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Modern Workplaces Evolving Away From Industrial Roots

At ULI’s Spring Meeting in Houston, AECOM global practice lead Andrew Laing traced the evolution of white-collar work spaces over more than a century in patterns driven primarily by technology.

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Placemaking Can Keep Suburban Office Competitive

Downtown urban office and mixed-use markets are “hot,” but so are some suburban markets—including the iconic Silicon Valley. At the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, a panel moderated by AECOM senior vice president Stephen Engblom explored regional responses to market demands outside traditional downtown markets.

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Growth of E-Commerce Sparking Interest in Hybrid Property Types

With e-commerce activity increasing, the real estate market is scrambling to keep up with a new type of building demand that combines distribution centers with fulfillment centers, said experts speaking at the ULI Spring Meeting.

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Repositioning Existing Office Towers

With an estimated 500 million square feet (46.5 million sq m) of underperforming commercial property existing in the market and an influx of real estate capital on the horizon, the repositioning of urban office towers is poised to become a major market-mover in the commercial real estate industry.

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Recent Articles

  • Practical Considerations Can Make or Break Mixed Use

    May 21, 2015

    Creating a thriving mixed-use property is not nearly as simple as putting retail space on the ground floor of a multifamily residential building, even though that is just what many local officials and planners like to dictate, according to a panel of experts at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • Financing among Several Challenges for Ideal Mixed-Use Projects

    May 19, 2015

    Mixed-use projects have the potential to transform urban areas and create long-term value for developers and investors. But as members of a panel at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston explained, it is a lot trickier than it might seem to create a successful synergy of uses, at a time when demographic shifts are altering how people live and work.

  • The Evolving Housing Preferences of Millennials

    May 18, 2015

    Generation Y’s needs, preferences, and desires will have a huge impact on almost every facet of the American economy, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting.

  • Funding the Next Wave of Key Transportation Projects

    May 14, 2015

    Increasingly, it is the ability—and willingness—of state and local governments to pay the ongoing cost of operation and maintaining new transportation projects that dictates whether capital will be invested in the infrastructure itself, according to a panel of experts at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • Despite Economic Setbacks, Millennials Still Aspire to American Dream

    May 13, 2015

    New research sponsored by UDR Inc. and published by ULI shows that 26 percent of gen Yers currently own homes and virtually all expect to own a home eventually.

  • Falling Oil Prices Temper Houston’s Economic Surge

    May 7, 2015

    In other times, Houston’s economic performance in 2014 would have been considered outstanding. But despite those strong results, no euphoria spills from the lips of Houston economists today. Caution rules in the business community.

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