November, 2014

CRE Consulting Corps Recognized with Chairman’s Award

To say the Consulting Corps Team has given us much to consider and evaluate for the future would be a gross understatement. They asked the tough questions, interviewed more than 50 people, and worked very long hours. Words like ‘creative, innovative, on-target, and tremendously detailed’ were common descriptors of the team and their work.”  That’s what W. Michael Couch, Executive Director of the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority had to say after his organization’s participation in a Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) Consulting Corps assignment this year.

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Is Camden on the Cusp of Revival? Absolutely.

Violence. Poverty. Blight. These have long been the most common terms used to talk about Camden. But you’ll hear something different today. Words like revitalization, opportunity and investment. Heck, you’ll even hear talk of revival.

A recent article in Philadelphia magazine talks about this revival. From a pop-up park on the lawn at City Hall to a decrease in violence, from the 76ers training facility to the first new super market in decades, from demolishing blighted properties to building new houses downtown. And those are just some of the top-level highlights.

I’m proud of our small part in this renaissance with our role as Development Manager for the 76ers training facility. This state-of-the-art new facility will bring at least 250 jobs to the waterfront and is a key piece of the puzzle for this new era for Camden.

Some might say that the Sixers are due for a comeback. Well, we think the same is true for Camden and what better time than right now.

Christopher Strom is Director of Project Development. 

AthenianRazak Team Leads ULI Session on Where Big Data Meets Real Estate

We’re back at it again, sharing our data center insight with the world – or at least at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Fall Meeting. A few weeks ago, Alan Razak and Chris Strom led a panel session, “Data Centers: Big Data Meets Real Estate,” giving lucky participants an overview of the growing trend of the intersection of technology and real estate.

Our two real estate technology experts provided an overview of the data center industry – sharing their insight on the most complex and sophisticated buildings being constructed today. They reviewed the market forces that have led to the explosive growth and capacity of data centers and IT infrastructure, while also giving an overview of the various business models for different end users and why these are changing so rapidly. The session also explored resiliency and recovery, two critical elements of data center planning.

Read more here on our data center services and how we can help you with planning.