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Photo of Michael Cohen Cohen says the coworking sector’s success with larger office users has been almost inadvertent.

NEW YORK CITY—The third quarter saw the US office sector continue its run of strong performance, with rents either holding steady or rising in the sector’s 10 leading markets, according to Colliers International’s latest report. Yet while the traditional industries contributed to that success story, the real trendsetters lately have been comparative newcomers.

In early October, Dropbox signed the largest office lease San Francisco has ever seen: 736,000 square feet, representing the entirety of Kilroy Realty’s Exchange on 16th development. And Colliers notes that creative office space providers, including WeWork, are increasing their presence in several markets, notably Boston. To get a handle on the brave new world of office leasing, GlobeSt.com spoke recently with Michael Cohen, president of the New York tri-state region at Colliers. An edited version of that conversation appears below.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.

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