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  • 11-05-10

    Energy Efficiency Retrofits

    Thousands of examples exist of successful energy efficiency renovations of hospitals, schools, and other public buildings. And companies are willing to secure the capital for the renovation and guarantee the energy savings, virtually eliminating the owner’s risk. With all these opportunities and benefits, why are energy efficiency retrofits not happening faster?

  • 11-05-10

    Repurposing Distressed Commercial Assets

    Sales of distressed commercial properties have begun to rebound, and some entrepreneurial owners are developing alternative uses or transitional leases for empty shopping centers, foreclosed condominium complexes, vacant big-box stores, and other financially struggling properties. Read about a particular building type that has been repurposed separately as a bottling plant, a grocery store, and a church.

  • 11-05-10

    Health Care and Life Sciences Outlook

    Five organizers of ULI’s new Health Care and Life Sciences Council speak about the reasons for forming the council, financing strategies for developing in tough economic times, the effects of changing demographics on real estate needs, and other trends on the horizon. Find out how health care reform might affect real estate development.

  • 11-05-10

    Integrating Modern with Historic

    Developing modern buildings adjacent to historic icons can present unique challenges—especially in an area of downtown San Francisco with an active historic preservation community. Learn how a developer solved the puzzle of a San Francisco site by integrating a historic building with its modern neighbors to create a single structure with three parts.

  • 11-05-10

    Health Care Development

    Health care providers are dealing with the effects of a recession that has diminished endowments and slowed capital flows—concerns compounded by unresolved questions regarding the effects of health care reform. At the same time, there is an unquestionable need to expand capacity. Read what three divergent philosophies are driving the actions of health care institutions in initiating capital projects.

  • 11-05-10

    The Industry: A Year Later

    Interviews with a number of leaders in land use throughout the country reveal a sense of renewed focus, almost to the point of reinvigoration. While the economic reset in the real estate community has been substantial, many express the belief that the downturn is a necessary course correction. What are five examples of shifts in consumer-driven real estate behavior?

  • 11-05-10

    Health Care/Life Sciences Development: Both Sides Speak

    The Urban Land Institute’s new Health Care and Life Sciences Council formed to bring private sector developers and investors together with institutional representatives, and others, in order to share knowledge and ideas unique to these asset classes. Read what three of ULI’s members have to say about best practices for successfully developing and managing medical and life sciences real estate.

  • 11-04-10

    Certain Provisions of CALGreen go into Effect January 1, with More on the Way

    The California Green Building Standards Code – better known as CALGreen – will be the first state-level code to set mandatory green-building requirements. It is intended to help the state reach its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets and is designed to make the construction process more eco-friendly. Read about the intention and requirements of CALGreen.

  • 11-04-10

    Top 10 Metro Areas with Senior Population Growth

    The Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, D.C., characterizes an impending demographic shift in America as an “age tsunami.” The population of seniors (age 65 and over) will begin to mushroom as the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation turns 65 in 2011. Review the list of top 10 metro areas with the fastest-growing senior population and the list of top 10 metro areas with the fastest-growing population of older Boomers.

  • 11-04-10

    Silk Purse or Sow’s Ear: Navigating the Busted Deal Landscape

    The real estate bust left the nation’s urban landscape littered with deteriorating, unfinished projects. After sitting untouched, some failed projects are finally getting a second chance as banks begin offering them to investors at steep discounts to clear their books and replenish capital reserves. Read about important considerations for undertaking these projects and about some of the success stories.