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July 18, 2022 / 2022 Power 25 Real Estate

2022 Power 25 Real Estate: Andrew Filler

Andrew D. Filler

Andrew Filler has helped broker some of the region’s major office deals over the past year, at a time when many companies are downsizing their square footage.

Filler is a principal at brokerage and advisory firm Avison Young’s Hartford office and he’s been in the industry since 1987, starting out as a project manager for a major developer, The Casle Corp. in Avon, before transitioning into brokerage.

Filler’s long industry experience caught the eye of Avison Young, which tapped him in 2015 to open its Hartford office.

The Hartford HealthCare building in downtown Hartford.

Over the past year, he secured Sun Life’s 47,000-square-foot lease at the Gold Building, one of the few recent deals involving a new company taking space in downtown Hartford.

He represented Shelbourne Global Solutions and Hartford HealthCare in the health system’s massive 108,000-square-foot lease at 100 Pearl St.

He also represented Ares Capital/Landmark Partners in its 22,000-square-foot relocation to West Hartford’s Blue Back Square from Simsbury; Gengras Auto Group’s corporate relocation to 60 Hartland Street in East Hartford (23,000 square feet); and Shelbourne in the renewal of law firm Hinkley Allen at 20 Church St. (22,400 square feet).

Filler said the most significant trend impacting the market is the move to a hybrid workweek.

“The lasting effects of this are still unknown but will obviously be a major factor going forward in the way companies utilize office space,” he said. “The biggest challenge will be backfilling major blocks of office space being given back by major corporations in Hartford’s [central business district]. Large blocks of space at CityPlace, One Financial Plaza and 280 Trumbull Street will all be coming back to the landlord in 2023 and will pose a significant challenge to Hartford’s [central business district].”

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