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Dog-Friendly Seattle Office Space

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Dog-Friendly Seattle Office Space

Dogs will always be part of our office space culture at Suite Partners…Here’s why:

  • Reduces stress

  • Increases collaboration and fresh-air intake

  • Increases social interaction

  • Encourages longer work hours

  • Grizzly is our buddy

You may have started to notice companies catching on.  Here are a few notable dog-friendly companies in Seattle:

As larger companies adopt this as a perk we’ve see an increasing amount of owners pushed to change their building policies. This has primarily been in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, such as South Lake Union, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill and Fremont. However, a few high-rises have also changed their pet policies thanks to Amazon, for example West 8th, 1800 Ninth, and 1918 8th are all multi-tenant buildings and now allow dogs. Outside of Amazon, and in an attempt to attract creative tenants, the Dexter Horton Building on the south-end of town just started marketing dog-friendly office space this year.  

As tech and creative firms continue to dominate our market growth, we suspect that more traditional office buildings in downtown Seattle will start opening their doors to dogs as well.  We’ll keep you posted!

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Hoteling, Hot-Desking and the Un-Office

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Hoteling, Hot-Desking and the Un-Office

Hoteling, also known as unassigned seating in office space programming, is becoming increasingly popular. Many have attributed it to decreased operating costs, i.e. less desks dedicated to employees equals less space needed. However, lately creative and technology firms have adopted this office space model, as companies look to make unique design choices for their employees environment’s. Companies are now viewing office space as an extension of the home and are seeking to create more comfortable spaces for their employees. 

Would you choose a cubicle or a cafe?   

When you’re at your house do you always sit in the same chair? 

If given the choice, people generally choose a office space best suited to the task they are working on or group they are working with. Companies are catching on. They’ve started to notice that promoting comfortable work environments, usually leads to better work and happier employees. This new trend in hoteling (without assigned desks) is now being called “hot-desking”.  Several months ago we were meeting with Jarrod Arbini from Weaver Architects and he referred to it as the “Un-Office”.  Whatever you want to call it, it is becoming the latest trend in office space planning.  What was once was thought of a way to decrease overhead costs is actually becoming a way to attract the best talent, and a new and possibly better way for people to work.

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Exposed Office Space

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Exposed Office Space

Goodbye acoustical tile, vanilla walls and drab carpet! For years covering up structure was perceived as high-end and modern. Today there is a new trend in office space. Almost every cool, creative company (or those that want to be) are asking for exposed ceilings, brick & beam and polished concrete. Why is this new look so appealing? It’s not your parent’s office! 

Most companies are leaning towards an open environment that allows for more flexibility and teamwork. So why not go the extra stretch and not only knock down the thick walls, but also strip away all of the old second generation space. The space ends up feeling more like a loft than an office. It is reflective of the people working there, creating and designing, versus an uninspired vanilla box. 

The only downside – cost. Many tenants think exposed ceilings are cheaper, but in reality all of the cleanup involved to make them look nice can be very expensive and take up a significant portion of your tenant improvement allowance. Is it worth it? Below are photos of several Seattle office tenants... We’ll let you decide…

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