Today’s industrial users are looking beyond rental rates to consider transportation and inventory carrying costs when making location decisions. Read the Cover Story

Spring 2017 Issue

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Transforming an Industrial Building for Carnegie Robotics

By: Adrienne Schmitz, freelance writer and real estate researcher

RIDC, a nonprofit developer in Pittsburgh, has converted a long-vacant factory building in a now-hip neighborhood into an industrial robotics facility.      

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Redeveloping Newspaper Headquarters

By: Patricia Raicht, senior vice president and national research director at JLL and Julia Georgules, vice president and director of U.S. office research at JLL

Redevelopment of former newspaper headquarters and other facilities is becoming big business in more markets, as news companies offload valuable real estate with great structural bones in high-quality locations.      

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Bulfinch Crossing The Next Phase of Urban Revitalization in Boston

By: Thomas N. O'Brien, founding partner and managing director at The HYM Investment Group LLC.

A 4.8-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented development on the site of the Government Center Garage aims to meet the future needs of Bostonians.      

Must-Read Articles

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Data Center Outlook

By: Kelly McBride, Jeff Groh, and Allen Tucker, managing directors, JLL
Increasing demand for cloud-based services is fueling data center leasing activity.
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Creative Industrial Workspaces

By: Adam Robinson, founder and principal, RAF Pacifica Group
As industrial users consolidate operations under one roof, “creative industrial” is becoming the future of industrial space.
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Taller Wood Buildings Coming Soon

By: Steve White, AIA, principal, Fentress Architects, and director of the firm’s Washington, D.C., studio
Mass timber is becoming a mainstream material for high-rise buildings.
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The Third Place in the Modern Office

By: Gary Miciunas, principal, advisory services, Nelson
“Third places,” both in common areas and within tenant spaces, can add value to office buildings.
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Why Investors Are Flocking to Student Housing

By: Paula Poskon, founder, STOV Advisory Services
Purpose-built student housing has matured into an institutionally acceptable asset class.

Plantscaping and the Value of Biophilic Design

By: Kenneth Freeman, head of innovation for Ambius, a division of Rentokil Initial PLC
Interior plantings can make a big impact on LEED and/or WELL certification ----- and on building occupants’ comfort and productivity.

Related Research and Publications

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.

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.


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CEO on Leadership: Chuck Scott, CEO, Cushman & Wakefield Canada

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development
The CEO of the Canadian operation of a major global real estate services firm with more than 43,000 employees in over 60 countries offers his perspectives on leading and growing the business up north.

The Time for Succession Planning Is Now

By: Julie Eisenhauer, CPA, audit and assurance shareholder, Clark Nuber PS
CRE companies must take proactive steps to develop succession plans for management and other key positions.

CBRE's Ongoing Journey of Diversity and Inclusion

By: Rachel Brown, freelance writer
A CRE services and investment organization has long recognized the value of a diverse workforce.

Meet NAIOP's Chairman

By: Jonathan Tratt, principal, Tratt Properties, LLC,and 2017 NAIOP Chairman
As chairman of NAIOP, I intend to share my story of what NAIOP means to me and how members can take advantage of the numerous professional resources, leadership opportunities at the local and Corporate level, legislative activities and valuable connections that membership offers.

Additional Articles

Rubberized Roads, Sustainable Concrete and Smart Bridges

By: Allie Nicodemo, science writer, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, ASU
Researchers are exploring new materials and smart sensors, paving the way to better transportation infrastructure.

Mitigating Fitness Center Impacts

By: Terence Tyson, PE, CDT, principal consultant in acoustics, Acentech
Upgrades to walls, ceilings and floors can mute disruptive noise and vibration.

The Property Life Cycle: Planning for Effective Cost Segregation Strategies

By: Edward D. Meyette, CPA, partner, Crowe Horwath LLP
New regulations create more cost segregation complexities and opportunities, making tax planning more complicated.

The Sustainability Officer and Real Estate Operations

By: Sam Black, former contributing editor at Development, attorney and past chairman of the Washington, D.C., Smart Growth Alliance
Corporate sustainability efforts vary widely in their approaches to real estate.

Are Suburban Office Parking Ratios on the Rise?

By: Robert T. Dunphy, transportation consultant; adjunct professor, Georgetown University Real Estate Program; and emeritus fellow, Transportation Research Board
About a third of the suburban office developers responding to a recent NAIOP survey have already added parking to existing properties; even more expect parking ratios to rise in the future.

Maximizing Revenue Through Dynamic Parking Pricing

By: Tim Flanagan, managing director, Sentry
Sensors, software and apps make dynamic pricing feasible — and profitable.

National Groups Shift Focus to Cities

By: Toby Burke, senior director of state and local affairs, NAIOP
NAIOP and its members must be on the lookout for local initiatives driven by national organizations that could impact commercial real estate.

2017 Guide to Economic Development

By: None
The economic development authorities listed in this annual guide can help you attract businesses to your area and to your developments.
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New & Noteworthy

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

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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