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Pittsburgh Market Commercial Real Estate News Brief: August 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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Pittsburgh Clusters into Defined Industry Neighborhoods

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As Pittsburgh continues to attract large investments, new companies are locating where they see the most success for their specific industry. Companies are branching into clusters, creating a web of more clearly defined industry neighborhoods.

For example, technology companies are locating in the Fringe, Oakland and East End areas where they are in close proximity to the CBD and universities, such as Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Similarly, energy companies tend to locate in the West and Southpointe areas, while law firms, financial companies and business services are most commonly found in the CBD.

Related: Download the Q2 Pittsburgh Office Report or Q2 Industrial Report 

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Louisville Market Commercial Real Estate News Brief: August 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 Louisville market to keep you in-the-know.

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A Swell in Investment Activity Reinforces Confidence in the Louisville Market

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Investment sales increased in the second quarter as more companies sought to relocate their headquarters within the Louisville business community. Multi-million dollar expansions by manufacturers, such as GreiffPackaging, Arroweye Solutions and Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLC, have contributed to the high velocity of investment and stimulated job availability within the city.

Passport Health recently announced its relocation to the vacated 15.5-acre lot in West Louisville. The investment will help to expand the city’s healthcare system and likely have a positive impact the region, which has previously struggled to attract private investment.

Investment activity in both the suburban submarkets and the city’s CBD is expected to remain active as businesses continue to focus on the Northeast submarkets. In addition, newly vacated space in PNC Tower is expected to encourage future investments in the CBD.

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Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: August 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 Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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High Construction Costs Limit Industrial Development in Grand Rapids

Industrial real estate demand continues to rise in Grand Rapids, presenting an optimal opportunity for new development. However, rising construction costs constrain development when there is no secured tenant. With fewer investments speculative space, vacancy rates have fallen as companies forego new developments and move into existing spaces.

Companies, such as Robert Grooters Development Co. (RGDC), are beginning to take risks to bring new developments to the area. RGDC hopes to introduce 1.1 million square feet of industrial space to the region by 2018.

Looking forward, the West Michigan industrial real estate market is expected to continue growing. High lease rates will eventually prompt speculative construction, allowing the market to expand with the rising demand.… Read More

A How-to Guide for Creating a Workplace that Works

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By: Tim Kay, Managing Director, JLL

“You can’t un-bake a cake. The key ingredients have to be in there from the start.”  – Tim Kay, Managing Director, JLL.

Tim Kay, JLL Managing Director, speaks at Hobbs+Black Architects on the importance of workplace design, wellness and technology.

Early this summer I was invited by Hobbs + Black Architects and Interior Environments to speak at an event in Ann Arbor, Michigan highlighting the increasing importance of technology, wellness and design in the workplace. Similar to baking a cake, creating a workplace that aligns with a company’s culture and meets the needs of its employees involves a fine-tuned mixture of essential ingredients.

Together, these ingredients can help create a recipe for workplace success:

1 Cup Examining Your Current Culture

Does your current workplace represent your company’s culture? Does the persona your company portrays through its brand, social media, website and advertising match the physical environment? Culture and brand must align in the workplace so those first impressions gathered by prospective employees are supported by their impression when they visit your office for an interview. If there is a lack of congruency, the likelihood of successfully recruiting that talent is slim.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: August 2017

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Every month, 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 virtual reality in CRE, a rapid increase in commercial multifamily leasing, and modern architecture in city CBDs.

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Virtual Reality Enhances the Buying Experience for Prospective Tenants

Virtual reality (VR) technology is transforming the way real estate agents showcase and sell properties. VR software allows users to experience floor plans, views, lighting, landscaping and parking features from any device. As more industry professionals turn to VR for its added convenience, virtual tours will likely become the industry standard. As agents continue to seek profitable ways to implement the new technology, the VR market is expected to increase to $80 billion by 2025.

For now, real estate professionals are leveraging VR technology to offer an interactive experience that eliminates the need for on-site visits and enable tenants to better visualize spaces. Technologies like Matterport scans, Studio 216 and more allow clients to experience virtual spaces that feel real, which help when trying to visualize the look and feel of an office layout.

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A Floor-by-Floor Perspective of Midwest Real Estate: What Skyline Will We See in the Next Five Years?

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By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

Increasing leasing activity, speculative development and shifting market leverage in commercial real estate are constantly reshaping city Skylines across the U.S.

JLL’s Skyline Review registrants can take a deep dive into the trends impacting 57 major skylines across the United States and Canada, and learn about which national trends are transforming markets close to home.

Read on for a closer look at how the Skylines in the Midwest are performing and what to expect in the coming months.

Mixed-Use Development is on the Rise in Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s Skyline is comprised of large office buildings that are occupied by large tenants, many of them recognized as Fortune 500 companies. Rental rates have dropped 0.7% from 2016 to Q1 of 2017. At the same time, vacancy rates remain well above the national average at 20.9%, which has boosted demand for affordable Class A space within the Skyline.… Read More

Tap Into Office Intelligence with the Skyline Advantage

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By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

The Columbus, Ohio skyline reflected in the Scioto River

Companies and investors are gravitating to the urban core in search of premium office and mixed-use space. However, industry trends and fluctuations in the market impact each city Skyline in different ways. What’s the beat of your city’s Skyline?

JLL’s annual Skyline Review is back, coming in hot with an analysis of 57 skylines across United States and Canada markets.

Registered users can compare the state of their Skyline with other markets and tap into true office intelligence with a look at vacancy rates, rental rates, LEED certifications and notable trends impacting each market’s premier office buildings.

Explore the Latest Industry Trends Shaping the U.S. and Canadian Skylines

No two cities are exactly alike. But, overarching themes in investment activity, construction and occupancy reveal key industry trends impacting every Skyline. Here are some of the latest trends shaping the U.S. and Canadian Skylines:… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: July 2017

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Every month, 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 mixed-use retail strategies, the transformation of healthcare real estate, and the rise of retail drones.

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Modern Shopping Centers Require a Mix of Space, Place and Management

With some 109,500 shopping centers located in the U.S., more retail property managers are beginning to realize the value of using strategic designs to improve the shopping experience. Competing with e-commerce companies and physical retail spaces, managers must now seek new ways to create an environment where customers want to spend money without making the experience seem artificial.

In efforts to stimulate future developments, the Van Aken District in Cleveland began transforming its former transit hub into a vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use space. The project is expected to bring over 100,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, a parking garage and a residential apartment complex to the city by 2018.… Read More

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Isn’t Just a Buzzword Anymore

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It’s here, in Pittsburgh, in full swing.

By: Alice Sande, Marketing Manager, JLL and Toby Bilski, Senior Research Analyst, JLL

What makes Pittsburgh the ideal environment for today’s robotics and AI leaders? For one, the city ranks in the top five markets for highest millennial concentration. Today’s young talent pool is highly sought… Read More

New Lease Accounting Standards Are Taking Effect. Are You Ready?

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By: Jeff Karger, Senior Vice President, JLL and Bob Horn, Senior Vice President, JLL 

Between now and 2019, new accounting standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) require companies to cite their corporate leases of 12 months or more on their balance sheets.

In the past, companies were able to list their building and equipment leases as operating expenses. Now, in an effort to be more transparent, these companies will be required to include their leases as line items.Read More