In 1996, the company's founders, Mark Edlen and Robert Gerding, created Gerding Edlen with the vision to approach real estate with the singular focus of creating places for people. Beyond just “bricks and mortar,” they were committed to creating, developing, operating and owning vibrant properties where tenants could live, work and learn. This singular vision established a different kind of real estate company, one with a deep commitment to innovation and sustainability, dedicated to sound research based on meeting the needs of its tenants in mixed-use projects that include housing, retail and office uses. In 1997, current President Kelly Saito joined the company. Since then, the firm's pioneering vision has supported its success in office, apartment and mixed-use properties, both with absolute investor returns and by positively impacting neighborhoods, communities and the environment.

Gerding Edlen is one of the nation's leading real estate investment and development firms focused on urban, infill, transit-oriented and highly sustainable office, apartment and mixed-use properties. The founder's original vision continues to guide Gerding Edlen, grounding the company in the goal of creating highly sustainable transformational buildings, vibrant communities and investment quality assets that deliver superior returns to their investors. Gerding Edlen is a recognized national leader in sustainability, contributing significantly to the overall advancement of how environmentally responsible commercial properties are designed, engineered, constructed and operated. Gerding Edlen's properties have won multiple local and national awards. The Firm has undertaken over 50 Platinum, Gold and Silver US Green Building Council LEED certified or certified pending properties.

Today, Mark Edlen, Kelly Saito, the firm's partners, senior managers and employees continue their commitment to creating highly sustainable, transformational buildings and investment quality assets. Gerding Edlen’s capabilities have deepened to include a growing investment and asset management practice, and adding property management in addition to its development expertise. Today, The firm is vertically integrated to ensure that Gerding Edlen's value add expertise is utilized throughout the real estate management process from acquisition and/or development to management and disposition.

Since 1996, the firm has provided investors and partners with an opportunity to achieve strong investment returns while creating and owning exceptional properties in which people can live, work and learn. In 2011, Gerding Edlen successfully closed its first co-mingled fund, Gerding Edlen Green Cities I, LP.

The vision of Mark and Bob is articulated in the firm's Principles of Place, a unique set of values that ensures Gerding Edlen's properties are transformational, sustainable and deeply connected to both tenant and community needs. Looking to the future, Gerding Edlen intends to expand its partnerships and deepen their commitment to creating quality assets.