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Office Market in Austin CBD Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

The story of the office market in Austin’s central business district (CBD) begins in 2008. With the national economic downturn just beginning, a new, 44-story high-rise residential building had  just been completed and the millennial generation was slowly starting to enter the workforce. At that time, the total inventory of office product in Austin’s CBD was approximately 8.44 million square feet. These properties posted a vacancy rate of about 12.9 percent. Several major factors would..

February 16, 2018

Downtown Milwaukee Is Experiencing Booming Development Across Sectors

In 2017, downtown Milwaukee was unrecognizable from its former self — a year that brought additional outside investment, both public and private development and a rethinking of how we utilize office space. Developers broke a decade-long dry spell in 2016, and now nearly 500,000 square feet of office space is under construction downtown. It’s a story of persistence, as an overhaul of available office product has occurred over the past few years. Now, a vast majority of outdated Class B..

February 15, 2018

Tenants Gain Leverage in Raleigh-Durham Office Market as Supply Comes On Line

Eight years into the recovery, Raleigh-Durham’s office market conditions remain decidedly in favor of landlords, but increased construction following years of limited development activity is at last providing much needed new leasing opportunities for tenants. While a combination of factors, including new construction, drove office vacancy higher by the second half of 2017, the market began the year with the tightest Class A leasing market witnessed since the dot-com boom. Class A vacancy..

February 12, 2018

Portman Holdings Secures $150M Construction Financing for Office Tower in Midtown Atlanta

ATLANTA — Portman Holdings has secured $150 million in financing to build a 21-story office building in Atlanta’s Technology Square. The 352,000-square-foot, build-to-suit Anthem Technology Center will be situated near Georgia Tech in Midtown. This area is known as an innovation hotbed with research facilities, incubators, technology start-ups and the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. Healthcare insurance giant Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) will occupy the space. The offices will serve as a..

January 31, 2018

Houston Office Market, CBD Experiencing a Renaissance

In recent months, a renaissance in the Houston’s urban core, paired with a flight to quality and focus on sustainable design, has created a perfect storm for the metro’s office sector. This revival has been combined with a renewed focus on living and working in Houston’s Central Business District (CBD), which has simultaneously driven a resurgence in both retail and mixed-use developments. [caption id="attachment_194679" align="alignright" width="100"] Matt Damborsky, Skanska..

January 26, 2018

Equity Commonwealth to Sell 2.4 MSF Office Portfolio in Chicago, Philadelphia for $670M

CHICAGO and PHILADELPHIA — Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC) has agreed to sell a two-property office portfolio for $670 million. The properties feature a total of 2.4 million square feet and are located in Chicago and Philadelphia. One of the properties included in the transaction is a 1.5 million-square-foot office building located at 600 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago. Sterling Bay acquired the property for $510 million. The space serves as the headquarters for Groupon. It formerly served as..

January 24, 2018

Charlotte Sees New Construction, Renovations of Second-Generation Office Space

It’s impossible to ignore the ongoing boom of new commercial real estate development in downtown Charlotte. Get a glimpse of the skyline from the Interstate 277 loop and you can see the already-present structures standing tall among the handful of cranes and half-completed construction filling in the gaps. More than a dozen projects are currently underway in Center City, with more expected during the next 12 to 18 months. New and Improved Recently opened towers, like 300 South Tryon and..

January 22, 2018

Uptick in Speculative Development Bodes Well for Tenants in St. Louis Office Market

Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri. Home to nine Fortune 500 companies and the 11-time world champion St. Louis Cardinals franchise. St. Louis currently lays claim to nearly 3 million residents in the metropolitan statistical area and has exemplified economic stability and consistent growth since the Great Recession. [caption id="attachment_193937" align="alignright" width="100"] Matthew Ruck, NAI Desco[/caption] Herein we’ll explore one key indicator of the economic health of the region:..

January 18, 2018

D.C. Region Sees More Development as Tenants Seek Efficient, Amenity-Rich Office Space

On the surface, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan office market has shown little change over the past five years. But dig a little deeper, and some interesting trends emerge. Metro D.C.’s office market totaled 377 million square feet as of the third quarter of 2017 and recorded a vacancy rate of just under 15 percent — inclusive of sublease space — and cumulative net absorption of 600,000 square feet year-to-date. The market has demonstrated little change in major market indicators..

January 8, 2018

Downtown Portland, Maine, Class A Office Market Remains Tight

As 2018 begins, it appears that the Greater Portland office market has continued to hold on to low vacancy rates as supply remains low across both Class A and Class B buildings throughout the market. CBRE/The Boulos Co is conducting its annual market outlook; it will be exciting to see the results, which we release in January. I anticipate the numbers to show a steady or slight decrease in vacancy rates across all submarkets but also show a much lower absorption rate, as momentum has appeared..

January 3, 2018