Find out what it takes to be rated Class A, what space is available, and what buildings and developments are at the head of the class, in this special report created in partnership with BOMA San Diego.

  • BOMA San Diego announces 2007 board of directors; unveils inaugural advisory board

    The San Diego Building Owners & Managers Association welcomed its 2007 board of directors in an installment ceremony held at the Jan. 9 membership meeting. Honored guest San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders swore in the new board of ambitious volunteers who will set the standard for the organization in the coming year.

  • Class A project adds diversity to growing neighborhood

    The evolution of San Diego's East Village is often compared to that of New York's famed SoHo. After many years of being a "seedy" neighborhood of warehouses long forgotten when businesses and residents moved uptown, East Village is transforming itself -- just like SoHo -- into a community rich with residential, commercial and retail endeavors. East Village is fast gaining the reputation of being one of the best places to live, work, shop, eat and stroll in our city.

  • Local developers leading commercial real estate industry toward conservation, efficiency

    With rising energy costs and concerns about global warming being debated, the commercial real estate industry is doing more each day to lead energy conservation efforts and establish achievable and lasting standards for environmentally conscious building construction.

  • New 'spec' suites for The Plaza @ Scripps Northridge

    Beginning in March, privately held commercial real estate firm Transwestern will build out spec office suites on the first floor of the The Plaza @ Scripps Northridge. The 111,556-square-foot, Class A office development is the firm's latest investment acquisition in San Diego County.

  • RREEF and Brandywine Realty Trust win regional TOBY awards

    BOMA San Diego announced that two local buildings, Emerald Plaza located downtown and Pacific Ridge Corporate Centre in Carlsbad, were recently presented with Pacific Southwest Regional TOBY awards for the 250,000 - 499,999 Square Feet and Low Rise Suburban Office Park building categories.

  • Does your building need a new roof?

    It is the experience of most building owners and property managers that low-sloped roofs of commercial facilities, particularly in sun-drenched climates like San Diego, are a chronic problem.

  • IRS-approved Cost Segregation Study providing significant tax savings to property owners

    Cost segregation is an IRS-approved method of re-classifying components and improvements of a commercial building from real to personal property. This process allows the assets to be depreciated on a five-, seven- or 15-year schedule instead of the traditional 27.5- or 39-year depreciation schedule of real property. Thus, your current taxable income will be greatly reduced and your cash flow will increase, and even better, its retroactive back to 1986.

  • Building the team: Key components for optimal building management

    Each building is challenged with its own unique set of environmental and tenant issues. Whether the property is a newly constructed high-rise or a historically renovated building, the challenge for any property manager or facilities engineer is to create an efficient office property. In the competitive San Diego office market, with vacancy rates below 10 percent, property managers and brokers must work together to meet the needs of their clients. This tenant space delivery team extends to the architects, contractors and maintenance personnel required to achieve the end goals of each tenant.

  • New air conditioning technology changing the face of San Diego, the world

    In the warm months, your building's air conditioning operating expenses are the largest portion of the utility costs. What if you could cut it by 30 percent to 50 percent monthly and save consumption while saving the earth?

  • Award-winning roofing company keeps you covered

    Premier Roofing Inc. was founded in March 1994 by Steve Camblin and Tom Pigeon, two extremely hard-working individuals who believed that they had the "right stuff" to build a great roofing company. High quality and superior customer service are the hallmarks of Premier Roofing, an award-winning company.

  • Backflow preventer thefts costing businesses thousands

    Recently there has been a rash of commercial irrigation and domestic water backflow preventers stolen for their scrap metal. While the scrap metal value for the brass and copper contained within these fittings is only about $250, brazen thieves are making short work of stealing as many as they can, sometimes twice from the same properties.

  • Potential pitfalls in collecting unpaid rent from guarantors

    Many times commercial landlords in California seek to protect themselves by requiring that a third-party guarantee a lease when a primary tenant's credit is suspect or when it is a corporation, LLC or LLP. Landlords who require guarantors undoubtedly enhance the ability to collect in these instances at the conclusion of a tenancy. However, landlords must be aware that the guarantee agreement comes with a caveat.

  • BOMA celebrates centennial

    The year 2007 marks an astounding achievement for BOMA International -- the organization's centennial. Since the founding of BOMA in 1907, much has been accomplished to create, nurture and develop the commercial real estate industry and those who have made it their chosen profession. In honor of this milestone event, BOMA will host a centennial celebration at its annual convention and The Office Building Show in New York City from July 21-24.

  • BOMA powers energy solutions

    It has been estimated that office buildings may contribute up to 18 percent of our country's carbon dioxide emissions. BOMA leads the real estate industry in promoting voluntary efforts to improve energy efficiency in commercial properties. Now, BOMA is taking steps to provide the industry with expanded energy education and efficiency training options.

  • BOMA unveils pandemic flu resource center

    The numbers are alarming: If a pandemic flu hits the United States, the Department of Homeland Security predicts that more than 90 million people could become sick. The numbers increase if buildings have not prepared tenants or created emergency preparedness plans for this type of outbreak.

  • Consumers win as state toughens training for security professionals

    In 2006, state lawmakers passed an onslaught of new legislation aimed at regulating private security companies. The effects of these laws, which expanded and strengthened security guard training, will benefit all Californians -- the private security industry and especially its customers, said Dave Katzenmeyer, president of PACWEST Security Services in San Diego.

  • The business case for green cleaning

    Green cleaning sounds like a great idea in terms of social consciousness. It's also proven to create a healthier indoor environment for people in the building. But what about the math? How do the short- and long-term costs of a green cleaning program stack up to the hard and soft savings?

  • Reversion of condo conversions hangs over San Diego apartment market

    A surplus of condos reverting back to apartments could present a problem here, but probably not for long.

  • Experts agree San Diego retail, office, apartment markets to remain strong

    The housing bubble was a figment of an overactive imagination, suburban office buildings will have plenty of competition and office rents keep going up.

  • Countywide office market could overbuild this year, retail still strong

    The office market may be overbuilt but that definitely isn't the problem on the retail side.

  • San Diego office vacancies expected to slightly rise in 2007

    Office vacancies in 2007 are expected to increase somewhat in San Diego County, but Colliers International doesn't seem too worried.

  • Irvine Co. purchases downtown parcel for $60 million

    The Irvine Co. says it has purchased a parcel adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot for $60 million where it plans to develop a new office tower.

  • Dubai skyscraper towers at 100 stories -- and quickly growing

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The Burj Dubai skyscraper under construction here reached its 100th story on Tuesday, nearly two-thirds of the way in its relentless climb to become the world's tallest building.

  • Atlanta gets a makeover: more going up, less spreading out

    ATLANTA -- The city that once built out now wants to build up.


  • Local office of Marcus & Millichap sees continues growth

    John Smelter, a senior director and medical office properties specialist at San Diego-based Marcus & Millichap, is part of a national company that handles more than $20 billion in private and public investment transactions annually.

  • New commercial real estate firm hits the ground running

    Brent Bohlken, a principal with the newly created Commercial Realty Advisers brokerage firm, says his office is bursting at the seams with more than 20 brokers plus support staff.

  • Real estate veteran joins CBRE as senior VP

    Louay Alsadek, an investment specialist with CB Richard Ellis, says San Diego County has a healthy Class A office market, good for landlords and brokers alike.

  • Top producer at Burnham sees 'healthy market'

    Lynn LaChapelle, a Burnham Real Estate Services principal and senior vice president with more than $1 billion in sales and leasing transactions, says a reason her 116-year-old firm excels is because most of its 85 brokers have 15 or more years of experience.

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Archived Reports

Class A Properties - 2009

This special report, produced in partnership with the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association, looks at the construction, leasing, investing in and greening of Class A properties.

Class A Properties - 2008

In partnership with the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association, The Daily Transcript explores issues in developing, building and managing Class A properties.

Class A Properties - 2006

What does it take to be rated Class A? What buildings and developments are at the head of the class? Find out what Class A and other commercial space is available or under way around the county and elsewhere.

Class A Properties - 2005

In this special report, sponsored by BOMA San Diego, we take a look at what it takes to be a Class A building in San Diego, as well as information on office space availability and absorption, legislative issues related to property owners and managers, and global offshoring and its effect on property management.