Monthly Archives: January 2017

Higher Education Mandate 2017: Universities to Put Emphasis on Students, Faculty and Research

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By: Dean Monnin, Senior Vice President, JLL

Higher education

 

Now more than ever, both students and faculty are being more selective about the schools they choose to attend. With the amount students now pay for tuition, room and board, students expect modern amenities and world-class learning environments. Similarly, attracting top-tier faculty is just as competitive, as more schools look to implement the latest technology and research tools.

To accommodate, colleges and universities are turning to the private sector to help preserve resources and finding new ways to fund higher education construction. JLL’s Higher Education Mandate has identified four real estate trends that will impact universities this year.

1. Donors, Debt and Privatization Will Make New Buildings and Other Capital Projects Possible

Last year, education construction was at its lowest point in more than 15 years, while other industries experienced a 97% recovery peak in construction. As a result, many universities are turning to Public Private Partnerships (P3s) to fund facility development, as well as maintenance needed in older buildings.

P3s can ultimately help universities ease the burden of financial constraints while maintaining efficiency in the delivery of new construction and maintenance of it. In order for a P3 to be effective, however, universities will need to identify their key risks and how they should be shared among their public and private sectors.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: January 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights drones’ impact on CRE, how autonomous vehicles will reshape cities, and how several local markets are creating a more ‘walkable’ downtown.

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Drone Technology Takes Off in CRE, Creates New Opportunities and Challenges

JLL CRE News Brief

Newspaper image via NS Newsflash.

Much like virtual reality (VR), drone technology has created new opportunities within the commercial real estate industry to streamline the transaction process.

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles flown autonomously, and are used in a number of industries, including commercial real estate. How? With drone technology, prospective clients can view aerial property photographs or recorded video. This can help clients and investors determine the potential assets and challenges of a property. The end result is a faster transaction process, as clients have access to more property information than ever before.

One of the biggest challenges associated with drone technology, however, is current legal regulation. Commercial drone users often face difficulties determining who owns the airspace in which the drone is flying over. Similarly, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruled that operators of commercial drones must obtain a waiver for those participating and comply with a number of other regulations.… Read More