A Baker’s Dozen: Dallas Innovates’ Most Popular Stories of 2020

by | Jan 1, 2021
Let's take a look back on the stories that have grabbed our readers' attention the most this year.
Empathic School Design Is Creating Healthier, More Resilient Communities
by | Dec 29, 2020
By designing schools that challenge the status quo, HKS is creating a safer, truly inclusive environment for the benefit of learning for all, says Leonardo González Sangri, the firm's director of education.
The Future of Office for Financial Services: Continuing COVID Impact—and a Need To Take a Breath
by | Dec 28, 2020
Sensitive transactions make offices a must for financial services firms, but the amount and design of spaces will be impacted for the foreseeable future.
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As Vacancies Hit a Pandemic Peak in Q3, Rents Remain Stable
by | Dec 2, 2020
But the vacancy rate is similar to highs in the dot-com crisis and the peak of the Great Recession.

Coworking Adapts to Survive and (Eventually) Thrive

by | Nov 29, 2020
Local coworking firms use different approaches to deal with COVID challenges.
Dallas-Fort Worth Leads the Nation in Apartment Demand for Q3 2020
by | Nov 28, 2020
The DFW multifamility market also led in the second quarter with modest gains due to government stay-at-home orders.
Bio Boom: Dallas-Fort Worth Is Emerging as a Hub for Biotech and Life Sciences
by | Nov 27, 2020
Biotechnology is alive and growing in DFW. The region recently ranked 6th on a list of top ten emerging life science clusters in the U.S.
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Leadership: Valuing a Variety of Voices and Communities Makes Dallas-Fort Worth Better for All, Says HKS’ Alex John
by | Nov 26, 2020
Equity is an investment in equality of the future. When things have been disproportionately distributed, they need to be actively changed,” the HKS VP says.

Repurposing With a Purpose: Eliza Solender Helps Nonprofits and Schools Find New Life in Old Spaces

by | Nov 15, 2020
The Kessler School recently bought the former historic Calvary Baptist Church of Oak Cliff. The deal, a "satisfying win-win," typifies the special brand of creativity Solender brings to the table for nonprofit clients.
A Timeline for Action: Dallas ‘Roadmap’ Points the Way To Economic and Social Progress
by | Nov 13, 2020
The Community Transformation Action Roadmap is a new holistic framework of economic development that benefits everyone in Dallas, says Eric A. Johnson, Dallas' chief of economic development and neighborhood services.
When a COVID-19 Vaccine Is Ready for a Rollout, McKesson’s Tech Exec Says They’re Prepared to Distribute It
by | Nov 11, 2020
Six weeks into Nancy Flores' new role at Irving-based McKesson, the pandemic hit. Overnight, she reprioritized—scaling systems, pivoting tech teams, and working in hyperdrive. Now, she's laser focused on the mass effort and investment that goes into vaccine distribution for an entire country.
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COVID Boosts Already Booming DFW Industrial Market, Causing ‘Five Years of E-Commerce Growth’ in About Five Weeks
by | Nov 10, 2020
Dallas-Fort Worth was the top market in the country for industrial property absorption in the second quarter of 2020, according to a report from Marcus & Millichap.

With Visits on Hold, Senior Living Locks Down. But Investors Are Still Striving to Unlock Opportunities

by | Nov 9, 2020
Journey Capital has partnered with SilverPoint Living to build new senior communities. Their biggest goal isn’t winning over lenders or gaining local city support: It’s creating communities that truly feel like home, say Co-Founders Anand Patel and Narayan Patel.
This Land Is Your Land, for the Right Price—And More Than Expected Are Buying
by | Nov 9, 2020
Land sales in North Texas have been less impacted by 2020’s crises than some expected. And the big deals keep coming, shaping our region for the future, says veteran land broker Robert Grunnah.
Kaizen’s Derrick Evers: In Uncertain Times, Winners Are ‘Those That Can Adapt the Quickest’
by | Nov 9, 2020
The commercial real estate developer says tenants are looking for unique outdoor spaces, safety for the workforce, and a tech infrastructure in both urban and suburban developments. A common thread is a flight to quality.
Capital Market Trends: Real Estate as Liquidity, Reimagined Offices, and Demand for Industrial Product
by | Nov 9, 2020
As businesses look for alternative forms of financing, many with owned real estate are exploring sale-leasebacks, synthetic leases, vacant building sales, and selling excess land. Cushman & Wakefield's Maureen Kelly Cooper says.