This sector of industrial was booming even before the pandemic, and future demand is expected to soar even higher. Read the Cover Story

Winter 2020/2021 Issue

life sciences

Life Sciences Real Estate Surges Amid Pandemic

By: Trey Barrineau

Investment pours into the sector as the world seeks vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.      

office tenant leases

A Difficult Forecast for Commercial Real Estate

By: Trey Barrineau

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts were major topics during the NAIOP Research Foundation’s National Research Directors Meeting in September.      

retail sales

Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World

By: Marie Ruff, Betsy Russo, Linda Strowbridge, Brielle Scott

Discussions at NAIOP’s CRE.Converge Virtual 2020 revealed optimism for the future despite current challenges.      

Must-Read Articles

CRE professionals

Commercial Real Estate Professionals Faced a Challenging Year

By: Christopher Lee
Compensation survey reveals that difficult decisions lie ahead for firms regarding pay, benefits and staffing levels.
BIM modeling

Standardization and Panelization in Multifamily Housing

By: Hill Pierce and Carl Malcolm
These high-tech construction techniques can save time and money on projects.
smart sensors

How IoT Can Help Create Safer Workplaces During COVID-19 and Beyond

By: Mark Milligan
Data gathered by smart sensors can provide actionable information to guide social distancing, sanitizing and more.
commercial lease

What to Do When Commercial Leases End Up in Bankruptcy

By: Gary M. Kaplan and Gregory B. Shean
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many businesses to close, leaving landlords in the lurch.
rail transit

Public Transit During COVID-19: Essential Service for Essential People

By: Robert T. Dunphy
Safety on trains and buses will be a critical concern for cities in the foreseeable future.
Canada covid-19 response

The Canadian Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Rebecca Askew, Natalie Dash and Anand Pye
The government acted rapidly to prop up the economy, including supports for rent and personal income.

Related Research and Publications

Midyear Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on the 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.

Office Space Demand Forecast, Fourth Quarter 2020

By: Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., Manhattan College and Timothy Savage, Ph.D., New York University Research Foundation
A new office space demand forecast published by the NAIOP Research Foundation projects a period of negative absorption through late 2020 and early 2021, but total net absorption from Q2 2021 to Q3 2022 will exceed negative absorption from the recession, resulting in overall gains.

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.

Perspectives

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CEO on Leadership: Steve Martin, Owner, SDM Partners

By: Ron Derven
The head of this Atlanta-based real estate firm offers his perspectives on running a small office-acquisitions and asset-management company and the leadership lessons learned as NAIOP’s national chair in 2015.

Chapter Profile: NAIOP of Florida

By: Trey Barrineau
This coalition of five chapters across the state sees growth continuing despite the pandemic.

CREW Benchmark Study: Still a Long Way to Go Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By: Jennifer LeFurgy, Ph.D.
Women and other traditionally underrepresented groups in commercial real estate earn less than their white, male counterparts.

Additional Articles

‘Vacant’ vs. ‘Unoccupied’: When it Comes to Insurance, They’re Not the Same Thing

By: James “Chip” Stuart
Temporary building closures can put businesses at risk of losing their coverage.
CRE construction

Nonresidential Construction Outlook Darkens

By: Ken Simonson
A “second wave” of pandemic-related trouble looms on the horizon.
KPMG Training Center

KPMG's New Training Center Showcases Offsite Construction

By: Bob da Silva and Bill Flemming
Modular components helped bring the facility online faster.

First Coronavirus, Now Civil Unrest: Be Prepared

By: James “Chip” Stuart and David Chmiel
Weeks of rioting across the U.S. this summer caused up to $1 billion in property damage.
vacant super Target store

From Vacant Super Target Store to Vertical Farm

By: Mary Ingram-Schatz
An automated vegetable-growing process offers a creative solution for filling empty big-box stores.
data center

Four Moves Data Centers are Making in Turbulent Times

By: Thomas “TJ” Ciccone
COVID-19 forced owners and operators to adapt and adjust.
transit oriented development

Riverwalk San Diego: From Golf Course to Mixed-Use Development

By: Jennifer Whitelaw
A transit-oriented project aims to create a village in the center of the city.
new and noteworthy

New & Noteworthy Projects

An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.
in person gatherings

Keeping Company Culture During COVID-19

By: Alice Devine
Virtual tools can help maintain camaraderie and connectedness.

The Future of the Warehouse Takes Shape

By: Shawn Moura, Ph.D.
New technologies are accelerating the evolution of industrial real estate.

Research Foundation Report

This research report provides the real estate development community with insight into current and future trends in building and logistics technologies and their implications for industrial real estate. Available Now!

Evolution of the Warehouse Report