Learn about the latest industry trends, current market reports, new developments, real estate financing and more in this special section.

  • Downtown condo market still a 'land of opportunity'

    2007 has been a year of transition for the downtown San Diego office condominium market. Following a period of steady growth, the collapse of the residential mortgage market and the subsequent uncertainty among business owners regarding for-sale properties has resulted in a smaller number of office condo transactions and an overall climate of "wait and see," even among growing small businesses.

  • San Dego office, industrial markets settle into more moderate pattern of activity

    San Diego County office and industrial markets are settling into more moderate patterns of activity, a trend that will continue for the remainder of 2007 and into 2008, according to a recent Burnham Real Estate report.

  • SB&O civil engineering celebrating 40 years and looking forward

    Through a 40-year long learning curve, SB&O Inc. has mastered the art of adpatability. Mentoring, education, stewardship and teamwork have all combined to help staff master the art of flexibility, providing an invaluable service to clients -- for whom success is dependent upon an ability to quickly maneuver through fluctuating markets and myriad constantly evolving development requirements.

  • New class A office building in Kearny Mesa under way

    Burnham Real Estate announced the groundbreaking and start of construction for a new 20,300-square-foot class A office building being developed by Denver-based Simpson Parkview LP in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego.

  • DiamondView Tower: Built for tenants, community

    Developers of the 21st century are realizing that revitalizing an area with new commercial buildings isn't just about tenants. San Diego's East Village showcases several projects that have dramatically changed the growing area with the community as well as tenants in mind.

  • Construction begins on Premier Crossing, new medical office park in Vista

    A recent groundbreaking ceremony attended by Vista city officials marked the start of construction on Premier Crossing, a $20 million medical and professional office park being built at the corner of South Melrose Drive and Sycamore Avenue.

  • NAIOP working with city to protect loss of employment land to incompatible uses

    The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) San Diego chapter urged the city of San Diego to consider how new language in the proposed General Plan, intended to protect base sector industries and industrial zoning, could have an unintended, adverse affect on multitenant office uses.

  • The true cost and value of HVAC commissioning

    One of the most frequent questions I have been asked in the past few years is, "How much does HVAC commissioning cost and what do we get out of it?" Building owners, developers, architects and contractors in California who face these questions get many different answers. What makes it so difficult to get a single, solid answer? Before we answer this question, let's get to the fundamentals of what HVAC commissioning is and why we need it in the first place.

  • Downtown retail market sees temporary drop in net absorption as retailers anticipate redevelopment

    A recently released downtown San Diego retail report by Burnham Urban Retail Group shows that the completion of 425,000 square feet of new space over the past 12 months, along with the postponement of several planned mixed-use redevelopment projects, have contributed to the area's first negative absorption since Burnham began the study in 2001.

  • Commercial property: What should a growing business do?

    Lease? Build? Buy? Renovate? Often, a business' second business is real estate, due to the numerous decisions that must be made regarding office or manufacturing space.

  • Historic hotels given second chance to serve guests

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Elaine Hernando planned to stay in one of the city's big-box hotels, but when she saw The Ellis, she canceled her reservation and booked a room at the renovated historic hotel instead.

  • Las Vegas goes all out to attract gay travelers

    On a recent night at the Palms Resort and Casino here, young men in fitted shirts and an abundance of hair gel clamored to get into a Playboy Club party featuring female card dealers in bunny costumes. Steps away at another club, hundreds of shirtless men crowded a roaring dance floor at party billed as a "non-stop weekend of sensual sizzle and decadence" for the gay community.

  • Rockies' stadium transformed Denver's 'Skid Row'

    DENVER (AP) -- Thousands of World Series fans will soon be converging on LoDo, a thriving section of Denver's downtown that is home to the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field. Just 15 years ago, they would have been warned to stay away.

  • Selecting the right contractor for your project

    A few months ago, the topic of general contracting may have proven interesting, but certainly was not top news. With the mudslides in La Jolla, however, and the hillside instability of additional locations where homes and businesses sit, the issue of general contractors became more immediate.

  • Experts: Commercial market may hit some bumps, but long-term prospects look good

    Retail remains strong, but downtown could be a problem, surplus sublease space isn't overwhelming, and The Irvine Co. should have little trouble filling its nearly 700,000-square-foot downtown office tower.

  • Cutbacks in state water supplies could stifle San Diego development

    Nature put two-thirds of California's water in the northern half of the state and two-thirds of the people in the southern half. Now the result may be no major development approved in San Diego for several years, thanks to the slender Delta Smelt -- a two- to three-inch fish that has never ventured within 250 miles of the city.

  • Retail construction drop means tighter market

    A more than 73 percent drop in retail construction is destined to make a tight market even tighter.

  • Carlsbad desal plant goes 'carbon neutral,' nears final approvals

    The proposed $300 million Carlsbad desalination plant aims to remove its “carbon footprint” as the final stretch of approvals roll in to allow the project to break on the grounds of the Encina Power Station.

  • Office market situation will mean plenty of space for the future

    The San Diego County office market is in the midst of a transitional phase that will leave the area with no shortage of space to fill.

  • Office market showing signs of slowdown

    San Diego's office market looks a whole lot stronger than residential these days, but that doesn't mean the slowdown hasn't been felt.

  • Chain stores major force in strong retail outlook

    Despite a few bumps in the road, it looks like the retail market will be strong in San Diego County in the coming year.

  • Developers set sights on Civic Center project

    The Civic Center has needed to be redeveloped for decades. Now, eight firms are vying for the chance.

  • Theater renovation should be done by year's end

    The $26.5 million renovation of the old Balboa Theatre is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and what was old is new again.

  • With lots of construction on the horizon, materials costs expected to go up here

    Spanning the past several years, the sometimes unstable prices of construction materials have had a debilitating affect on contractors' ability to competitively bid work.

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  • Historic hotels given second chance to serve guests

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Elaine Hernando planned to stay in one of the city's big-box hotels, but when she saw The Ellis, she canceled her reservation and booked a room at the renovated historic hotel instead.

  • Las Vegas goes all out to attract gay travelers

    On a recent night at the Palms Resort and Casino here, young men in fitted shirts and an abundance of hair gel clamored to get into a Playboy Club party featuring female card dealers in bunny costumes. Steps away at another club, hundreds of shirtless men crowded a roaring dance floor at party billed as a "non-stop weekend of sensual sizzle and decadence" for the gay community.

  • Rockies' stadium transformed Denver's 'Skid Row'

    DENVER (AP) -- Thousands of World Series fans will soon be converging on LoDo, a thriving section of Denver's downtown that is home to the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field. Just 15 years ago, they would have been warned to stay away.

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Commercial Real Estate Trends - 2006

This special report, created in partnership with the Urban Land Institute, features an overview of the local commercial real estate landscape and advice from the region's leaders regarding the latest industry trends, issues and market predictions.

Commercial Real Estate Trends - 2005

The Daily Transcript partners with USD's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and Urban Land Institute -- San Diego to present this annual overview of our local commercial real estate landscape. This section offers expert advice from the region's leaders regarding the latest industry trends, issues and market predictions.

Commercial Real Estate Trends - 2005

This special report features an overview of our local real estate landscape, as well as advice regarding the latest industry trends, issues and markets. The Daily Transcript is proud to be the media sponsor of the fourth annual Commercial Real Estate Conference: Trends 2005, presented by USD's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate on November 15. This special report will be handed to all attendees of this forecast.