Exposed Ceilings Are Cool But Not Cheap

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Exposed ceilings are all the rage, but users pay a price for this look. Most of our clients think it’s less expensive to just demo the ceiling and have a cool open space.  Not so fast.   Here are some of the additional costs that come with an exposed ceiling: – Re-running electrical cabling and HVAC […]

The Legacy of Steve Jobs and Office Space

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Apple moved into their spaceship this year.  I wrote about it while under construction and now you have probably have seen finished photos all over.  If not, here are some. But today’s narrative is not about this inspired headquarters.  Today, I want to talk about Pixar’s headquarters built in the late 1990’s.  The standards of creative office […]

Suburban Offices are Back

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First, let me say, I told you so.  I have been saying for some time that the huge shift to urban core will not be sustained.  There are companies that want/need to have that environment so I am still bullish on urban cores, but there are others who will reverse the three-decade trend of moving offices closer and closer […]

How Tech Office Space Sets the Bar for Everyone Else

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What would you do if you had an unlimited budget to improve your company’s next office renovation?  Below is a great article detailing what some tech giants are doing to their interior design to keep their employees happy, productive and in the office.    One simple takeaway is that these companies are doing THE most innovative and comprehensive buildout you […]

World’s Coolest Offices 2017

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Every year, we share the most innovative offices from around the world (and a few from our own clients).  Below is our list from 2017.  First, you get a few of the best clients we were fortunate enough to work with this past year. We can hold our own here in the Valley of the […]

Third Space First

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You heard it here first (hopefully).  There is a new type of space for companies called third spaces.  Third spaces are places for local people to gather and eat, with areas for creative, cultural, and community activities. This is where ideas and startups are born. If this concept takes off, the next wave of development will need […]

UBS Reinvents the Work Space

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When you start a new job at a new office, what’s the first thing you do? For most of us, the answer is get settled in your workspace. You are assigned a desk, maybe put up a few pictures, stock the drawers with your favorite pens, and meet your neighbors. But this simple act of […]

Shipping Containers and Farming?

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Months ago, I wrote a narrative on old warehouses becoming indoor farms. (Click here to read.)  Now, we are seeing shipping containers being used to grow produce.  No transportation costs and no packaging costs are clear advantages of this new way of farming. Here are are few more:   -          Each 320 sq. ft. box has the growing power to […]

Law Firms Get Creative

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What are the biggest pressures facing law firms right now? I will give you three I know are on your priority list: 1) Lower costs, 2) Landing top talent, and 3) Automation.   You know how I know? Because law firms are no different than any other business. The law firms we work with are finding some innovative ways […]

World’s Coolest Office Spaces 2016

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We love office space. It’s our job. And every now and then we find some really cool spaces that we just have to share. Every year, we take a look back on some of the coolest office spaces built over the past 12 months. For 2016, we saw some really cool, some classic, and a few […]