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Fall 2020 Issue

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Rethinking Real Estate: The Office of the Future

By: Ron Derven

Safety, health and wellness in buildings and workplaces may become as important over the next 10 years as LEED certification has been over the past decade.      

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Industrial Emerges from Pandemic in Relatively Good Health

By: Trey Barrineau, Kathryn Hamilton, Shawn Moura, Ph.D., Marie Ruff and Brielle Scott

Panelists at NAIOP’s I.CON Virtual 2020 shared good news about the sector’s resilience.      

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Doing CRE During a Crisis: Remote Work, New Technologies

By: Trey Barrineau, Daniel Levison and Turner Levison

COVID-19 is forcing the industry to embrace teleworking and a wide array of digital tools.      

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Must-Read Articles

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Construction Uncertainty Continues as Pandemic Persists

By: Ken Simonson
The outlook remains hazy as COVID-19's broad impacts disrupt the country.
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Cold Storage Can Be Complex and Costly

By: Brielle Scott
However, surging demand could lead to greater investment in the near future.
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There's Opportunity at the Office Park

By: Ray Kimsey
COVID-19 could spur greater interest in transforming suburban office parks into mixed-use developments.
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CRE Financing Transitions from LIBOR

By: Lisa Pendergast
SOFR, the new U.S. dollar replacement rate, differs in crucial ways from its longstanding forerunner.
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A Mass-Timber Building Rises in San Francisco

By: Alice Devine
Engineered wood products provide a strong yet light alternative to concrete and steel.
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Parking: The Long-Distance Truck Driver’s Prayer

By: Robert T. Dunphy
Demand for truck parking exceeds supply in many parts of the country.

Related Research and Publications

Industrial Space Demand Forecast, Third Quarter 2020

By: Dr. Hany Guirguis, Manhattan College and Dr. Timothy Savage, New York University Research Foundation
Although industrial real estate has outperformed other commercial property types this year due to a surge in e-commerce, broader macroeconomic indicators suggest industrial space absorption will decline sharply in Q3 2020 and then rebound to positive levels in Q2 2021.

The Evolution of the Warehouse: Trends in Technology, Design, Development and Delivery

By: Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott Research Foundation
The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to provide the real estate development community with insight into current and future trends in building and logistics technologies and their implications for industrial real estate. Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott, researchers at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, interviewed professionals specializing in industrial building design and automated systems to identify emerging trends that will be of interest to industrial developers, building owners and tenants.

Midyear Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Commercial Real Estate Development Industry

By: Stephen S. Fuller, Ph.D. Research Foundation
The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned Steve Fuller, Ph.D., professor emeritus at George Mason University, to undertake a study of the 2020 mid-year economy and how second quarter shocks may influence commercial real estate development in the future.

Perspectives

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CEO on Leadership: Kimberly Sherman Stamler, President, Related Beal

By: Ron Derven
The leader of this Boston real estate firm talks about the COVID-19 pandemic and shares other perspectives on the industry.

NAIOP's Visionaries Graduate to Governors

By: Trey Barrineau
Six members of the inaugural group assume greater responsibilities for shaping the association’s Research Foundation.

Four Students Receive NAIOP Diversity Student Scholarships

By: Hannah Buckles
This year's scholarships were awarded to commercial real estate graduate students from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in the industry.

Additional Articles

How to Fight Excessive Property Taxes During COVID-19

By: J. Kieran Jennings and Greg Hart
Cash-strapped municipalities may look to extract more revenue from commercial properties.
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The Tax Benefits of Turning Art into Real Property

By: Daniel Pessar
Proposed regulations could help developments financially as well as aesthetically.

Building Urban Streets from Scratch in Pittsburgh

By: Todd Stern
Hazelwood Green’s Lytle Street showcases a rare opportunity for developers to use newer technologies that ease traffic and boost walkability.
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Improved Office Accessibility Can Benefit Everyone

By: Brian Collins
A broader definition of “disability” makes the workplace easier to navigate for all employees.

Not Your Father's Mall Anymore

By: Shawn Moura, Ph.D.
Developers are unlocking the value of old retail centers by adding new uses, from charter schools to distribution centers.
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Future-Proofing Through Design: Resiliency in Boston's Seaport District

By: Joe Sirkovich
The Ora mixed-use project features elements that aim to mitigate flooding.
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New & Noteworthy Projects

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

Democrats Unveil Blueprint for a Green Economy

By: Alex Ford
The “Solving the Climate Crisis” report is ambitious, and its impacts could be far-reaching.
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Don't Wait to Comply with ASC 842

By: Bart Waldeck
New accounting standard requires many types of leases to be added to corporate balance sheets.
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Opportunity Zone Updates: 2020 and Beyond

By: Daniel Pessar
Recent clarifications didn’t significantly change the law, but investors should be aware of these modifications.

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