Industrial & Innovation; Dallas-Based 42Real Estate Digs into New Projects

As an interviewer, it’s tough to talk to 42 Real Estate founder Scott Rohrman and not ask about Deep Ellum, what is now the arts and entertainment neighborhood in east Dallas, but he graciously talked about Deep Ellum, so long as we could discuss his other love: industrial real estate. “Deep Ellum was just a complete departure from what we’d done before,” said Rohrman, adding, “Although urban revitalization is now also part of our DNA.” Though his company’s name is inextricably linked to the reinvigoration of what had been a largely industrial and neglected area into a successful restaurant, bar and venue scene, 42 Real Estate’s foundation is industrial built-to-suit projects. “In the past 20 years, we’ve built about $1 billion worth of industrial,” Rohrman said, “And we’ve developed projects in 26 states, plus Canada.” Before forming 42 Real Estate, Rohrman served as a partner in two separate commercial real estate development companies. He also logged time at brokerage firms The Stratford Group and Fischer & Company after working as a broker at Grubb & Ellis / Henry S. Miller Company, where he started his career. You’re no doubt wondering about the company name. Why 42? Rohrman likes to play coy with the answer. has an entire page dedicated to the explanation of the name, or possible lack thereof. The verdict, really, is yours. Another unique feature of the firm is its approach. Its team is divided into development management, construction management and property management because, you see, the firm does it all. Rohrman says that over the years, people have suggested hiring a construction manager and/or a property manager for his projects as that may be more efficient. Maybe so, he acknowledges, but it would also be less personal. Click to read more at