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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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Biking to Work - Practical or Pain?

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Biking to Work - Practical or Pain?

Biking to work in Seattle can be downright miserable if you don’t have the right set up. 

In a city that averages 266 cloudy days a year, your chance of getting rained on biking to work is high and if your building doesn’t have the right facilities it can make biking extremely difficult.  Also, nice bikes are EXPENSIVE and chaining them to a rack outside or in parking garage may lead to hours of paranoia and lack of productivity.  Luckily, many Seattle’s commercial office owners are adding facilities to encourage biking to work, such as showers, lockers, and premium storage.  Some office buildings have gone as far as adding secured bike rooms that can only be accessed with card readers, changing rooms, hanging racks and bike maintenance equipment.  Skanska Commercial Development is leading the charge and constructing an office building in South Lake Union that will have the best bike facility in the city.  400 Fairview will have drying rooms, lockers, showers and even saunas!  Making biking to work on the rainiest days bearable.

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Where's My Work Beer?

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Where's My Work Beer?

Just another day at the office…Several months ago we visited Twitter’s office in San Francisco, where we noticed multiple beer fridges on every floor. When we asked an employee how they regulate consumption, he said “It’s on an honor system…we don’t.”  

We’ve seen an increasing number of companies talking about bars on tours and planning them in their space. In fact, we recently moved our office space to WeWork in South Lake Union where they offer local rotating kegs with free beer on tap.

So what’s with this new trend or rather a throwback to an earlier era?  Workdays, especially for technology, media and start-up companies, are stretching past happy hour. As a perk to lure talent, keep employees late and encourage social and work hours to blur, companies are installing beer fridges, stocking full bars, and even putting speakeasies and full taverns.  Check out these Seattle office bars…

WeWork | South Lake Union

We Work a co-working office space in South Lake Union and many major markets offers its members free beer around the clock and weekly networking happy hours.

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