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Summer 2018 Issue

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The Evolving Automotive Industry: Detroit Meets Silicon Valley

By: Michael E. Karp, Cushman & Wakefield

Electrification, artificial intelligence, autonomy and mobility services are having big impacts on the Bay Area commercial real estate market.      

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395 Pedricktown Road: Tailored Improvements For a Specialized Tenant

By: John Seelmeyer

A speculative building in southwest New Jersey incorporates specialized systems to control spills and fire protection requirements for storage of liquid petroleum products.      

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The Distillery North: Passive House Apartments in South Boston

By: Michelle Apigian, AIA, Icon Architecture

The largest Passive House project in Massachusetts offers lessons for developers seeking to reduce energy use and operating costs.      

Must-Read Articles

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Construction Costs Outlook

By: Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America
Steel yourself for higher materials costs.
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Coworking Spaces With Child Care Services

By: Camille Galdes
A new type of coworking center is emerging to meet the needs of parents with part-time or flexible work schedules and child care needs.
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Amenity-rich Movie Theaters as Anchor Tenants

By: Amanda Tran and Adrienne Schmitz
As cinemas become popular anchors for retail and mixed-use developments, they are generating more foot traffic and creating synergies with other tenants.
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Setting Up a Private Equity Real Estate Fund, Part 2

By: Jan A. deRoos, Ph.D., Cornell University, and Shaun Bond, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
What securities laws govern private equity real estate funds, and what factors must fund sponsors take into account when operating one?
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Mixing It Up in Midtown Houston

By: Kirsten Cornell, Walter P Moore
Houston’s new Midtown Park offers a wide array of amenities, plus an underground parking garage, coupled with sustainability.
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Automated Parking Comes to the US

By: Scott Gable, CityLift Parking
While automated parking facilities are commonplace in Germany, Japan and China, they are gaining momentum in North America.

Related Research and Publications

Industrial Space Demand Forecast, First Quarter 2021

By: Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., Manhattan College and Michael J. Seiler, DBA, William & Mary Research Foundation
Total net absorption in 2021 is forecast to be 314.9 million square feet with a quarterly average of 78.7 million square feet.

The Development Approvals Index: A New Tool to Evaluate Local Approvals Processes

By: C. Kat Grimsley, Ph.D. Research Foundation
The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned the creation of an index that compares development approvals processes in different jurisdictions so that developers can make more informed investment decisions and local governments can benchmark their processes against neighboring jurisdictions.

An Overview of Emerging Construction Technologies

By: Andrew McCoy, Ph.D. and Armin Yeganeh, Ph.D. Research Foundation
The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to explore emerging construction technologies and their implications for the construction and real estate development industries. The authors draw from interviews with researchers and industry practitioners to evaluate the current benefits and limitations of new technologies.

Perspectives

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CEO on Leadership: Larry Heard, CEO, Transwestern

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor
The president of this Houston, Texas-based commercial real estate services, investment management and development firm offers his perspective on the industry.

Capstone Candidates in the C-suite

By: Mary McCarthy, Terra Search Partners
Older, experienced professionals can add tremendous value to a CRE company.

Building a More Diverse Future CRE Workforce

By: Courtney Bulger
New NAIOP-sponsored educational programs enable gifted and talented minority teens to explore careers in commercial real estate.

Last-mile Fulfillment

By: Jim Neyer
Same-day delivery expectations for nearly every online purchase, including groceries, are driving real estate space demand and the increased use of robotics and other technologies that get goods into the hands of consumers more quickly and efficiently.

Additional Articles

What Lies Ahead for Commercial Real Estate, Part 2

By: Bill Hunt, Elmhurst Group
A look at some of the trends presenting challenges and creating opportunities for CRE.

A Hurricane Survival Guide

By: Hans Brindley, Liberty Property Trust
Almost a year later, Liberty Property Trust looks back at the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Attracting Local Retailers to Office Buildings

By: A-P Hurd, Skip Stone
Bringing in an independent coffee or sandwich shop rather than a national chain can mean extra work for a developer, but it can also make for livelier lobbies and streetscapes.

The Legal Risks of Crowdfunding

By: John Amabile and Brian Cromwell, Parker Poe
Understanding the risks involved in crowdfunding will help real estate professionals make the most of the opportunities presented by this “engine of change.”

Transitioning Toward the Autonomous Vehicle

By: Audra Capas
Partially automated cars are already here, and will soon begin to have major impacts on commercial real estate, particularly parking infrastructure.

California Groups Seek Property Tax Hikes

By: Kevin Ivey, NAIOP So Cal Chapter, KPRS Construction
A ballot initiative could remove Proposition 13’s protections for commercial property.

New & Noteworthy

By: Julie D. Stern, Managing Editor, Development
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

Research Foundation Report

This research report provides the real estate development community with insight into current and future trends in building and logistics technologies and their implications for industrial real estate. Available Now!

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