Monthly Archives: April 2021

Ten with Ben 009: “Meet Andy DeMoss”

We’re back with another special guest in today’s Ten with Ben: Andy DeMoss, the firm’s lead downtown agency broker. Having known each other for over a decade, Ben and Andy discuss the past, present, and future of the Chicago market.

Listen as they explore the importance of communication between landlords and tenants, what improvements landlords have been making to keep their buildings relevant, and the heavy concession packages tenants have been acquiring.

Although a vaccine doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet, the two have seen enough through the years to keep them excited and driving Chicago’s commercial real estate forward.


Q1/21 Downtown Chicago Office Market Report

Bradford Allen is pleased to share with you our Q1 2021 Downtown Chicago Office Market Report.

This quarter in the downtown office market:

  • The overall sublet availability rate rose from 3.83% to 3.87%, quarter over quarter.
  • Quarter over quarter, overall direct availability and vacancy rose to 19.19% from 17.90%, and to 13.47% from 11.98%, respectively.
  • Overall, the quarter posted 1.59 million s.f. of negative absorption.
  • Overall, gross average asking rates increased by $0.07 p.s.f. to $40.78 p.s.f., quarter over quarter.



Bradford Allen secures 10,000-SF, ten-year renewal at 200 S. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL — Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, Principals and Co-Founders of Bradford Allen, are pleased to announce that Ben Azulay, Principal, completed a 10,000-square-foot, ten-year lease renewal for Rubinos and Mesia Engineers, Inc. (RME) at 200 S. Michigan Avenue. The renewal allows the engineering firm to remain on the 15th floor of the Michigan Avenue office tower, where they have been a tenant for over 30 years. Craig Coupe of JLL represented the landlord in the transaction.

“Considering the ongoing impact of the pandemic on the marketplace, we were thrilled to be well-positioned to assist RME in accomplishing their goals. By successfully leveraging the market to their benefit, we were able to secure significant concessions as a component of their renewal for the next ten years,” explained Azulay.

Established in 1982, Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. is a structural/civil engineering and construction management firm who have established a reputation among leading consultants as diligent, well-diversified program managers who provide a uniquely intimate design evaluation experience. The recipient of over 20 industry awards, RME has successfully completed over 2,000 projects to date.

“Jeff and I are really proud of Ben. We are living in extremely challenging times, and he and his team have continued to produce at a high level throughout the pandemic,” said Elbaum.

About Bradford Allen
Bradford Allen is a national commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. The company offers a full array of brokerage services and expertise to entrepreneurial, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Services include strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen is the brand name of Bradford Allen Realty Services.