HAL FERRIS Principal
Hal founded Spectrum Development Solutions in 2008 with an emphasis on community focused development. Hal has developed over 12,000 beds of student housing for 10 Public and Private Universities in the Pacific Northwest and his diverse experience includes a variety of project types. Notable recent projects include: The Publix, a historic adaptive reuse and new multifamily housing; University of Washington West Campus Student Village, an urban student housing mixed-use community; University of Washington North Campus Phase IVa and IVb; Uwajimaya Village; Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma; and the Meridian Center for Health, a community health center.
Hal serves on the advisory board for the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, the Housing and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee for the City of Seattle, is Vice Chair of the Seattle Housing Levy Oversight Committee, and a board member of Forterra Enterprises as well as Board member and past Chair of ULI Northwest and past Chair of the Bellevue Planning Commission. Prior to founding Spectrum, Hal was a partner with Lorig Associates and a partner with WG Clark Construction. Hal earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the University of Portland.
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JAKE MCKINSTRY Principal
Jake’s development expertise spans both new transit oriented mixed-use development work as well as historic renovations and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Jake started his career developing affordable housing projects in New York City before returning home to Seattle. His current clients range from Saint Mark’s Cathedral, to Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. Most recently Jake led Spectrum’s development efforts for three new mixed-use use projects (Anthem, Decibel, and Reverb) which created almost 300 apartments of workforce housing for young professionals, teachers, nurses, and civil servants. Prior to Spectrum Jake worked for the Seneca Group managing complex projects ranging from the historic renovation of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), the Douglas Residence Hall at Seattle University, and other private developments.
Jake currently serves on the Seattle Planning Commission and the Urban Land Institute’s Transit Oriented Development Product Council. He has also served on a working group the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) as well as a Technical Advisory Panel for the Seattle Housing Levy and on the King County Affordable Housing Bonds and Strategies Advisory Group. In 2015 Jake was selected by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” honorees spotlighting the top business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership.
He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the French American School of Puget Sound, chairing the Real Estate Committee, where his two children currently attend school.
Jake grew up in Seattle attending Lakeside School and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
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GABRIEL GRANT Principal
Gabe is a Seattle native with a passion for creating great places and a deep commitment to civic affairs. He brings a strong multi-disciplinary approach to real estate and has extensive experience identifying investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating complex real estate transactions, and managing the development and creative repositioning of a variety of asset types. At Spectrum, Gabe is currently leading a number of workforce and student housing development projects. Prior to Spectrum, Gabe was Vice President of HAL Real Estate Investments where he was responsible for the financial performance of a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate assets in the Seattle metro area and overseeing acquisitions and dispositions. Representative projects include: the downtown City Target store; Polyclinic Madison Center on First Hill (Winner of NAIOP “Deal of the Year”); and the Pacific Commercial Building in Pioneer Square. Gabe began his real estate career at Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) in Boston, working on complex mixed-income multifamily acquisition and renovation projects.
Gabe is a board member of Bellwether Housing has served on numerous civic commissions, including the HALA Committee, the Historic Seattle Public Development Authority and the Downtown Seattle Design Review Board, and has been honored as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40” spotlighting the top business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industry. Gabe is a former Fulbright scholar, has a BA from the University of Washington, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School.