This month in commercial real estate news, Google Inc. signed a contract to purchase the office building that houses its New York City office spaces. The property is valued at approximately $1.9 billion and is a massive 2.9 million-square-foot office space behemoth. It houses big-name telecommunication companies like Nike Inc., Lifetime cable, and WebMD.
Google encompasses about 500,000 square feet in the office building and is likely to keep the contract due to the company’s substantial deposit amount at signing.
Purchases like these move contrary to the nationwide struggle of the commercial real estate industry. Despite this, major cities like New York and Washington have been the site of commercial property values increasing alongside widespread investor’s interest in well-leased properties due to their attractive returns.
States like Arizona, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, however, are receiving a major stimulus through recently enacted laws by the American Subcontractors Association Inc. The ASA’s new laws strengthen the financial position of subcontractors by prompting payment. They also restrict retainage, which is defined as “withholding a portion of progress payments due subcontractors, and withholding them without cause.”
A subcontractor is the individual or company hired by contractors to provide a previously agreed-upon portion of the work or services on a project. In building construction specifically, subcontractors may work with plumbing, roofing, cement work, and plastering. The subcontractor has a right to be paid for his or her work, including any extra time spent and materials expended.
ASA president Timmy McLaughlin was quoted as saying, “The only thing worse than no job is a job with a non-paying customer.”
In Arizona specifically, Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of SB1375 in May established strict timetables for payment, as well as strengthening rights under retainage rules. Any individual’s biggest concern in the Arizona office space world is getting paid promptly for their work, and the ASA’s new enactment – strengthened by SB1375 – ensure that under law.
Developments like these bode well for Arizona office space because the growing attractiveness of investment commercial real estate – brought to light by Google’s recent purchase – prompt curious buyers to look into booming entrepreneurial states like Arizona, increasing the chances for economic revenue. Furthermore, strengthened subcontractor laws ensure that subcontractors are able to more comfortably participate in projects knowing that their payment must be not only ensured, but on a strict timetable.
By providing subcontractors with peace of mind and job security, Arizona’s office space projects can be completed at a faster rate and with higher quality, allowing the state to continue to be a hotbed for new business.