The next 10 years will see the fastest growth in the 65 and over population, ramping up demand for medical services at the fastest rate in history, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s recent healthcare sector report. Medical spending is also expected to increase. From 2019 to 2027, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) project that healthcare spending will rise by approximately $268 billion per year, nearly twice as much each year as the previous decade. With that comes opportunity for medical office buildings (MOBs).
While the pandemic caused short term challenges for medical real estate, demand for MOBs has consistently been higher than that for traditional office. From 2009 to 2019, MOB occupancy increased by approximately 16% (roughly 160 msf), a faster pace of occupancy growth than the national office market where occupancy rose slightly less than 12%.
In light of these economic indicators and supplemental data, we expect continued interest in exploring MOB conversions of certain office assets meeting the necessary criteria.
Our Project & Development Services experts compiled the below list of infrastructure considerations necessary for conversion of traditional office to medical office:
|“By right” preferred, consider timeframes and complications with ‘Special Exception’ or re-zoning application process|
||Slab to Slab generally needs to be above 12’-0” because of the larger volumes of piping and ductwork traversing spaces|
||Parking density very important, security controls considerations
|HVAC / Controls
Compartmentalized suites may require multiple systems, increased need for shaft space
|Power/Life Safety Redundancy
||Generally, requires adequate power density for conversion
Consider core space considerations for new fixtures or unisex toilets
||Sanitary capacity will require review, adequate locations for sanitary and domestic water stacks and drains|
Identified space on roof for additional equipment
||Locations identified for tenant supplied generators
|Drop-Off / Pick-up
|Elevators||Sized to accommodate EMS Stretcher|