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  • Climate commission takes up decarbonizing existing buildings and new construction

    June 11, 2020 – This summer, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change is evaluating options for decreasing carbon emissions related to commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Maryland’s climate laws require the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 2006 levels by 2030 and set a goal of an up…

  • 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…

  • Re-envisioning restaurants, retail and events in mixed-use centers

    Re-envisioning restaurants, retail and events in mixed-use centers

    Owners and tenants of Hunt Valley Towne Centre (above), Turf Valley Towne Square (image below) and other mixed-use developments are pursuing multiple initiatives to safely revive those commercial center from expanded cleaning protocols  and designated curbside delivery areas, to options for safe outdoor concerts and new concepts in retail. Photos…

  • If you ask me…

    If you ask me…

    Do you think the office of the future will be smaller or larger? Steven CornblattPrincipalTrout Daniel & Associates “We’ve been seeing increased supply and diminished demand for office space overall during the past decade or more and, in the aftermath of COVID-19, we expect to see continued diminishing…

  • Coalition combats food insecurity and sustains local jobs

    Coalition combats food insecurity and sustains local jobs

    May 28, 2020 – A coalition of nonprofits, local businesses and commercial real estate firms has created a network of weekly pop-up markets that are supporting struggling families, easing shopping for consumers and helping companies sustain their operations and staff. Shortly after the pandemic shuttered businesses and triggered layoffs, Baltimore County…

  • Local governments tap new technologies to advance developments during pandemic

    Local governments tap new technologies to advance developments during pandemic

    May 28, 2020 – A fortuitously timed technology upgrade is enabling Frederick County to continue processing development plans, permits, inspections and other applications for residents and developers as if they weren’t in the middle of a pandemic. In development since 2017, the county’s fully electronic permitting system went live last…

  • NAIOP Maryland’s gift to World Central Kitchen helps feed residents and restaurants

    NAIOP Maryland’s gift to World Central Kitchen helps feed residents and restaurants

    World Central Kitchen operates this grab-and-go meal distribution center at Henderson Hopkins Elementary School in Baltimore twice per week. May 28, 2020 – World Central Kitchen (WCK) quickly mobilized in the Baltimore area and, in the span of just a few months, has now served more than 250,000 meals to…

  • Virtual Tour de Force

    Virtual Tour de Force

    Photo courtesy of The MacKenzie Companies May 14, 2020 – With companies everywhere being forced to “learn on the fly” in varying aspects of daily business activities, so too is the case for the marketing departments of Maryland-area development and brokerage firms in response to maintaining a continuing schedule of…

  • Making Employees and Tenants Feel Safe Is Priority

    Making Employees and Tenants Feel Safe Is Priority

    May 14, 2020 – The safe and sustained reopening of buildings has emerged as a key priority among developers, landlords, employees and medical professionals, and NAIOP Maryland continues to monitor the release of information detailing best practices both locally and nationally. New data and guidance are disseminated on a daily…