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  • Alternatives to rooftop solar electric panels

    With the "green movement" continuing to sweep San Diego by storm, many businesses have started to look at how they can cut costs and help contribute a green building to San Diego. For a lot of companies, rooftop solar electric panels have been the easy choice.

  • US Grant wins design competition following $56 million renovation

    The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, recently announced that it was awarded Best Luxury Guestroom Design at The HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design Awards competition in Las Vegas. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, the historic US Grant hotel reopened in October 2006 after a meticulous, $56 million renovation. More than 3,000 hotels worldwide were considered for the prestigious design award at HotelWorld's international design competition, sponsored by Hotel & Motel Management, Hotel Design and Luxury Hotelier.

  • BOMA San Diego announces call for entries for TOBY Awards

    During the majority of the year, an office building is a structure that is utilized but generally taken for granted. Comprised of steel and glass, it quietly stands creating the dramatic skyline, serving its purpose. Once a year, the architectural splendor and exceptional management behind a well-functioning office building has the opportunity for recognition.

  • Tale of iStar's Fremont bet is high-risk story

    When iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE: SFI) announced its plan to snap up the commercial real-estate lending business from Fremont General Corp. (NYSE: FMT) last spring, the deal was applauded as the latest coup for Jay Sugarman, who over 10 years had built iStar from a startup into a real-estate financing powerhouse with a solid credit record.

  • BOMA participates in spring roundtable meeting

    Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi briefed attendees on several issues affecting commercial real estate, including the anticipated extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Pelosi said passage was a priority of the Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., and that it could happen before the congressional recess in August.

  • BOMA International Conference goes for the 'green' in Denver

    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, an industry leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, has announced that the BOMA International Conference and The Office Building Show, June 22-24 in Denver, will be "green" this year. An environmentally friendly convention is in keeping with BOMA International's aggressive green agenda, which among numerous initiatives includes the 7-Point Challenge, a groundbreaking energy reduction plan to achieve market transformation in the commercial real estate industry.

  • BOMA's Jack Moshgat Scholarship award program

    BOMA San Diego offers members who are interested in furthering their careers in the commercial real estate industry a collection of scholarships for RPA and FMA designation classes. There are two Jack Moshgat scholarships awarded every year by the education committee with a value of about $1,000 each.

  • Pacwest Security takes a fresh and green approach

    A regional Southern California security company servicing San Diego, Pacwest Security Services has built its solid reputation on providing personalized security services custom tailored to meet the needs of an extremely diversified clientele.

  • BOMA meets with legislators on Capital Hill

    BOMA members from across the country took commercial real estate's message straight to national lawmakers on Capitol Hill during the National Issues Conference (NIC), held March 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

  • Market transformation and the 7-Point Challenge

    In July 2007, BOMA International launched the Market Transformation Energy Plan and 7-Point Challenge to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by 30 percent by 2012.

  • Creating leverage in commercial collections

    A primary objective in collecting commercial debt is creating leverage. While collecting debt from an ongoing business is more art than science, there is perhaps no better method of commercial debt collection than third-party examination proceedings.

  • EPA recognizes BOMA International as 2008 Energy Star Partner of the Year

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized BOMA International with a 2008 Energy Star Partner of the Year award for Excellence in Program Delivery for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy management in commercial buildings through the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), offered through the BOMA Foundation. BOMA International, the only real estate association to receive this honor, was first awarded the Partner of the Year award in 2007. BOMA's achievement was recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 1.

  • Malls, hotels may slump less steeply than homes

    Even optimistic commercial-property developers are stacking sandbags to hold back a financial deluge in the market for office towers, hotels, shopping malls and other commercial real estate.

  • Water conservation: Top 10 tips to conserve water, save money

    It is up to us as good stewards to take consistent, responsible steps to reduce our water usage and conserve water. To address the vital issue of water conservation, BOMA has compiled a list of 10 steps to help property and facility managers conserve water and make a positive impact.

  • Industrial vacancy to continue below 8 percent through 2008

    A recently released outlook report for 2008 by Cushman & Wakefield shows the San Diego County industrial market continues to perform well, with healthy supply and demand balance despite current volatility in the housing and financial markets.

  • Experts: Capital still available, though sublease space on the increase

    San Diego is poised to open millions of square feet of office space, the amount of sublease space may be greater than it has ever been and capital, while more difficult to obtain, is still available for the right projects.

  • College in midst of $20 million building boom

    San Diego Mesa College currently has two, $20 million-plus projects under way, which represents the most construction activity on campus in years.

  • Developer scours world to fill up Chicago tower

    CHICAGO -- Developer Garrett Kelleher is counting on a weak dollar and the cachet of living in the world's tallest condominium tower to market the Chicago Spire.

  • Auction-rate crisis hits stadiums

    NEW YORK -- The auction-rate bond crisis is raising borrowing costs on more than sewers and hospitals, forcing some states to pay three times higher interest on 65,000-seat sports arenas with moving roofs and 50-foot video displays.

  • Bureau: Downtown has county's highest room concentration

    Entering 2008, demand for hotel rooms in downtown San Diego was not keeping pace with the current supply of hotel units, as downtown had the county's highest room concentration, the San Diego Convention and Visitor's Bureau reported.

  • Commercial delinquencies rise

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Fitch Ratings said delinquencies among commercial loans rose slightly in February from the historic low recorded the previous month.

  • San Diego office market will see slower construction, leasing in 2008

    Still lots of office space and more on the way as leasing isn't as landlords would like.

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  • Tale of iStar's Fremont bet is high-risk story

    When iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE: SFI) announced its plan to snap up the commercial real-estate lending business from Fremont General Corp. (NYSE: FMT) last spring, the deal was applauded as the latest coup for Jay Sugarman, who over 10 years had built iStar from a startup into a real-estate financing powerhouse with a solid credit record.

  • Malls, hotels may slump less steeply than homes

    Even optimistic commercial-property developers are stacking sandbags to hold back a financial deluge in the market for office towers, hotels, shopping malls and other commercial real estate.

  • Developer scours world to fill up Chicago tower

    CHICAGO -- Developer Garrett Kelleher is counting on a weak dollar and the cachet of living in the world's tallest condominium tower to market the Chicago Spire.

  • Auction-rate crisis hits stadiums

    NEW YORK -- The auction-rate bond crisis is raising borrowing costs on more than sewers and hospitals, forcing some states to pay three times higher interest on 65,000-seat sports arenas with moving roofs and 50-foot video displays.

  • Commercial delinquencies rise

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Fitch Ratings said delinquencies among commercial loans rose slightly in February from the historic low recorded the previous month.

Archived Reports

San Diego Commercial Space - 2009

This special report, produced in partnership with BOMA San Diego, focuses on the management, construction and value of commercial properties.

San Diego Commercial Space - 2007

This special reports highlights hotspots, space use trends, market reports, what's available and what's being developed in commercial real estate.

San Diego Commercial Space - 2006

Buy. Sell. Lease. Renovate. Find out the latest in San Diego commercial real estate in this annual edition. Highlights include a roundtable discussion, a CEO profile and industry news on what's currently on and off the market.

San Diego Commercial Space - 2005

This annual report highlights the hot spots for commercial space around the county, exploring what's available on the market and what markets are topped out. We'll also provide expert insight on how to improve commercial space for tenants and discuss commercial space trends.

San Diego Commercial Space - 2004

This special report highlights the hot commercial real estate spots around the county. We'll also offer insight on things to consider when searching for commercial space and when improving your space to appeal to new tenants.