3314 Peachtree - Distinction Amid the High-Rises 

By: Sasha Vinitsky, principal, Wakefield Beasley Fall 2010

Atlanta’s Buckhead district is a mix of high-end retail, offices and hotels, as well as a strong nightlife component. While the Buckhead skyline has filled over the last decade with high-rise projects of all types, the new branch office for Charles Schwab is notable for its unassuming size and its distinctive architectural style.

Bad Site + Good Location = Win Win 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2010

In a sputtering, job-lagging recovery, redevelopment of a brownfield site into a 24/7 environment can have an impact far beyond the the municipality’s location. This is what Advance Realty and the New Jersey town of Harrison are finding as that town’s Riverbend District is transformed into a dynamic environment for living, working and recreation.

Cashman Equipment – A Case for Consolidation 

By: Curt Carlson, AIA, LEED AP, vice president, director of design, SHarchitecture Fall 2010

Cashman Equipment was founded in 1931 and is one of the highest-rated Caterpillar construction equipment dealers in North America. Starting as an equipment supplier for the construction of Hoover Dam, it has grown into one of the largest privately owned employers in Nevada, with over 700 employees.

Developer of the Year: The Alter Group's Art of the Game 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2010

Teamwork, loyalty, a dose of humility and the discipline to stick with the basics and get very good at them are all qualities that athletes’ coaches hammer home time and again to turn their teams into champions. Some top companies in the commercial real estate business may have taken a page from this playbook as well.

Strategically Green - Developing a Retrofit Strategy: Making Sense of It All 

By: Abigail C. Johnson, Abacus Property Solutions Fall 2010

When developing a retrofit strategy, owners typically evaluate building condition and design, market conditions, and investment goals for the asset. When considering a sustainable renovation, it is important that the decision-makers define their retrofit goals in order to prioritize the type of green upgrades to pursue.

Distribution Center I – Sustainability Without Limits 

By: Brian Parno, vice president, Stirling Capital Investments Fall 2010

Some developers look at a project and ask “How can I get the highest value out of this land?” They consider building green, but then recognize the costs involved and push the idea aside. While it may be hard to commit to spending more, when you consider an industrial building has a lifespan of several decades, decisions made now will follow you for a long time.

Going for the Platinum — BASF’s New Headquarters 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2010

BASF Corporation and Rockefeller Group Development Corporation(RGDC) have signed a long-term lease for BASF to occupy a new 325,000-square-foot office building RGDC will develop at The Green at Florham Park, New Jersey.

First Look - Solar Parking Lots 

By: Elizabeth Sherrod, managing editor and research director, NAIOP Fall 2010

Building owners have another option for reducing their utility bills while also providing shade for their tenants’ cars - solar parking arrays.

First Look - The Floating Office 

By: Elizabeth Sherrod, managing editor and research director, NAIOP Fall 2010

Who says that your office has to be on land? In today’s age of mobility, work is portable and you can forego a conventional office and work on the water, literally!

Trends in Tenant Construction 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2010

This article discusses new trends in tenant construction.