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The Challenges Of Bringing a Museum to Market 

By: Robbie Tarpley Raffish, a freelance writer based in Maryland Summer 2017 Issue

Museum development requires collaboration among designers, contractors and museum operators.

The Future of Family-owned CRE Businesses 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor to Development magazine Summer 2017 Issue

How can family-owned businesses stay competitive in the commercial real estate industry?

Funding Transit to Industrial Properties 

By: Cinda Kelley, president, Kelley and Associates LLC Summer 2017 Issue

Employers in Plainfield, Indiana, are helping fund connector bus service that brings employees to local industrial parks.

Five Tips to Avoid Stormwater Headaches 

By: Sam Arden, Peyton Nunez and Irene Vander Els, attorneys, Hartman Simons & Wood LLP Summer 2017 Issue

Site work that results in stormwater runoff or erosion can expose a developer to potential liability.

Colliers International's Advisor Development Program 

By: Katherine Ringrose-Poole, national program director, advisor development, Colliers International Summer 2017 Issue

This professional development program has proven to be a sound investment that benefits the company’s brand, professionals and clients.

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New & Noteworthy 

By: Julie D. Stern, managing editor, Development Summer 2017 Issue

An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

Development / Ownership Articles From Previous Issues

Transforming an Industrial Building for Carnegie Robotics

By: Adrienne Schmitz, freelance writer and real estate researcher Spring 2017 Issue
RIDC, a nonprofit developer in Pittsburgh, has converted a long-vacant factory building in a now-hip neighborhood into an industrial robotics facility.

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 Spring 2017 Issue
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.

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. Spring 2017 Issue
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.

Taller Wood Buildings Coming Soon

By: Steve White, AIA, principal, Fentress Architects, and director of the firm’s Washington, D.C., studio Spring 2017 Issue
Mass timber is becoming a mainstream material for high-rise buildings.

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 Spring 2017 Issue
Corporate sustainability efforts vary widely in their approaches to real estate.
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New & Noteworthy

By: Julie D. Stern, managing editor, Development Spring 2017 Issue
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

Office Development in Mixed-use Settings: Raising the Bar in Suburbia

By: Jeff Berkes, executive vice president and president of West Coast operations and Don Briggs, executive vice president for development, Federal Realty Investment Trust Winter 2016/2017 Issue
Federal Realty Investment Trust shares lessons learned from developing office space in urban-style mixed-use projects.

Seniors Housing Moves Downtown

By: Adrienne Schmitz, freelance real estate writer and researcher Winter 2016/2017 Issue
Seniors’ desire to live in urban settings is creating new opportunities for developers.

The Future of Suburban Office Buildings

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor to Development magazine Winter 2016/2017 Issue
What features will suburban office buildings need to attract tomorrow’s tenants?

Atlanta Metro Studios And Union Station Business Center

By: Sheila Kelly Vertino, former editor-in-chief of Development magazine and a freelance writer Winter 2016/2017 Issue
A fully leased business center with movie production studios and a distribution center has risen on the site of a former Atlanta-area mall.

Fine-tuning the Open Plan Office

By: Bill LaPatra, AIA, partner, and Elizabeth Gordon, associate principal, at Mithun Winter 2016/2017 Issue
Traditional office users continue to adopt and adapt trends pioneered by tech companies.

From Offices to Live/Work Units

By: Adrienne Schmitz, freelance real estate writer and researcher Winter 2016/2017 Issue
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.

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 Winter 2016/2017 Issue
A corporate program improves the employee commuting experience while reducing the number of cars arriving on campus — and the company’s carbon footprint.

Net Zero Districts: Finding the Quadruple Bottom Line

By: Iain Campbell, managing director, Rocky Mountain Institute Winter 2016/2017 Issue
District-scale developments are uniquely positioned to be a major driver of the next generation of high-performance buildings and an intelligent electric grid.

New & Noteworthy

By: Julie D. Stern, managing editor, Development Winter 2016/2017 Issue
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

Touchstone: Small Team Big Impact

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor to Development magazine Fall 2016
This year’s award winner — which prides itself on creating shared value for owners, tenants and the community — developed more than 2 million square feet of space in 2015 with a staff of 10.

The Natural Capitalism Concept Comes to Industrial

By: Karl Heitman, AIA, LEED AP, Heitman Architects Inc. Fall 2016
Method’s new soap factory in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood has resulted in a more profitable, localized supply chain

Discovery Business Campus: From Industrial Campus to Mixed-use Business Park

By: Alison Melnychenko, owner of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Word Games Fall 2016
A nearly vacant semiconductor campus is transformed into a vibrant mixed-use business park that is attracting new users to its Tempe, Arizona, submarket.

The Suburban Office Parking Conundrum

By: Robert T. Dunphy, transportation consultant, adjunct professor at Georgetown University and an emeritus fellow of the Transportation Research Board Fall 2016
Do today’s densifying suburban office parks need less, more or different types of parking?

Developing Near Highways and Transit

By: Jeffrey A. Zapfe, Ph.D., president, Acentech Fall 2016
What developers can do to assess and mitigate ground-borne noise and vibration impacts.

Protecting Against Environmental Loss and Challenges

By: John J. Heft, MS, CRIS, senior vice president and director of the real estate practice at New Day Underwriting Managers Fall 2016
Pollution legal liability insurance can protect property owners and developers from liability associated with pollution-related property damage, cleanup and bodily injury.

Six Lessons for Developers Considering a Brownfield Remediation Project

By: Dennis M. Toft, partner, Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi PC; chair of New Jersey’s Brownfields Task Force and a NAIOP New Jersey trustee Fall 2016
What developers need to know before beginning this type of challenging undertaking.

“Smart Glass” Reduces Glare, Improves Comfort

By: Robbie Tarpley Raffish, president, a.s.a.p.r. integrated marketing Fall 2016
Dynamic glass panes can decrease energy demand, glare and heat, resulting in a more comfortable indoor environment, while still letting the sunshine in.
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New & Noteworthy

By: Julie D. Stern, managing editor, Development Fall 2016
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

Reliable Bandwidth for Office Buildings

By: Arie Barendrecht, CEO and cofounder of WiredScore Summer 2016
Building owners who provide cutting-edge Internet infrastructure are positioning themselves for long-term success.

The Future of E-commerce Fulfillment Centers

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor to Development magazine Summer 2016
How will the fulfillment centers of tomorrow differ from those in use today?

Nemours duPont Pediatrics: Innovation Inspired by the Affordable Care Act

By: Katie Jacoby, senior vice president, development, at Anchor Health Properties Summer 2016
A new outpatient facility in Southern New Jersey is designed to improve the patient experience as well as the health of the entire community.

Building for Wellness

By: Ed Klimek, AIA, NCARB, partner, KSS Architects Summer 2016
Workplaces that enhance employee health and well-being also enhance productivity — and employers’ financial bottom lines.

From Cubicles to Conservation

By: Giorgios L. Vlamis, partner and chief operating officer, Normandy Real Estate Partners, and Terrence Nolan, senior vice president, conservation transactions, Open Space Institute Summer 2016
Coupling development with land conservation can be a win-win for office parks and the public.

Smaller Cities Lighten Up on Minimum Parking Requirements

By: Craig Lewis, AICP, LEED AP, CNU-A, principal, Stantec, Charlotte, North Carolina Summer 2016
Minimum parking requirements make it difficult to design and build places for people, rather than cars.

Why General Partnerships in Commercial Development Are Destined to Fail

By: Matt Burgess, CEO, Missouri Land Company  Summer 2016
General partnerships are a risky way to structure a commercial real estate development company.
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New & Noteworthy

By: Julie D. Stern, managing editor, Development Summer 2016
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

The US Manufacturing Renaissance: Driving a Resurgence in Industrial Real Estate

By: Jason Tolliver, Andy Mace, Bethany Bailey and John Morris, respectively, head of industrial research, Americas; managing director, strategic consulting; managing director, strategy & operations; and leader, industrial services, Americas, at Cushman & Wakefield Spring 2016
Developers may be wise to seek out sites and locations that will attract manufacturing uses as well as those that will attract distribution operations.

Cardinal Health Medical Distribution Center: “Catalyst Converter” in the Motor City

By: Robbie Tarpley Raffish, CEO of a.s.a.p.r. integrated marketing Spring 2016
A massive brownfield redevelopment project begins with a new medical distribution center near downtown Detroit.

Gillem Logistics Center: From Army Base to Logistics Hub

By: Forrest Robinson and David Welch, CEO and partner, respectively, with Robinson Weeks Partners; Welch is overseeing the Gillem Logistics Center project Spring 2016
A closed Army base south of Atlanta is being transformed into a state-of-the-art logistics campus.

Schreiber Foods: Merging Corporate Goals and Urban Reinvestment

By: Peter Balistrieri, an associate vice president with HGA Architects and Engineers in Milwaukee. He was the project manager and programmer for this project. HGA’s design team also included James VanderHeiden, AIA, PE, principal-in-charge; Rick Hombsch, PE, project supervisor and Paula Verboomen, AIA, lead design architect. Spring 2016
A global dairy company consolidates its operations and R&D functions onto a single campus that is building synergy in downtown Green Bay.

Energy Consumption Disclosure Requirements

By: Stuart Brodsky, director, Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, New York University School of Professional Studies, Schack Institute of Real Estate Spring 2016
A number of states and municipalities now mandate energy performance disclosure for some commercial buildings.

The Police Station of the Future

By: Leigh Christy, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal, Perkins+Will Spring 2016
Five factors are shaping designs for new police stations and other public safety facilities.
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New & Noteworthy

By: Julie D. Stern, managing editor, Development Spring 2016
An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects.

Research Foundation Report

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with office building conversions. The author conducted a review of recent publications and market data on office conversions and interviewed developers, architects and other commercial real estate professionals to provide an overview of the key considerations that go into converting an office building to a life science, medical office or multifamily use. Available Now!

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