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Why design matters to commercial office tenants

By Greg Bell

When renovating an office space for commercial tenants, it’s essential that you consider how the space will feel to your potential customers. Businesses are constantly shifting how their offices look and feel in order to provide nicer working environments for their employees, and you should stay up-to-date with the trends that lessees may be looking for. The best way to lease commercial property is to provide a space they can’t pass up.

Flexibility is key

Perhaps the most important decision you can make when you’re designing a space that will appeal to companies is flexibility. Offices are less likely than ever to be turnkey for the lessee, so you need to make sure tenants can come in and make the space feel like their own.

For some companies, an open-concept office is the ideal way to promote teamwork and collaboration, so rows of cubicles with tall walls might immediately seem unappealing. However, a call center will need much more privacy for each employee. Presenting a range of options for businesses will help them picture their team feeling at home in your office space.

There have also been changes in private office spaces. Huge corner offices are less common than they used to be because of changes in both the economy and technology. Many companies want to keep up the appearance of having low overhead and streamlined expenses, and a 2,000 square-foot office space dedicated to one person doesn’t lend itself to that. Plus, computers are smaller and portable, and most resources are available online, so printers and bookshelves are less necessary than before.

Instead, consider presenting these offices as small conference rooms or break out spaces. Companies with open-concept floor plans still require rooms for private meetings and conference calls, and a selection of suites might be a better use for companies than executive offices.

Don’t forget practicality

Even the most ideal space for a company won’t be a good fit if it’s difficult to get work done in the building. Having reliable internet connectivity and redundant power sources to make sure unexpected work interruptions aren’t a regular occurrence is crucial.

Common areas also need to be practical and welcoming. Provide enough cabinet and refrigerator storage space in the kitchen for the number of employees the space can expect, make sure bathrooms are functional and accessible, and have a building manager on call for any issues that may arise. For more insights, get in touch with our experienced team today.

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