Colliers Report: New deliveries are necessary to meet demand

February 13, 2023

Commercial Real Estate Research & Forecast Report
Q4 2022 Columbia Industrial

By Ron Anderson | Vice President of Research and Information Technology

Market Highlights

The Columbia industrial market currently has 2 million square feet of construction underway that is scheduled to deliver in 2023. Overall the market posted 473,233 square feet of absorption during the fourth quarter and 1.85 million square feet over the course of the year. This quarter the vacancy rate dropped to an all-time low of 2.36%.

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Key Takeaways

  • Additional speculative development is needed to satisfy market demands
  • 2 million square feet are under construction with most space already pre-leased
  • Columbia’s net industrial annual absorption was 1.85 million square feet in 2022


Due to high pre-leasing activity, limited availability remains in the buildings currently under construction. Thanks to 3PL activity, existing user expansions and new-to-market manufacturers there are no signs of demand slowing. The market asking rental rate was $4.43 per square foot during the fourth quarter of 2022 and as new construction delivers the market rental rate will continue to increase.


About Colliers

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