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.

  • Know your supplier, before going out on a limb

    A building manager or property owner's selection of a supplier can have a direct effect on a property's value, appearance and environment. It is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Before you pick up the phone and begin to make calls, ask yourself what the criteria should be for making such a selection. Focusing your efforts on identifying companies with expertise in their field, proven credentials and affiliations with leading trade organizations is a great place to start.

  • BOMA San Diego announces 2009 board of directors, advisory board

    The San Diego Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) has announced the appointment of the 2009 board of directors and advisory board.

  • BOMA International - Now more than ever

    Challenging times call for innovative solutions, and now more than ever, the value that BOMA creates for its members -- as a business partner, a networking group, a solutions provider -- is helping us surmount those challenges together.

  • Coldwell Banker Commercial named broker for The Towers at Bressi Ranch

    Coldwell Banker Commercial (CBC) has been named the exclusive listing broker for The Towers at Bressi Ranch, the 21-acre, master-planned commercial campus located within Bressi Ranch Corporate Center in Carlsbad, according to Bob Willingham, vice president and partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial.

  • Shell building construction complete for ResMed corporate headquarters

    The office tower shell building and parking structure are complete and tenant improvements are under way for the new 250,000-square-foot headquarters facility for San Diego-based ResMed Inc. (NYSE: RMD), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of products for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. KMA Architecture & Engineering, in conjunction with Davis Davis Architects and ID Studios designed the project, and Kipland Howard's Allegis Development is providing development management services on behalf of ResMed. Construction for Phase I located at 9001 Spectrum Center Blvd. in the Spectrum Centre Business Park is slated for occupancy in May.

  • Weathering the recession: Building lasting relationships in hard times

    In lean times, your customers may consider making changes in their buying decisions. Their loyalty to you as a vendor is being challenged by this economic crisis. To retain customer loyalty, keep in close touch with your customers. Lasting relationships are built in hard times. In a difficult economy, loyalty delivers bottom-line results.

  • Celebrating 10 years of having fun

    In December 1998, Dowling Construction Inc. started operations. With his new contractor's license in hand, a stack of credit cards, the help of a good friend and a unique philosophy of how he wanted to perform tenant improvements, Jim Dowling and Dowling Construction Inc. opened the doors for business. Joining Dowling, owner/project manager, was Marty Ludeman, superintendent, and Gayle Johnson, bookkeeper.

  • Universal Protection Service transforms security with launch of PatrolLIVE

    Universal Protection Service is pleased to introduce PatrolLIVE, the company's revolutionary technology for security patrol. Powered by dwellingLIVE, Universal's new security technology reports in real-time, so clients receive the most current and accurate data available regarding their property and security professionals. This breakthrough technology allows property mangers to instantly monitor their security status effectively and hassle-free. By going wireless and taking the guesswork out of security patrol, Universal gives clients a simple and cost-effective alternative to managing their security.

  • BOMA International launches enhanced 2009 Industry Benchmarking Survey

    BOMA International's survey that produces the pioneering benchmarking publication, the Experience Exchange Report (EER), will launch Feb. 16 with several revolutionary enhancements. This year, the nearly 90-year-old benchmarking tool will transition to a completely online format with the help of Kingsley Associates, an industry leader in research and consulting services.

  • Seven smart ways property professionals can survive the credit crisis

    BOMA International has launched Rx - Resource Exchange, a comprehensive Web-based menu of resources to help commercial real estate professionals cope with the economic downturn. As the market tightens and the credit crunch starts to flow into the commercial market, efficient and effective building operations are increasingly important. BOMA International has combed through extensive resources to create a one-stop shop with all the tools property professionals need to both enhance building operations and gain professional development insight.

  • Despite economy, study reveals greening portfolios remains priority for commercial industry

    Despite a faltering economy, commercial building owners are continuing to allocate funds and resources to green their portfolios. According to the "2008 Green Survey: Existing Buildings," the second annual national survey of the commercial real estate sector, more than 80 percent of respondents have allocated funds to green initiatives this year, while 45 percent said their sustainability investment will increase in 2009. Findings of the study by Incisive Media's Real Estate Forum, BOMA International and the U.S. Green Building Council were recently released by the USGBC.

  • CCIM sees bleak investing situation for commercial real estate

    Ugly drops in valuations and sales volume this past year have made for a poor commercial real estate investing outlook, but experts say the worst is over.

  • Dynalectric completes electrical contracting services for local office projects

    Dynalectric Company San Diego, a leading provider of complex, fully integrated design-build electrical services, has announced the completion of electrical work for High Bluff Ridge, Sunroad Spectrum I, 707 Broadway, One America Plaza, Terraces at Copley Point and the Qualcomm AV Building, according to Channey Doud, executive vice president for Dynalectric San Diego.

  • California green building regulations: Baseline for energy efficiency credits

    It can be said that 2009 is the Year of the Green. Some of California's Green Building Regulations may take effect as early as July 1, 2009 as Californians await the State of California Building Standards Commission to complete its work on the California Green Building Standards Code, which it adopted in mid-2008 as voluntary standards. The green building regulations would require a 15 percent reduction in overall energy use.

  • Defense contractors face unique challenges, opportunities when securing office space

    The dramatic increase in rental rates and purchase prices in 2005 through 2007 came to a halt last year, followed by a steady decline in pricing. Financial and residential real estate sectors have dumped approximately 4 million square feet of office space back on to the market in the last year and a half. Vacancy rates climbed to their highest levels since 1996 in San Diego. Average time on the market for available office space is approximately 20 months until leased. Class A office buildings are being leased at Class B rental rates. With the amount of commercial mortgage debt security maturities coming due in the next four years, the worst may be yet to come. It is likely that equilibrium will take another 18 to 24 months.

  • Geithner's plan may not save commercial real estate

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's financial stability plan may come too late to rescue the commercial property market, which is following housing into a slump.

  • CB Richard Ellis to renovate two UTC office buildings

    CB Richard Ellis and FPA Governor Park Associates LLC announced the start of a capital improvement program for two office buildings.

  • Report: San Diego commercial markets to worsen

    The local commercial real estate market is expected to significantly worsen before it gets better, according to an NAI Commercial Real Estate Services report.

  • County office market took hits in mid-2008

    Two reports on San Diego County's office market seem to confirm what many have already concluded: the current situation is the weakest in more than a decade, and timing a rebound has become a dubious science.

  • Researchers test durability of building materials in major earthquakes

    Researchers tested building materials to see how they perform during major earthquakes Monday at the University of California, San Diego’s Englekirk Structural Engineering Research Center.

  • Commercial investment plunged in 2008

    CHICAGO -- U.S. commercial property investment plunged 70 percent to $125 billion last year as banks granted fewer loans and the commercial mortgage-backed securities market shut down, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. said.

  • Legoland hotel now a block closer to being a reality

    An new amusement park for San Diego County just took one step closer to resembling the Disneyland resort, as the Carlsbad Planning Commission unanimously approved a hotel at Legoland California.

Class A Properties

Profiles

National News

  • Geithner's plan may not save commercial real estate

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's financial stability plan may come too late to rescue the commercial property market, which is following housing into a slump.

  • Commercial investment plunged in 2008

    CHICAGO -- U.S. commercial property investment plunged 70 percent to $125 billion last year as banks granted fewer loans and the commercial mortgage-backed securities market shut down, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. said.

Archived Reports

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 - 2007

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.

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.