An adaptive reuse project in the Washington, D.C., suburbs show the potential for converting old office space into apartments.

Spring 2022 Issue


How Industrial Projects Can Spur Economic Growth

By: Gary Horn

A large tire-storage facility in a small Indiana town offers lessons for developers on how to work with communities.      


Going Big: Large-Format Multilevel Industrial Buildings

By: Eric Aderneck

These facilities can be important in areas with a constrained supply of land.      


Cutting-edge Research That Has an Impact

The NAIOP Research Foundation's annual report highlights the relevant studies, activities and deep dives to come in 2022 and beyond.      


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Must-Read Articles


Construction Sites Build a Circular Economy

By: Alice Devine
Zero-waste efforts attract greater attention, including a new certification program.

Real Estate Crowdfunding: Solid Growth, But Challenges Remain

By: Adam Gower
Among them: Unrealistic expectations and the possibility of an economic downturn.

Demography is Destiny for Commercial Real Estate

By: Anirban Basu
Population shifts could portend big changes for the industry.

Construction Firms Foresee More Projects, More Problems

By: Ken Simonson
Shortages of workers and supplies could mean higher costs and longer timelines for projects.

Solera: Where Suburban Form Meets Urban Function

By: Mark Stine
This unique mixed-use project offers large affordable units for families.

Sub-Surface Recharge Systems Require Careful Planning

By: Sean P. Donlon, Cory A. Cormier and Bryan P. Strohman
Stormwater management can be a challenging, complex task for developers, especially in urban areas.

CEO on Leadership: Adrian G. Washington, Founder and CEO, Neighborhood Development Co.

By: Ron Derven
The leader of this Washington, D.C.-based firm talks about the challenges of growing his company into a multifamily developer of affordable and market-rate housing and commercial projects.

The Assembly Builds on the Past

By: Sami Proctor
An adaptive-reuse project in Pittsburgh transforms a historically significant manufacturing facility into high-tech lab space.

Related Research and Publications

Findings from the Development Approvals Index

By: C. Kat Grimsley, Ph.D. Research Foundation
The NAIOP Research Foundation released The Development Approvals Index: A New Tool to Evaluate Local Approvals Processes (the Index). The Index provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare approvals processes in different jurisdictions objectively (e.g., without the use of opinion surveys or based on the experiences of a particular individual).

Office Space Demand Forecast, Second Quarter 2022

By: Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., Manhattan College and Michael J. Seiler, DBA, College of William & Mary Research Foundation
The U.S. office market absorbed 21.6 million square feet across the last quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. Office market vacancy rates increased for the 10th straight quarter to start the year, but a look inside the numbers reveals that the completion of new office product is partially responsible.

Seeing Past the Pandemic: Industrial Demand and U.S. Seaports

By: Brian Harper, Director of Data Science, Avison Young, and Aaron Ahlburn, Innovation Lead, Global Logistics, Avison Young Research Foundation
This research brief, authored by Avison Young, reviews historical trends in port activity, local logistics employment, and vacancies, rents and absorption rates in adjacent industrial markets. Building on observations from the historical data, a regression analysis of the relationship between changes in port activity, truck traffic and industrial space absorption demonstrates that changes in import volume have a substantial effect on occupancy in port markets.


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CEO on Leadership: Adrian G. Washington, Founder and CEO, Neighborhood Development Co.

By: Ron Derven
The leader of this Washington, D.C.-based firm talks about the challenges of growing his company into a multifamily developer of affordable and market-rate housing and commercial projects.

From the Editor: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

By: Jennifer LeFurgy
Return to the workplace for some has been delayed, yet the office sector continues to rebound, with absorption inching toward the positive.

Getting to Know New Chair Jeff Milanaik

By: Jeff Milanaik
I’m excited to lead NAIOP in 2022, and I look forward to meeting so many of you as I visit chapters this year.

NAIOP Chapter Merit Awards Salute Outstanding Efforts and Individuals

By: Trey Barrineau
Education, membership, advocacy and special events were among the programs honored in 2021.

The Most Valuable Asset: Expanding the CRE Talent Pool

By: Rochelle Broder-Singer
There are many ways to identify and recruit new workers for the industry.

Additional Articles


U.S. Ports Anchor Growing Demand for Industrial Space in Select Markets

By: Shawn Moura
A new NAIOP research brief examines the relationship between imports and site selection for logistics centers.

Navigating Construction Risk in Uncertain Times

By: Chase Callaway
Getting back to basics can solve problems before they appear.
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New & Noteworthy

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

The New Office is Outdoors

By: Michael Howell
In Atlanta, a project connects with nature and the surrounding community.

Transit-Oriented Housing Fills a Need in the Boston Region

By: Mike Henehan
A new development will provide easy access to commuter rail.

Research Foundation Report

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with office building conversions. The author conducted a review of recent publications and market data on office conversions and interviewed developers, architects and other commercial real estate professionals to provide an overview of the key considerations that go into converting an office building to a life science, medical office or multifamily use. Available Now!

New Uses for Office Buildings