Category Archives: High Tech Industry

Pittsburgh Market Commercial Real Estate News Brief: May 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 impacting the Pittsburgh market to keep you in-the-know.

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Tech Companies Keep an Eye on Pittsburgh Market

Pittsburgh is already home to a number of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Uber. Now, Apple, which currently employs 1,275 people in the state, is considering expansion in its Pittsburgh locations.

It remains unclear whether the expansion would include the retail or corporate side; however, the company made big increases in its corporate office over the last few years. Upon arrival in 2001, the company employed just 10 people in its Three Crossings office. Today, it employs nearly 50, which includes mostly software engineers.

All the movement in the tech industry has had a significant, but positive impact on the city of Pittsburgh. According to a 2014 study, Pittsburgh ranked second in intergenerational upward mobility among large metro areas. This is largely due to the high number of tech, energy and robotics companies moving into the metro area.… Read More

Tech-Enablement: The New Driver of Office Design

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By: Dave MacDonald, Executive Vice President at JLLjll_tech-enabled-workspace

With ever increasing cloud adoption and demand for office flexibility, it’s no wonder that tenants have set their sights on tech-enabled workplaces. In fact, research has shown that a tech-enabled, cloud-computing workforce has higher levels of productivity and employee satisfaction.

Now more than ever, businesses nationwide are recognizing the benefits—and the need—for digital connectivity that extends well beyond their office layouts.

Closing the Gap in Tech Adoption

When you picture traditional office arrangements, you likely think cubicles, desktop computers with limited-to-no mobility, and separation between information technology (IT), architecture and design. But today, IT and audio/visual needs take up nearly 25% of the total build-out costs for offices, compared to just 7% ten years ago.… Read More

4 Trends Driving the Data Center Industry (and What It Means for Commercial Real Estate)

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By: Christian Beaudoin, Midwest Markets Research Director and Andy Cvengros, Associate Director of JLL’s Technology Practice Group JLL_Data Centers Image

Data center stocks experienced rapid, upward momentum throughout the early months of 2016, with an average gain of 19% during the first quarter and 50% in the second quarter.

What’s more, the cloud managed services market is forecasted to grow to more than $76 billion by 2021 globally (it’s currently at more than $35 billion!).

It’s clear that the future is bright for wholesale data centers. That said, providers must stay on the cutting edge to keep up with shifting sovereignty laws, high demand for cloud technology, and more sophisticated IT resource planning.

JLL’s newly released Data Center Outlook dives into the industry changes you should have on your radar. Read on to learn about how companies are adapting to the biggest data center trends.

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: November 2015

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights tech industry expansion, workplace wellness trends, and also zooms in on Cincinnati’s rebounding office market.

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Midwest Markets Ready for Tech Growth

CRE Industry UpdateThink of the most robust tech markets in the country: Silicon Valley, New York and San Francisco likely come to mind. These cities are hot spots for some of the biggest names in the industry like Apple, eBay, Facebook and Google, just to name a few.

And now, the tech industry needs more room to grow.

“Expansion for the technology industry in 2015 is no longer just about the convenience of cheaper rents or accessing new talent pools. It’s a strategic necessity.”       –JLL’s 2015 U.S. Technology Office Outlook

More than ever, tech companies are finding great success in establishing offices in secondary markets. Despite smaller cities and populations, these offices often manage larger staffs and “hold just as much strategic importance to their business plans,” according to an article from the World Property Journal.

Two of the top tech-friendly markets ranked by JLL include Detroit and Pittsburgh. For more information about the tech market conditions in your city, download the full report.

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Tech Industry Demand Thrives in Detroit & Pittsburgh [New Research]

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By: Dave MacDonald, Executive Vice President, JLL 

Silicon Valley and San Francisco may be the strongest tech hubs in the country, but smaller markets are making their mark on the map.

In fact, two secondary markets in the Great Lakes, Detroit and Pittsburgh, made JLL’s list of “sweet spots” for young companies. Other cities on the list include the likes of Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Milwaukee and Phoenix.

How did JLL determine the “sweet spots?”

In this year’s annual Technology Office Outlook, JLL unveiled its proprietary tool, the Locator Matrix. As defined by JLL, the locator tool helps growing startups and established tech firms determine the best location for company expansion. Based on cost and startup momentum, the tool ranks markets into four quadrants.

Below, I’ve included a sneak peak of the matrix. Download the full report for further explanation and recommendations.

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Unlock Your Real Estate Potential with RED

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By: Andrew Batson, Senior Research Analyst, JLL

Your building is collecting data at this very second. Each day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, according to IBM. That’s 2,500,000,000,000,000,000. With this many bytes, you could fill 10 million blu-ray discs, says Vouchercloud.

So—an obvious reaction—businesses are finding new and exciting ways to leverage this information. In fact, 56% of companies will use data and analytics to shape most corporate real estate decisions. Are you leveraging data’s potential to improve your business?

When collected and analyzed properly, insights can influence your most important decisions, drive productivity, accelerate sustainability and generate profits. JLL’s new technology platform, RED, streamlines integrated data across real estate, workforce, financial, economic, and other sources into one dashboard.

Check out the video for a closer look.

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: April 2015

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, Detroit combines auto and tech industries for resurgence, and JLL leads by example in best practices for corporate office space and capital planning.

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Detroit: No Longer Just the Motor City

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Detroit has always been known as the Motor City. But, as more and more young tech professionals flock to Detroit, the city’s identity evolves. Crain’s Detroit Business suggests that, in addition to automotive resurgence, the city is also becoming a national hub for technological innovation.
JLL research would agree, ranking Detroit among the top 34 high-tech markets in its latest High-Technology Office Outlook.

Luckily for Detroit, automotive technology is more sophisticated than ever before. In fact, companies like Google and Apple are developing autonomous cars. According to the article, “the auto industry has morphed into something very new, very different and very high tech.”

As Detroit’s tech industry grows, alongside an evolving auto industry, “Detroit is ready to drive itself to new levels of excellence and entrepreneurship on the brand-new road ahead,” according to Crain’s.

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Why Investors Look to Ohio for Industrial Real Estate (REPORTS)

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By: Robert Kramp, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, JLL, Midwest and Great Lakes Region

Ohio is a hot spot for industrial investors across the nation. In May 2014, a Minneapolis-based real estate investment group bought a $43 million, 767,000-square-foot portfolio in Northeast Ohio. Another example: A Chicago-based company purchased a 465,000-square-foot Columbus warehouse for $8.5 million in September.

The list of similar, out-of-state investors goes on. It’s more than a trend; Ohio has become an industrial hub. JLL research released three reports, spotlighting related activity in three of the nation’s most active cities—Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

Why Ohio?

  • The Heart of It All: Ohio is America’s heartland. When it comes to location, it has set up shop right on the nation’s metaphorical Main Street. With major airports, highways and rail lines intersecting throughout the state, Ohio is nationally and internationally accessible. Ohio’s transportation infrastructure is ideal for convenient and cost effective delivery.
  • Affordability: The Midwest, overall, dominates when it comes to cost-friendly living. A whopping five cities in Ohio made Forbes’ America’s Most Affordable Cities list, including Cincinnati and Columbus, as well as Dayton, Akron and Toledo. Housing affordability, cost-of-living index, and the methodology the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses for rankings of the Consumer Price Index were used to determine which cities made the cut.
  • Nurtures Business Success: From Cardinal Health and Google, to Kroger and The Limited Brands, many of America’s top Fortune 500 companies are already doing business in Ohio’s major cities.

In terms of industrial focus, three Ohio cities stand out among the rest, offering cost effective and opportunistic landscapes.

Cincinnati: Industrial and Logistics Hot Spot 

When it comes to local Fortune 500 companies (per million residents), Cincinnati beats out New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Thanks to the low cost of business and favorable tax structure, Cincinnati’s environment is highly competitive, and therefore, has attracted both local and foreign investors. Currently, more than 50,000 Cincinnatians are employed by foreign-owned businesses.

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Over the past year, Cincinnati experienced increased commercial real estate activity from the e-commerce and manufacturing sectors. eBay is a key example, which recently pre-leased a 631,000-square-foot warehouse. Additional big-name manufacturing companies doing business in Cincinnati include GE and Proctor and Gamble.

  • More than 3 million square feet of space under construction.
  • 70% of space under construction is speculative.
  • More than 4 million square feet absorbed in 2014.

Check out JLL’s full report for more insight and statistics on Cincinnati’s emerging industrial scene.

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: November 2014

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Commercial real estate is a dynamic industry. Keep up with Spaces’ monthly recaps of the most valuable industry articles we’ve recently come across, focused on news in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  

Calling All Brick & Mortar Retailers: Tips to Stay Competitive (VIDEO)

E-commerce has forever changed the face of retail. So much so, in fact, that many brick and mortar retailers are asking, ‘What is the modern role of physical retail space?’ 

With more and more choices available to consumers online, retailers will need to bet on a brand experience (online and in-person) that differentiates against the competition. JLL research suggests retailers also maximize in-store value through innovative architecture, strong brand identity, positive economic responsibility and flexibility when it comes to technology and change.

How can your brick and mortar store outpace the competition? Check out JLL’s video for more information on the redefined landscape of retail.

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: October 2014

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Commercial real estate is a dynamic industry. Keep up with Spaces’ monthly recaps of the most valuable industry articles we’ve recently come across, focused on news in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  

The Link Between Wellbeing and Green Office Design (REPORT) 

JLL CRE News BriefGreen, energy-efficient office space is more than a trend. In fact, research has shown that certain office design features can have great impact on employee health, happiness and productivity. A few of these features include thermal comfort, noise and acoustics, lighting, look and feel, and location.

Are you updating your space, or going green? Below are common office features that limit productivity and workplace satisfaction, reported by Fast Company.

  • Extreme office temperatures (either too hot or too cold);
  • Using more electric lighting than natural lighting;
  • Lack of exposure to plants and nature; and
  • Closed, non-collaborative workspaces.

For more information about the benefits of environmentally friendly office spaces, download JLL’s full report, compiled in partnership with the World Green Building Council: Health, wellbeing and productivity in offices: The next chapter for green building. Read More