Building owner Piedmont Office Realty Trust was represented inthe lease transactions by Smith and Mike Curran. Veolia will occupythe entire 79th floor of the building, which will serve as thefirm's North American headquarters. The firm, which will be movinginto the new space in August, will be consolidating people fromseveral different locations and did not previously have a separateheadquarters for its operations, Smith says. Veolia was representedin the lease transaction by Leslie George, Kevin Duckler and ScotWarady, all with Newmark Knight Frank. The firm received a tenantimprovement allowance and some free rent.

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Jones Lang LaSalle is expanding the amount of space it occupiesin the building to a total of more than 164,000 sf on the 43rdthrough 47th floors. The term for the expanded space is coterminouswith the firm's existing lease, which has eight years remaining,Smith says. The firm will move into the new space in the thirdquarter. Steve Steinmeyer, with JLL, represented the firm in thelease transaction. The firm received a tenant improvementallowance, Smith says.

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The center is more than 90% occupied. The asking lease rate isbetween $16 per sf and $20 per sf net, Smith says. Other tenantsinclude Aon and DDB Needham.

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