March 14, 2023

Chad Cook - Founder of Quadrant Investment Properties - Placemaking & Developing Urban Office Properties | The FORT #268

In today’s episode, Chris is joined by Chad Cook, founder of Quadrant Investment Properties, a Dallas-based real estate investment company specializing in urban office opportunities.


Before founding QIP, Chad was Vice President of Acquisitions at Hillwood Investment Properties, where from 2004 to 2012 he focused on development and acquisition opportunities in numerous markets nationally.


In addition to helping lead the company’s acquisition team, Chad also coordinated over $1 billion in dispositions and played an integral role in the sourcing and structuring of numerous institutional joint ventures and development partnerships.


Prior to joining Hillwood, Chad was the Director of Leasing and Disposition at Emerson Partners, a Dallas-based owner, and operator of office and industrial properties.


Today, Chad and Chris talk about their edge in developing urban office properties, how to create places where people want to be, what's happening in the capital markets, converting offices into apartments, Hudson Yards, and what happens to offices that aren't in demand.



Key Takeaways:


Intro (00:00)

Chad’s background (02:46)

What happened when Chad left Hillwood (14:40)

What Chad is doing today (19:14)

The Design District in Dallas (28:38)

On offices (37:03)

The impact of COVID-19 on the real estate market (42:48)

Considering the halo effect when planning (51:34)

Office-to-residential conversions (53:38)

The secret sauce to creating likable places (1:03:45)

On Hudson Yards (1:07:57)

Developments that inspire Chad (1:12:35)

Outro (1:15:14)



Additional Resources:


👉 Quadrant Investment Properties:

👉 Chad on LinkedIn:

👉Fulton Market Chicago:

👉Hudson Yards New York:



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