Mass Timber is Ushering in a New Era of Wood Building

In recent years a small renaissance has taken place in North America regarding wood buildings, propelled by the emergence of “mass timber” construction.  The increased popularity of mass timber is allowing wood buildings to stretch new heights beyond traditional wood-frame construction, ushering in an era of high-rise wood buildings.  For example, the 18-story Brock Commons… Continue Reading Mass Timber is Ushering in a New Era of Wood Building

Even Hospitality is Going Modular

Modular buildings are not a new phenomenon – interest in prefabrication dates as far back as 1935 when Sears Roebuck and Co. announced that it would build and ship fully assembled homes, a touch more sophisticated than its “Modern Homes” catalog version (Emmet, 1965). Prefabricated building manufacturing is stimulated by real estate cycles when labor… Continue Reading Even Hospitality is Going Modular

Implications of Trump’s Steel Tariff (5 mins)

In a move with wide-reaching implications for the real estate industry, President Donald Trump imposed new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum on March 8, 2018.  The tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum have already created strain on international trade relationships, with 24 World Trade Organization countries scheduled to meet… Continue Reading Implications of Trump’s Steel Tariff (5 mins)

DSS Wrap-up: Nick Lembo and Kirk Goodrich of Monadnock (4 mins)

Real estate development is a field ripe with innovation and potential for impact.  On Thursday, February 8, 2018, the Baker Program of Real Estate hosted two guests for the Distinguished Speakers Series that exemplify both of these qualities: Nick Lembo, Founder and Chairman of Monadnock Construction, Inc. and Kirk Goodrich, Vice President and Director of… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Nick Lembo and Kirk Goodrich of Monadnock (4 mins)

Atlantis

by Vishal Mehan Atlantis, the mythical island that sank mysteriously around 8400 BC has always been a popular topic amongst both meteorologists and mythologists. But the ancient ballad may very well be a 21st century phenomenon, with scientists predicting sea levels to rise by a minimum of 7.5 feet by 2100, and that estimate is… Continue Reading Atlantis

Inland Possibilities

Companies look inland for improvement. The third in a series of articles on how changes in port infrastructure and development can impact industrial real estate. The first article addressed the need for government authorities to prioritize spending on port infrastructure.  The second article addressed the shifting role of rural river ports in communities.  To read… Continue Reading Inland Possibilities

Creative Reuse: How Developers Can Take Advantage of Excess Retail Parking Space

As driverless cars begin to hit the market and ride share services such as Uber and Lyft continue to thrive in the majority of US cities, developers are beginning to reconsider the parking lot landscape in the multifamily, office, and retail arenas. This shift can be seen even more in retail, however, due to its… Continue Reading Creative Reuse: How Developers Can Take Advantage of Excess Retail Parking Space

DSS Wrap Up: Don Reid, EVP of Strategy – Sustainable Living Solutions

On October 5, Cornell’s Baker Program in Real Estate had the pleasure of hosting Don Reid, Executive Vice President of Strategy at Sustainable Living Innovations (SLI). Mr. Reid has an extensive history in finance with years of experience in energy and power (including renewables), infrastructure, and real estate. He was former co-head of Morgan Stanley’s… Continue Reading DSS Wrap Up: Don Reid, EVP of Strategy – Sustainable Living Solutions

Summer Olympics 2028: The Route for Los Angeles to Earn the Gold Medal

With the IOC recently coming to agreement with Paris and Los Angeles to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games respectively, the earnest work begins for each city to deliver on its promises. As both cities have the experience of hosting large sprawling city events almost annually – this will be each city’s third… Continue Reading Summer Olympics 2028: The Route for Los Angeles to Earn the Gold Medal

2017 Summer Internships: Matt Farrell, Greystar Construction and Development

After an exciting internship last summer doing development work for Walmart, I approached the summer of 2017 with high hopes. I knew that I wanted to work in multifamily development, as that has always been my post-graduation game plan. I also knew that I wanted to work in an exciting and vibrant market that was… Continue Reading 2017 Summer Internships: Matt Farrell, Greystar Construction and Development