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Virginia Industrial & Logistics Market Report

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Amazon Makes Huge Commitments Throughout State

Market Overview

Virginia's Industrial and Logistics (VIL) inventory consists of over 154 million square feet spread over three core markets.  The Port of Virginia (POV), the sixth-largest container port in the United States, provides a convenient and efficient connection between the eastern regions of the United States and the global supply chain.  Serving as a testament to the strength of Virginia's industrial market is the increasing presence of Amazon throughout all core markets.  The e-commerce giant currently has 10 fulfilment and sortation centers as well as delivery stations throughout the state, and the company continues to expand its Virginia footprint.

Outlook

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the global supply chain, the Virginia Industrial Market has shown resilience over the past two quarters.  Although activity has slowed as tenants evaluate the market before pursuing long term projects, deals are still moving.  There continues to be growing demand for large requirements, and established users are not being deterred by the current economic climate.  While there is a possibility of a softened market in the near term, the fundamentals are expected to remain stable. 

 


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Matt Anderson

Executive Vice President

Richmond - North

Matt joined the firm in 2006 as a junior agent with no previous real estate background, learning the business from the ground up. He quickly became an integral part of the brokerage team representing owners and occupiers of office and industrial properties. 
Matt’s role as a strategic advisor to the businesses he works with has evolved into a passion for regional prosperity. He has had the opportunity to be a part of some of the most exciting real estate transactions in the Richmond MSA that have created significant employment opportunities in the community. Since 2006, he has negotiated over 800 transactions valued at over $1 billion involving government agencies, national corporations, REITs, national developers, and local businesses. 
In 2017 Matt earned the SIOR designation (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®). This designation is a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production, and ethics in the real estate industry. To ensure he keeps current with real estate trends and practices, Matt attends conferences and is an active member of various industry associations. Matt takes great pride in his teamwork, communication, and the highest level of customer service. 
Matt provides the following services to his clients with a strong emphasis on teamwork, communication, and the highest level of customer service: 

  • Market Evaluation        
  • Lease/Purchase Agreement Negotiation Support
  • Disposition Strategy/ Execution
  • Lease Renewal vs. Relocation Analysis
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Marc Allocca

Senior Vice President

Richmond - North

Marc Allocca joined the firm in 2004 as a Senior Vice President. Office and office/flex properties are Marc’s primary areas of expertise and he has significant experience in both landlord and tenant representation. Additionally, Marc has assisted both users and investors in the purchase of office, industrial and office/flex properties.

Marc represents national tenants as well as many local and regional firms and effectively utilizes his experience and knowledge to develop and enhance relationships with his clients and to add value to their real estate assets, while providing the highest level of customer service. Marc began his career in the commercial real estate industry in 1997 with Advantis GVA and Trammell Crow Company.

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Rob Dirom

Senior Vice President

Richmond - North

Rob Dirom entered the commercial real estate brokerage business in 1997. In the last decade the industrial/warehousing product type has become his primary area of focus. Over the course, Rob has worked with land, office/flex, and office property clients and has represented buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, and investors. Rob has worked with local, national, and international clients throughout his career, and in past years has also provided brokerage expertise for retail, land, and multi-family assignments. 
Along with brokerage, Rob has gathered extensive experience in assisting an industrial “build-to-suit” client including site searches, coordination of government incentives, and other related specialty offerings. This skill set has also become valuable is working with developers in constructing speculative or build-to-suit industrial product. Rob also has extensive experience assisting the owner/occupant investor in the purchase of industrial, office/service (flex), and office properties. Through hundreds of transactions and over two decades of industry experience, he brings a working knowledge of most brokerage processes, familiarity with an investment pro forma, and experienced insights into site readiness, construction timelines, building systems, renovation challenges, and the historic tax credit renovation process. Rob takes great pride in his teamwork and communication skills and providing the highest level of customer service. He has many career-long clients.
Rob possesses a knowledge of local market trends and the business geography of the Greater Richmond area. He enjoys interaction with all types of people and the development of long-term business relationships. In 2020 Rob earned the SIOR designation (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®). This designation is a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production, and ethics in the commercial real estate industry.  Outside of his career, Rob enjoys being outdoors, fishing, skiing, canoeing, hiking, and yard work are frequent pastimes.  He is often found tinkering with vintage cars and enjoys playing the guitar and/or appreciating music and good food.

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Harrison McVey

Senior Associate

Richmond - North

Harrison McVey joined Colliers International in the fall of 2018 with a primary focus on Industrial sales and leasing. Since joining the company, Harrison has represented Tenants, Landlords, Sellers, and Buyers across all product lines. With over 2,000,000 SF in leasing and sales, Harrison has garnered the experience needed to advise a successful commercial transaction. To ensure he keeps current with real estate trends and practices, Harrison attends conferences and is an active member of various industry associations. Harrison takes great pride in his leadership, teamwork, communication, and exceptional customer service. Harrison is an integral part of the Richmond brokerage team.

  • Market Evaluation        
  • Lease/Purchase Agreement Negotiation Support
  • Lease Renewal vs. Relocation Analysis
  • Assessments of Real Estate Value
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Wood Thornton

Senior Vice President

Richmond - North

Wood Thornton began his commercial real estate advisory practice in 2007. For all of his clients, he provides comprehensive resources to enable them to fully understand their real estate options and to establish the best real estate strategy for their business. 


Wood represents office and industrial tenants and landlords in leasing and sales transactions. Wood’s clients range from companies with a single location seeking advice on an existing lease renewal to Fortune 100 companies seeking strategic consulting and real estate services for their operations.


Before entering the commercial real estate profession, Wood spent thirteen years as a corporate attorney.  For the last decade of his legal career, he was with Troutman Sanders LLP, where he was a member of Troutman’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Venture Team.  He is a member of Law Firm Services Practice Group which provides qualified solutions to the real estate issues facing law firms today.

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