DENVER— Local corporate and non-profit advisory firm Forte Commercial Real Estate deepens its commitment to the Colorado life science sector with specialized real estate services and an expanded team of industry experts.
Colorado’s bioscience sector is robust and thriving with over 1,700 life science-related businesses located in the Centennial state and over $1.6 billion of investments over the past five years, according to the State of Colorado. Real estate needs for the over 720 bioscience companies employing 30,000 staffers are highly specific due to the nature of the work of the bioscience industry. Forte provides customized services for scientific manufacturing environments, medical labs, advanced electrical needs, time-sensitive location moves, and negotiations for unique tenant improvement allowances.
“The most strategic way to save on real estate costs as a bioscience company is to build the team that will marry control of the tenant improvement costs to the deal process,” said Dustin Whistler, Principal at Forte Commercial Real Estate. “This allows our clients to maintain executive control, get the best deal possible and focus on the work that’s advancing Colorado’s life science sector.”
For more than two decades, Forte’s practice leads have served clients in the sector including Baxa Corporation, Medkeeper, Medtronic, Sybron Dental Specialties and Medsafety. Forte has also been a strong community member serving on the board and committees of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA).
The opportunity to build knowledge communities for engaged bioscience companies increases with Forte’s addition of a new dedicated real estate advisor, Liza Olson. Olson will co-lead the firm’s BioBusiness practice. Her primary focus will be serving the needs of clients in Medical Device, Pharmaceuticals, Mobile & Digital Health, Diagnostics, and Health IT and Care Delivery.
“Liza’s training, experience, and leadership make her a perfect fit for us,” said Dustin Whistler, Principal at Forte Commercial Real Estate. “Her commitment to the Colorado business community and the bioscience community, in particular, provides an unrivaled level of expertise and focus.”
Over the past 15 years, Olson has volunteered and served organizations including the CBSA, PRIME Health, Outdoor Industry Association, Mercy Housing, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and the Women of Mergers & Acquisitions Network. Additionally, Olson’s previous professional roles include Vice President of Sales for Bowne & Co. (now RR Donnelly), Business Development Director for Perkins Coie LLP, and Manager of Business Development at CBIZ.
“I’m thrilled to join Forte Commercial Real Estate, where I can marry my interest in helping clients grow their business wisely and my passion for real estate. What drew me to Forte was its deep commitment to industry sectors I care about and its deliberate focus on the community” said Olson.
Forte Commercial Real Estate is a Denver-based corporate and nonprofit real estate advisory firm serving clients nationwide within the BioBusiness (also known as bioscience), Manufacturing, Outdoor & Apparel, Non Profit/Social Enterprise, Technology/Software and Private Equity industries. Firm services include innovative strategies for office or industrial property lease administration, project management and development, transaction management, tenant representation, valuation, and counsel.