Strategically Green - A Smart Energy Retrofit for Office Parks 

By: Robert L. Segal, consultant, Frank Lynn & Associates Fall 2012

Last year the management of Menlo Business Park faced several challenges. In a struggling economy Tarlton Properties, manager of the business park, needed to reduce operating expenses, upgrade the property to retain and attract tenants, prepare the property for energy price volatility, gain greater management control and develop a deeper insight into the operating conditions of each building.

Developer of the Year: The JBG Companies - Building a Sustainable Advantage 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2012

The ability of The JBG Companies to analyze and understand dynamic market trends and conditions, as well as its state-of-the-art design and planning processes, have helped it achieve tremendous investment success. Focusing on the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Northern Virginia metropolitan area, JBG has developed and invested in urban-infill, transit-oriented projects, strengthening the communities in which it works.

Navigating Healthcare Development: Seventh & Madison - A Puzzle Worth the Effort  

By: Patrick Callahan, founder and CEO, Urban Renaissance Group Fall 2012

Developing for the healthcare and life sciences market contains challenges unlike those in the office, retail or mixed-use sectors.  The 7th & Madison property in Seattle is one such example of a project with its share of complexities that started out as anything but the typical deal.

First Look - Offices That Hover 

By: Elizabeth Sherrod, managing editor and research director, NAIOP Fall 2012

Commercial office space typically rises upward in central business districts. A unique option, however, has emerged in Russia — between buildings. That’s the idea behind the “parasite office,” a creation of principals Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev of Za Bor Architects in Russia.

Reinventing a Former Racetrack 

By: Dominique A. Buttitta, director of law and development, Wirtz Realty Corporation Fall 2012

In April of 2011, the former home of the Sportsman’s Park racetrack was a vacant piece of land littered with remnants of a concrete track and a demolished grandstand. Standing on Laramie Avenue, Anthony Iatarola of Wirtz Realty Corporation, envisioned a 605,000-square-foot office, warehouse and distribution facility and other land uses, forming the future home for Wirtz Beverage Illinois LLC.

The State of Development 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2012

Three previous NAIOP Developer of the Year winners share their future development plans and lessons learned from the recession. This article also discusses the future of state and municipal incentive programs.

Vernon Manor - Transforming a Historic Hotel For Medical Use 

By: Gail L. Paul, a business writer based in Cincinnati Fall 2012

What was once a hotel for the wealthy and occasional dignitary guest has transformed into unique office space, housing administration and operations for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, moving 670 employees into the converted space in 2011. The office space is bright, modern and located close to other Cincinnati Children’s facilities that surround its pediatric hospital and research center.