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Winter 2016/2017 Issue

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Seniors Housing Moves Downtown

By: Adrienne Schmitz, freelance real estate writer and researcher

Seniors’ desire to live in urban settings is creating new opportunities for developers.      

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The Future of Suburban Office Buildings

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor to Development magazine

What features will suburban office buildings need to attract tomorrow’s tenants?      

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Industrial Trends To Watch

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor to Development magazine

The marriage of retail and industrial real estate continues to disrupt the warehouse and distribution center industry.      

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Atlanta Metro Studios And Union Station Business Center

By: Sheila Kelly Vertino, former editor-in-chief of Development magazine and a freelance writer

A fully leased business center with movie production studios and a distribution center has risen on the site of a former Atlanta-area mall.      

must-read articles

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Measuring Office Leasing Momentum

By: Robert Bach, director of research, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
A momentum index uses demographic, economic and property-related indicators to rank metro markets.
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From Offices to Live/Work Units

By: Adrienne Schmitz, freelance real estate writer and researcher
A developer has begun creating value from obsolete office buildings by converting them into units that tenants can use as offices or apartments — or as live/work suites.
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Building the Tenant Experience

By: Michael Broder, CEO, Brightline Strategies, and principal, Rockerbox, a joint venture with McWilliams|Ballard
Political strategists have refined the use of predictive analytics; commercial real estate executives should follow their lead.
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Industrial Real Estate Fundamentals and Investment Outperformance

By: Chris Caton, senior vice president and global head of research, and Melinda McLaughlin, director of research, Prologis
Why is industrial real estate so attractive to the capital markets, and why is it outperforming other types of real estate investments?
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Tackling E-commerce's "Last Mile" Warehouse Networks

By: Ryan Phillips, director, Transwestern
Chicago, New Jersey and Los Angeles are well-positioned to lead the nation in establishing state-of-the-art last-mile warehousing networks.
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How the Endangered Species Act May Impact Commercial Development

By: William T. Acton, vice president, and Ryan A. Slack, senior project manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Developers must understand how federal and state regulatory policies may delay the real estate development process.

Related Research and Publications

The Role of Data Analytics in Commercial Real Estate Siting, Design and Valuation Decisions

By: Clifford A. Lipscomb, Ph.D., MRICS NAIOP Research Foundation
To gain a sense of how CRE firms are using advanced data analytics, the NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine applications in site selection, design and valuation for commercial buildings. The author conducted secondary research and interviewed brokers, data providers, investors, developers and professionals at CRE technology firms.

Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment

By: Christopher De Sousa, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP, Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Toronto Metropolitan University Research Foundation

Former industrial sites and other properties that may be contaminated – commonly called brownfields – can be viable targets for redevelopment, however the costs and risks associated with environmental remediation often make these projects challenging. The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this brief to offer insights into the key considerations that guide sustainable brownfield redevelopment.

Office Space Demand Forecast, Fourth Quarter 2022

By: Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., Manhattan College and Michael J. Seiler, DBA, College of William & Mary Research Foundation
Net office space absorption in the fourth quarter of 2022 is forecast to be 7.1 million square feet, with absorption in 2023 forecast to slow to 8.1 million square feet for the entire year. Moving forward, the forecast projects that absorption in the first three quarters of 2024 will total 13.3 million square feet.

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CEO on Leadership:

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development
The CEO of a Western New York state real estate development and services firm shares his insights about the industry.

Driving NAIOP's Future

By: Ashley Powell, senior vice president, head of transactions, western U.S., Bentall Kennedy U.S., and 2016 NAIOP Chairman
In 2017, NAIOP will celebrate its 50th anniversary. That’s 50 years of inspiring, advancing and serving the commercial real estate industry. The year also commences NAIOP’s next strategic plan, to which many of you offered input during surveys and interviews last fall.

Protecting Trademarks in Real Estate Transactions

By: James Ray, associate, Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Practice Groups, and Zachary Martin, associate, Real Estate and Corporate Finance Practice Groups, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr P.C.
Failing to ensure that ownership of a property’s name conveys along with the property can result in serious consequences for buyers and sellers alike.

Rising CRE Stars Making an Impact on the Industry

By: Marie Ruff, communications senior manager, NAIOP
NAIOP’s 2016 Developing Leaders Award recipients were honored for their exemplary achievements, community involvement and leadership in commercial real estate.

Sound Bites From Commercial Real Estate Conference

By: various
Sound Bites From NAIOP’s Commercial Real Estate Conference 2016, Sept. 25-28, in Scottsdale, Arizona:

Additional Articles

Key Commercial Real Estate Roles in 2025

By: Christopher Lee, president and CEO of CEL & Associates, Inc.
Many existing jobs will disappear and new roles will emerge within CRE companies over the next decade.

Updating CRE Terms and Definitions

By: Maria Sicola, CEO, Integrity Data Solutions
As the commercial real estate industry evolves, so do the terms used to describe it.

Fine-tuning the Open Plan Office

By: Bill LaPatra, AIA, partner, and Elizabeth Gordon, associate principal, at Mithun
Traditional office users continue to adopt and adapt trends pioneered by tech companies.

Big Changes Yet to Come from Basel III and Dodd-Frank

By: Jordan Angel, director with HFF in San Francisco
New regulations are constraining construction lending and testing the long-term viability of the CMBS market.

Net Zero Districts: Finding the Quadruple Bottom Line

By: Iain Campbell, managing director, Rocky Mountain Institute
District-scale developments are uniquely positioned to be a major driver of the next generation of high-performance buildings and an intelligent electric grid.

Microsoft's Commute Program Keeps Employees Moving

By: Brian Crockford, senior services manager and head of Microsoft’s Commute program at its corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington
A corporate program improves the employee commuting experience while reducing the number of cars arriving on campus — and the company’s carbon footprint.

New & Noteworthy

By: Julie D. Stern, managing editor, Development
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

NAIOP's 2017 Buyers Guide

By: None
From accountants to architects to developers, contractors, and financial sources. Whatever you need, you’re likely to find it and a lot more in our annual Buyers Guide.

Research Foundation Report

Former industrial sites and other properties that may be contaminated – commonly called brownfields – can be viable targets for redevelopment, however the costs and risks associated with environmental remediation often make these projects challenging. The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this brief to offer insights into the key considerations that guide sustainable brownfield redevelopment. Available Now!

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