Development Ownership

Doug Poutasse

Market Perspectives: U.S. and Canada Real Estate Outlook 

National Forums Symposium 2019 Keynote Address: Audio recording and blog recap. Listen to the audio recording of Douglas Poutasse, Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Research, Bentall Kennedy and keynote at the National Forums Symposium, providing his expert outlook for the economy, capital markets and property markets in Canada and the U.S. (NAIOP members only), or read the recap on NAIOP’s Market Share blog.

Greg Lindsay

Cities-as-a-Service: What Does the On-Demand Economy Mean for Real Estate? 

National Forums Symposium 2018 Keynote Address: Video, audio recording and blog recap. Listen to the audio recording of Greg Lindsay, NewCities Foundation Senior Fellow and keynote at the National Forums Symposium, on how cities as a service are changing how we live, work, move and more, watch the video (NAIOP members only), or read the recap on NAIOP’s Market Share blog.

Greg Healy, Last Mile 2018

Critical Components of Last Mile Transportation 

Session recording from CRE.Insights: The Last Mile, March 5-6, 2018, in Seattle.

Lanne, Klimek, Mercer, Last Mile 18

Designing for the Last Mile 

Session recording from CRE.Insights: The Last Mile, March 5-6, 2018, in Seattle.

Kenney, Powers, Roe, Last Mile 18

Fresh Approaches to E-grocery Logistics 

Session recording from CRE.Insights: The Last Mile, March 5-6, 2018, in Seattle.

David Schwebel, Last Mile 18

Humans vs. Robots: The Automated Age of Industrial 

Session recording from CRE.Insights: The Last Mile, March 5-6, 2018, in Seattle.

Warshak, Kolpa, Last Mile 18

The Future of Urban Industrial: Georgetown Crossroads Case Study 

Session recording from CRE.Insights: The Last Mile, March 5-6, 2018, in Seattle.

Ben Conwell, Last Mile 18

Where Retail and Industrial Intersect 

Session recording from CRE.Insights: The Last Mile, March 5-6, 2018, in Seattle.

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Follow the Freight: I.CON Attendees Get a Close-Up View, From Cargo Ship to Cross-Dock Facility

Some lucky 2015 I.CON attendees were treated to a “Follow the Freight” tour that gave them a first-hand look at how freight is unloaded from a vessel, put on a truck or a rail car and transported to intermodal distribution centers.

I.CON 2015

Lower Energy Costs Bring More Manufacturing Back to US

In a reversal of a decades-long trend, manufacturing is returning to the U.S. According to a panel at I.CON, The Industrial Conference, June 10-11, in Long Beach, California, this trend should continue into at least the next decade.

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Capital Markets Outlook

Moderate office development activity in most markets, combined with an incredible inflow of capital from new sources wanting to invest in U.S. office properties, has resulted in competition for transactions and pressure on pricing, at a scale never before seen, according to speakers at the first session of NAIOP’s inaugural O.CON, The Office Conference, held at the JW Marriott Houston on June 24 and 25.

I.CON 2015

Four Trends in Foreign Investment in U.S. Industrial Real Estate

In their search for asset preservation and yield, foreign investors have an almost insatiable appetite for U.S. industrial real estate.

O.CON 2015

Taking the Leap Into Spec Office Development

Plenty of opportunities exist for speculative office development, as long as developers make smart decisions about where and what type of product they develop, according to panelists at NAIOP’s inaugural O.CON, The Office Conference, held at the JW Marriott Houston on June 24 and 25.

ICON 2015

Industrial Is Hitting on All Cylinders

Even though the market is beginning to look “frothy,” these are the best of times for industrial real estate--but what happens if interest rates suddenly jump and alternative investments become a better buy? Find out in an overview of the CEO Power Player session at I.CON '15.

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South Korea's Smart Work Centers, by Citiscope

According to a Citiscope article, South Korean government workers already may be working in “the office setup of the future.” The federal and municipal governments both operate “smart work centers” that enable employees to avoid long commutes at least several days a week.

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Drones as Construction Workers? by Business Insider

Developers already are using drones to survey and photograph construction sites. Now, according to a recent Business Insider article, scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed drones that can weave cord into rope bridges. Will these flying robots become be the construction crews of tomorrow?

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The World's 10 Coolest Parking Garages, by Zipcar

Does “cool parking garage” sound like an oxymoron? Maybe that’s because most garages are boxy, unimaginative concrete structures. A post on Zipcar’s “Ziptopia” blog offers photos and descriptions of 10 garages from around the globe that “are actually really, really cool.”

Construction employees looking at plans

Floating City of the Future? by Daily Mail

British and Asian architects have designed a four-square-mile, potentially self-sustaining floating city that could be built with existing technology. The design was commissioned by Chinese construction firm China Communications Construction Company Ltd., according to a recent Daily Mail article.

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Sustainability Breakthroughs in CRE, by Deloitte LLP

As both office and industrial space occupiers adjust their physical space needs, many also are becoming more conscious of the environmental impacts of that space. A new report from Deloitte LLP offers insights into how sustainability is becoming increasingly important — and what that will mean for the future of CRE.

bull dozer digging land for new construction

Storm Protection for NYC and NJ, by HUD

A massive berm along Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a system of dikes around the tip of Lower Manhattan, a living breakwater along Staten Island’s South Shore and a wetlands restoration project in the New Jersey Meadowlands are among six winning entries named in the “Rebuild by Design” competition last week. The projects will receive a total of almost $1 billion in federal funding, according to a HUD press release.


Air-Purifying Cement Facade Coming to Milan Expo 2015, by Gizmag

Palazzo Italia, the centerpiece of Milan Expo 2015, will be clad with more than 2,000 tons of photocatalytic, “smog-eating” cement that captures pollutants in the air and converts them into inert salts. A recent Gizmag article reports that some 80 percent of the air-purifying cement is made from recycled materials.

Interior office space

Ten Coolest Coworking Spaces in the U.S., by Premiere Global Services Inc.

A recent article on the Future of Business Collaboration website presents “10 of the coolest coworking spaces in the U.S.” The article notes that “coworking spaces … are an increasingly popular choice for smaller companies, solo-preneurs and freelancers [who] don’t need or want the overhead of a dedicated office space.”

energy star label

USGBC Names Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside U.S.

The U.S. Green Building Council recently released its ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside the U.S. “The global community is increasingly recognizing the imperative for action as we combat the extraordinary challenge of worldwide climate change,” said USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi. More than 140 countries and territories participate in the green building certification program.

distressed building

Older, Smaller Buildings = More Productive Urban Places, by National Trust for Historic Preservation

Older, smaller buildings may create less impressive skylines than newer, larger skyscrapers, but they make for more vibrant, walkable communities with more businesses, nightlife and cultural outlets, according to a research report recently released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Skyscraper of the Year Awards, by Emporis

Emporis, a firm based in Germany that maintains a worldwide database of buildings, released its 2013 Skyscraper of the Year awards last week. All of the top 10 projects are located outside North America. The Shard, a 73-story London office, residential and hotel tower designed by Renzo Piano, took first place.

Construction employees looking at plans

Time-lapse Video: Building the 9/11 Museum

The National September 11 Memorial Museum, located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, opened to the public last week. A “Tribute in Time-Lapse” video compresses the memorial’s almost 10-year construction process (from October 2004 to May 2014) into just two and a half minutes.

Meridian Cool Springs Mixed-Use Development, Franklin, Tenn.

Sneak Peek at Atlanta's Ponce City Market, by Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jamestown Properties is in the process of redeveloping Atlanta’s former Sears Roebuck & Co. building into Ponce City Market, a mixed-use center of offices, shops, restaurants and loft apartments. An April 18 Atlanta Business Chronicle article and slide show offer a sneak peak at this $200 million project.

Lakeview South XII - Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.

Designing Flexibility Into the Industrial Workplace, by IAMC/SIOR

A survey of corporate users of industrial facilities reveals opportunities and challenges in repurposing surplus industrial buildings. The IAMC/SIOR survey and white paper offer valuable lessons learned about adaptive reuse and ways to build for future flexibility.

Construction employees looking at plans

Remaking the Empire State Building, by Bloomberg News

What’s new at one of the world’s most iconic buildings? Find out in an exclusive three-minute Bloomberg News video tour of the Empire State Building, where a $0.5 billion makeover is retrofitting some of the structure’s original equipment and transforming the Manhattan skyscraper into an energy-efficient, high-tech office hub.

Meridian Cool Springs Mixed-Use Development

Tunneling Beneath London, by Crossrail

The largest infrastructure project in Europe, London’s Crossrail project, is digging 21 kilometers (about 13 miles) of twin-bore tunnels (for a total of 42 kilometers/26 miles) beneath the city’s busy streets with seven massive tunneling machines and 10,000 people working at more than 40 building sites.

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Guangzhou's Super-Green Skyscraper, by Architectural Record

Pearl River Tower, the 1,020-foot-tall tower that opened last year in Guangzhou, China, incorporates a highly integrated approach to sustainability that has earned it LEED Platinum certification, according to a recent article in Architectural Record. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was awarded the project through a design competition that called for a building that would allow “nature and mankind to exist in harmony.”

Construction employees looking at plans

Apple "Spaceship" Campus Construction Underway, by Silicon Valley Business Journal

The largest private construction ever undertaken in Silicon Valley — Apple’s new “spaceship” campus — is now underway, with completion scheduled for late 2016. Apple Toolbox recently published a series of aerial photographs showing that the almost 2.6 million square feet of older office buildings that formerly occupied the 176-acre site have been torn down.

Pacific Plaza green roof

Urban Farms in Taipei and Tokyo, by Untapped Cities

Can urban farms improve office workers’ quality of life? That’s the premise of a recent article on the Untapped Cities website, which describes a roof garden atop a Taipei office building and an even more ambitious green office building in Tokyo that is like a “Willy Wonka factory for plants.”

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Radical Skyscrapers, by eVolo

The annual eVolo Skyscraper competition asks designers from around the world to imagine new ways in which tall buildings can benefit society and recognizes “outstanding ideas for vertical living through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations.” Winners of the 2014 competition include a self-propagating tower, a skyscraper suburb and vertical factories.

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South America's First LEED Gold Automotive Plant, by GM

The General Motors Co.’s new Joinville engine plant in Brazil is the first automotive plant in South America to earn LEED Gold certification, according to a report on GM’s Fastlane website. The plant is GM’s sixth LEED-certified building, joining three U.S.-based facilities and two in China.

K Street, Washington, D.C.

Dutch Architect Proposes Floating Cities, by Inhabitat

Dutch architect Koen Olthuis has made a name for himself as a designer “who pushes the boundaries of possibilities when it comes to the built environment,” notes a recent Inhabitat interview. Othuis’s studio,, focuses on floating buildings, and has designed floating apartment complexes in the Netherlands, a floating cruise ship terminal in the United Arab Emirates and an entire floating community of islands for the Maldives.

Construction employees looking at plans

Japan’s Tallest Building Opens in Osaka, by Bloomberg News

Japan’s tallest building opened earlier this month (March 7) in Osaka, home to Asia’s third-biggest metropolitan economy, according to an article in Bloomberg News. It took Kintetsu Corp., an Osaka-based railway operator, four years and 130 billion yen ($1.3 billion) to construct the 984-foot-high Abeno Harukas skyscraper, which surpasses the 971-foot-high Landmark Tower in Yokohama, about 20 miles south of Tokyo.

Construction employees looking at plans

The View From 1 WTC, Time magazine

As the 1,776-foot-high One World Trade Center (1 WTC) — the tallest building in the Western hemisphere — nears completion, a Time magazine article describes “how 10,000 workers lifted 104 floors, gave new life to an international symbol and created one spectacular view.”

Boston Consulting's office of the future

CBRE’s Workplace of Tomorrow, Today

CBRE has taken a bold step into the future with its new global headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Take a look at its distinctive and environmentally-friendly features in the company’s YouTube video.

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New Seoul Tower Features Landmark Photovoltaic System, by Green Building News

A new 50-story office building in Seoul, South Korea, home to the Federation of Korean Industries, incorporates an innovative exterior skin designed to reduce heating and cooling loads as well as collect energy through integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels, according to Green Building News.

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British Columbia Study Shows Old Buildings Can Learn New Tricks, by Light House

The “BC Building Performance Study” demonstrates that green building certification systems are helping existing buildings reduce their energy use by up to 25 percent in just three years. The study, the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada, looked at energy, water and waste performance for hundreds of certified green buildings and non-certified buildings across British Columbia.

Lakeside at Loudoun Tech - Dulles, Va.

Office Space Across the World, by Cushman & Wakefield

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s “Office Space Across the World,” global office rents rose by three percent in 2013, the third consecutive year of similar rental performance. While the Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA regions all witnessed a relatively slow pace of overall rental growth over the year, certain areas, including Africa and the Middle East, experienced more buoyant rental markets, with prime rents up by as much as 10 percent in certain locations.

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The Yotel: A New Model for Hotels?

As many new office and residential projects are being designed and developed with less “private” space and more “communal” space, some hotels appear to be evolving in the same direction, with smaller rooms and more common amenities. One example is the Yotel New York, a trendy, high-tech Times Square hotel that opened in 2011 and features 170-square-foot sleeping “cabins” along with expansive common spaces that include a galley kitchen on each floor, four bars, a restaurant, lounge areas, and the city’s largest hotel terrace.

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Nicaragua Canal to Break Ground This Year, by World Property Channel

While construction on the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal resumed last week (on Feb. 20) after a two-week work stoppage caused by a disagreement over $1.6 billion in cost overruns, an even more expensive canal project is in the works.

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Panama Canal Expansion Project Work Stoppage, by the Panama Canal Authority

Work on the $5.3 billion Panama Canal expansion project halted last Wednesday (February 5) after negotiations between the Panama Canal Authority and the consortium expanding the canal broke down over extensive cost overruns.

the three office buildings that make up Energy Square

Energy Square

Located just north of downtown Dallas (Texas), Energy Square is a three-building office complex comprised of approximately 990,478 gross square feet and built in 1971, 1980 and 1985, respectively. The property had endured years of deferred maintenance. The vision was to turn this community eye-sore into a Class A office project that contributes to the local community and City at-large as well as provides a vibrant and healthy work environment for its tenants.

exterior view of the Stonebridge office building

200 I Street, SE

200 I Street (formally 225 Virginia Avenue, SE) is the sustainable adaptive reuse/re-development of a 405,000-square-foot abandoned industrial building into a class A office building. The genesis of the project was to use a public/private partnership structure with the District of Columbia, Department of General Services to address a significant financial hardship for the District in tandem with the renovation of this industrial building into a state-of-the-art office space.

exterior view of the Schilling Green II office building

Schilling Green II

Merritt Properties’ Schilling Green II is major redevelopment of an existing warehouse site at 225 Schilling Circle in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The result is a state-of-the-art, four-story, 126,000 square-foot, Class A green office building certified LEED® Core and Shell Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center, Tucson, Ariz.

Protective Measures Guide for US Commercial Real Estate 

“Protective Measures Guide for U.S. Commercial Real Estate” provides owners and operators of commercial office buildings with information that can be used to maintain a safe environment for occupants, employees, contractors, and visitors.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

Let’s Measure the Quality of Life per Square Foot: A Corporate End User Panel Discussion with CoreNet Global

Considering that most companies invest 80 percent of their costs in people, the value of human capital is more critical than ever, yet 70 percent of workers are not fully engaged with their jobs. The role of the workplace is partly to blame, but there are other factors – many of them involving leadership styles within companies – that often influence such a large proportion of employees to disengage. In this panel discussion featuring key findings from CoreNet Global’s Corporate Real Estate 2020 research initiative on the changing nature of work, find out how savvy senior managers recognize the keys to increasing employee engagement as the focus shifts to workplace wellness and work-life supports.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

Trends, Demand and Locales: State of the Office Market

When will the tipping point occur in selected major markets between landlord vs. tenant markets? Where will tenant demand be strongest in the next 12 months? What are tenant renewal trends and are locations most in-demand changing? In our annual look deep into the office market, our panel will dig deep into what makes this important industry segment tick.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

The Distribution/Fulfillment Center of the Future

What does the future hold for distribution/fulfillment centers? Find out as our Building of the Future Design Competition winners Ware Malcomb and Riddel Kurczaba present their concepts and share what’s in store for distribution/fulfillment centers in the year 2020.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

Performance and Timing of Secondary Market Investment Activity

Explore the secondary market investment cycle with a focus on the timing and causal drivers of the secondary markets, small- and mid-cap properties unique recoveries, and the practical implications for investment decision-making and lender underwriting, all covered in a new report by the NAIOP Research Foundation, Performance and Timing of Secondary Market Investment Activity.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

From Abandoned Industrial to LEED Platinum Class A Building: The Transformation of 200 I Street, SE Washington D.C.

The 200 I Street adaptive reuse is unparalleled – both in its physical result as well as in its value to the District as an asset. The building went from a windowless eyesore to a state of the art, efficient, sustainable Class A office building in the new Capital Riverfront neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Learn how StonebridgeCarras transformed this building, unoccupied since 1998 and under a long-term lease by the District of Columbia, its various structural systems, lack of mechanical systems, and a large floor plate, into an outstanding work environment for the21st Century on a cost effective basis.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

Healthcare and the Latest on Medical Office Demand

With the legal battle over “Obamacare” behind us and an aging population needed more and more healthcare services, what does it portend for healthcare-related real estate and medical office development and investment? Senior industry leaders from the healthcare industry, public healthcare REITs, medical office developers and investment industry leaders discuss what’s hot and where the future is headed for this growing and needed industry segment.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

Campus Goes Urban: Technology, Tenant Requirements and the Evolving Workplace

Technology and creative tenants are thinking differently about their workspaces. From office space, to "lobbies", to amenities to neighborhood choice, the value proposition for innovative companies has changed. Explore the impact of changing demographics, increased urbanism, transit, mobile computing and innovation clockspeed on the choices that companies are making about where and how to work.

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

Mixed Use Case Studies: The Price of Success

Mixed use developments are favored as a means to strengthen local economies, leverage assets and provide residents and users with more housing, shopping, workspace and transportation choices. However, as Vince Lombardi once said, “To achieve success, whatever the jobe we have, we must pay a price.”

Development 13 in San Diego, CA

Procedural Cookbook: Bringing Community Leaders Together to Get Development Done

San Diego’s unique culture of collaboration with the Chairman’s Competitiveness Council is a stellar example of community leaders from diverse industries coming together in an extremely effective fashion around the common benefit of the region.

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Designing a Tall Building of Timber, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Is it possible to create a tall building of timber rather than steel or precast concrete? Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP has developed a structural system for tall buildings that uses mass timber — solid panels of wood engineered for strength through laminations of different layers — as its main structural element.

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Energy Efficiency Improvements Cut Costs, by Transwestern

Building owners and managers who still have doubts about the cost effectiveness of energy efficient equipment and sustainable materials need only look at Transwestern’s new newsletter, Building Efficiencies, which has compiled data on three properties in its managed portfolio to demonstrate the financial benefits of efficiencies and sustainability.

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Dissecting the Current Industrial Development Cycle

Industrial development is back in a big way. What's different from the last development cycle?

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The Expansion of E-Commerce and Its Effect on Industrial Real Estate

The rapidly expanding e-commerce sector has resulted in a shift in site selection and building requirements to meet the unique and specific needs of this industry. Traditional, brick-and-mortar retailers are expanding into the e-commerce market to meet consumer demands that are running at 17 percent growth year over year. This transition by the traditional retailers to support both storefront and e-commerce consumers has resulted in a few different models that will be discussed during this session.

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Could Healthcare Services Occupy Non-Service Retail Space? by Cushman & Wakefield

The convergence of a number of factors could lead to healthcare services occupying what traditionally has been classified as non-service retail space, according to a new White Paper by the Cushman & Wakefield’s Healthcare Practice Group titled Heading to the Mall for Healthcare?

Dreyer Medical Clinic

Healthcare Providers Look to Real Estate to Maximize Revenues, by Marcus & Millichap

While public policy and demographics point to a surge in healthcare demand over the next 10 years, ever-increasing operational costs and prospects for a sizable physician shortage are forcing providers to identify and exploit opportunities to create efficiencies and to maximize revenues. Many large practices and health systems have started to look to real estate for help in meeting these objectives, according to Marcus & Millichap’s Medical Office Research Report for the first half of 2013.

Woodlake Medical Office Building

Industry Links

Got an industry question? The categories here include links to a wide variety of industry information sources, from building and design information to online real estate trade publications to market reports. Whatever your question, the Industry Links can usually help you find an answer.

Rio de Janeiro

World Cup and Olympics Bring Renaissance to Rio de Janeir, by Jones Lang LaSalle

Following nearly 30 years of stagnation, the Rio de Janeiro road system now enjoys the prospect of a major revival thanks to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. New bus lines will link the city center to the international airport and the area where most activities will take place.

Construction employees looking at plans

How Long Did it Take to Plan that Building? by UCLA, the Federal Reserve Board and Wellesley College

Research conducted by Stephen Oliner of UCLA, Jonathan Millar of the Federal Reserve Board and Daniel Sichel of Wellesley College, has resulted in estimates of planning times for commercial construction across the U.S. The researchers found that the average planning time nationally is approximately 17 months.

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Office Markets With Technology and Energy Sectors Continue to Outperform, by Studley

Bullish tech companies in the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as thriving oil and gas firms in Texas continue to outperform other office markets in 2012, says the 4Q12 Studley Office Market and Spacedata Report.

Boston Consulting's office of the future

Office Building of the Future, 2020 Design Competition

How will an office building developed in 2020 look and function? In this exciting session, the four firms selected by NAIOP judges as the winners of NAIOP's 2012 Office Building of the Future, 2020 design competition present their concept plans.

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Adaptive Reuse: Office to Multifamily

With a downturn in commercial construction, developers are turning to more multifamily developments. The panel discusses the reconstruction process including economic savings and green design techniques.

Dreyer Medical Clinic

Is There Still Room for Local Medical Office Developers?

Medical Office Development is a hot topic because it is a product that can be developed in the current economic climate. Local developers with strong community relationships have long had a significant position in this market, but this space is increasingly being taken over by national development companies with specialized healthcare knowledge and institutional capital.

distressed building

Repositioning Older Properties to Create the Value Proposition

How should you spend your dollars when upgrading your portfolio? This panel shares case studies that provide insights and guidance as to where the biggest "bang for the buck" can be found - and they'll also suggest what they might do differently on future projects.

Hess Tower exterior

Hess Tower

Trammell Crow Company and its joint venture partner Principal Real Estate Investors purchased the site for Hess Tower in March 2007, which was formerly a parking lot. The project broke ground in March 2008 as a speculative office development and the first pre-certified LEED Gold office building to be constructed in Houston’s Central Business District. The building was completed in June 2011 and exceeded in its sustainability efforts by receiving LEED Platinum designation. The tower sold to a Canadian investor H&R REIT in December 2011, in one of the most significant deals of the year.

1435 Garrison

Garrison Station

As a company committed to sustainability, Weston Solutions, Inc. set high goals when we sought to relocate our Denver-area office to serve as a showcase of sustainable development. In addition to energy and water efficiency, several other important factors contributed to creating a sustainable and vibrant work place. Chief among these factors was site selection: the 4.47-acre site in Lakewood has access to current and planned mass transit, allowing Weston to create a transit-oriented development. The new development, Garrison Station, is named for the rail stop that will be a block and a half away.

IRS building on 30th Street

IRS 30th Street Campus

The decade long process to transform the historic 30th Street Main Post Office in Philadelphia into a fully occupied Class-A recreated office facility for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a textbook example of Adaptive Reuse. Its success required collaborative problem solving, creativity and dogged determination and creative perseverance.

Atlantic Wharf

Atlantic Wharf

Boston Properties purchased the former Russia Wharf project in Spring of 2007. The project was designed and permitted by the previous owner, but Boston Properties took a fresh look at the entire development prior to beginning construction and made several changes which improved the aesthetics, uses and public access to the site.

The Complexity of Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

The Complexity of Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront brownfield redevelopment is extraordinarily complex, incorporating real estate economics, land use, community benefits, ecology, design and a host of associated disciplines. In this Solutions Series program, Barry Hersh focuses on the tools and specific techniques that help developers succeed in developing multi-faceted urban waterfront projects.

Middle Ring Suburb model

A Development Model for the Middle Ring Suburbs

The Middle Ring suburbs are a category of older suburbs, caught between downtowns and the well-off exurbs and outlying suburbs. Their socio-economic decline during the past 40 years has been documented as investment went to downtown centers and exurbs. In this Solutions Series program, Alexander D'Hooghe from MIT addresses the question of a new development model for the Middle Ring by analyzing its demographic and situational characteristics, as well as its strengths and weaknesses for development.

bull dozer digging land for new construction

7 Tips for Winning Land Use Approvals

What’s the secret to winning community and political support for controversial land use projects? Learn about state-of-the-art strategies to mobilize community support for your project, from a veteran of development battles from Maryland to Maui.

Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology

Developing an Advanced Technology Center in Your Community

What would it take to bring the manufacturing of the future to your community? One model is the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT). A leading Advanced Technology Center, the SiMT was created to house advanced manufacturing and design engineering, a leadership institute and workforce development training.

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Essentials for Selecting Solar Systems

Selecting and installing the most appropriate solar technologies for a given building helps ensure that projects are completed quickly, profitably and without undesired structural or operational impacts. Aaron Binkley from Prologis makes recommendations for best practices.

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Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation Tenant Improvement

With a mission that includes promoting stewardship, preservation, and protection of the environment, the Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation wanted the renovation of their offices to be environmentally responsible. Hawaii Architecture LLP worked to make certain that the 4,286-square-foot office interior retained original historical features while implementing efficient and responsible building methods.

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Healthcare Capital Markets Update

In this Solutions Series program, Chris Bodnar and Lee Asher, co-leaders of CBRE’s National Healthcare Capital Markets Group, will examine the state of the healthcare industry and opportunities in today’s market for medical office buildings.

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Key Zoning Fixes to Encourage Smart Growth Development

Communities around the country are embracing and implementing smart growth and sustainability practices to create mixed-use, walkable places. To achieve this, local governments are continually assessing and re-evaluating their zoning codes and regulations to ensure there is a clear and predictable process.

shopping center in Canada

Tales from Canada: Retailing Is Different Up North

How does retail development in Canada differ from the American models? MulvannyG2's VP of Retail Stores Development, Brian Fleener, shares some insight and tips from teams that have been working in Canada for more than 25 years.

vacant store

Vacant to Vibrant: Repurposing Commercial Real Estate

Saddled with a vacant bookstore, consumer electronics store, auto dealership, multifamily project or other under-producing commercial space? Time to get creative and get those buildings occupied.

Boston Consulting's office of the future

Beyond the Cube: Being Ready for Tomorrow's Office

What will tomorrow's office look like? The workplace of the future is posed to present new challenges and opportunities. Zach Edwards with Gensler examines the drivers that will substantially affect where and how we will work tomorrow.

8451 Willard Drive

8451 Willard Drive

In 2007, Liberty considered developing a speculative warehouse in Liberty Business Center. Despite not having a lead tenant, Liberty felt confident that market demand for high-end industrial product was rising. Shortly after completion, two Fortune 500 companies came looking for space.

The Power House Long Island

Adaptive Reuse: Challenges, Opportunities and Benefits

Developers of successful adaptive reuse projects have a knack for finding creative solutions to transform aging structures to new, fresh uses in an exciting way. But, according to architect Brian Curtner, creative solutions to adaptive reuse are usually not a blinding flash of brilliance but instead depend on a careful analysis of the old buildings to fully appreciate their pluses and minuses.

Boyle and Harris buildings

Boyle & Harris Buildings

Located in Ballantyne Corporate Park, Boyle and Harris are twin 10-story precast and glass commercial structures with structured parking containing 1,836 spaces on 11.96 acres. When envisioning this project, Bissell saw it as an opportunity to bring something different to the market – to build larger buildings adjacent to the golf course and expansive open space.

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Plaza at Las Olas

Bringing a sophisticated new dimension to the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s iconic Las Olas Boulevard, the 85,439-square-foot Plaza at Las Olas is a remarkable transformation story that spans more than seven decades.

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The Real Estate Developer's Role in Strategic Economic Development

In the news frenzy about job creation, do you know which jobs and which companies will actually help to grow your community, and which will just serve as a funnel, diverting that prosperity elsewhere? William Fruth, President of Policom, shares his thoughts on strategic economic development and the important part that commercial real estate developers can play in that process.

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Some Green You Care About

Does it make economic sense to own a really sustainable building? This program discusses which sustainable improvements are easy to identify and complete, and will help to attract new tenants and add significant value to your building.

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Top 10 Trends Driving Demand and Location for Today's Data Center

Virtualization, power capacity, cloud, security and disaster recovery are a few of the reasons companies are planning to build new data centers in 2012 and 2013. Paul Schlattman presents these latest trends and their effects on where new data centers will be located and what the buildings requirements will entail.

Interior office space

Understanding Your Tenant: A Law Firm's Perspective on Its Real Estate Needs

While law firms represent over 500 million square feet of office space across 23 major U.S. markets, this amount will likely shrink in the coming years. In this Solutions Series program, Elizabeth Cooper discusses the concerns and considerations facing law firms today, the Implications for office space needs and more.

Best Buy store

The Big Box Dilemma

Many retailers with expansion plans see opportunity in the "big box" spaces made available by struggling or failed retail chains. This Solutions Series explores ongoing trends for retail big box real estate in the United States.

311 Summer Street building

311 Summer Street

Built in 1904, 311 Summer Street was one of the early commercial buildings in the Boston Wharf District, and the new home of the Dwinell-Wright Coffee Company. The property was purchased in 2007 by 311 Summer Street LLC and repositioned for office and retail use while preserving the historic character of the building.

444 West Third

The Offices at 444 West Third Street

The Offices at 444 West Third Street began as the Cincinnati Postal Terminal & Realty Co. Building in 1923. In November 2008, dunnhumby signed a lease, demolition began in December and construction in February 2009. Renovation encompassed 105,000 square feet of new office space and 40,000 square feet of indoor parking.

700 Sixth Street exterior view

700 Sixth Street

This trophy class, 'Smart' building offers environmentally sensitive, energy-efficient and technologically advanced features. The 12-story building features a limestone base with stone-clad towers and metal spandrel panels.

Campus Pointe building

Campus Pointe

Veralliance Properties acquired Campus Pointe, a 450,000-square-foot R&D/light manufacturing building constructed in 1981. They reinvented the entire campus from its steel structure into a state-of-the-art environmentally responsible workplace with a world-class design that has already proven its success by attracting the West Coast headquarters of Lilly, Covance and another major employer.

aerial view of Crate and Barrell

Crate and Barrel California Distribution Hub

To accommodate its growing business and improve efficiencies, Crate and Barrel needed to consolidate three Northern California distribution facilities that it had outgrown. Together, Crate and Barrel and ProLogis developed a project plan for two buildings that met the retailer’s need for quality space delivered in a quick timeframe and in a sustainable manner.

EcoPlex building


In 2005, Navarro Lowrey launched its Green Initiative, dedicated to construction of high-performance, energy-efficient, "green" office buildings that provide healthier, more productive workspace while significantly reducing the buildings' negative impact on the environment. EcoPlex, a $28 million Class "A" office building, is the Green Initiative's flagship property.

Energy Center 1

Energy Center I and II

Trammell Crow Company, in joint venture with Principal Global Investors, acquired land for Energy Center I and II in May 2006. Combined, Energy Center I and II represent the largest speculative suburban project delivered in Houston in 2008.

Intellicenter in Atlanta

Intellicenter USA

In October 2005, in a joint venture with Prudential Real Estate Investors, KDC launched Intellicenter™ -- a templated concept of branded, high performance office buildings. The Intellicenter concept sets out to bring “build to suit” features -- including “green” features -- to the speculative office building market.

Pacific Plaza building

Pacific Plaza

In 2005 the City of Tacoma solicited proposals to revitalize two garage parcels. Pacific Plaza Development’s proposal was selected as the only one that intended to adaptively reuse, rather than demolish, the structures. After years of debate the city decided to proceed with the development of only one garage, Park Plaza South.

Terry Thomas office building

The Terry Thomas Office Building

The Terry Thomas building is a highly sustainable, commercial building located in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. It is Seattle's first commercial office structure to be developed without a central air conditioning system in decades and is a working demonstration of the possibilities of sustainable design.

Dreyer Medical Clinic

Transforming Your Service Lines - From Office and Industrial to Healthcare

The Alter Group reinvented their product lines 10 years ago to offer a full-service healthcare arm, Alter+Care. Alter Group Senior Vice President Kurt Rosene and Alter+Care President John Driscoll will share the primary challenges of working with the healthcare profession, the unique demands of space for physicians and how access to capital will transform the medical development industry in the future.

Construction employees looking at plans

Trends in Tenant Construction

As the marketplace begins to dig out of the latest economic downturn, many of the processes that were once considered premiums are beginning to emerge at the forefront. Merrell Ashley will shares his insights on anticipating and meeting the varied office space needs of an active tri-state tenant base.

West 8th building lobby

West 8th Building

Recognizing that growth of downtown Seattle was progressing to the lesser developed area north of downtown, Touchstone conceived the West 8th project in pursuing an assemblage of three separate contiguous land parcels. West 8th is 28 stories of Class A office space and comprised of approximately 473,000 square feet of office space, 13,000 square feet of retail and 13,000-square-foot childcare facility.

Whirlpool building in Columus Ohio

Whirlpool Regional Distribution Center

Project ‘Zenith’ is the spearhead of Whirlpool’s efforts to apply sustainable practices to their U.S. logistical network. As part of this program, the Whirlpool Corporation selected Pizzuti to construct and leaseback a distribution center in the Rickenbacker West Industrial park.

5901 Holabird distribution center

5901 Holabird Avenue - Chesapeake Commerce Center

When General Motors put its former plant near the Port of Baltimore up for sale, Duke saw the site as an opportunity to acquire land and redevelop it into a modern distribution park. In 2006, Duke began redevelopment of the GM brownfield site, which involved razing a 71-year old, 3.2-million-square-foot plant, resolving environmental issues and constructing new state-of-the art industrial buildings.

Crossroads Distribution Center Buildiing F

Crossroads Distribution Center Building F

Home to FedEx, the third-largest rail center in the country, more than 400 trucking companies, a crucial inland port and the world’s busiest cargo airport, Memphis is known as “America’s distribution center.” IDI has had a strong presence in this key distribution hub. When Crossroads business park is completed, it will feature 14 buildings totaling 7.4 million square feet.

Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments Building

The driving factors behind Mesa del Sol in New Mexico were an effort to combine job creation and sustainable urban community planning. Providing outstanding quality of products and services is one key building block that attracted Fidelity Investments to Mesa del Sol.

ProLogis Park 33 building

ProLogis Park 33, Building #2

BMW sought a large distribution space for assembling and distributing auto parts to its customers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. BMW received several incentives to locate and operate a distribution center in Lower Nazareth from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. Construction began in April 2008 and was completed in December 2008.

vacant store

Redevelopment of Shuttered Auto Dealerships: Start Your Engines?

Thinking about redeveloping a shuttered auto dealership property? Find out if it will be a ride in the park, or hell on wheels.

SC Johnson & Son, Inc. Building

SC Johnson & Son, Inc. Building

ProLogis was selected for this project because of its knowledge of the market and its ability to provide quality space on a quick timeframe and in a sustainable manner. The state-of-the-art center is less than a mile from SC Johnson’s manufacturing facility.

K Street, Washington, D.C.

What to Do While You're Waiting (for Development to Re-accelerate)

There are ways to actually take advantage of today's slower development pace. Find out how.

Daybreak Corporate Center

Daybreak Corporate Center

Kennecott Land is the Master Developer of Daybreak, a 4,200-acre community in metro Salt Lake. As part of the development, the company approached Rio Tinto to develop a building that would house all 700 of its local employees.

HSBC North America

HSBC Chicago North

HSBC has a corporate commitment to the implementation of green building and sustainable design features for all of their current and future facilities. See what green features are in their Chicago North building in Mettawa, Illinois.

signage for Meridian


With March Air Force Base realigned to a Reserve Base in 1995, nearly 6,000 jobs were lost. Meridian will bring nearly 20,000 good jobs back to the community. This brownfield property was designed to provide an employment center closer to the residential population of western Riverside County to reduce emissions, cut commute times, and help rectify the jobs/housing imbalance that exists.

exterior view of Signature Center

The Signature Centre

Signature Centre was developed from a book called User Effective® Buildings. Goals of the project included: increase occupant productivity; reduce utility consumption; rely on green products and methods; and maintain schedule and construction cost at or less than conventional design. The building achieved these goals plus LEED Platinum with no extra cost.

The Tower Building

Tower Building

Rising 10 stories over a campus of lush woodlands and eco-sensitive planning, The Tower Building is the company’s first speculative sustainable office building located within Tower Oaks. Construction started in 1999 and completed in 2001.

Jefferson Green building

Jefferson Green

The decision to develop Jefferson Green as a sustainable development was based on a moral philospohy and market conditions. There is emerging demand in Albuquerque for green buildings. The design focused on achieving greater energy and water savings than had been achieved by previous buildings in this market.

Johnson Diversey

JohnsonDiversey, Inc.

As a manufacturer of environmentally friendly commercial cleaning products, JohnsonDiversey required that their new building encompass sustainable development practices from the project’s outset. The primary justification for the project resulted from transportation and labor savings associated with the consolidation of five smaller exisiting facilities into a single, optimized distribution center.

Northfield Stapleton

Northfield Stapleton

One of the first retail centers in the country to build green, Northfield Stapleton is located within the redevelopment of Denver’s former Stapleton International Airport. Stapleton’s master plan comprises more than 12,000 homes, 3 million square feet of regional and village retail space, 10 million square feet of office/R&D/industrial space.

Potomac Yard buildings

One & Two Potomac Yard

Potomac Yard is a 300-acre development of the former Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad rail transfer station in Arlington and Alexandria. Upon completion, the mixed-use project will include 4.5 million square feet of office, 3,000 residental units, 200,000 square feet of retail, 1,250 hotel rooms and 92.4 acres of open space and parks.

Lazarus building

The Lazarus Building

The Lazarus “Building” is six separate structures, the inital building was constructed in 1909 and the remaining five constructed throughout the 20th century. The separate structures were interwoven as additions were made. Lazarus, during its lifetime as a retail emporium, had been Columbus’ most iconic building.

Symphony tower at 1180 Peachtree

1180 Peachtree

Located within walking distance to a wide amenity base of hotels, restaurants, fine arts venues and Piedmont Park, 1180 Peachtree was the first high-rise office building in the world to earn pre-certified Silver status in the LEED Core and Shell Development program while still under construction.

Calamos front entrance

Calamos Investments Headquarters

Calamos Real Estate LLC developed Calamos Investment’s new corporate headquarters with an eye on the future. They believe that to attract and retain knowledge-based workers, companies must provide a superior work environment.

GSA Bureau of the Public Debt

GSA Bureau of the Public Debt

The two-phase build-to-suit office building was constructed on a 6.12-acre site in downtown Parkersburg. The site was owned by the City of Parkersburg and was transferred to Lowe Enterprises through an assignment of a purchase option agreement between the City of Parkersburg and the U.S. Government.

Navy League Building

Navy League Building

The building is located within a mixed-use urban community just outside the Washington, D.C., city limits. The special significance of this development is that the building was fully designed with only 10 percent of the end-user tenants identified during the design stage. It is now occupied by the Navy League.

Oregon Health and Science University

The Oregon Health and Science University’s (OHSU’s) Center for Health and Healing

OHSU’s center is a public/private partnership between the developers, the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission and Oregon Health & Science University. As the first building in OHSU’s new River Campus, the building serves as an example of OHSU’s environmental commitment.

Prologis Headquarters

ProLogis Headquarters

The ProLogis Headquarters consists of six percent private offices and 94 percent open plan workstations. All work spaces feature direct natural lighting and views of the outdoors.

Wetland Studies and Solutions building

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Prince William County gave the WSSI facility a “targeted industry status” to show their commitment to green development. The status saved both time and resources through expedited permit processing and a 50 percent reduction in the County Review fee.

Warehouse Design cover

Rules of Thumb for Distribution/Warehouse Facilities Design 

Published by NAIOP and written by HPA, Inc., this publication is a detailed and illustrated introduction to issues that drive the design of industrial facilities. Includes best practices of truck parking, pallet storage, flooring, roofing, fire suppression systems and more.

318 Sentinel Drive

318 Sentinel Drive

This Gold LEED certified project shows how green building can be profitable for developers and smart for tenants. Completed in March 2005, this four-story, 125,000-square-foot speculative office building was fully leased to a large, credit worthy tenant during construction.

9th and Stewart Life Sciences Building

9th & Stewart Life Sciences Building

Located in downtown Seattle’s rapidly growing Denny Triangle neighborhood, the 9th & Stewart Life Sciences Building merges the practical with the desirable—blending environmental considerations with creative solutions that enhance both the project’s overall value and continued efficiency.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

This LEED-certified project is the home for the offices and labs of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and other government agencies. Once the site of an abandoned mortuary and deteriorated asphalt parking lots, this development features landscaped plazas surrounded by an environmentally friendly office building and a space-saving parking structure.

Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station

Built on a brownfield site of a 100-year-old steel mill, this 138-acre redevelopment project in Midtown Atlanta will be home to retail, office, residential and hotel space, as well as 11 acres of public parks.

Genzyme Center

Genzyme Center

A soaring 12-story atrium with skylight, extensive indoor gardens, more than 800 operable windows, direct outdoor views from most desks, a 144-seat state-of-the-art auditorium and a 12th floor cafeteria with sweeping views of Boston are just some of this project’s stunning features.

Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters

Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters

Located in a Smart Growth and Priority Funding area, this government building meets the state’s goal of focusing new development in areas of existing and planned growth to maintain consistency with local land use plans, promote the use of mass transit and reduce sprawl.

Oatey Distribution Center

Oatey Distribution Center

Built on the site of an old fertilizer plant, the Oatey Distribution Center is not your typical warehouse. Entry gates are solar powered by photovoltaic panels. A collection system captures rain and stores it in a 6,000 gallon underground cistern for non-potable use. These are a few of the green features built into this 250,000-square-foot facility.

Technology Square

Technology Square

In 1996, the Georgia Institute of Technology began developing its vision to expand their campus eastward across 14 lanes of Interstate and into the adjacent Midtown of Atlanta. Begun in the fall of 2001 and completed the summer of 2003, this 1.1 million-square-foot complex includes academic buildings, hotel and conference center, parking deck and retail space.

The Plaza at PPL Center

The Plaza at PPL Center

This LEED Gold certified building is the first privately owned building in Pennsylvania to achieve that status. The building’s green design elements include an eight story central glass atrium to bring natural light into the building, a transparent south facade with two two-story winter gardens and CO2 sensors to ensure fresh air throughout the building.

Whitaker building

Whitaker Building

The first renovation of a building on the National Registry of Historic Places in the Southeast to receive LEED certification, this circa 1891 structure is now a fully leased building that combines technology and heritage.

Exceptional Industrial Projects book cover

Exceptional Industrial Projects: Beyond the Box

Study 20 detailed cases showing the best in industrial project design — industrial parks, bulk warehouse, business distribution, adaptive reuse, sustainable development, special use and more. A comprehensive industry interview with leading experts about serving industrial tenants rounds out this must-have publication.

Do Tenants Want 40-Ft. Clear Heights? Prologis Thinks So

At this year’s I.CON, The Industrial Conference, held at The Westin Long Beach hotel, Long Beach, California, June 10-11, participants in the “CEO Power Panel: View from the Top” were asked if tenants really want 40-foot clear heights in new warehouse distribution centers.