Allen Buchanan: Why no steel? Some answers to how commercial real estate is built

My biggest fan and harshest critic is an avid reader of this column. He also is my neighbor and a veteran of the construction industry.

So as not to embarrass him, we will call him Sam. Sam approached me over the weekend and lamented the fact I don’t write about construction topics — specifically the way commercial real estate is built.

In an effort to retain good circulation for the OC Register and pleasant neighborhood conversations, here it goes.

Many moons ago, commercial real estate — industrial buildings — was built of steel or concrete block.

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