Reviving the Dead: Old Malls Find Life with New Uses 

By: Ellen Rand, contributing editor, Development Summer 2011

Turning a dead or dying mall into a vibrant new development that brings new life as well as a new form of gathering space to a community seems like the ultimate recycling achievement. By all accounts, however, transformation to new uses is an enormous challenge, for a variety of reasons.

Beyond the Glass Tower – Can Buildings Move People? 

By: John McColl, executive vice president/ development, office leasing & asset management, Cousins Properties Summer 2011

In the 1800s, the Western and Atlantic Railroad lines ended at a bare patch of Georgia clay nicknamed “Terminus.” As the sticks-and-dirt settlement grew into Atlanta, the name “Terminus” came to mean more than just the end of a line. Today, it marks the entrance to one of the city’s most notable districts.

The Development Obstacle Race 

By: Angelo Carusi, Cooper Carry Summer 2011

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. In a development world that included stiff competition for retailers, rising construction costs, a time-consuming entitlement process and reliance on a third-party infrastructure development, developing The Shops at Wiregrass turned obstacles into creative solutions.

The Life and Times of a Seattle High-rise 

By: Shawn Parry, vice president, Touchstone Corporation Summer 2011

In 2006, 2009 seemed like the ideal time to bring a new Class A office tower into the Seattle market. But by the time the West 8th Tower received a certificate of occupancy on September 9, 2009, the economy was in the tank, real estate values were down 20 to 40 percent, lease rates were down 30 percent and tenant improvement dollars were up by 100 percent.

New Voices - Designing Spaces for Gen Y 

By: Leslie Silvey, senior communications manager, NAIOP Summer 2011

It’s no secret that designing functional retail and office projects for the mobile Gen Y demographic requires a thorough understanding of how this segment uses space for work and recreation.

Strategically Green - Helping Small Developers Go Green 

By: Elizabeth Sherrod, managing editor and research director, NAIOP Summer 2011

Small property owners rejoice! There’s a new sustainable building certification program in the works geared to the small commercial property market. Earth Advantage Institute has introduced a third-party certification program for buildings between 10,000 and 70,000 square feet.

Strategically Green - Lighting Retrofits Can Offer Big Energy Savings, Good Payback 

By: Bob Best, executive vice president, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle Summer 2011

A lighting retrofit is not the lowest-cost energy strategy a commercial property owner or manager can pursue, nor will it yield the greatest energy reduction of any strategy. But when it comes to making a big dent in energy consumption at a cost that is affordable for most owners, lighting should top the list of projects to consider.

Under Development – Making an Economic Engine from a Closed Military Base 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Summer 2011

If DOD closes or realigns military bases as it did in the 1990s and 2005, the communities affected and the DOD can look to the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio as a model. The base is now the Port of San Antonio and serves as an example of how cooperation at all levels of government and partnerships with the private sector can turn a potential catastrophe into a vigorous economic engine.

First Look – Secondary Office Markets – Where Do We Go From Here? 

By: Alan Pontius, senior vice president and managing director, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services; national director, National Office and Industrial Properties Group Summer 2011

Investors targeted top-tier, low-risk office assets in primary markets last year, while opportunity funds sought a once-in-a-generation prospect to acquire quality properties at deep discounts. Distressed sales disappointed the wall of waiting capital as lenders extended and modified loans on quality assets, parting only with true high-risk, low-end properties.