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  • Building the Future

    Building the Future

    Could new infrastructure transform Maryland’s economy? Economic development experts compare it to the construction of the interstate highway system. Federal infrastructure funds, analysts say, have the potential to trigger “generational change” in Maryland’s economy. That could include growing the innovation economy and making developments, such as Port Covington,…

  • Clearing the Air

    Clearing the Air

    Industry tackles rising standards for healthy buildings As America approaches year three of coping with Covid-19, the commercial real estate industry is implementing lessons learned about how to improve indoor air quality and preparing for heightened, long-term requirements for healthy buildings. “The pandemic has created an incredible focus on indoor…

  • Developers face new changes in forest conservation policies

    Developers face new changes in forest conservation policies

    A multi-front effort to create no-net-loss forest conservation policies in Maryland counties is challenging the development community to influence, understand and adapt to a varied and changing array of regulations. Efforts to greatly expand the preservation of specimen trees in Howard County failed in January when the county executive vetoed…

  • Industry Roundtable: Financing

    Industry Roundtable: Financing

    Historically low interest rates have fueled confidence, growth and activity among all real estate asset classes but the lingering pandemic, rising inflation and interest rates are contributing to uncertainty among financial institutions and investors ever-searching for the highest possible yield. On a positive note, capital is still readily-available and…

  • Baltimore’s Urban Paradox

    Baltimore’s Urban Paradox

    Excited about cranes, concerned about crime It’s Baltimore’s version of a Tale of Two Cities. One set of news headlines celebrates massive, ongoing investment in Port Covington, Harbor East, Harbor Point, Penn Station, Lexington Market and other developments in the heart of the city. Other headlines and quieter discussions raise…

  • Industry Roundtable: Architects

    Industry Roundtable: Architects

    Joseph Mayer, Principal, J. Mayer Architects; Sandy Sawicki, Vice President, Interior Design, JMT Architecture and Scott Vieth, Principal, Design Collective recently gathered to discuss how their firms are reacting and presenting solutions to changes in the workplace, emerging trends including employee input requesting healthier indoor environments; the overall reimagining…

  • Under-used parking garages face new challenges and prospects

    Under-used parking garages face new challenges and prospects

    From unconventional billing systems to adaptive re-use projects to garages that look like vending machines, parking facilities are facing some intriguing, new prospects. Long before the pandemic hit, parking needs had been trending downwards as more Americans embraced live-work-play environments, ride-sharing services, transit-oriented developments and lifestyles that weren’t tethered to…

  • Better financing, aggregator market expand options for onsite solar

    Better financing, aggregator market expand options for onsite solar

    At the Port City Press Building in Pikesville, an adaptive re-use project by Garver Development Group transformed a 177,000-square-foot, 75-year-old printing plant into a modern facility supporting light industrial, warehouse and self-storage functions. A $3 million C-PACE loan underwrote the installation of energy-efficient systems and rooftop solar panels that generate…

  • Industry Roundtable: Women in Real Estate

    Industry Roundtable: Women in Real Estate

    Women comprise approximately 37% of the commercial real estate workforce and their roles are rapidly changing, with increased opportunities in the development, construction and project management functions. Kate Nolan Bryden, Senior Vice President, MRP Industrial; Gail Chrzan, Senior Vice President, Blue and Obrecht Realty and Danielle Schline, VP, Market Officer,…

  • Inflation, volatility and signs of relief shape construction market

    Inflation, volatility and signs of relief shape construction market

    After 18 months of astronomical price increases for construction materials, market watchers are tracking some supply chain developments that could moderate costs. But widespread relief from high prices, sudden price changes plus slow and erratic delivery times is not imminent nor certain. “The story lingers, the pandemic lingers, the inflation…