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Renting a Green Office Space Can Increase Competitiveness

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Going green at the office is a topic that has been in the news since 2007. Yet more and more companies are going beyond environmentally-friendly employee behavior and are extending these attitudes into office space rental considerations. The University of Berkeley discovered that that the development of an active environmental policy actually has a positive impact on a company’s competitiveness in the marketplace. How can you benefit from this trend when it comes to finding the perfect office rental for your company?

Green Construction Cuts Down on Operating Costs

The cost savings associated with already installed active solar collectors are not negligible. They greatly decrease the amount of money your company spends on daily electricity. When your targeted office building also falls into the passive solar collection category, you know that its positioning will greatly decrease the need for daytime artificial light usage and winter heating expenditures. A central atrium is a big plus when you look for an office that receives natural light from all sides.

Green Landscaping Reduces Water Costs

When you rent office space, the overall operating costs of the property are built into the square footage price Choose a green building that has environmentally friendly features, which extend to the choice of landscaping. While a nicely manicured landscape provides excellent curb appeal and increases the suitability of the building as an office address, the choice of exotic flora can greatly increase the water costs. Pick an office building that uses native plants in its landscape, which cuts down on the watering cost significantly.

Green Office Space Reduces Employee Absenteeism

Whether you have 10 employees or 100, the absence of even just one worker creates a drain on your company’s productivity. A study by the City of Seattle proves that a decrease of indoor pollutants has made it possible for one company to reduce its absenteeism rate by 40 percent. In addition, productivity went up by 5 percent. When you combine the use of green building technology with the choice of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and companies, it is clear that this is a result your company could imitate.

OfficeFinder, LLC employs a staff of highly-trained tenant representatives who can help you find the right green office space that suits your company’s size and needs. Contact us today to find out how we can help you find the perfect office rental.

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By: James Osgood

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5 Unexpected and Unusual Office Spaces

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Move over cubicles. Step aside neon lights.  What if you could transform your office space into a place that was unique to you yet functional? Whether you work from home and need more room or you just need a change of scenery. Here are 5 unexpected office spaces that will get you rethinking hating Monday mornings.

Garages
For those who work at home, converting your garage into the studio of your dream is one of the best ways to not only expand on unused square footage and play off the industrial vibe. Garages aren't just studios for artists or mechanics, in fact they can be converted into a chic space.  Depending on the part of the globe you live on, will depend what types of doors you are going to want to use.  Buying garage doors in Edmonton climate types versus Los Angeles climate types is going to be very different. For a chic look, consider using old barn doors in your garage office space.

Flooring: Concrete flooring is not only in style but it is durable as well.  Although you will want to poor concrete over the existing concrete in your garage (if it's cracked or has oil stains on it).  If you feel concrete alone is a little too stark of a look, add some rugs in order to liven it up.

Beach side
If your company is casual, upbeat, and innovative, then you will have no problem bringing your office to the beach.  Nothing will bring more motivation to the work table quite like having an ocean view to stare at all day.  Set up desks to face outward so that you constantly have an a beautiful ocean view.


Truck
Food trucks do it all the time, so why can't you?  If your business is internet based and doesn't require you to be in one place all the time why not take it mobile--literally? IF you have client meetings, why not come directly to them? You can even convert your moving size truck/van into a complete office with a table to have meetings in.  Picture motor home meets trailer.

Outdoors
In summer months some innovative companies choose to bring their offices outdoors.  If you live in a climate that doesn't melt you away during the summer like the desert, build a canopy like outdoor creation just outside your office.  Complete it with wireless access and wireless devices such as tablets or laptops in order for everyone in your company to maintain efficiency.

Nook
For those who don't have the financial capabilities that many unique office solutions require, why not convert small spaces into a wonderful office.  If you run a startup company or a company that works solely from home, try converting a space such as a closet into an office space that you can store away.  If you office lacks square footage, simply create small nooks where you are allotted privacy yet space saving qualities.

Guest post by Leslie Mason

Office Space , Office Space Design

Optimize Your Office Server Room Or Else

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Tired of hosting sensitive data off-site? Do you want to have hands-on access with your data? Adding a server room to an office is a bit more complicated than throwing all of your servers into the spare closet and calling it good. You get a lot of benefits from having all of your servers at the office, but there are plenty of considerations to keep in mind when setting up a server room. Here are four of them.

1. Space

The first consideration is the most straightforward of them all. How much space do you need to physically fit all of your private servers? You don't want to cram in the servers, network cables and cooling system in as tightly as possible. You need some room for proper air ventilation and to provide space for the IT department to have easy access for troubleshooting and maintenance. Also, keep in mind green practices when setting up your room, which we detail in a previous post here. Not only do you have immediate benefits such as creating an eco-friendly and progressive space in your office, the City of Seattle found making offices greener has an effect on reducing the number of sick days your employees take. Since you're building everything from the beginning, it makes sense to keep the server room as green as possible. Consider using a portable air conditioner for cooling, and contain and exhaust hot air before it permeates the space.

2. Hardware Requirements

The joy of having a server room on-site is that you can pick whatever server hardware you want. The downfall is that you need to know your business' server requirements so you purchase enough servers to keep up with demand. You can base initial estimates off the type of server hardware you use with your virtual private server hosting provider, and identify areas you'd like to change. Maybe you'd like more memory in the servers or a different hardware vendor. Match your server needs to your software requirements. You also don't need to get quite as many physical servers as you are using through a web hosting company, if you choose to use virtualization. Another hardware consideration is your cooling system. All of those servers in one room are going to be hot, and climate control is essential to keeping everything in good working order.

3. Software Requirements

Some hardware vendors bundle your servers with operating systems and common business and enterprise applications. However, in many cases you're responsible for the cost of software licenses for your servers. Make a list of all applications you're currently using, and ensure the server technology you purchase is compatible with your mission critical software.

4. Security

One of the most important considerations for your server room is security. Your data is essential to your business, especially if you are dealing with sensitive information, such as customer orders. You don't want just anyone having access to the physical server hardware, any more than you'd allow hackers to run rampant on your network. Requiring key card use, monitoring servers with videos, and employing security guards are all measures you can use to keep an on-site server room safe and secure.

Are you considering creating a server room for your office? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

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By: James Osgood

Office Space , Office Space Design

To buy or Rent Office Space-Which is Better?

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Business owners face an important decision when determining whether the purchase or rental of office space is best.  When making this determination, a number of things need to be taken into consideration in order to make precisely the right choice.

One of the biggest factors to consider is the amount of cash that can be put out up front. Entrepreneurs must usually put out more money in the beginning whenever they are buying office space rather than leasing it. That’s because they must generally pay for appraisals and building inspections in addition to providing a down payment. Since young businesses could be struggling to come up with operating cash, many of them elect to rent office space until they have become better established.

A disadvantage to renting rather than buying is that it is easier to develop a long-term budget when buying. That’s because monthly mortgage payments tend to stay the same over the life of the loan, whereas rental costs can increase from time to time. Rent is typically based on current changes in the market, so the amount of fluctuation in a given area should be considered carefully when choosing whether to rent or buy.

Renting gives business owners greater flexibility when it comes to moving their establishment. Those who purchase office space could find themselves being unable to relocate until they are able to sell their current building. When buying commercial property, it’s important to think about the future needs of a company. That way, business owners can make sure there is ample room for expansion at their current location so that moving the establishment later is less likely to be necessary.

At Office Finder, we understand the dilemma business owners face when choosing whether to rent or buy property.  We currently serve over 550 markets, and offer office space for rent or for purchase. Contact us today to find office space located in your area.

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By: James Osgood

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San Francisco Office Space Update

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San Francisco, the City by the Bay, is known for its natural beauty, welcoming spirit, tourism, and most notably, its high tech industry. Entrepreneurs have been flocking to San Francisco since the Gold Rush. Today, San Francisco is considered the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California.

This diverse city has numerous neighborhoods in which to take up office space, including the Financial District, South of Market (SOMO), Yerba Buena, Mission Bay, and Union Square, just to name a few.

Current Conditions

Despite the economic conditions in the National office space marketplace throughout the past few years, San Francisco has experienced a trend of limited office space vacancies and increasing office rents.  These conditions are expected to continue until new office space construction catches up.

District

Total Vacancy

Average Rental Rate

Financial District

8.6%

$51.98 SF

SOMO

4.5%

$53.91 SF

Mission Bay

18.6%

$63.11 SF

Union Square

7.3%

$45.74 SF

 

Market Outlook

The decline in California’s unemployment rate over the past twelve months seems to indicate continued economic productivity and a strong office market.  Office development is currently under construction, and more ground-breakings are expected within the year. 2013 promises to be another steady year in San Francisco’s commercial office space market.

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By: James Osgood

Office Space , San Francisco Office Space