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Convene to Open Washington Area's First Meeting and Events Center within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II


Tysons Corner, Virginia, July 18, 2013 - Lerner Enterprises, one of Washington, D.C.’s largest private real estate developers, announced today that Convene, a developer and provider of specialized conference spaces and integrated services for off-site professional meetings, has leased 15,000 square feet at The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  The new conference and meeting center will be located on the lobby level within 1800 Tysons Boulevard.  Convene’s space, which includes the building’s iconic oriel window that provides picturesque views of both Tysons Boulevard and Galleria Drive, is projected to open in the fall of 2013. 

Originally known as Sentry Centers, Convene was founded in 2009 by entrepreneurs Christopher Kelly and Ryan Simonetti with the goal of creating a new category of dedicated conference space that enhances the productivity and overall experience of off-site meetings.  The company currently employs nearly 100 empowered, passionate staff members – many with hotel, hospitality and corporate meeting backgrounds – all services are in-sourced and administered by Convene.  Convene currently has centers in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. 

“We are excited to welcome Convene to 1800 Tysons Boulevard and to the Greater Washington region,” stated Mark D. Lerner, a principal of Lerner.  “Convene’s use complements our existing tenants within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II as it provides a world-class conference facility that is walking distance to their offices, and accommodations for their guests including the forthcoming Tysons Corner Metro station, the many chic shops and restaurants within Tysons Galleria, and The Ritz-Carlton ∙ Tysons Corner,” he added. 

1800 Tysons Boulevard is the closest office building to the soon to open Tysons Corner Metro Station.  The building is a 12-story 320,000 square foot, Class ‘A’ office building located within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II. The award-winning Kohn Pederson Fox designed building features a climate controlled walkway connected to the premier shopping and dining destination, Tysons Galleria, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel ∙ Tysons Corner.  The state-of-the-art building includes a high-tech lobby, state-of-the-art telecommunications system, stainless steel and granite accents, on-site Concierge Service, a café, a fitness center and prestigious neighbors including PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Houlihan Lokey, LLC, and HSBC Bank among others.   

Lerner was represented by Brian F. Tucker and John B. Dragelin of the Virginia office of Cushman & Wakefield.  Convene was represented by Josh F. Peyton of Avison Young’s Washington D.C. office.

About The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II

The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II (Tysons2.com) is recognized as the most prestigious address in the Washington D.C. Metro region.  Tysons II is a master planned development containing high-end retail, office, hotel and residential projects. Located where Chain Bridge Road meets International Drive, The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II is footsteps from the new Tysons Corner Metro Station, scheduled to open in 2014.  Within the 117 acre development is Tysons Galleria, an 800,000 square foot luxury shopping destination featuring Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and dozens of shops with the latest fashion trends, numerous destination restaurants including a gourmet food court; 1600 Tysons Boulevard, a 308,000 rentable square foot office tower; 1650 Tysons Boulevard, a 395,000 square foot office tower; 1750 Tysons Boulevard which includes The Palm restaurant, a 405,000 square foot office tower; 1800 Tysons Boulevard, a 320,000 square foot office tower; and Lillian Court at Tysons II, a 286 unit award winning luxury condominium project, all of which were originally developed by Lerner.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel • Tysons Corner, which is also within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, was previously named one of the top 50 hotels in the United States by Condé Naste Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards and offers elegant accommodations and superior personal service. 

About Lerner Enterprises

Lerner Enterprises (Lerner.com) of Rockville, Maryland, founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, is one of Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developers and is involved in all phases of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use real estate.  This includes planning, development, construction, leasing and asset and property management.  Lerner has developed and currently manages more than 20 million square feet of office buildings, retail centers and residential communities.  Lerner's office portfolio is comprised of many  well-known developments including: The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II (Tysons2.com), Tysons Corner, VA; 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (TowerOaks.com) with LEED® Platinum Certification, Rockville, MD; The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center (DullesTownCenter.com), Dulles, VA; Washington Square (WashingtonSquareDC.com),  Washington, D.C.; Fallsgrove Village Office Center (FallsgroveOffice.com), Rockville, MD; White Flint North, North Bethesda, MD; 20 M Street, SE (20MStreetSE.com) with LEED® Gold Certification, Washington, D.C.; 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.; Flint Hill Park (FlintHillOfficePark.com), Fairfax, VA; and 7799 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, among many others.

Lerner’s newest developments include Fallsgrove Plaza, a 110,000 Square Foot medical | office building in Rockville, MD that is designed for LEED® Gold Certification, with delivery scheduled for late 2013, and Windmill Parc at Dulles Town Center, a 433-unit luxury apartment home community in Dulles, Loudoun County, Virginia that is projected to open in phases with the first residents moving in the fall of 2014.