Commercial construction projects paused during the pandemic in many parts of Southern California. Construction projects in Los Angeles and San Diego, specifically, were put on hold, but in Orange County, construction activity largely carried on without issue. In California, construction activity was considered an essential business, but ongoing projects had to adhere to health and safety guidelines.

"In Los Angeles, we saw a considerable number of commercial real estate projects go on hold especially in the hospitality and commercial tenant improvement sectors. Large corporations that had a book full of projects for 2020 paused on them immediately in March till end of year," Anu Rao, VP at JLL, tells

In San Diego, there was a similar trend. Projects early in the development phase were put on hold. "In San Diego commercial real estate construction has slowed down as stay at home orders were put in place," says Dominica Correia, VP at JLL. "Construction that was already underway, continued and those projects were executed.  For projects in the conceptual phase, companies took a pause to decide if they wanted to move forward."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.