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  • The Art of Development

    The Art of Development

    How public art projects strengthen properties, communities and people Perched high above the stream of business park traffic, Ordinary Person sits and watches the workday pass. The sculpture by local artist Charlie Brouwer features a classically shaped column, typically used in monuments to historical figures. But the individual on top…

  • State Circle: Executives weigh opportunities and liabilities of rooftop solar

    State Circle: Executives weigh opportunities and liabilities of rooftop solar

    This article appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of NAIOP-MD InSites Newsletter. Developments in the solar energy sector have made the prospect of placing solar panels on the roofs of commercial buildings both more intriguing and more daunting. The price of generating energy through photo voltaic (PV) panels has dropped…

  • CRE owners seek practical means to decarbonize buildings

    CRE owners seek practical means to decarbonize buildings

    Current efforts to determine a path to meet Maryland’s goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions are stoking new discussions about the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of commercial real estate properties. Members of a state climate change working group have proposed mandating higher energy performance standards and reducing the use…

  • CRE Concepts: Food entrepreneurs find new opportunities in co-working kitchens

    CRE Concepts: Food entrepreneurs find new opportunities in co-working kitchens

    B-More Kitchen in the Govans neighborhood hosts the operations of about three dozen food companies. Bakers, product makers, a nonprofit and other tenants contain their costs by sharing commercial kitchen space. (Photo courtesy of B-More Kitchen) It is one of the biggest consumer trends of 2020. In the midst of…

  • Industry Roundtable: Developing Leaders

    Industry Roundtable: Developing Leaders

    From left to right: Paul Giulio, Vice President of Development, Hill Management Services; Brooke Harlander, Partner in Training, St. John Properties and Bobby Lanigan, Acquisitions and Leasing, Merritt Properties Paul Giulio, Vice President of Development, Hill Management Services; Brooke Harlander, Partner in Training, St. John Properties and Bobby Lanigan, Acquisitions…

  • CRE Concepts: Challenging times create talent opportunities in CRE firms

    CRE Concepts: Challenging times create talent opportunities in CRE firms

    Amid all the talent management challenges of 2020 — the break-neck switch to telework, the cancelled conferences and professional development events, the derailed internships, stalled recruitingprograms and uncertain future staffing needs — some CRE firms are seizing upon a few significant opportunities. Once staff at CBRE settled into mid-pandemic work…

  • Where Does the Smart Money Go?

    Where Does the Smart Money Go?

    Investors, landlords weigh opportunities, uncertainties, necessary pain in COVID-19 economy When a once-in-a-century pandemic derails the economy, upends traditional work arrangements and fuels uncertainty about the future, where does the smart money go in commercial real estate to buffer companies against losses, seize market opportunities and maybe secure a competitive…

  • State Circle: Governments push for buildings to become more efficient, use less fossil fuel

    State Circle: Governments push for buildings to become more efficient, use less fossil fuel

    This article appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of NAIOP-MD InSites Newsletter. The August 31 release of draft recommendations from a state legislative work group brought sharp focus to an imminent challenge facing the commercial real estate sector. The report by the Buildings Subgroup of the Mitigation Work Group of…

  • Separated & Sanitized: Office Design Embraces New Priorities to Fight COVID-19

    Separated & Sanitized: Office Design Embraces New Priorities to Fight COVID-19

    June 4, 2020 – As employers investigate how to safely migrate their staff back from telework, the office of the near future is shaping up to be a curious combination of Star Trek-like technology, medical-grade touches, 1950s office design, 1920s elevator (and possibly bathroom) attendants, and lots and lots of…

  • Industry Roundtable: Financing

    Industry Roundtable: Financing

    Left to right: Nancy Ferrell, Managing Director, NorthMarq; Spencer Perry, Vice President, BB&T now Truist; Barbara Simmons, Group Vice President, M&T Bank June 4, 2020 – Nancy Ferrell, Managing Director, NorthMarq; Spencer Perry, Vice President, BB&T now Truist and Barbara Simmons, Group Vice President, M&T Bank gathered (virtually and…