The Change Order Group (COG) is a real estate developer and consultancy delivering an urgent technical response to the multiple crises affecting today's global built environment and capital markets. The group is committed to providing simple and sound solutions for investors and developers to do the right thing by their assets, tenants, and the planet.… Continue reading Introducing the Founding Members of the Change Order Group
2020 was the hottest year on recorded history--a fact quite evident in the western U.S. Phoenix hit 144 days of 100 degree-plus days. Ten million acres of U.S. forests burned, filling the skies with dense smoke, and turning metropolises like Los Angeles into hellscapes. As bad as 2020 was, recent drought figures show 2021 could… Continue reading The Western United States Are Dry, Getting Drier, and Are Ready to Ignite. What Can/Should be Done?
Last week’s news of construction startup Katerra’s bankruptcy came as no surprise to anyone in the industry, least of all me. I sufficiently expressed my criticisms in this post , a sort of deathbed autopsy, and outlined how the Change Order Group would do things differently, better, and more economically. While I took a few days… Continue reading WWCOGD (What Would Change Order Group Do): With Katerra’s Spokane, Washington CLT Factory
This episode is intended to promote and develop the Change Order Group's perspectives, knowledge base, and service capabilities. We are actively seeking municipalities, developers, investors, and other organizations serious about finding solutions to the real estate market's--and society's--biggest environmental, economic, social, and technical challenges. Our services include: master planning for new and existing developments and… Continue reading Change Order Group Podcast with Darrick Borowoki, Mike Eliason, and Greg Lindsay
Last October, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Alli Rico from the City of San José, California's Housing Department's podcast, Dwellings. It's a fun interview. Please listen on Apple or Spotify. I am pleased I nailed a few key points: I spoke to the extreme liability of building up in doomed areas like… Continue reading CEO David Friedlander’s Podcast Interview with the City of San José’s Housing Department
To anyone shocked at the pitiable state of construction startup Katerra —evidenced by Softbank’s recent $200M re-up investment to avoid bankruptcy —I would like submit this piece to voice an alternative narrative. Like their Softbank Vision Fund contemporary WeWork, the signs that Katerra was doomed were obvious from the start. I will highlight some of those signs… Continue reading Why The Change Order Group is the Anti-Katerra
I can't speak for him, but my love for Thomas Kosbau was near-instantaneous. I met him through our mutual friend Joe—a respected NYC development pro—at the New Lab's anniversary party in the fall of 2018. Within moments, I realized I met someone who got it. "Getting it" to me means someone who recognizes the interconnection… Continue reading The Podcast Episode that Made The Change Order Group Possible
Today’s real-estate markets are evolving rapidly—driven by seismic economic, public-health, cultural, and environmental shifts. The Change Order Group is a developer taking real-estate to its next evolutionary phase. With a focus on master-planned multifamily, multi-unit, mixed-use projects, we apply big-data and bleeding-edge technology into every facet of our projects' planning, design, and developmental processes. Think… Continue reading Introducing The Change Order Group