Category Archives: Trends Conference (2017)

Sustainability and Urban Resilience – Making a Business Case for Stakeholders

Helen Gurfel, Executive Director of ULI’s Greenprint Center in New York led a thought provoking conversation about advances of green and sustainable building methods and practices and how to make the case for building owners and developers to incorporate these advances into their business model. Joining her were Tommy Wells, Director of DC’s Department of Energy and Environment, Chrissa Pagitsas, Director of Fannie Mae’s Green Financing for Multifamily and Jon Penndorf, Sustainability Leader of Perkins + Will’s DC office. Helen posed the challenge of how to incorporate new technologies into … Read More

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Faster Project Delivery Is a Hidden Feature of Sustainable Mass Timber

Although still far from mainstream, mass timber is emerging as a more sustainable alternative to concrete and steel for constructing mid-rise buildings. An engineered product made from mature fir trees, mass timber sequesters carbon, allowing buildings constructed with it to have a carbon-negative impact on the environment. While its sustainable qualities are attracting developers and architects, so are the speed and cost-efficiency with which mass-timber buildings can be delivered to market, noted an expert panel at the recent ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference. Construction with mass timber can shave … Read More

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Congratulations to ULI Washington’s 2017 Trends Awards Winners

The annual ULI Washington Trends Awards program identifies and sets new standards of excellence in real estate development in the Metropolitan Washington Area. The Awards recognize innovative projects, policies, and initiatives that contribute to the enhancement of vibrant neighborhoods, exemplify creative problem solving, and celebrate visionary thinking. Fifty-five award applications were submitted in six categories including Office, Residential, Institutional, Mixed Use, Adaptive Reuse and Impact.  Fifteen finalists were chosen from among the applications and the Trends jury visited each finalist project.  Six winners were chosen, and a special award was … Read More

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Real Estate Investment Strategies of the Past, Present and Future

Several of the most influential people in real estate offer their views on investment and capitalization strategies in real estate development and investment spanning back 20 years, comparing them to strategies implemented today, and forecasting what investment and capitalization strategies and opportunities may look like in the future based on emerging social, economic and industry trends. Bill Collins started the discussion by going down memory lane starting with 1991 when the internet was introduced to 2016 when 10 year treasuries were down to 1.4% with negative 10 year bonds in … Read More

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In Washington, D.C., New Urgency for “Missing Middle” Housing Types and Price Points

Since 2000, Washington, D.C., has added more than 100,000 residents as a robust job market has attracted people both domestically and from abroad. The city’s population is expected to reach 1 million by 2045. The influx of new residents, most of whom are high-wage earners, has placed enormous pressure on the city’s housing market and has created new urgency around the production of so-called missing middle housing types. A term coined by architect Daniel Parolek, missing middle housing lies on a spectrum between single-family homes and apartment units—townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, … Read More

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US Can’t Escape Weak Global Economy

Anirbal Basu of Sage Policy Group, ULI Washington’s perennial favorite in making economics interesting, kicked off this year’s highly successful Trends conference with an overview of the global, national, and regional economy. His verdict: rosy in the near term, challenging further out. Why? To begin with, the global economy is weak. The world’s economy grew at a rate of just 3.1 percent last year – the slowest since the beginning of post-recession recovery, and below the projected rate of 3.5 percent. Advanced economies showed particularly slow growth, with Europe at … Read More

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The Transportation Revolution: Driverless Vehicles and Beyond

What impact will Autonomous Vehicles have upon commercial real estate?  Wes Guckert, CEO, The Traffic Group, Inc.; Bryan Rossa, Executive Director, Public Policy, General Motors; and Revathi Greenwood, Americas Head of Investment Research, CBRE, explored this vanguard issue in a lively and wide-ranging discussion.  David Winstead, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr, and former Maryland Transportation Secretary, moderated the panel. Wes Guckert painted the emerging big picture of what Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) mean for the commercial real estate industry.  The “wildly transformative” change from the cars-with-drivers system that has prevailed for a … Read More

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20th Anniversary “Decades” Panel – Where We Come From… Where We’re Going

Kevin Thorpe kicked off the discussion in Letterman style with a Top 10 comparing 1997 to 2017. 10. The Cloud: ’97 – held rain; ’17 – hold data.  Cloud computing has impacted real estate such as flexible work environments, and the explosion of data centers, which host 70% of internet traffic in Northern Virginia. 9. Millennials: ’97 – no one cared about them; ’17 – 75 million in the United States and the largest demographic in the workforce. 8. Internet: ’97 – Clinton elected to 2nd term, Trump wrote The … Read More

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2017 Young Leaders Group Real Estate Trends Conference Scholarships

Three scholarships were provided to deserving applicants by the ULI Washington Young Leader Scholarship Fund to ULI Washington’s 2017 Real Estate Trends Conference.  The three recipients meet each other during a networking break during the conference and discussed their favorite luxury condo projects in the DC area.  We hope Alex Cole, Patrick Cullen, and Adam Levenson enjoyed the conference! Meet the impressive recipients below: Alex Cole is currently located in Washington D.C. and began the MPRE program at Georgetown full time in September 2016. Previously, Alex worked in fixed income and commercial real estate … Read More

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