ca-Carlsbad cre•ate, a 146,108 square-foot single or two-tenant building with a clear height of 30’, as well as cutting-edge amenities. another Carlsbad property, will allow companies to combine headquarters and industrial operations.

CHICAGO—The humming economy has thinned out the ranks of quality labor at the same time e-commerce has ramped up the need for more workers. These factors have many firms making access to labor one of their most important considerations when decisions get made about locating new facilities.

But others have also decided that changes need to be made to actual facilities. Instead of just four walls and a roof, an increasing number of developers and owners want to make even industrial facilities appealing. That includes features such as outdoor recreation spaces with fire pits and barbecue facilities, the kind of things usually associated with hip, creative office spaces.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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