It's both a pain and a pleasure putting together our annual "Who's Who
in Commercial Buildings": exciting to see which companies are truly innovative;
difficult because there are many extremely savvy organizations that don't make
our cut, due to space constraints. Check out pages 26-46 and give us your reaction
(and recommendations), please? E-mail me at (email@example.com). In
Energy - Without the Sacrifice?
Close to 1 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity are consumed by America's
commercial, industrial, retail, and other nonresidential lighting systems each
year. That total could easily be cut by 10 or 20 percent or more - without sacrifice
- if only those lighting systems were better maintained, according to the National
Lighting Bureau (NLB), a Silver Spring, MD-based public/private not-for-profit
lighting information source. However, the organization has gone on record to
advise against "panic conservation." According to NLB Chairman Cary
S. Mendelsohn, "Lighting involves a variety of energy interrelationships
that are somewhat complex, which is why unwise conservation can result in more
overall energy consumption rather than less." The NLB supports energy optimization,
which means "using energy as wisely as possible, without waste, to achieve
real energy savings and, in many cases, real economic benefits, too."
Holding the Fort
The Summer 2001 issue of Retail Market Trends: A Survey of the Nation's Retail
Markets, published by Grubb & Ellis Co. (www.grubb-ellis.com), Northbrook,
IL, notes that retail property markets have slowed along with the economy, but
not quite to the same degree. Retail sales are down but not out, continuing
to register moderate, positive growth on a year-over-year basis. Although retail
sales are below the levels in 1999 and most of 2000, they are currently above
levels that would signify a recession. Of particular note: Retailers are being
more cautious in site selection, with concern over profitability eclipsing desire
for market share. As a result, retailers strive to avoid cannibalizing their
existing stores and look favorably on infill sites, featuring protected trade
areas and more fully developed residential areas. Locations on the urban fringe
remain popular, but they may take longer to mature, and retailers are less inclined
to tolerate losses, given the slower economy, while trade areas are built out.
Overall, the health of the market depends on the economy, which will be slow
through the remainder of the year. However, retail leasing activity could slow
further if the labor market continues to shed jobs and the stock market fails
'Bread and Butter' Buildings?
Shunned as wallflowers 12 months ago, bread and butter industrial buildings
are Cinderella today, according to property specialists at Van Nuys, CA-based
Delphi Business Properties. Growing entrepreneurial businesses are seeking buildings
in the 5,000- to 50,000-square-foot range, says Scott Caswell, a long-time Delphi
broker. "Big companies are the first ones in the market during a strong
economy and first ones out when it slows. Today, companies in basic industries
are chasing conventional buildings that would have been overlooked a year ago."
And your news?
- Positioning your company for changes in real estate finance and investment
that will affect future development and property operations?
- Capitalizing on emerging and evolving trends that will impact future demand
for commercial properties?
- Identifying synergistic partnerships and alliances in outsourcing, design,
technology, energy and more?
- Benchmarking your organization among current best-in-class?
- Leveraging technology and performance for healthy P & Ls and balance
- Benefiting from leading-edge energy choices?
- Optimizing and adapting workspaces best suited to your customers' business
- Bringing value to your business in this economy?
When opportunity knocks, it's your prerogative to open the door. Don't miss
the definitive industry event: The Buildings Conference, Strategic Leadership
for the 21st Century, October 28-31, at the Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedra,
FL. See ad on Cover III (inside back cover) of this issue, preview the educational
and networking opportunities in the brochure enclosed in this month's package,
or visit (http://www.buildings.com/Directory/eventdetail.asp?EventID=14).
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