5 Ways Buildings Can Make Us Healthier

“The green building movement—which has been growing over the past few decades—has gradually expanded from a focus on reducing water and energy usage to a holistic approach that incorporates how buildings affect the people in them,” writes National Geographic. “The wide-ranging efforts include improving indoor air quality and even increasing activity levels of building occupants. Allen and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have defined nine foundations for healthier buildings, such as better water quality, reducing noise, regulating temperature, and maximizing light.”


Top Markets for Mega-Warehouse Construction

“Over the past five years, the industrial sector started seeing million-sq.-ft. warehouses being built by e-commerce giants in their quest to reach more consumers. Now, numbers are emerging to quantify the e-commerce logistics boom,” writes National Real Estate Investor. “Since 2010, approximately 141.2 million sq. ft. in mega-warehouses have been built across the United States, according to a recent report from commercial real estate services firm CBRE. The CBRE study also looked into the top 10 markets for mega-warehouse construction in 2017.” View the results via a slideshow on nreionline.com.


The 50 States of Construction: Illinois

“Construction is booming in the state, especially in Chicago, which currently has the second-highest number of tower cranes in operation in any U.S. city (behind Seattle),” writes Construction Dive in the Illinois segment of its 50 States of Construction series. “That surge in development is due largely to companies relocating to the Chicago area and bringing demand for new office and residential space with them, according to Mark Yanik, vice president of strategic business development for Leopardo Construction, one of Chicago’s largest contractors.”


Gensler on Design for Active Aging

“Today’s 50- and 60-year-olds don’t see themselves as ‘old’ and don’t view aging as a time of physical decline,” writes Gensler. “They’re eschewing living and community situations that make them feel otherwise and expect to continue living life to the fullest.” The design firm recently investigated how design can better support today’s active aging population. “As a result, we recognize the US active aging population as a population with discerning tastes and a hunger for good design. We identified four major themes that define our design approach for an actively aging population.”


Healthcare Providers Offer Patients Proximity with Move to Ambulatory Facilities

“In an age of advanced medical technologies, hospitals are branching out from their core campus networks to open outpatient facilities in other communities, an effort to bolster the speed of a patient’s treatment and cut down on traffic at main campus hospitals, various industry experts said,” writes Illinois Real Estate Journal. One example cited was the Leopardo-built University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advance Care in Orland Park. “The facility houses specialists in women’s health, cardiology and oncology, among others, and is expected to broaden its offerings.”


Free BIM Guide for Building Owners

“The National Institute of Building Sciences has published a comprehensive BIM guide for building owners to capture greater value from BIM technology,” writes Construction Dive. “Available as a free download, the National BIM Guide for Owners was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and developed by NIBS along with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Building Owners and Managers Association International.


4 Hospitality Trends to Expect in the Year Ahead

“Declining RevPAR, major mergers and acquisitions, and the continued growth of home-sharing behemoth Airbnb made for a challenging 2016,” writes Bisnow. “Looking ahead, the hotel sector is expected to have a strong year, with new supply and strong demand driving experts’ outlook.” From “Airbnb-proof properties” to increased online and social engagement, here are four trends to keep your eye on.


2017 Senior Living Design Trends

“The new year is bringing interesting, fun and useful trends to the realm of senior living as providers seek to offer more to future residents – more amenities, more space, more social gathering spots, more glam, and more contemporary aesthetics,” writes Building Design+Construction. “Pools, fitness gyms, and spas/salons are not new services for senior living communities to tout. Their location, however, can be significant in drawing nonresidents in for a tour or to use services.”

USGBC Announces Top 10 States for LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced the 2016 top 10 states for LEED. The list includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified in 2016. Illinois ranked third this year with 151-certified projects.

“Illinois remains a green building leader year in and year out thanks to the passionate and committed network of sustainability professionals here,” said Brian Imus, executive director, USGBC – Illinois Chapter.  “Building on this success and expertise, our network is already gearing up for more in the years to come.”


Market Outlook For 5 CRE Sectors in 2017

Experts are forecasting boosted GDP, corporate tax cuts, looser lending regulations and an overall improved economic outlook for the U.S. under the Trump administration,” writes Bisnow. “But it won’t be all sunshine and happiness just yet. Trump’s expected policies will likely drive inflation upward, forcing the Fed to counteract by increasing the pace of interest rate hikes this year. These factors combine for a mixed economic outlook. Here’s a quick snapshot of how the five commercial property sectors are expected to fare this year, according to CBRE’s 2017 Office Outlook report.”