Brandywine Realty Trust closed 2013 with the best results in its 20-year history. Using a multiyear portfolio repositioning strategy, it pivoted almost seamlessly from its suburban office roots of the 1990s to focus on urban centers. Today, its urban and town center properties (those located in mixed-use areas and/or with access to transit) represent 48 percent of its portfolio and over 67 percent of its net operating income.

Fall 2014

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DaVita World Headquarters: New Corporate Office Tower Promotes Healthy Living

By: William E. Mosher, senior managing director, Trammell Crow Company’s Denver office

Situated at the base of Denver’s Millennium Bridge, across from Denver Union Station, sits DaVita’s new corporate headquarters. The iconic building, standing 14 stories in the Central Platte Valley District, has reshaped the downtown skyline and set a new precedent for world-class office accommodations.      

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Maple Leaf Foods Distribution Centre: Overcoming Challenges with Integrated Project Delivery

By: Robert Skinner, president, McKay-Cocker Construction Ltd. Margaret Knowles, David Ward and Rina Zigler Gerson are, respectively, senior vice president, development; director, acquisitions; and analyst and project coordinator, development, with Morguard Investments Ltd. Ward also is a past president of NAIOP Greater Toronto (2012).

Switching sites, revising drawings and redesigning systems three months into the project schedule for a complicated, 282,000-square-foot state-of-the art distribution center should have stressed the project’s schedule and budget. Yet the refrigerated, LEED Gold facility in Puslinch, Ontario, was completed on schedule and on budget.      

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No Objections: Kilpatrick Townsend Reimagines the Law Office

By: Brian Parker, AIA, senior associate, Cooper Carry

The way people work is changing, and law firms like Kilpatrick Townsend are leading the charge in creating workspaces that accommodate advances in technology and meet employees’ new expectations of office space. Law firms must abandon traditional workspace in order to work more efficiently and to attract and retain clients and top talent.      

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The View From I.CON: Everyone Loves Industrial

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development magazine

The good news coming out of I.CON: The Industrial Conference, held in Jersey City, New Jersey, on June 5-6, is that everyone loves industrial. The not-so-good-news is that there is fierce competition for properties and continuing cap rate compression is driving the numbers into the 4s.