A-P Hurd, President, Touchstone
For financial resiliency through economic cycles to the quality and breadth of its work, Touchstone was selected as the NAIOP 2016 Developer of the Year, the association’s highest honor recognizing a company’s development leadership and innovation. Headquartered here, Touchstone is a leader in the commercial real estate industry for designing and building high-performance, sustainable buildings, says NAIOP. Touchstone president A-P Hurd tells GlobeSt.com that the company is largely focused on the development of urban-infill projects, including commercial office, technology, biotechnology, R&D buildings and business hotels.
Read an excerpt of the interview below.
In the last decade, Touchstone has broken ground on 12 projects comprising nearly 3 million square feet. The company is currently developing 2 million square feet of real estate in the greater Seattle area—primarily projects that Touchstone lined up during the last downturn when many market participants had been sidelined. We spoke exclusively with Hurd about the company, this award and challenges and opportunities for developers in the Seattle market.