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[IMGCAP(1)](Crystal Proenza is associate editor of Real EstateFlorida.)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL- Cushman & Wakefield of Florida has doubled the size of its Palm Beach County office and tripled the number of personnel here to meet a growing demand for the company’s services and to expand its reach within the county. The firm opened its first 1,200-sf office at 3399 PGA Blvd. in 2005 as an outpost office for broker Christopher Thomson and a team of support to build the land and industrial practice in the county.

Now, the company has also grown its office portfolio and has moved the local office across the street to 3300 PGA Blvd., more than doubling its size to 3,000 sf. The building, Gardens Plaza, is an 88,150-sf, nine-story structure for which C&W serves as leasing agent. The company has also retained the leasing assignment at 3399 PGA Blvd.

“Historically, we serviced the Palm Beach area out of the Cypress Creek office in northern Broward County,” says associate Mark Pateman, who has been building C&W’s office portfolio there and has also moved into the new space. “We’re really seeing significant growth in institutional ownership here, and they demand the quality of service and the brand that C&W brings to the table,” he says.

Besides growing its landlord agency leasing portfolio, the firm is also actively looking to expand its service lines by developing or acquiring a retail team and practice in Palm Beach County. There are also plans to expand its presence as a tenant representation team for professional services within the law firm, bioscience and life sciences industries that are currently blooming in the northern section of the county, says Pateman.

[IMGCAP(2)]Two new associates John K. Criddle and Justin Cope, have joined C&W in order to assist the Palm Beach team. Criddle, who will work with Pateman to expand the office representation practice, previously served as leasing director for Palm Beach Gardens-based Rendina Cos. Cope, who has made the jump to C&W from Marcus & Millichap’s investment sales practice, will assist Thomson with the industrial and land portfolio.

In total, C&W represents 1.6 million sf of office, over 2 million sf of industrial and over 500 acres of land in the county. Within that portfolio, the firm represents institutional investors like Boston-based TA Associates Realty, ING Real Estate and New York-based DRA Advisors, and represents tenants such as Goldman Sachs, ITT and FTI Consulting.

“Now, with some of our most talented professionals on the ground, we’re committed to growing our business north of Boca Raton to Port St. Lucie County,” says Tere Blanca, senior managing director and branch manager of Cushman & Wakefield South Florida. C&W currently has 221 offices in 58 countries with more than 15,000 employees.

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