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Site Selection: The Secret Sauce
Marco's Pizza is hungry for a bigger slice of the $37 billion U.S. pizza industry. By the end of 2011, the Toledo, Ohio-based chain of pizza restaurants plans to operate 1,500 store locations in 40 states.
Energy costs, green building fuel ‘smart’ structures
Slowly, so-called “smart” structures are taking root as concern over energy costs and interest in green building grow.
Shop til You Drop in Baltimore
In October, discount retailer Filene's Basement signed a lease in downtown Baltimore's Lockwood Place; the 30,000-square-foot store was set to debut late March.
Energy Costs Color Data Center Boom
Propelled by requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as a surge in Internet traffic, data center development is enjoying a revival
A New Panama Invasion
Panamanian real estate developer Jose Bern believes that his country has been a well-kept economic secret for years. But in dramatic fashion, global real estate investors such as New York developer Donald Trump are uncovering the secret.
Direct Line to the C-Suite
Shortly after Mark White became the chief financial officer of SAP Americas Inc. in 2002, LuAnn McHugh, the software company's vice president of real estate and facilities, approached her new boss with a restructuring plan that she envisioned would erase some inefficiencies in the corporate real estate portfolio.
Apartment owners embrace software technology to drive revenue and services
Post Properties is buoying its bottom line with a high-tech innovation that’s fairly new to the apartment business — revenue management software.
3D Problem Solvers
After General Motors Corp. opened its 2 million sq. ft. Lansing Grand River vehicle manufacturing plant in 2001, a vice president at the automaker issued a challenge to GM's Worldwide Facilities Group: Improve factors such as cost, speed and safety by 25% on the next big project
High-tech Park May be Model for the Future
A former soybean field in northern Illinois offers a glimpse at what could be the future of high-tech office, research and industrial park development.
Sports Condos Hit Stride
Several U.S. developers are trotting onto an expanding field in real estate multimillion-dollar luxury condominium projects marketed to diehard college sports fans and passionate alumni, predominantly baby boomers.
Unconventional Wisdom
Just northeast of Charlotte, N.C., John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts LLC is putting the finishing touches on its Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa set to open this month.
Mixed Bag Of Technology Aids Mixed-use Developers
Change orders are a headache for any real estate developer. For a mixed-use developer, however, those headaches can become migraines given the juggling act of managing various office, residential and retail contractors and subcontractors. One change order that slips through the cracks can add up to millions of lost dollars.
Q&A with MindBox president and CEO Richard Barfus
In the not-so-distant past, all the paper-shuffling and number-crunching produced by a mortgage origination could draw out the process to two months, bogging down loan departments and frustrating applicants. Fast-forward to the present and the process has been winnowed down to 48 hours or so, thanks to innovations created by mortgage-technology companies such as Greenbrae, Calif.-based MindBox.
Google Sets Sights on Solar Power
Spurred by declining solar power costs and an increase in state and federal incentives for adopting the energy source, search-engine giant Google Inc. and other property owners are turning to the sun for their energy needs.
Survey Indicates Mixed-use Trend on the Rise
An overwhelming majority of developers, investors and others in the real estate industry think mixed-use projects will grow as a share of their overall portfolios over the next five years, according to results of a survey released Nov. 17. Survey respondents (93%) think their involvement in mixed-use developments will rise between now and 2011.
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