Development Magazine Winter 2013

E-Commerce Comes of Age

By: Ellen Rand, contributing editor, Development

Retailing today is undergoing profound and rapid change, as sellers reconfigure and reconcile their brick-and-mortar stores with their online presence. Surviving and thriving through this transition will require integration among communications technology, customer preferences regarding service and delivery, retail and industrial buildings, transportation modes, and logistics and inventory systems.

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Social Media and Commercial Real Estate: Strategies to Grow Your Business and Build Your Brand

Social media has created a momentous shift in how we communicate with one other. It has become the great digital equalizer; small and large companies alike can build their brands, expand their businesses and connect with their clients online via social media outlets.      

the piazza at the U Square mixed-use project

U Square @ The Loop: Public-Private Collaboration Revitalizes Cincinnati

Situated just across the street from the University of Cincinnati campus, U Square @ the Loop buzzes with activity. The two city blocks of LEED-certified, mid-rise, mixed-use development house students and young professionals; provide a welcome array of restaurants, shops and gathering spaces; and are home to several university offices.      

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Water Tower Shoppes Retail Rebirth

Water Tower Shoppes in Celebration, Fla., was not always the destination retail center that it is today. Just three years ago, Walt Disney Company (developer of Celebration) executives and most locals detested the “black eye” they drove past every day.      

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The View from Development ‘13: Continued Recovery Sparks Tempered Optimism

If Sigmund Freud were alive today, his signature question might not be “what does a woman want?” Rather, it might be “what do the millennials want?” Underlying the optimism expressed at NAIOP’s Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate about recovering markets and revived demand was a clear sense of uncertainty about what changes might be afoot in both office and industrial space demand and design owing to the growing presence of millennials in the workforce.      

Advocacy

  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Program an Industry Priority in 2014

    The U.S. Capitol was consumed this fall with budget showdowns, government shutdowns and legislative gridlock. As a result, public policy issues of importance to the commercial real estate industry — including the future direction of tax policy, energy legislation and transportation funding — have been left unresolved. As we move into 2014, we can add to this list of unfinished business another item: renewal of the federal terrorism risk insurance program.      

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Development - Ownership

  • U Square @ The Loop: Public-Private Collaboration Revitalizes Cincinnati

    Situated just across the street from the University of Cincinnati campus, U Square @ the Loop buzzes with activity. The two city blocks of LEED-certified, mid-rise, mixed-use development house students and young professionals; provide a welcome array of restaurants, shops and gathering spaces; and are home to several university offices.      

  • Water Tower Shoppes Retail Rebirth

    Water Tower Shoppes in Celebration, Fla., was not always the destination retail center that it is today. Just three years ago, Walt Disney Company (developer of Celebration) executives and most locals detested the “black eye” they drove past every day.      

  • The View from Development ‘13: Continued Recovery Sparks Tempered Optimism

    If Sigmund Freud were alive today, his signature question might not be “what does a woman want?” Rather, it might be “what do the millennials want?” Underlying the optimism expressed at NAIOP’s Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate about recovering markets and revived demand was a clear sense of uncertainty about what changes might be afoot in both office and industrial space demand and design owing to the growing presence of millennials in the workforce.      

  • The Distribution/Fulfillment Center of the Future, 2020 Design Competition

    During the spring and summer of 2013, NAIOP conducted a design competition in which it sought concepts for the Distribution/Fulfillment Center of the Future. NAIOP invited architects to conceptualize and design the physical “goods exchange” structure that will accommodate distribution, fulfillment and retail functions in the year 2020.      

  • Green Globes Updated

    The most dramatic changes in the history of green building certification programs are unfolding in 2013, as both Green Globes and LEED undergo major updates. Changes to the Green Globes program are intended to improve technical rigor and enhance ease of use, as well as to reflect how current building science influences materials selection and other choices in building design and construction.      

  • Healthy Transit Systems Can Drive Local Economies

    Public transportation has long been regarded as a vital component to a healthy local economy. Today, local economic engines can be further fueled by creative land use concepts involving transit elements. Rochester, N.Y., for example, was able to attract hundreds of millions of investment dollars for a variety of innovative, transit-related development projects.      

  • How Cities Can Get More Development For Their Transit Dollars

    Transit-oriented development has been promoted as a way to combat congestion, pollution and other problems associated with sprawling, auto-dominated suburban growth patterns. City leaders typically believe that developers will only invest in projects located along rail-based transit lines, including light-rail transit and streetcars. Yet a recent report demonstrates that the type of transit matters less than how much government support it gets.      

  • NAIOP Sustainable Development Award Honors StonebridgeCarras for 200 I Street

    Bethesda, Md.-based StonebridgeCarras was named the recipient of NAIOP’s annual Sustainable Development Award, which was presented during a special ceremony at Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate.      

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Marketing - Leasing

  • What Workers Want — and Why That Matters

    The fact that companies are taking employees into consideration when they select new office space is nothing new. What is new is the extent to which today’s employers are considering their workers’ wants and needs, as a way to keep them with the company and in its office space, perhaps as many as 24 hours a day.      

  • Measuring Quality of Life in Office Space

    For the corporate space user, lease transactions used to be all about the numbers, with a strong focus on the bottom line. Today, things are different, said Peter Holland, director of benchmarking services for CoreNet, who moderated a session at Development ‘13 titled “Let’s Measure the Quality of Life per Square Foot.”      

  • NAIOP's 2014 Buyers Guide

    From accountants to architects to developers, contractors, and financial sources. Whatever you need, you’re likely to find it and a lot more in our annual Buyers Guide.      

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  • E-Commerce Comes of Age

    Retailing today is undergoing profound and rapid change, as sellers reconfigure and reconcile their brick-and-mortar stores with their online presence. Surviving and thriving through this transition will require integration among communications technology, customer preferences regarding service and delivery, retail and industrial buildings, transportation modes, and logistics and inventory systems.      

  • Social Media and Commercial Real Estate: Strategies to Grow Your Business and Build Your Brand

    Social media has created a momentous shift in how we communicate with one other. It has become the great digital equalizer; small and large companies alike can build their brands, expand their businesses and connect with their clients online via social media outlets.      

  • Brazil Experiences Strong Demand for Logistics Parks

    As the Brazilian economy continues to grow, the logistical warehouse sector is seeing unprecedented growth. Not even the slowdown in the Brazilian economy, including GDP growth of a meager 1 percent in 2012, is slowing the demand for warehouse space in Brazil.      

  • By The Numbers: E-Commerce and Retail Data

    Graphs and tables illustrating U.S. online retail sales by category, e-commerce impacts of smartphones and tablets, and e-commerce sales as a portion of total U.S. reatil sales.      

  • Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Property Insurance

    As a business owner, you expect to increase profits, grow market share and continue climbing the ladder of success. Every vendor a company utilizes plays a part in that success or failure. When it comes to risk management, how is your insurance broker bringing value to your business? Unfortunately, many insured parties are unable to answer this question.      

  • Recruiting and Retaining Employees Remain Priorities in 2013

    What’s on the minds of commercial real estate CEOs today? Recruiting, employee retention and “talent management,” says the “2013 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey,” completed in partnership with CEL & Associates, Inc.      

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Finance

  • Investing in Secondary Markets: Timing Is Everything

    With so much public and private capital chasing commercial real estate investment opportunities in the primary markets, is this the right time to focus attention on the secondary markets? Yes, according to Sam Chandan, Ph.D., president and chief economist of Chandan Economics.      

  • Is Credit Loose or Tight?

    Panelists at a Development ‘13 session on capital markets agreed that as of fall 2013, credit is neither too loose nor too tight; it is just right.      

  • Real Estate Investors Face New Investment Income Tax

    Just as the real estate industry is beginning to experience a long-awaited recovery, a new investment income tax is poised to lighten the wallets of many real estate investors.      

  • Financing Large-Scale MXDs

    Financing mixed-use developments (MXDs) that may span many city blocks and take decades to develop is significantly more complex than financing single-use projects. In a session titled “Mixed-Use Case Studies: The Price of Success” at Development ‘13, three developers described their large-scale mixed-use projects and Kevin Jennings, Bank of America Merrill Lynch reacted to each project, offering comments about how lenders approach financing these and similar types of projects, and describing some of the unique financing vehicles employed.      

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Perspectives

  • CEO on Leadership: Michael Pelt, President and COO, MDH Partners

    Michael Pelt is president and chief operating officer of MDH Partners in Atlanta. He oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, including compliance with joint ventures, lender requirements and property management.      

  • Hard-Won Lessons from Developer Carl Panattoni

    Panattoni Development Company has developed more than 175 million square feet of industrial, office and retail space. In the years leading up to the Great Recession, it had about 20 million square feet of space under construction each year. The recession took the Newport Beach-based company and Carl Panattoni, its founder and chairman, right to the brink, but both have bounced back.      

  • NAIOP 2013 Developing Leader Awards Showcasing Young Talent

    NAIOP honored the following rising stars within the commercial real estate industry with its coveted 2013 Developing Leaders Award at Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate. The annual award — now in its eighth year — honors Developing Leaders for their extraordinary talent and contributions to the industry.      

  • NAIOP Chairman Gene Reilly Reflects on 2013

    As his time as chairman comes to a close, Gene Reilly has been reflecting on the year and the NAIOP members whom he has been privileged to meet as he traveled to NAIOP events and chapters across North America.      

  • Research Directors Discuss New Challenges

    National research directors from major commercial real estate brokerage and data provider firms gathered for their annual meeting at NAIOP headquarters this fall to share their views about what the future holds for commercial real estate.      

  • Sound Bites from NAIOP’s Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate in San Diego

    Some highlights from NAIOP's Development ‘13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate in San Diego, Calif.      

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