Category Archives: Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate

JLL People to Know Spotlight: Morgan Meade

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Morgan Meade works as an Analyst in the Integrated Portfolio Services (IPS) group in the Pittsburgh office of JLL. 

Morgan Meade | JLL

Years in the industry: 3 years

Favorite city: How can you pick just one? I love exploring new places and have actually lived in 10 different cities both domestically and abroad. Since joining JLL, I’ve been able to travel to at least 17 more—with some repeat trips.

Why did you get into real estate brokerage?

Real estate is intriguing because it can swing heavily creative and emotional one moment, but concrete and pragmatic the next, given the scenario or stage of the transaction. Our business, especially the Integrated Portfolio Services line, is highly entrepreneurial. Account teams have the opportunity to custom-build a micro-organization from the ground up and wear many hats. Consistent service delivery evolution is requisite in order to keep our clients on the cutting edge. I love the challenge and scope of skills real estate brokerage requires.… Read More

JLL People to Know Spotlight: Justin Walbert

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Justin Walbert works as an Associate and Brokerage Analyst in JLL’s Retail Brokerage and Integrated Portfolio Solutions teams in the Pittsburgh office of JLL. 

Justin Walbert | JLL

Years in the industry: 6 months

Favorite Pittsburgh neighborhood: The Strip District

Why did you get into the real estate business?

Real estate has always interested me because it’s a very tangible industry.  Learning about a region’s real estate means you’re meeting real people and helping shape real neighborhoods.  Having that front row seat to all of the new development and watching Pittsburgh reinvent itself and enjoying its time in the spotlight as an up-and-coming world-class city has been very exciting.  Joining the team at JLL was the best decision for me professionally, and working for a firm that shares the same pride in Pittsburgh as its residents do makes the work we do even more rewarding.… Read More

Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate News Brief: November 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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Healthcare and Tech Development Intersect in Pittsburgh

Much of the third quarter’s leasing activity comes from the robotics and technology industry in Pittsburgh.

Along with the technology industry, healthcare is also driving development in Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) was selected this year for the state’s Community HealthChoices managed care program, which means the medical center may be in need of more office space.

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Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate News Brief: September 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 Pittsburgh to keep you in-the-know.

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Downtown Pittsburgh Outpacing Suburbs with Office Tenants

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The number of corporate office moves in the downtown Pittsburgh area is surpassing those in the suburbs, according to new Skyline research. Pittsburgh has seen a steady demand for office space in downtown’s most prominent buildings, keeping vacancy at 11.7%. So, what’s drawing tenants here?

While suburban properties still have their own perks, many companies are quickly realizing that downtown is where the young talent is. Likewise, it’s also where the competitive amenities are to retain their workforce. Many building owners are now also taking the plunge to upgrade office spaces with renovations to meet tenant demand.… Read More

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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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

Pittsburgh Market Commercial Real Estate News Brief: June 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 Earns High Marks for Millennials

According to a new study by Growella, young professionals looking for an ideal live-work-play downtown environment should look no further than Pittsburgh. The city ranked as the second best city for millennials to live, and No. 1 in the Northeast.

Pittsburgh earned an A grade for factors such as entry-level job availability, commute time, quality public transportation systems, recreational options, income earning potential and the number of other millennials that currently reside there. The estimated population of 20-34-year-olds is more than 346,000 people.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: June 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 the impact of transit hubs, catering to the liquid workforce and the rise of fringe neighborhoods.

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Transit Hubs Become the Center of Commercial Real Estate Development

As more young professionals opt to walk or take public transportation to work, major cities, such as Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh, are directing efforts to revamp their public transit systems.

Approximately 87% of public transit trips have a direct impact on the economy as they deliver a larger talent pool and customer base to the city center. As the millennial workforce gravitates toward the urban core to work and live, cities are redesigning their public transit systems for enhanced comfort and convenience.

Improvements to public transit infrastructure have stimulated economic growth and commercial real estate development in the CBD as businesses buckle down to secure office space along the route. An increasing number of businesses are relocating to reap the benefits of social networks formed around the renovated hubs.

Young Professionals Demand Flexibility and Off-Site Work Spaces

As the workplace becomes increasingly digitized, employees are demanding more flexibility in their schedules. Changes in the work dynamic have reshaped the real estate landscape, as offices must now compete with off-site spaces, which offer more freedom for employees to work when they want.… Read More

Employee POV: What Makes JLL Center One of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices

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What makes an office cool? Flexible workspaces, breaking down silos and innovative tech solutions are a good place to start. All this paired with sweet skyline views and a prime go-to happy hour spot nearby doesn’t hurt either.

JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty is a current example of all that a “cool” office space should include. Just last spring, Tower Two-Sixty became the new home of our Pittsburgh headquarters—JLL Center. One year later, it’s being recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the coolest offices in the area. Located in the heart of the city, JLL Center fosters a modern, open and inviting environment featuring shuffleboard, cutting-edge technology and a patio overlooking Market Square.

JLLers across all departments are benefiting from the innovative workspace. But, don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some had to say about the new office space:

Q: JLL relied on its own employees to shape workplace design and strategy. How do you see that employee-driven design implemented throughout the office space?Read More

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