The flexible model is rapidly expanding beyond the office market. Read the Cover Story

Spring 2020 Issue

logistics center

Integrating WELL into Industrial Properties

By: Heath Abramsohn

A brownfield redevelopment project in New Jersey showcases a first-of-its-kind warehouse that aims to meet exacting environmental standards.      

multilevel industrial

From Horizontal to Vertical: Industrial Intensification Grows Up

By: Eric Aderneck

Multistory industrial facilities illustrate innovative strategies for areas with a constrained supply of land.      

boston development

Boston: A 'Living City' Transforms Once Again

By: Aaron Jodka

The city has experienced a building boom during the latest cycle, and even more development is on the horizon.      

NAIOP 2020 research report

Cutting-edge Research That Has an Impact

By: Various

The NAIOP Research Foundation's annual report highlights the relevant studies, activities and deep dives to come in 2020 and beyond.      


Download the Spring 2020 Issue of Development

By: Various

Download a PDF version of the Spring 2020 Issue of Development.      

Must-Read Articles

prologis labs

Prologis Labs: An Experiment in Innovation

By: Dustin Read and Alex Rollins
The company’s new research facility takes a deep dive into cutting-edge logistics technologies.
cre converge presentation

WeWork and Airbnb: A Tale of Two Disruptors

By: Dror Poleg
The companies represent different approaches to the future of real estate, and their success or failure will offer important lessons to landlords.
cold storage facility

The Cold Storage Market is Heating Up

By: Trey Barrineau
Surging demand for e-commerce grocery deliveries could spark more construction of refrigerated facilities.
office move

An Office Move Doesn't Have to Mean Lost Productivity

Advanced planning, aided by technology, can ease the relocation process for tenants.
real estate as a service

Real Estate as a Service: What Developers/Owners Need to Know

By: Michael Kloppenburg
Real Estate as a Service: What Developers/Owners Need to Know

Related Research and Publications

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.

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.

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.


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CEO on Leadership: Dennis Clarke, Chairman and CEO, Cummings Properties

By: Ron Derven
The leader of this Massachusetts commercial real estate firm offers his perspectives on the industry and discusses his company as it celebrates 50 years in the business.

NAIOPs Chapter Merit Awards Honor Outstanding Programs and Individuals

By: Trey Barrineau
Recognition goes to exceptional leadership and impressive local efforts in education, special events, membership and legislative advocacy.

A Young Professionals Group Makes Its Mark

By: Pamela Westhoff
NAIOP Southern California reflects on the 15-year anniversary of a successful professional development and leadership program.

NAIOP Membership Reaches 20,000

By: Jennifer LeFurgy
NAIOP has always felt like a community — and it just got bigger.

Meet NAIOP's 20,000th Member

By: Trey Barrineau
The face behind the association’s latest milestone is an American-born Canadian citizen who is involved in Vancouver’s retail market.

Worth Repeating

By: Various
Sound bites from NAIOP’s Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat (CLLR), held February 3-5 in Washington, D.C.:

Getting to Know the Chairman

By: Larry Lance
As chairman, I plan to provide strategic leadership to our chapter and volunteer leaders, encouraging them to use the systems and tremendous resources we have in place.

Additional Articles

How to Plan a Successful Construction Project

By: Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt and Robert C. Epstein
These 10 steps can help developers avoid headaches, delays, higher costs and legal complications.

When Violence Erupts at a Property, Owners Can be Held Liable

By: Chris Dunlap and Isaac Monson
Use proactive planning to protect life and property.

Preparing Properties for Greater Connectivity in the Future

By: Arie Barendrecht
Developers who focus now on 5G, smart buildings and cybersecurity will gain an advantage over their competitors.
workplace design

The Intersection of Workplace Data and Design

By: Ben Waber
In-depth information on employee preferences informs an office redesign in Boston.

Turning Building Permits into Profits

By: Jack Dulin
Knowledge is critical when it comes to getting projects through the approval process.
living walls

Living Walls: As Green as It Gets

By: Richard Kincaid
They can improve the air, cut down on noise and drive productivity — as well as profitability.
future of parking

The Future of Parking is in (Almost) Everyone's Hands

By: Adam Kriegel
Mobile parking apps can help owners manage costs while boosting convenience for customers.

Autonomous Vehicles Will Drive Change in CRE

By: Shawn Moura
A new NAIOP report shows how local governments are preparing for this transportation revolution.

Portman-Shaheen Proposal Is a Winner for Commercial Real Estate

By: Alex Ford
NAIOP supports legislation that emphasizes voluntary tools to help property owners reduce energy consumption.
new and noteworthy

New & Noteworthy Projects

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

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