Development Magazine Spring 2011


  • Tax Reform: The Debate Begins

    On January 20, 2011, Michigan Republican Dave Camp, the new chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives, held the first of what will surely be many congressional hearings on reforming the U.S. tax code.      

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Development - Ownership

  • 175–185 Wyman Street – Renovation at Its Best

    Development isn’t on hiatus everywhere. Some areas have weathered the Great Recession better than others. In the suburbs of Waltham, Massachusetts, a two-building, Class A office complex at 175-185 Wyman Street was a recent addition to the office and technology-based area.      

  • First Look - A Glass Half Full

    The national economy is now in the early stages of recovery from its longest and deepest recession since World War II. Now known as the Great Recession, the 2008-2009 recession started in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. During that period, from peak to trough, the economy declined by a total of 4.1 percent.      

  • New Voices – Brownfields: Not Your Grandfather’s Commercial Real Estate Deal

    Despite some residual turbulence, there are signs of a shift in thinking about commercial development, especially urban infill projects, and it’s one that Developing Leaders can help shape and advance.      

  • Strategically Green - Building for Tomorrow’s Tenant

    Sometimes you just have to forge ahead to stay competitive, difficult economy or not. M. David Properties, a family owned commercial real estate firm, develops, owns and exclusively manages their own industrial properties with the intention of retaining them.      

  • Changing Drivers of Healthcare Real Estate

    Medical services are striving to become more customer-friendly, efficient and cost effective, not only in recognition of the coming wave of aging Baby Boomers, but also in response to major healthcare cost and operational challenges. Healthcare providers are also driven by the imperative to maintain and build branding and market share in a highly competitive environment.      

  • Delayed Decisions Can Still LEED to Gold

    When Hamilton Partners set out to build 222 Main they had no intention of making the 459,000-square-foot high-rise office tower a LEED-certified design. They wanted the building to qualify for LEED by installing the needed green compo¬nents, but the cost of certification was prohibitive, until a financial partner convinced them otherwise.      

  • Under Development - Evaluating Restaurant Sites

    Opening a restaurant is a challenging business. Some estimates put the first-year failure rate at 50 percent or more. If you think you have a promising site at your existing retail center or are considering restaurants at a yet-to-be-built complex, heed the words of Jo-El Quinlan, vice president of real estate for Darden Real Estate.      

  • Strategically Green - Integrating Smart Metering Into Your Retrofit Strategy

    Smart metering has become a genuine buzzword over the last few years with deployment making significant headway in key states such as Calif., Texas and Fla. Strategies for cost savings are available regardless of building size and budget.      

  • Strategically Green - Rooftop Thermal Solutions: A TIAA-CREF Experience

    The 578,000-square-foot TIAA-CREF head¬quarters building, located at 730 Third Av¬enue in midtown Manhattan, uses a combi¬nation of high-efficiency electric chilled water systems and a rooftop thermal storage system to save energy and operating costs.      

  • The New Pulse of Healthcare Development

    As the healthcare reform bill advances toward implementation, many hospitals and doctor groups remain reluctant to execute long-term real estate decisions. The delivery process of healthcare services is shifting. Real estate development efforts within the healthcare market will need to better align with current trends.      

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Marketing - Leasing

  • 2011 Guide to Economic Development Authorities

    The economic development authorities listed in this annual guide can help you attract businesses to your area and to your developments.      

  • First Look - Bar Codes for Buildings

    Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR codes are now used in a much broader context, including on commercial buildings and signage. You might have also seen them on products in shopping centers or grocery stores.      

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  • At Closing - A Welcome and Long-Awaited Return to Optimism

    NAIOP Chairman’s Perspective - The beginning of 2011 is giving us new hope that the commercial real estate market, which has been limping back from a terrible fall, might actually get into a full stride quite soon.      

  • New Voices - Developers Leaders’ Upbeat About 2011

    Developing Leader members were surveyed in January 2011 to gauge their outlook on the year ahead and their thoughts on what’s in store for the commercial real estate industry. Areas addressed in the survey included hot topics, networking opportunities, development potential, education interest and future outlook.      

  • Worth Repeating Spring 2011

    Wisdom and industry outlooks from a Solution Series program on sustainable development and Webinars on the 2011 investment outlook and federal real property markets.      

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