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Find out which firms made CPE’s annual list of industry development leaders.

Rank Company SF Completed 2018-2020 SF Under Construction* Property Sectors
1 Trammell Crow Co. 34,371,102 66,029,966 O, I, R, H, He
2 Lincoln Property Co. 35,400,000 17,800,000 O, I, R
3 Tishman Speyer 18,800,000 22,900,000 O, X
4 Duke Realty 26,000,000 11,000,000 I
5 Bridge Industrial 11,600,000 14,900,000 I
6 The Related Cos. 7,482,989 15,721,840 O, R, H
7 Related Group 6,810,507 6,388,923 O, R, X
8 Stream Realty Partners 11,556,113 5,084,236 O, I, R
9 Dermody Properties 6,706,528 12,546,403 I
10 McCraney Property Co. 10,301,378 6,061,000 I
11 KDC 7,000,000 1,240,000 O
12 Transwestern Development Co. 3,700,000 8,500,000 I, X
13 First Industrial Realty Trust 9,708,038 5,045,447 I
14 WS Development 3,312,905 2,191,769 O, R, He
15 Concord Hospitality 1,710,135 1,662,262 H
16 Ashley Capital 5,029,000 3,622,000 I
17 Hunt Cos. 405,212 1,714,733 O, I, R, H, X
18 Holt Lunsford Commercial 3,750,000 1,100,000 O, I
19 HSA Commercial Real Estate 3,000,000 1,000,000 I, He
20 Inland National Development Co. 500,000 170,000 I, R, H, He

* As of June 30, 2021

Key: O=Office; I=Industrial; R=Retail; H=Hospitality; He=Health care; X=Other

Though we make every effort to include all major commercial developers, several notable firms (among them Alexandria Real Estate, Kilroy Realty and Prologis) did not participate this year.

Industrial Development Steals the Show

Developers have faced a difficult time during the past two years, balancing demand for new inventory against the economic turbulence brought about by the pandemic and rising construction costs. While demand for retail and hospitality space may take multiple years to recover, however, some sectors—most notably industrial—have instead flourished following the acceleration of consumer trends toward e-commerce.

This has created a seemingly unquenchable thirst for modern distribution space. A recent CommercialEdge report shows that industrial deliveries in 2021 are anticipated to surpass 300 million square feet and could hit the 350 million-square-foot mark as soon as next year.

While office deliveries certainly slowed last year, deliveries in 2021 are expected to reach 85 million square feet—more than the years immediately preceding the pandemic. Although remote work appears likely to remain in some form in the long run, major companies in the tech industry have signaled that office space will be a critical component of their future operations.

Trammell Crow Co. leads our Top Commercial Development Firms ranking this year, with 66 million square feet under construction as of June 30, 2021, and nearly 35 million square feet delivered between 2018 and 2020. Lincoln Property Co. placed second, with 35.4 million square feet completed during the same period. Rounding out the top three is Tishman Speyer, with 17.8 million square feet of office, lab and mixed-use space underway.

Combined, our top 20 developers had 205 million square feet underway at the end of June across all property sectors. Focus on the industrial sector was unsurprisingly high. Our top 20 firms had approximately 131 million square feet of industrial projects underway, a remarkable 64 percent of total square footage. Eight firms in our ranking are solely focused on industrial development, and half are involved in at least two asset types.


By: The Editors Of Commercial Property Executive

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