Looking for some great photos and information on new office spaces in Seattle? Make sure follow Rachel Lerman at the Puget Sound Business Journal. She posts a series of articles titled "Cool Spaces," that highlight recent tenant improvement projects in Seattle. Check out this link view the articles and see photos of Porch, Zillow, Pitchbook and more...
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In 2014, Techstars reported a 65% increase in startup company applications from San Francisco from the previous year. In addition to startups, many large San Francisco tech giants have moved to Seattle, such as Alibaba, Apple and Ebay. As we heard repeatedly at Geekwire's Startup Day event, companies find that Seattle employees are much more loyal than those in the Valley and an increasing number are opening engineering offices in Seattle to recruit experienced and dedicated talent.
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Dogs will always be part of our office space culture at Suite Partners…Here’s why:
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!
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
Cocktail anyone? Yes, please.