Companies Compete for Space in Denver

Led by technology, telecommunications and energy, businesses are expanding across the metro, intensifying competition for office space in both the CBD and the suburbs.
Office-using employment in Denver, click to enlarge
Office-using employment in Denver, click to enlarge

On the back of robust economic growth, Denver’s office market is expanding significantly. Businesses—led by the technology, telecommunications and energy sectors—are expanding in or relocating to the city, creating competition for space in the Central Business District (CBD) and suburbs such as Boulder and Centennial. To keep the momentum going, the metro is improving its infrastructure with public parking and transportation, boosting the live-work-play environment.

Office vacancies average 13.9 percent in the metro, and demand for space has been consistently strong in recent years. Among the companies that have taken large blocks of space over the past four quarters are financial services firm TIAA, defense contractors AECOM and Raytheon, and media giant Comcast. Some 13 million square feet of space is available for lease, half of it clustered in the CBD and Tech Center submarkets.

Absorption is healthy even as new developments are added at a fast pace throughout the metro. With more than 2 million square feet scheduled to come online in 2017 and about 4 million square feet under development, new supply is estimated to add more than 5 percent to the existing inventory of 114 million square feet. This construction boom might lead to an increase in vacancy and temper rent growth while the new space is absorbed. Transaction activity is expected to remain strong as investors are attracted to the market’s strong performance and prospects for continued growth.

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