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The Hampshire Companies Awarded NJ-NAIOP’s Coveted Economic Impact Deal of the Year

Newark, N.J.

The Hampshire Companies, a full-service, private real estate investment firm with equity in assets valued at over $2 billion, has been awarded the highly coveted Economic Impact Deal of the Year Award from the New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NJ-NAIOP). Hampshire received the award in conjunction with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., GVA Williams and The Medicines Company at the Twenty-First Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.

The award was given for Hampshire’s vision, creativity and determination in repositioning and leasing 8 Sylvan Way in Parsippany, N.J., which Hampshire acquired in 2005. Hampshire collaborated with Cushman & Wakefield to develop an ambitious and well-researched plan that was consistent with Hampshire’s strategic vision to create substantial added value to the property. This resulted in an opportunity to breathe new life into an aging and out-dated Class-B property and transform it into a first-class office building.

Together with HLW Architects, Hampshire designed a plan to take the 100,000-square-foot building down to the steel and rebuild a new 175,000-square-foot headquarters quality Class-A office building. In addition, Hampshire was able to preserve the property’s open space park-like setting, and added as many LEED initiatives as possible.

Just prior to breaking ground in late 2007, the opportunity to offer the building on a long-term lease basis to The Medicines Company as their new world headquarters presented itself. Together with Moore Horizons and HLW Architects, Hampshire was able to create an “explosion” movie which was able to achieve in motion picture format what was basically impossible to do with renderings, allowing The Medicines Company and GVA Williams, their exclusive broker, to visualize the entire process from start to finish in just 30 seconds.

“Hampshire was able to meet all the timing, growth and quality requirements of The Medicines Company in this redevelopment and expansion, and accommodate both the short-term objectives for The Medicine Company’s current employee base as well as the long-term growth opportunities for the company,” said Todd Anderson, Principal of The Hampshire Companies. “From start to finish, this transaction required an incredible amount of teamwork. This truly is a great honor for everyone involved.”

About The Hampshire Companies
The Hampshire Companies is a full-service, private real estate firm based in Morristown, New Jersey. The Hampshire Companies is a vibrant, dynamic organization that combines creative vision and superior execution, thereby enabling it to create and enhance value in real estate investments. Additional information on The Hampshire Companies is available online at HampshireRE.com.

Tiffany Miller
R&J Public Relations