tooman Partners LLC represented the buyer. Larry Kelley of Herndon and Kelly Co. represented the seller.
Pouge Properties LLC has purchased Lot 1, Block 1 of Tuscany Pointe Office Park for $198,500 from Rowland Real Estate LLC. Ken Tooman, SIOR, CSM represented the buyer. Carl Vincent and Phil Ashley of Corporate Realty Advisors LLC represented the seller.
Leases
Forward Air Inc. has leased 17,664 SF at Braniff Park West, 10590 East Pine. Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM, Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Young’s Deli has renewed their lease for 1,122 SF at Meridian Tower, 5100 East Skelly Drive. Terry Payne, SIOR and Mary Martin, SIOR, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Maggie Moos has leased 1,633 SF at Woodland Crossing, 7111 South Memorial. Mendy Parish, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Chamras Asset Recovery Specialists has leased 5,000 SF of industrial space at 5305 S. 24th W. Ave. The property has approximately two acres of fenced storage yard. Doug Bauer, CCIM and Brian Beam with Bauer & Associates handled the lease.
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Sara Lee Corp. has renewed their lease for 45,000 SF at Space Center East, 12027 East 51st Street. Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM, Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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McJunkin Red Man Corp. has leased 10,018 SF at 2 Houston Center, 909 Fannin Street in Houston, Texas. Angela West, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma along with Mary Maxey with CB Richard Ellis in Houston handled the negotiations.
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Cardinal Health 414 LLC has renewed their lease for 6,024 SF at Mingo Valley Trade Center, 10205 East 61st Street. Bob Pielsticker, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Palmerton & Parrish Inc. has leased 1,500 SF at Metro Warehouse, 5616 South 122nd East Avenue. Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM, Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Tulsa Pest Services Inc. has renewed their lease for 1,250 SF at Jenks Trade Center, 8446 South Peoria. Jim Brown, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Weaver Drug Testing Lab has leased 3000 SF at 1619 S. Boulder. ETL Inc. is the landlord. Warren Stewart of Tooman Partners LLC handled the transaction.
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Perfect Practice has leased 35,481 SF in the Park Lane Shopping Center, 4950 S. Sheridan. Larry Manley of Bauer and Associates Inc. represented the landlord. Tulio Remington of Remington Commercial Properties LLC represented the tenant.
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Wright Business School has leased 16,400 SF in Park Lane Shopping Center. Larry Manley and Monte Stewart of Bauer and Associates Inc. represented the landlord. Ken Tooman, SIOR, CSM, represented the tenant.



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