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Public Service
For Immediate Release
Media contact: Nat Schwartz
October 26, 2003

(NatMax previously known as ThinkSpeed, Inc.)


Washington, D.C. - Award-winning Abdo Development, a District of Columbia real estate development company that converts historic structures into luxury condominiums, has teamed with ThinkSpeed, Inc. a computer animation and multimedia company specializing in architectural, corporate and broadcast animation, to bring pre-construction buyers a more realistic and compelling way to see how a total renovation will look when completed. This partnership has delivered the virtual Bryan School lofts photo-realistic “tv quality” computer animation and presentation to prospective buyers over the Internet and on CD-ROM. These top-end urban lofts are located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

ThinkSpeed created a three-minute photorealistic animated movie directly from Abdo Development’s evolving blueprints. Computer models are accurate to scale, fixtures consistent with planned use and meticulous care was given to the lighting in each room and the choice and placement of furniture, with an emphasis on the way the animation and other materials were presented to showcase the lofts’ most compelling features. All of the rooms feel spacious, comfortable and appealing, making the viewer feel like they are experiencing the actual environment. A CD-ROM, photo-quality still images, and website pages showcasing the animated movie were among the delivered products.

“Pre-visualization animated tours created by ThinkSpeed offer an incomparable value to potential buyers,” says Jim Abdo, president of Abdo Development. “They allow prospective homebuyers to preview the lofts to see how stunning and elegant they will be, even before we’ve begun construction. Several units have already been sold using this web-enabled tool from as far away as Russia.”

The 40,000 square foot historic landmark building (circa 1906) is located at 1315 Independence Ave, S.E., six blocks from the Eastern Market Metro and nearby conveniences. The building is on one of the highest sites on Capitol Hill, providing panoramic views of the Capitol, monuments, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The Bryan School will be part of Bryan Square, which will feature separate town homes by Eakin/Youngentob, Associates.

The Bryan School will feature soaring 17-foot ceilings and 10-foot-tall windows. The two elegant entrances of the building feature stone columns and pediments. Average-sized lofts will be 2,200 square feet. Other features will include a 32x32 foot
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grand living room/dining room/kitchen; private parking garages and/or outdoor parking spaces for all units; guest spaces; romantic outdoor terraces; patios and decks for select units; innovative lighting; designer baths; deluxe kitchens; and incredible light-filled entertaining spaces in every unit. Prices begin in the $300,000’s.

To view the Bryan School Lofts virtual reality experience, go to or

About Abdo Development:
Abdo Development is a District of Columbia construction/development company that specializes in luxury condominium development. James J. Abdo, its President and CEO incorporated the firm in 1996.

Abdo Development concentrates its development in the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Capital Hill historic districts of Washington, D.C. To date, the company has completed over thirty condominium or luxury apartment buildings in Washington. Many of these buildings are historic structures that require complete restoration and conversion.

Mr. Abdo works closely with the DC Historic Preservation Office as well as the many citizen groups that are active in these neighborhoods. The company has received critical acclaim from within the community and the press for its responsible approach to development and is considered a leader in the renewal of these historic districts. Within the last year, Abdo Development has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, News Channel 8, The Washington Times, Washington Business Journal, Capital Style, and other national and international design magazines.

For more information regarding any of Abdo Development’s properties,
call (202) 265-9393.


About ThinkSpeed, Inc.:
ThinkSpeed is an animation and multimedia production company, with a mission to create intelligent visual communication solutions that convey your message with elegance and precision. ThinkSpeed helps to visualize commercial architectural projects such as retail centers, high-rise offices, resorts and institutional projects, and residential projects such as master planned communities, apartments, time-shares and individual homes. ThinkSpeed offers complete end-to-end production services, which deliver the marketing and sales media you need, ready for distribution to your sales force.  
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