Industrial is quickly becoming a pillar asset class for institutional lenders, which are more and more frequently looking to diversify into the commercial real estate segment. MetroGroup, in fact, says that these lenders are interested in deals across the spectrum, including small box buildings and manufacturing spaces. The firm recently secured $21 million in acquisition funding for a 103,000-square-foot industrial property in Sorrento Mesa. While typically lenders are concerned about small-box or single-tenant properties, there was healthy lender interest in this deal. We sat down with Patrick Ward, founder and president of the MetroGroup, to talk about the lender appetite for these deals.