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  • Behind the Deal: WeWork collaborative office space at Corrigan Station will cater to creatives and the rising millennial workforce

    Mar 13, 2017

    WeWork’s 44,000 square foot lease at Corrigan Station in the Crossroads Arts District brings the spec office project and historic renovation to 90 percent occupancy within a month of its opening. But it signals more than just another deal, according to developer Copaken Brooks. The four-story collaborative office space—specifically designed with creatives, industry leaders, Millennials, and "The Doers" in mind—brings the office of the future in the Midwest to a whole new level.
  • Joe Oliaro Shares His Thoughts on Risk Management Best Practices and the Most Effective Ways to Reduce Supply Chain Risks

    Jan 19, 2017

    “From a 3PL provider’s perspective, the best way to reduce supply chain risk is…”

    The duration of 3rd party logistics (3PL) customer contracts are almost always negotiated parallel to the lease term, if leasing. 3PLs will not typically pursue a build to suit opportunity or purchase real estate unless they have a longer term contract in place or existing space. Spec real estate without customer contracts in place is a great way to kill a company.

    Labor is also a huge risk – going into markets where labor is scarce or sub-par can be a costly mistake.

  • Year in Review 2016

    Jan 4, 2017

    Last year, Copaken Brooks had many exciting successes and deals as a company. In each arm of our business – brokerage, tenant representation, corporate services, property management, and development and construction – our group of talented employees used their strengths to help our organization continue to ‘Do Better Deals.’ Here is a wrap-up of some of our most-exciting milestones in 2016.
  • Corporate Real Estate-Strategy and Accountability Are Key

    Apr 24, 2015

    Corporate real estate end-users, enterprises whose primary business is not real estate (Sprint, Hallmark, Cerner, etc.), account for approximately 75% of the United States’ commercial inventory. These end-users are the source of cash for the majority of all real estate. Whether the enterprise is a global Fortune 100 firm or a regional privately held firm with a handful of locations, the role of the internal real estate manager is changing.
  • Looking for your next real estate investment?

    Mar 9, 2015

    Copaken Brooks has created debt and equity structures well in excess of $1 billion. We have investment programs suitable for institutional partners as well as “high net worth” private investors. We can provide an investment platform that meets your investment risk profile so give us a call.
  • Need public incentives expertise? We can help.

    Mar 5, 2015

    Based on the strong relationships that CB has forged with local municipal leaders, city staff and neighborhood stakeholders, CB has been successful in structuring and completing a number of public/private partnerships in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Tenant and Buyer Representation

    Mar 5, 2015

    Copaken Brooks specializes in tenant and buyer representation. Our commitment to serve tenants and buyers enables us to present all properties in an unbiased light that leads our clients to arrive at the best possible facilities or investment decisions for them. 
  • Industrial Tenant and Buyer Representation

    Mar 5, 2015

    Copaken Brooks delivers best-in-class representation to industrial tenants and buyers. All Copaken Brooks advisors are expert in the considerations that factor into the industrial leasing and purchasing processes.
  • Retail Tenant and Buyer Representation

    Mar 5, 2015

    Copaken Brooks delivers best-in-class representation to retail tenants and buyers. One-third of Copaken Brooks advisors are expert in the considerations that factor into the retail leasing and purchasing processes.
  • Best in Class Strategic Real Estate Advisory Services

    Mar 5, 2015

    Copaken Brooks clients receive best-in-class strategic real estate advisory services. We serve as an adjunct to the corporate real estate department, providing top level real estate and facilities strategy to align with our clients’ corporate strategies.
  • International Transaction Management

    Mar 5, 2015

    Copaken Brooks has developed the skills and the relationships with cooperating service providers around the world to successfully represent our clients’ global real estate requirements.
  • Multi-Market Corporate Services

    Mar 2, 2015

    Copaken Brooks is built to serve multi-market corporate real estate portfolio clients. Acting as a single point of client contact, we consistently deliver timely, high quality, professional corporate real estate brokerage and support services.
  • Construction Management

    Feb 19, 2015

    Advisers negotiate and manage construction provisions for build-to-suit and tenant improvement projects to ensure specifications are met and competitive bidding takes place.
  • Investment Advisory Services

    Feb 19, 2015

    Because Copaken Brooks advisors are aggressively in the market serving corporate user clients every day across the country, we are also in an excellent and unique position to assess the various market conditions and see certain investment opportunities.
  • As people and businesses shift back to the heart of Kansas City, downtown’s time is now

    Feb 15, 2015

    When people bump into each other, good things happen. We must recognize that the important ingredient of spontaneous social interaction can only happen on the streets of a dense, urban environment.
  • Common investment mistakes that investors make

    Sep 20, 2013

    When purchasing commercial real estate, an investor can get caught up in the excitement of the deal and neglect certain basic rules of investing. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

  • What is “Sale/Leaseback”?

    Aug 23, 2013

    Sale / Leaseback is when a business sells its commercial property and then immediately leases it back, becoming a tenant rather than owner of the Property it occupies.
  • How do I put myself in the best position to retain current tenants?

    Jul 19, 2013

    It’s not good enough to think that, because a tenant signed a ten year lease, you don’t need to talk to them or pay attention to their business until they are nearing renewal. If you wait until that decision point to reach out to them, it’s too late.
  • New tenants or lease renewals – What’s best for me as a landlord in an improving economy?

    Jun 21, 2013

    This is one of the most important leasing questions we answer for property owners to help them know how far they should be willing to stretch to make a deal.

  • What do real estate investment partnerships allow me to do that I can’t do on my own?

    May 24, 2013

    First, it’s important to choose your partners and sponsor (lead investor) carefully. Alignment of interests and trust is key to successful investment.
  • Copaken Brooks Wins 2013 Kansas City Chamber Small Business of the Year Award

    May 15, 2013

    Jon Copaken talks about what it means for Copaken Brooks to be named the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Small Business of the Year.
  • When Performance Counts, Choose Copaken Brooks

    Mar 11, 2013

    When you honor Copaken Brooks with your property management business, you will be freed up to concentrate on what is important to you. And as our clients can attest, we work extremely hard to increase cash flow and profits, control expenses, and advocate for your benefit at all times.
  • Introducing Copaken Brooks Private Capital for Acquisition Investment

    Nov 2, 2012

    Copaken Brooks Private Capital is a newly developed real estate platform that will capitalize on the commercial real estate expertise of Copaken Brooks, a Kansas City based real estate company with a 90 year history of investing, developing, leasing, and managing real estate throughout the United States.