By any measure the US industrial market is having a good year. A new national report from Cushman & Wakefield shows that the industrial market has posted three consecutive quarters of at least 45 million square feet in positive net absorption, a total of 159 million square feet. The third quarter has more than 61 million square feet in positive absorption, the best quarter in 2020 so far and 16% higher than in the third quarter of 2019.

Prior to the pandemic, there was some concern that new construction was outpacing demand in certain markets. Today, that fear has subsided. New industrial development appears to be controlled, and the report shows that 62% of new products is speculative. In the third quarter, new construction deliveries totaled 250.3 million square feet, an 8.1% increase over the third quarter 2019. More than 90% of that space was warehouse or distribution space.

These national numbers translate into similar activity on a market by market scale. In Chicago, where Cushman & Wakefield is headquartered, industrial construction has reached record highs during the pandemic. This summer, there were 52 projects totaling 27.2 million square feet are under construction, setting a new record for the market. In addition, 21 projects totaling 4.3 million square feet were also delivered in Q2. However, speculative development was down in the market.

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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.