SF Bay Area Life Sciences Vacancy Tight, Rent Growth Strong, with Remarkable Pre-Leasing Activity – Conversion Trend on the Rise to Support Demand

BURLINGAME/OAKLAND, Calif., January 31, 2019 – Increased investment and employment in the life sciences sector has driven life sciences related real estate to new heights, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s new report, Life Science: Great Promise & Rapid Growth. The research provides a big-picture overview of the life sciences sector and its impact on commercial real estate as well as more granular insights into 13 top life sciences markets in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to an influx of venture capital as well as billions of dollars in funding from the National Institute of Health, the life sciences sector has grown nearly five times as fast as the economy since 2000, adding 85,000 jobs, with roughly 70% of that job growth (61,000) in the past eight years. This is primarily a response to an aging population with increased longevity. By 2030, there will be 73 million Americans aged 65 or [...]

Single-Tenant Flex Building in Benicia Industrial Park Sells for $12 Million Cushman & Wakefield Represents both Parties

BENICIA, Calif., September 24, 2018 – A fully leased 63,108-square-foot flex/R&D building positioned in the Benicia Industrial Park in South Solano County, California has traded for $12 million. The single-story building located at 5500 E. 2nd St. in the city of Benicia is 100% occupied by Bio-Rad Laboratories. Sarkissian Trust acquired the property from Benicia Partners, LLC. Brooks Pedder, SIOR, Douglas Longyear, SIOR, and Tony Binswanger, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield’s Walnut Creek and San Francisco offices represented both the buyer, with whom they’ve had a close relationship for nearly 30 years, and the seller in the transaction. Mr. Pedder, Managing Principal, Executive Managing Director in Walnut Creek, said, “This was a strong investment property leased to a longstanding, industry-leading tenant who is also one of the largest employers in the Benicia Industrial Park—the largest port-oriented industrial park in Northern California that serves home to several major companies across a [...]