The Changing Workplace: Why Offices Are Adapting

The office workplace is an environment that has seen much change over the last decade. From updated technology to construction materials, employers and employees alike have realized the average office space needs to adapt.

Where it used to be

We’ve all been there—the stuffy office space with only a few windows, many walls, and the same color patterns throughout. File cabinets used to be in any area where they would fit. Most employees dealt with sharing space with a personal printer. It left less room for comfort and more room for isolation. But over the years, businesses have seen the value in increasing the quality of the work environment in order to boost morale, attract talented employees, and enhance their bottom line.

Where it is going and why

Colors, windows, noise, collaboration, benching, wellness, and amenities—these are all major topics of discussion in the modern workplace. Many new factors are now being considered during the design and creation of new offices.

  • Color is being used to promote certain moods in specific environments, instead of being selected on personal preferences. For example, blue hues are being used for a calming effect, while bright colors have been shown to improve focus and accuracy.
  • Windows are now being placed in open areas to allow light to flow throughout, instead of in individual offices which traps light. This also gives employees a chance to interact with nature. Even if it is visual interaction from indoors, this perceived contact has a positive impact.
  • Noise is thought about differently in varying environments in order to make tasks more efficient and comfortable. Piping in white noise or music has become a common practice in many work environments.

And then, there is the important focus on office collaboration. The workplace is seeing several different types of collaborative areas to bring employees together.

Some offices have decided to incorporate “benching” to create shared desks and work areas. This can be especially valuable when you have a group of employees that spend a lot of time traveling, or maybe for someone on your team who doesn’t need a permanent workspace. Benching can be used when employees are working on different projects and need to move around the office to work with different groups of people. All in all, the concept of benching has the ability to boost productivity by enhancing office communication and making projects move faster.

Wellness and amenities are also main concerns that bring about many conversations in the planning process. From managing stress levels to retaining talent, businesses are adding incentives within the workplace to encourage and boost their employees. It’s becoming more common to see offices with gyms, social gathering spaces, and more.

How has this affected Huntsville?

Huntsville has already seen some of these changes first hand. As companies re-locate and real estate investors purchase new property, you will notice more and more of this. The construction materials, layout, design, location, amenities, etc., are all just a few qualities that were considered on the following Crunkleton projects:

104 Jefferson Street

The tenants, Prime Lending and KPS Group Architects, are both operating out of a modern workplace and came from very traditional environments.

315 Franklin Street

The first-floor tenant, Haufe, is in and operating.

Stovehouse

This development is in its early stages but has the ability to offer very modern environments.

ADS

ADS, located at Bridgestreet, built an environment their employees could thrive in.

Crunkleton: Commercial Real Estate Group’s Office

We built a space that has flexible workspace in an open and inviting environment.

How can we help?

If you think your office setting could use an upgrade, or if you’re looking for a new space to transform your office into the modern workplace, don’t hesitate to call us at 256-536-8809 to see how we can assist you.

As one of the team’s dedicated office brokers, I will work with you and your team in finding the perfect space to help maximize your company’s full potential.

Have other questions about adapting office spaces? Let us know in the comments below!

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Crunkleton Promotes Lauren Plott To Property Manager

Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate is excited to announce that Lauren Plott has been promoted to Property Manager!

In her four years working at Crunkleton, she has served as the Office Manager and assisted with all property management tasks. In her new role, she will continue to build tenant relations by making monthly phone calls with tenants, visiting properties, and working with clients to manage assets.

Lauren Plott Property Manager

“I want our clients to know Crunkleton has their needs in mind and that we are there to make sure problems are solved,” said Lauren. “We aim to go above and beyond as a property management service and create positive connections that help businesses thrive.”

Crunkleton offers full-service property management for all sectors of commercial real estate. Lauren will manage a diverse portfolio consisting of retail, office, medical, and industrial properties and focus on delivering first-class service.

“Crunkleton strives for a high level of professionalism; that carries over to our property management,” said Wesley Crunkleton, Principal. “I’m confident that Lauren will continue to provide quality service and deliver the attention needed to ensure our clients’ assets are being properly managed.”

Lauren volunteering at Lincoln Village Ministry with the Crunkleton team.

When Lauren isn’t busy at Crunkleton, she volunteers her time as a member of the Carillon Club and Valley Presbyterian Church where her husband, William, is the Senior Pastor. She also beams when talking about her three children, Hunter (21), Bradley (18), and Catherine (13). Her free time is spent attending their many activities and enjoying time together as a family.

To learn more about Crunkleton’s Property Management services, click here.

 You can contact Lauren by email at lauren@crunkletonassociates.com, or give her a call at 256-536-8809.

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Experience On Your Side—How Tenant Representation Can Affect Your Bottom Line

There are many questions that come to mind when considering the best location for your business. How can I find a location that not only fits my needs, but is also within budget? What factors do I need to consider when determining the best area for my specific business? What terms are most important to address in my lease?

Diving head first into the commercial real estate world can be daunting for some, and having in-depth knowledge of suitable locations, key competitors, and industry trends can help you determine what available locations are the best fit for you. Having access to all of that knowledge and more through experienced tenant representation can also save you time and money.

Here are some ways tenant representation can help set you up for success.

Lock down the best location

One of the often underrated factors in ensuring a successful business is choosing the right location. Location affects everything from amenities to capturing the proper demographics for your business to making it convenient for customers, clients, or patients to visit your business. Considering things like traffic counts, parking availability, visibility, and accessibility are essential in the search for the right property. These are all things that brokers have an in-depth knowledge of within their markets.

Targeting the right location is a puzzle, and hiring tenant representation will help you on your search for researching median income, population, trends, and more. Many times, brokers have exclusive resources that are not available to the general public and can assist in the analysis of each specific location.

“At Crunkleton, your initial meeting with a broker will include a detailed evaluation that helps identify what demographics, features, co-tenants, amenities, etc… will help make your business as successful as possible,” said Zac Buckley, Vice President of Leasing. “The broker will then create a list of properties, complete with property details and comparative information, that will help you determine the ideal location for your investment.”

Have someone by your side when negotiating lease terms

One of the most common mistakes tenants can make during commercial lease agreements is going in with limited knowledge of the negotiation process. Sometimes it’s difficult to get up-to-speed when time is a factor and you have to get business moving.

Many commercial leases are 25 pages or more in length and can be quite overwhelming to someone not experienced in all the different components and terms.

Lease negotiations can be a tedious process, and even small details can bring about unexpected costs. Brokers with years of insight and experience can effectively guide tenants through the process of commercial lease negotiations ensuring you get the best deal for your investment.

“We can certainly advise a tenant in making sure all the important business points in regards to the commercial real estate aspect are accounted for,” said Zac, “but we do recommend that tenants seek legal, tax, and other competent advice in areas not directly related to real estate.”

Save time and money

Searching for the perfect property is a time-consuming and at times frustrating process. Having tenant representation allows you to focus on what matters to you while leaving the devilish details to experienced professionals.

A tenant representative will do the legwork to find you the property that best fits your needs. They will take the time to find spaces that meet your criteria and coordinate with landlords to schedule site visits. They will even be able to point you in the direction of properties that might not yet be on the market. This might just give you a leg up on other tenants or competitors looking for similar space.

And finally, they can help you save money by seeking out the most competitive deals and advise you on acceptable rental rates based on the market.

Working with experienced counsel 

“It is our goal to not only help clients secure a prime location with lease terms that will set them up for success, but to do so in a manner that is as efficient and pleasant as possible,” said Zac. “We value the relationship with our clients, and we work hard to ensure their needs are taken care of.”

Want to learn more about how Crunkleton can help improve your bottom line? Click here to download our Tenant Representation guide.

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5 Things To Consider When Leasing Medical Office Space

When it comes to negotiating a lease for medical office space, several unique factors play into identifying the appropriate property. Working with hazardous materials, complying with HIPAA, easy access, and convenient parking—all of these things should be considered when looking at a potential medical facility.

Having experienced counsel on your side can help identify key issues in the lease that make a difference down the road. Eric St. John, Broker at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate, has brokered various medical office negotiations and has outlined some of the major factors that play into finding the ideal space for medical use.

“There are many differences between a general office space lease and a medical space lease,” said Eric. “You have to look at everything from the flow of the space to determining what specific pieces of equipment will be used in it. While every deal is unique, there are a few major questions that always need thoughtful answers. And it’s up to the tenant to understand what those are to ensure an effective practice.”

So, here they are—five things to consider when leasing medical office space:

1) Does the space work with your needs?

This may seem like an obvious question, but taking note of certain factors will help you come up with more concrete answers. Close your eyes and imagine the space at your current family doctor’s office. Are the exam rooms far away from the waiting area? Does the space allow the staff to be productive and efficient? All of these things play into proper flow within a space.

“The first thing many medical tenants look at when it comes to location is the space’s proximity to the major hospital system they are affiliated with,” said Eric. “From there, things like the flow of a space and accessibility are at the forefront of decision making.”

Making sure your location is easily accessible for your patient base—including those with limited mobility—is something that should be deliberated. Know what major roadways and paths your patients will take to get to your building, and make sure it’s an easy one.

 2) How will you handle the disposal of hazardous waste/materials?

Medical office spaces often house materials that are a biohazard. With general office spaces, most leases prohibit the introduction of any hazardous wastes on the property. This is not the case with medical leases. Instead, the lease should provide well-defined guidance as to who will be responsible for the removal of such wastes. Liability for this issue shouldn’t be ignored.

“Most leases address the guidelines for hazardous materials,” said Eric. “The tenant is usually responsible for the handling and disposal of such waste.”

It may be just a few sentences within the lease that save you from any future trouble. Have confidence that the materials are stored and disposed of properly. Make sure the lease is crystal clear on how it will be executed, as well as who will be granted access to those materials.

3) What will you do to ensure HIPAA compliance?

While every office space is sure to contain some form of confidential documents, medical spaces are required to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The laws outlined by HIPAA vastly affect the functionality and accessibility of medical office spaces.

“It’s important to include information in the lease that outlines the landlord’s access to the space,” said Eric. “Usually, landlords are required to provide a certain notice before entering, unless there is an emergency. Leases can also outline the restriction of certain areas at certain times.”

4) Will you need to accommodate special equipment/procedures?

Special equipment requires specialized accommodations. Because many machines need their own rooms, generate extra heat or require specific insulation, these terms need to be outlined in the lease. Completing your homework beforehand will ensure that utility services are able to accommodate any additional needs.

“You’ll notice that not every practice has an X-ray machine,” said Eric. “These types of machines need shielded rooms lined with lead or other materials to operate—something that may not be readily available in certain spaces. Knowing what equipment or procedures the physician plans on offering certainly affects the deal, what type of space they need, and the negotiation as a whole.”

5) Who are your neighbors?

Many medical doctors seek spaces that include other primary care and internal medicine specialists because it allows for a “built-in referral system.” Rather than sending your patient across the city to follow up on a matter, doctors can send them to another office within the building, cutting down on confusion and adding convenience for the patient.

“Knowing who is in the building with you is important,” said Eric. “Because their business can affect your business.”

Thinking ahead.

At Crunkleton, we do our best to help clients find the medical office space that fits their needs. By paying attention to the diverse needs of medical tenants, anticipating future trends, and connecting with clients, we create a relationship that aims to meet the unique needs of medical office lessees.

“We do our best to understand the medical business to make sure clients get what they need,” said Eric. “Our job is to read between the lines and make sure they are taken care of in any situation. It’s always rewarding when we are able to negotiate a lease that benefits both the landlord, the tenant, and the public who needs exceptional medical care.”

To learn more about how Crunkleton can help you with your medical office leasing needs, contact Eric St. John at eric@crunkletonassociates.com.

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