Seattle’s Poised for a Building Boomerang

Seattle scores high on commercial construction index

March 22, 2021

Rob Smith

Downtown Seattle, Washington with snowcapped Mt. Ranier in the distance

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The Seattle area is poised for a big rebound in commercial construction after the pandemic.

Seattle ranks No. 5 on commercial brokerage CBREs inaugural U.S. Development Opportunity Index based on construction costs, existing supply, prior performance and future forecasts.

Seattles desirable lifestyle, highly educated workforce and continued job growth, particularly
in the technology, e-commerce and life-sciences sectors, are driving employers to need more capacity for their product and employees, says John Miller, senior managing director for CBRE in the Pacific Northwest.

The region stood out in several categories, ranking No. 4 for multi-family development opportunities, No. 8 for office, No. 9 for industrial and No. 12 for retail.

The report notes that Seattle is among the most expensive development markets in the country and is predicted to remain that way.

Building rehabs are also expected to occur at a rapid pace as employers reconfigure space to keep workers healthy. Atlanta ranked No. 1, followed by Dallas, Phoenix and Orlando.