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Executive Outlook: Kim Smith


Recently Premier Office Magazine asked KBS Senior Vice President, Kim Smith what she feels is the key to attracting and retaining tenants during the next three to five years? As density continues to increase in today’s office environment, landlords need to be ahead of the curve.  Smarter buildings with expanded HVAC hours/capacity, app access and … Read More

50 shades of green:
understanding next-generation
sustainability systems


by Rick Martin

50 shades of green: understanding next-generation sustainability systems   Green building continues to be the wave of the future. In fact, when the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo hits Los Angeles next month, it’s estimated to bring up to 25,000 environmentally focused minds together to discuss everything from the most recent LEED rating systems, one … Read More

Streamlining the Leasing Process


by Brent Carroll

Start to Finish, simple to complex, tenant needs must be met every step of the way. Building and managing a business in today’s busy world is a full-time job, though changing office space should not be. Tenants want to make well-informed leasing decisions quickly, go through as seamless of a process as possible and get … Read More

BRAND ROI:
IT GOES BEYOND THE BOTTOM-LINE


by Caitlyn Mach

There is a great deal of ambiguity connecting Business Branding to “Return on Investment” (ROI). To most executives, Brand-ROI resembles spending X-dollars on brand initiatives and receiving a greater number in return. This is the paradigm Brand-ROI lives in. There are numerous factors to quantify Brand-ROI, but it’s difficult to measure every one let alone … Read More

Executive Outlook: Brian Ragsdale


Recently Premier Office Magazine asked KBS Executive Vice President, Brian Ragsdale what he feels is the key to attracting and retaining tenants during the next three to five years? By design, many assets acquired for our opportunistic funds have been those that have had problematic and/or undercapitalized previous owners. Our strategy with opportunistic properties has been … Read More

Innovation is the Name of the Game


by Brett Merz

There’s been a lot of activity at the KBS-owned 500 W. Madison property in Chicago. Accenture, a multi-billion dollar consulting company and KBS tenant, has revamped its existing office lease into a new 74,000-square-foot Digital Innovation Hub. The company had a very specific goal and vision in mind to update its existing space into a … Read More

Executive Outlook: Marc DeLuca


Recently Premier Office Magazine asked KBS Eastern Regional President, Marc DeLuca what he feels is the key to attracting and retaining tenants during the next three to five years? There are many keys to attracting and retaining tenants: first, the amenity base. As companies are focused on accommodating all of their employees, most employees (millennials, … Read More

There’s a Reason Why
Most Networking is Not Working


by Michael DeFoe

Go to any networking function and you’ll experience an interesting cast of characters. You’ve got Rapid Rachelle machine-gunning business cards to anyone who can fog a mirror. More about me Mike is broadcasting his value propositions at 350 words a minute with gusts up to 650 without a breath in-between. Breathe Mike, breathe. Then there’s … Read More

Global Investors Favor U.S. Real Estate


by Chuck Schreiber

And just like that, 2016 is over and all eyes are now on 2017. Real estate continues to be one of the smarter investment plays due to higher yields, price appreciation potential and stability compared to other investment types. And at the top of the list is the U.S. The U.S. commercial real estate market … Read More

Executive Insight – Real Estate Trends


by Rodney Richerson

Premier Office Magazine asked KBS Regional President, Rodney Richerson about real estate trends. Q: What is one trend you have noticed in the market that did not exist three years ago? The open collaborative work environment has been a big discussion point among building owners, brokers and tenants over the last few years. It has … Read More