MIAMI-DHL Global Forwarding Americas is relocating itsoperations on the south side of Miami International Airport (MIA),where it currently has 164,000 square feet in the Blue LagoonBusiness Park, to a building in the Miami International CommerceCenter, also near MIA, where it will have 201,399 square feet.

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The lease is the largest new lease done in the last two or threeyears in the Airport West/Doral submarket, says Walter Byrd,managing director at Transwestern in Miami, who represented thelandlord, DCT Industrial, a REIT, in the deal, although he notesthat the new space represents only a small expansion for DHL (Doralis an incorporated city). DCT was also represented bymanaging director Ben Eisenberg and senior vice president, ThomasKresse of Transwestern.

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DHL Global is slated to occupy the new building by the endof the year. The extra space will allow the company to consolidateits South Florida operations with 220 employees into one facility.The company currently has 15,000 square feet of office space inPlantation, FL, near Fort Lauderdale, FL. The lease, which wassigned in June, is for 10 years.

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The new space has a lot of advantages over the old space, saysByrd. The fact that it has room for staging trailers and comes with38,000 square feet of office space help drive efficiency, he says.Also, the company is consolidating its operations, which makes itmore efficient, he says. “DHL will be able to handle morematerial than it can in the building where it is currentlylocated,” says Byrd.

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The building that will serve as the headquarters for DHL Globalis LEED-certified for its design, construction and operation and isconsistent with DHL’s program to reduce carbon emissions, accordingto DCT.

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“We worked on the deal for nearly two years and while therecession slowed the process, we were confident that this wasthe best building in the best location for DHL,” says Todd Carter,vice president with DCT Industrial. The company’s lease forits current facility expires in the first quarter of next year.

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DHL Global Forwarding was represented by CB Richard Ellis’ firstvice presidents, Michael Silver and Ned Burns in the deal, as wellas Robert Inglis, director of real estate for DHL Global BusinessServices.

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