Thursday Afternoon Breakout Sessions

2017 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace
Breakout Sessions | Thursday, Oct. 26 from 2:15 - 3:15 pm

Take your pick: labor intel, 3D urban fabric or social sustainability

Sponsored by Haworth​

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If You Build It, Will They Come?

Having access to the right talent can deliver far more value than traditional real estate strategies alone. As a result, labor considerations have gone from a “nice to know” to a central driver of modern site selection strategies – on both sides of the deal. In this session, we’ll explore how corporate occupiers, investors, and developers are using labor intel to make informed location decisions and navigate the changing demand for commercial real estate. You will also gain insights into how developers and landlords address the changing need for real estate as corporate occupiers seek denser spaces and stronger proximity to talent.

Mitchell E. Rudin, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Laura Sidney, CBRE Labor Analytics

Beyond the Building Envelope: Designing to Weave a 3D Urban Fabric

Experiential design is a common thread woven through all aspects of our lives, promoting a sense of well-being, engagement, belonging and purpose. This is particularly relevant in urban centers where the heritage of a city can be honored and its future embraced by weaving design horizontally and vertically through the urban fabric. Thinking about a city via this continuous, three-dimensional framework strengthens connections between learning, commerce and community and blurs the lines between public and private uses. Furthermore, this approach finds meaning and value in open spaces as the seams of this urban fabric, facilitating engagement, sustainability and economic development. In this session, you will learn how to navigate through complex projects with multiple stakeholders, financial sources and approval agencies, and discover how external factors influence the built environment and how design can influence how we feel, behave and exist as individuals, as an organization/institution or as a community.

Merilee Meacock, AIA, LEED AP, KSS Architects

Cassie Branum, AICP, LEED AP, Perkins + Will
Elaine Kearney, PLA, ASLA, TBG Partners

Real Estate and Social Sustainability

What do CBRE, JLL, Camden Property Trust, Avison Young, Bentall Kennedy, Greystar, PGIM Real Estate and Rockefeller Group all have in common? They all participated in the 2016 GRESB Real Estate Assessment. Since the built environment can have profound impact on both the environment and the social fabric of a community, many investors are looking at how both an individual project and a real estate company addresses these impacts when making decisions on what projects to invest in. Learn more about ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria and how organizations are assessing real estate assets according to these principles.

Deborah Cloutier, JDM Associates
Lori Mason Curran, MAI, CRE, FRICS, Vulcan, Inc.
Giselle Gagnon, MBA, CPM, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP