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Winter 2019/2020 Issue

Cambridge firehouse

Preparing a Large Property Portfolio for the Future

By: Chris Kelly

Cambridge, Massachusetts, has launched an ambitious program to update its historic public buildings.      

research

What's on the Horizon for Commercial Real Estate?

By: Shawn Moura, Ph.D.

In October, NAIOP gathered national research directors for an in-depth discussion of city rankings, the future of coworking and other vital topics.      

finance

Commercial Real Estate's Economic Environment Has Been Nearly Perfect

By: Anirban Basu

Inflation and unemployment remain low, but how long will these conditions last?      

Must-Read Articles

labor shortages

Workforce Woes Threaten Project Pricing, Timelines

By: Ken Simonson
Labor shortages affect 81% of contractors across the U.S. — and they don’t see the problem improving any time soon.
smart building

District Center: A Downtown D.C. Office Reborn as a Smart Building

By: Trey Barrineau
A 1990s-era workplace has been reinvented with technology to boost the tenant experience.
smart building

When Wellness Meets Commercial Real Estate

By: Alice Devine
New research indicates a healthier indoor environment can help attract and retain employees — and make properties more attractive to investors.
research report

Breathing New Life into Old Office Parks

By: Shawn Moura, Ph.D.
By adding new uses and amenities, older properties can be remade into magnets for younger skilled workers.
mixed-use development

At Optimist Hall, Things are Looking Up

By: Anthony Paletta
An adaptive-reuse project in North Carolina showcases the appealing possibilities of older industrial buildings.

Related Research and Publications

Using Capital Improvements to Create Competitive Advantage in the COVID-19 Era

By: Dustin C. Read, Ph.D./J.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech and Sam Kuprianov, undergraduate Real Estate major, Virginia Tech Research Foundation
This brief evaluates the merits of frequently discussed capital investments and their potential to create durable competitive advantages. It draws from an analysis of recent coverage in commercial real estate trade publications, as well as conversations with seven industry practitioners that took place in June 2020.

Navigating a Safe Return to Work: Best Practices for U.S. Office Building Owners and Tenants

By: Shawn Moura, Ph.D., Director of Research, NAIOP NAIOP Research Foundation
Measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak temporarily slowed economic activity and dramatically reduced occupancies at many commercial buildings. As state and local governments outline plans for a phased reopening of the economy, office building owners and employers are formulating plans that will allow employees to return safely to work.

Office Space Demand Forecast, Second Quarter 2020

By: Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., Manhattan College and Timothy Savage, Ph.D., New York University Research Foundation
Due to the turmoil in the national economy, rising unemployment and continued uncertainty about future work arrangements, the U.S. office market absorption is forecast to decline into negative territory through the second quarter of 2021. The steepest declines may be experienced in the third quarter of 2020, with NAIOP’s model forecasting a drop of 16.3 million square feet. Absorption rates will increase as the economy begins to gain traction in 2021.

Perspectives

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CEO on Leadership: Lawrence R. Armstrong, CEO, Ware Malcomb

By: Ron Derven
The head of this international integrated design services firm offers his perspective on the industry and what’s ahead for his company.

NAIOP's 2019 Developing Leaders Award Recipients Discuss Big Wins and Simple Pleasures

By: Marie Ruff
Outstanding young members share what’s gratifying about the commercial real estate industry.

"Worth Repeating"

By: Various
Sound bites from NAIOP’s CRE.Converge, held October 14-17, 2019, in Los Angeles:

Chapter Profile: NAIOP Northern Nevada

By: Trey Barrineau
Reno and the nearby region is known for casinos and resorts, but developers are also betting on a wide range of properties in this fast-growing area.

From the Editor: Cautious Optimism Going into 2020

By: Jennifer LeFurgy, Ph.D.
In what has been the longest economic expansion since such records began in 1854, commercial real estate experienced tremendous gains, especially within the industrial and multifamily sectors.

Thank You for a Great Year as Chairman

By: Greg Fuller
Sharing our wisdom and war stories is a meaningful way to help shape the industry for decades to come.

Additional Articles

Are 'Seamless' Floors a Smooth Choice for Industrial Properties?

By: Kevin MacDonald
They can ease movement inside facilities, but they also come with design challenges.
beer garden

Solving the Pop-Up Puzzle: Tips for Owners and Short-Term Tenants

By: David Schneider and Herman Lipkis
There are a lot of reasons for developers to embrace these temporary spaces, but due diligence is required.

Fully Autonomous Vehicles Are in the Distance, But Now is the Time to Prepare

By: Elizabeth von Goeler and Alykhan Mohamed
Sooner or later, real estate will have to adapt to this fast-gaining transportation revolution.

Liquor License Policies Can Boost Real Estate Growth

By: Rich Tucker
NAIOP chapters seek to loosen Prohibition-era restrictions.
landscape architecture

Landscape Architecture Can Help Reboot the Suburban Office Park

By: James Heroux
Activated outdoor spaces boost employee engagement and well-being.
new and noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

By: Trey Barrineau
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

Designing a Workspace for Software Engineers

By: Matt Ayres
Detailed input helped Microsoft move from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that works for this critical group of employees.
lagoon

A Unique Water Feature for Any Climate, Any City

By: Alec Templeton
Artificial lagoons can bring white sand beaches to surprising locations.

Research Foundation Report

This research brief provides an overview of best practices in improving safety against the coronavirus for building owners and employers. It focuses on immediate measures to improve building safety. Available Now!

Navigating a Safe Return to Work