Top 20 Commercial Development Firms of 2021

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

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You can also read our other Top Development Firms rankings.

RankCompanySF Completed 2018-2020SF Under Construction*Property Sectors
1Trammell Crow Co.34,371,10266,029,966O, I, R, H, He
2Lincoln Property Co.35,400,00017,800,000O, I, R
3Tishman Speyer18,800,00022,900,000O, X
4Duke Realty26,000,00011,000,000I
5Bridge Industrial11,600,00014,900,000I
6The Related Cos.7,482,98915,721,840O, R, H
7Related Group6,810,5076,388,923O, R, X
8Stream Realty Partners11,556,1135,084,236O, I, R
9Sansone Group9,808,45714,118,915I, R, He, X
10Dermody Properties 6,706,528 12,546,403 I
11McCraney Property Co. 10,301,378 6,061,000 I
12KDC 7,000,000 1,240,000 O
13Transwestern Development Co. 3,700,000 8,500,000 I, X
14First Industrial Realty Trust 9,708,038 5,045,447 I
15WS Development 3,312,905 2,191,769 O, R, He
16Concord Hospitality 1,710,135 1,662,262 H
17Ashley Capital 5,029,000 3,622,000 I
18Hunt Cos. 405,212 1,714,733 O, I, R, H, X
19Holt Lunsford Commercial 3,750,000 1,100,000 O, I
20HSA Commercial Real Estate 3,000,000 1,000,000 I, 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.

To be included in upcoming surveys, email Jeff Hamann at [email protected]

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.

Methodology

The 2021 CPE Top Commercial Development Firms ranking utilized self-reported data for all firms. Our rankings utilize weighted formulas based on a variety of factors (only a few of which are specified here), including current and future plans, market value of projects completed and under construction, and geographic and property diversification. The ranking represents what we feel is a logical balance between firm growth and market share.

—Jeff Hamann, Senior Associate Editor, CPE

Read the December 2021 issue of CPE.

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