Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Organization Organization
Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT”) and subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) is a fully-integrated and self-managed real estate investment trust (“REIT”). Corporate Office Properties, L.P. (“COPLP”) and subsidiaries (collectively, the “Operating Partnership”) is the entity through which COPT, the sole general partner of COPLP, conducts almost all of its operations and owns almost all of its assets. Unless otherwise expressly stated or the context otherwise requires, “we”, “us” and “our” as used herein refer to each of the Company and the Operating Partnership. We own, manage, lease, develop and selectively acquire office and data center properties. The majority of our portfolio is in locations that support the United States Government and its contractors, most of whom are engaged in national security, defense and information technology (“IT”) related activities servicing what we believe are growing, durable, priority missions (“Defense/IT Locations”). We also own a portfolio of office properties located in select urban/urban-like submarkets in the Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region with durable Class-A office fundamentals and characteristics (“Regional Office”). As of September 30, 2019, our properties included the following:

169 properties totaling 19.0 million square feet comprised of 15.3 million square feet in 147 office properties and 3.7 million square feet in 22 single-tenant data center shell properties (“data center shells”). We owned 13 of these data center shells through unconsolidated real estate joint ventures;
a wholesale data center with a critical load of 19.25 megawatts;
15 properties under construction or redevelopment (ten office properties and five data center shells) that we estimate will total approximately 2.6 million square feet upon completion, including two partially-operational properties; and
approximately 900 acres of land controlled for future development that we believe could be developed into approximately 11.2 million square feet and 150 acres of other land.
COPLP owns real estate directly and through subsidiary partnerships and limited liability companies (“LLCs”).  In addition to owning real estate, COPLP also owns subsidiaries that provide real estate services such as property management and construction and development services primarily for our properties but also for third parties. Some of these services are performed by a taxable REIT subsidiary (“TRS”).

Equity interests in COPLP are in the form of common and preferred units. As of September 30, 2019, COPT owned 98.7% of the outstanding COPLP common units (“common units”); the remaining common units and all of the outstanding COPLP preferred units (“preferred units”) were owned by third parties. Common units not owned by COPT carry certain redemption rights. The number of common units owned by COPT is equivalent to the number of outstanding common shares of beneficial interest (“common shares”) of COPT, and the entitlement of common units to quarterly distributions and payments in liquidation is substantially the same as those of COPT common shareholders. However, COPLP’s common units include a special class of unit referred to as profit interest units (“PIUs”) originating from certain share-based compensation awards issued to executives (described further in Note 15) that are subject to vesting and certain tax event criteria, and accordingly may carry different rights to redemption and distributions than non-PIU common units. COPT’s common shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the ticker symbol “OFC”.

Because COPLP is managed by COPT, and COPT conducts substantially all of its operations through COPLP, we refer to COPT’s executive officers as COPLP’s executive officers; similarly, although COPLP does not have a board of trustees, we refer to COPT’s Board of Trustees as COPLP’s Board of Trustees.